Carley Kwiatkowski, Resident Director 

Carley Kwiatkowski is a Pacific Northwest native with a passion for and connection to East Africa that stretches back over a decade ago when she lived in a rural area of Kenya for a year and a half with a host-family teaching English. It was a formative experience – one that has anchored her academic and professional endeavors in East Africa ever since. Carley first found herself in Tanzania in 2011 as a Boren Scholar studying Swahili. She later returned to Tanzania in a professional capacity where she worked primarily in social and agricultural development for the following three years. 

Carley is fluent in both Swahili and Maa. Her experiences in East Africa have made her a passionate advocate of cultural exchange and language immersion which she believes develop us into more thoughtful, informed and empathetic global citizens.

She has carried this passion into her employment with American Councils for the past year, serving as the Resident Director of the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program and African Languages Initiative program in Tanzania.


Omar Said, Academic Coordinator

Omar has been teaching Swahili for the past five years. His passion for language and teaching was inspired by his Mother and his own language learning and cultural exchange experiences.

Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Arabic and English, Omar worked as a Swahili-English translator, interpreter and instructor for several years before being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2014. As a Fulbright Scholar, Omar taught Swahili at Michigan State University where he also studied several courses in applied linguistics and pedagogy. He has continued developing his career as a Swahili Language Instructor ever since, and is currently completing his Masters Degree in Swahili. Omar has worked with American Councils for two years as a language instructor for both the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) and African Languages Initiative (AFLI) programs at MS-TCDC, until his recent appointment as the AFLI Academic Coordinator.


Grace Mkomwa, Internship Coordinator 

Grace has been working with international student exchange programs teaching Swahili for the past five years. She was raised and educated in the Arusha area, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. She later decided to switch fields and pursue her interest in education and language. Grace received her post-graduate diploma in education and is currently pursuing a Masters in Swahili. In 2013-14 Grace worked as a Swahili Language Instructor and Program Assistant for an American-based program in Karatu. She then joined MS-TCDC as a full-time staff member teaching Swahili and coordinating volunteer and internship experiences for students from a variety of European based Universities and programs. Grace has loved the opportunity to work with international students and to learn about and from different cultures. She is looking forward to her work with AFLI as the Internship Coordinator