Rebecca Mandich joined American Councils in May 2013 as the Resident Director for the Swahili Flagship and African Languages Initiative programs in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Her educational background is in African Languages & Literature and Global Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her studies, Rebecca was awarded the Magdalena Hauner award for Swahili Excellence, the Foreign Language Area Studies award for advanced Swahili as well as the Wisconsin Idea Fellowship for her project implementing solar light bulbs in rural Kenya. Ms Mandich completed the AFLI program in 2011, and through her acquired fluency in the Swahili language, she was able to begin her journey of working for various translation and nonprofit organizations. Some of her most significant projects include translation of the Swahili documentary “Revolutionary Girl,” working as a translator for Health by Motorbike and publishing a collection of Swahili folk tales. Having lived, worked, and studied in various areas of East Africa such as Kenya, mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, Miss Mandich has a well-rounded view of the present language and cultural situations in East Africa. In addition to her work experience, Rebecca also has taught Swahili conversation to beginner language students at UW-Madison.
Emmanuel Petro Chacha
Academict and Internship Coordinator
Emmanuel Petro Chacha holds a BA in Education, and a MA in Linguistics from the University of Dar es Salaam. Chacha has over twenty years of experience teaching Swahili to foreigners. He taught at the Maryknoll Language School since 1983, tutoring expatriates from various parts of the globe who were assigned to work with local rural communities in Tanzania and Kenya. He also worked for the US Peace Corps volunteers program on part time basis from 2003- 2011. Chacha also has experience working as an English-Swahili translator for Save the Children Zanzibar and other NGOs in Zanzibar.
Chacha has been working and residing in Zanzibar since 2008, when he joined Zanzibar Legal Services Centre as Administration and Finance Officer. He joined the Swahili Flagship team in 2012 as a Program Assistant and Internship Coordinator. He speaks and writes four languages: Kuria, Swahili, English, and French.