Degou, who lives in a modest garden cottage, has adapted well to living abroad.
“There are grocery stores, movie theaters and a mall, so it wasn’t a total culture shock,” she said. “But the culture is more laid back. Everything moves a little bit slower, and that’s something I’ve had to adapt to.
“Any time you can go out of your comfort zone and put yourself in someone else’s shoes, especially people who don’t have as much as you, is extremely eye-opening,” Degou said. “The people over there believe in the South African humanist philosophy of Ubuntu, which the Boston Celtics used when they won their championship in 2008, focusing on people’s allegiances and relations with each other.”