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Study Abroad

Final Days

June 04, 2018

Lasell students in TanzaniaToday I woke up at 6:15 and stared at the ceiling with anticipation for the day. It was our last day of teaching and I was filled with a bitter sweet feeling. We have all been blessed for the past two weeks to have had the opportunity to teach kids in this beautiful country. We have all started to create bonds with all of the kids and the teachers so leaving and not knowing what the future would hold for any of us is hard to fathom. After we took our final ride to the Lundamatwe primary school, we all strolled into the 4th grade standard class and were greeted with around 70 of the biggest smiles. When I looked at the 8 bright faces that have impacted my life forever, I knew the day was going to be a water filled one, but we had books to read and papers to chora (draw). The class went amazing, but I knew it was hard for everyone to walk out knowing they would most likely never walk back in. The rest of the classes went for the most part the same way, I saw each child that I felt taught me more then I could ever teach and they will never know how much they impacted me.

After classes we had a beautiful lunch with all of the teachers, where we "shared a moment of love", as the head master put it. Lunch was followed by the teachers of the school surprising us with kangas, which is an African wrap used as a dress or a skirt. They were absolutely breathtaking and the continued amount of love we felt was out of this world. After the gift exchange the men shared a dance that was so fun and full of love and after all of us women shared a dance as well.

Lasell students in TanzaniaThe day at school was finished by all of us lining up in front of the students as they sang their school song. It was a moment I will never forget for the rest of my life. There was obviously tears streaming down all of our faces, as I looked at the people that have showed me and taught me things that I will take with me for the rest of my life. We said goodbye and drove away.

I wish I could put into words how much these kids deserve.

-Rose Sparrow