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BGSU professor featured on “House Hunters International”

When students turn on their TV, they might see assistant professor Matt Kutz on their screens.

Matt, who teaches in the school of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies, was featured on the HGTV show, “House Hunters International” with his family.

Matt and his family moved to Rwanda from January to July of this year because he got a Fulbright Scholarship.

Before moving to Rwanda, Matt sent “House Hunters International” an email asking to be on the show, he said.

After a month or two, the show contacted him and set up a time for filming, as the show hadn’t featured any houses in Africa, he said.

Once Matt and his family got to Rwanda, they looked at around 20 houses before choosing the house they wanted.

“When we picked the house, [“House Hunters International”] came, filmed the house we actually picked and then two random ones … we looked at and re-enacted,” Matt said.

Filming happened in March 2013 and the crew was there for a week.

“I couldn’t wait to wake up every morning,” Angie said. “You literally spend all day [filming].”

While her husband was teaching, Angie had time to homeschool their two children.

“I bought a whole curriculum on Africa when we found out were going there,” she said. “We talked a lot about Nelson Mandela and visited his hometown.”

Homeschooling wasn’t just out of convenience for Angie and the boys, though.

“[It was] something that we could keep steady to make the transition better,” she said.

Being far away from family for six months was hard, but the Internet helped ease the homesickness, Angie said.

“I am so thankful that there is Facebook and that we could Skype,” she said.

Being far away gave the Kutzes more time to spend together and create memories while exploring Africa.

Matt and his family had the opportunity to live in Rwanda because Matt received a Fulbright Scholarship.

Being a Fulbright Scholar is a “prestigious reward” according to John Fischer, associate dean of the college of education and human development.

“People come from all over the world to study in the U.S.,” Fischer said.

Instead of having people come to the States to learn, the teachers go to the students, Fischer said.

“The scholars go over and teach at an institution in a foreign country to kind of give them America’s best and brightest faculty members to equip their students and their faculty,” Matt said.

The Fulbright program was created after World War II as a way for the States to help other countries advance in education, Fischer said.

Living and teaching in Rwanda, as well as being featured on “House Hunters International” was a dream come true for Matt and his family.

“It was one of our highlights of our lives,” Matt said.

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