Wandering Educators


Dr. Jessie Voigts is an inspiration to people who are curious about the world.  She said, “I truly believe that international education can change the world. From studying abroad, hosting exchange students, working abroad, doing international internships, taking international classes, learning languages, taking a gap year, asking questions and learning about people’s lives, and traveling, there is a plethora of ways to learn about people, places, and cultures.”

Jessie read my book, So Many Africas, and asked if we could do a Q&A. I loved working with her – she asked me questions no one else has ever asked about my life in Zambia. She asked questions related to travel and being and expat., and coming back home.

  • I’ve never read a book that so completely took the reader to a place. Was it challenging to relive and write?
  • Being an expat leaves a lifelong mark on a person, seared into your very self. I think most expats never truly unpack that experience, as you did – what can you recommend expats do, to truly begin to understand their experiences?
  • What advice do you have for travelers heading to remote places, for extended periods of time?


Challenging questions! But it was great to think in new terms. And such an encouragement to hear her say, “I love your book so much!” She even sent me hugs. Who could ask for more on a ten below January day?

Here is her (terrific) review and our Q&A, just up today, on Wandering Educators: A Travel Library for People Curious About the World.

In honor of all you travelers, here are a few of our Zambian travel photos to contemplate!

Jill Kandel, So Many AFricas, Wandering EducatorsISBN 978-1-938769-02-3, So Many Africas, Jill Kandel, Zambia, Memoir, Sandy roadsISBN 978-1-938769-02-3, So Many Africas, Jill Kandel, Zambia, Memoir, Local canoeZambia, Jill Kandel, So Many AFricas boy on plain, Jill Kandel, So Many Africas

Happy Traveling to you all in 2016! 

Jill Kandel
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