Sabbatical Trip Log: Sept 2022 – Sept 2023

I, Pete Schwartz (My CV) left New York City on August 31, 2022  to spend a year working on Insulated Solar Electric Cooking (ISECooking) Technologies with collaborating enterprises in Africa, India, Nepal, and Fiji.  The trip resulted in an improved ISECooker construction manual and this short Project Summary.


The blog is separated into 12, roughly month-long segments.



Europe: Sept. 1 – Sept 11, coming to Africa

Uganda: Sept 12 – Oct. 6

Malawi: Oct. 7 – Nov. 11

Togo: Nov. 11 – Dec. 13

Ghana/Tanzania: Dec. 14 – Jan 14

Malawi: Jan 14 – Feb 11

Zambia/Malawi: Feb. 11 – March 11

Ethiopia/India: March 12 – April 18

Nepal, the first month: April 19 – May 18

Nepal, the second month: May 19 – June 18

Nepal, the third month: June 19 – July 18

Nepal to Fiji to California: July 19 – August 16

Back to California: August 16


Collaborators from left to right: Fiji, Jamaica, Liberia, Ghana, Togo, Cameroon, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Ethiopia, Gujarat, Kerala, Nepal.
Boldface: Collaborators I visited, documented in the websites linked above.


I funded this trip myself, but the ISECooking projects were funded by UK Aid through MECS (Modern Energy Cooking Services).  After negotiating with MECS from June 2022 – June 2023, which left the project in limbo, Cal Poly rejected the grant, leaving future funding uncertain.  Details are on my funding fiasco page.