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Study Abroad


May 28, 2018

lasell students teaching in tanzaniaToday we headed back to the school of Lundamatwe after a long weekend of hiking, rugby, and exploring the markets of Iringa Town. Our day normally begins with breakfast at 7am, the workers here at Masumbo always prepare a delicious breakfast, and this morning we had hard boiled eggs, pineapple, and home made bread with my favorite mixed berry jam and granola. We all pile up into two vans and are on our way to school. We are always welcomed with warm bright smiles and waves from the children. As soon as we get out of the van we have students swarm us for hi-fives before class. Today we started the day with fourth grade. We reviewed our topics of animals, family, verbs, and the body from last week and had the children write sentences based upon each topic. We finish class reading a book and with a group song. The children love head, shoulders, knees, and toes! As we head into fifth grade (which is just next door) we find it difficult to get out the door due to the immense amount of hugs, waves, and of course, more hi-fives. In fifth grade we also focused on sentence making, it is fun to see each child think on there own and write down about why each animal is their favorite. I find myself more and more impressed by how much English they are learning every day. Today we ended with sixth grade where we read a book and did English comprehension. We have so many bright students who help Max and I with our Swahili everyday, I am learning so much in such a short time.

lasell students teachin in tanzaniaRecess I think is my favorite part of each day. I bring stacks and stacks of construction paper in my bag with boxes of crayons. After giving out paper and crayons to each student, I sit with about 10 children around me drawing anything their minds could imagine. One of my seventh graders Atu, loves to teach me Swahili. She will draw pictures and label them like flowers (ua), the sun (jua), and the moon (mwezi). They love to draw the Tanzanian flag (bendera) and find it fascinating when I draw mine back for them. It's always sad when the time is up and we have to go, but we end each school day with smiles, hugs, waves, and the word Kesho, which means tomorrow.

After most days of school we come back to Masumbo to have a Swahili lesson with Amani, our language teacher while we are here. Today we learned past, present, and future tenses for words to help us with our upcoming lessons. We also learned phrases to use on our last day of teaching. It is sad to think a week from today we will be on a plane heading back home to the states. Coming here I had hopes of teaching the children so many things, but I never imagined how much I would have learned from them along the way. I feel so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by such a great group of Lasell students that have become family in such a short amount of time. Although I am excited to start my journey as a new graduate when returning home, I am going to miss my Tanzania family, and wish I could join them all again in the fall.

Tomorrow we will be holding our self-esteem workshop for our seventh grade girls after school. I am looking forward to another day here in Tanzania.


Alyssa Hart