Archive for Category: "tanzania"
Even a stay at Mafia Beach, where there are tons of activities for tourists, showed me that I’d no longer be a coddled backpacker
I met Ruhaila on my first day of teaching. She was sitting quietly, arms wrapped lovingly around her dictionary, with a sassy smirk across her face. She was intimidating and looked like she was not being challenged. Great, I thought. Here I was, my first day, teaching a class not even listed on my schedule with a know-it-all sitting front and center waiting for me to teach about environmental degradation
Every Monday through Friday I take my lunch break around 10am, which may seem early butI’m famished by then after being awake since 5:45am. This lunch break was a little unusual as I overheard a screaming match between the Swahili teacher and a 16-year-old boy with guilt written all over his face.
I’m here in Tanzania to finish up my master’s degree by doing research on children’s literacy. While I had planned to start up my research in June, upon arrival I found out that the schools had let out for a somewhat spontaneous, month-long break, leaving me research-less for about a month
A mirage of hums, chants, and other sounds I thought were impossible to make with a person’s vocal chords echoed outside my hotel window in Arusha, Tanzania. I peered out hesitantly and concluded it was a tribe of Maasai men enthusiastically welcoming us to their culture. These men clad with red and blue-checkered material jumped in unison, holding cane-like sticks in their hand.