Retiree Finds Adventure in Africa, Teaching and Exploring

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At the age most Americans retire to Floridian beaches, teacher volunteers in Africa

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For many people retirement is a time of quiet relaxation. A time to look back, consider life and be content. Helen Norene Hogle, author of Are You Feeling a Little Finer, Miss Norene?: A Personal Account of My Year as a Volunteer Teacher in Namibia, Africa in 2009 (published by AuthorHouse), is not one of those people.

After having the opportunity of living and working in the developing nation of Namibia in Africa for the 2009 school year, I feel that I want to share it with others. People who are interested in education, traveling and learning about the culture and customs of those living in a third-world country will certainly want to read this book.

Two weeks after arriving in Namibia to begin work as a volunteer teacher, Hogle was mugged in the capital of Windhoek. Soon after, she fell and broke her patella, putting her on crutches and in a full-leg cast just as the rainy season began. Neither of these events was enough to dissuade her from assuming her role as a teacher.

In Ondangwa, Hogle taught grades 5 and 7, both English and natural sciences. The large class sizes common there – 40 or more students – unsettled her but she remained steadfast, spending an entire year there teaching and visiting the many nature preserves and natural wonders like Victoria Falls.

Are you Feeling a Little Finer, Miss Norene will appeal to any reader interested in volunteer work, as well as provide an engaging chronicle of a senior-citizen’s time abroad working alongside other volunteers a fraction of her age.

About the Author
Helen Norene Harshbarger Hogle grew up on small farms near West Milton, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her career in education started with teaching in West Milton and Dayton, Ohio, and with Air Force Dependent Schools in Japan and England where she met her husband, DeWitt Hogle. After marriage they lived in San Francisco.

Hogle has lived in the Puget Sound area of Washington, near her family. She enjoys her retirement, staying active in the outdoors and with her family. Are You Feeling a Little Finer, Miss Norene? is her first book.

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