Marvellous John

Marvellous is passionate about public speaking, the performing arts, sports and the medical field. She is involved in using the performing arts as a medium to inspire others to discover more about themselves and to challenge boundaries. Her goal for this year is to learn Portuguese, to learn to cook a Brazilian delicacy, to give back to the community that she will be learning from and to have as much fun as possible. She is inspired by resilience and the understanding that fun, hard work and support is the perfect trio. Her favorite quote is 'with excellence comes success'



My life is made up of reminders and to-do-lists. I write down a lot of things for two reasons – so that I don’t forget, and so that I actually do them – the latter being the inspiration for this article seeing as I’ve had this…

01 June, 2017

An ‘aha’ moment inspired by the beñe lady on the railroad tracks in Tivaouane.

(In the midst of complementing her on the perfection of her beñes I forgot to ask for her name so bear with me for this anonymity) We all want to be successful in some way or something, and we all define success in different ways….

07 April, 2017

“On this episode of a Thousand ways to die…”

It has been over two months, but it still seems like it was just yesterday, when this young toubab* almost met her end. It started off like a usual Saturday in Pambal*, but little did she know that today will be far from usual. At…

22 March, 2017


A wise individual more than once said to me “This bridge year is as much for your community as it is for you, with a little more emphasis on the for you bit” In country orientation had a lot of emphasis on the community aspect…

17 January, 2017

Not included in your Travel guide.

Have you ever been to a place and wondered why it was not listed in the travel guide as one of the ‘Top 10 places to visit’ ? Well I have and I came up with a couple of answers. It could be that the…

08 November, 2016

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I once wrote in a letter to a dear friend, ‘spontaneity is life’s best friend and my greatest influence’. At that point I just liked the quote because I came up with it and it sounded so cool. Luckily it was also relevant to the…

29 August, 2016

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