Study Abroad

Third Day of Teaching

May 22, 2017

Habari all!

It's been a whirlwind of a week so far. This has been the most incredible experience and it's not even halfway over yet. I can't wait to see what else this trip and country has to offer.

Today was our third day of teaching. The school opened up just for us to come in the morning to teach the fourth, fifth and sixth graders. I was amazed to see the amount of kids that showed up to school on a Saturday when it wasn't mandatory! Every single student in all my age groups were there today and 100% engaged in our lessons. The way these children look at us while teaching and are really interested and actually want to learn is so refreshing. They're basically fighting about who gets to sit closest to us when we're reading them stories! My favorite part so far is being able to see their confidence grow with their English and watching them experience the light bulb moment. Just three days into teaching and I've already seen such a difference in many of the kids and I couldn't be more excited to see how much more they'll grow in the next few days.

After teaching today, we went to a Tanzania cultural festival called the Isimila Festival. It was probably one of the coolest thing that we've done so far on this trip. There were a bunch of local vendors selling different crafts, like bracelets, clothing, bags, tapestries and paintings. Everything was beyond beautiful! Different artists and bands were preforming throughout the day. Of course, there was lots of local food and drinks being sold, too. Fun fact: beer here is about 3000 TSH, which is about $1.50 USD, a small homemade pizza is $5, and a bottle of soda is $1.00!

Tomorrow is our rest day and we get to play around our camp site. There's a river right behind many of our bandas that has a swimming hole and a zip line going across! Rumor has it that there's a hippo in the river, but we'll find out more about that tomorrow. There also a ton of rocks in the river that we've been climbing on The landscape here is beyond beautiful, none of the pictures I've taken can even do it justice.

Much love,
Shannon Motz