Tanzania

 

The Learning Lab Project

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WorldTeach volunteer Chelsea is getting creative while finding ways to engage her students.   I’m not going to lie, teaching with no resources is a challenge. I have to constantly be on my toes thinking of ways to make a class interesting and understandable with very little to work with. However, learning a foreign language with no resources is 100X more daunting. How can my kids learn without dictionaries or textbooks? How can they become interested in such a difficult language with no fun, interesting stories to read? While I’m here I am a resource, of sorts, for my students but I am only here for a few more months and come on, I’m not THAT interesting.   I never…

Celebrations in Tanzania

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This holiday season, WT volunteer Chelsea shares a story of a Tanzanian celebration.   Celebrations in Tanzania come in all shapes and sizes. Drumming coming from the village huts all night long, various high-pitched yell/screams, fake flower decorations, dancing, and LONG impromptu speeches are just some of the aspects of celebrations I have witnessed or have had personal involvement. Last weekend we had a celebration for one of our fellow teachers who got married in September. The day before we gave some money for a gift and we were told that the celebration would begin at 1 pm in the staff room the following day.   The next day at about 11 am we were called outside to begin the…

Project: Dictionary

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WorldTeach volunteer Abby Skelton needs your help to get dictionaries to her students in Tanzania.    In the English Syllabus prescribed by the Tanzanian Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, every form has a unit called “Using a Dictionary.” I happen to believe that this is a very important unit – especially when you are learning a second language. Whether it’s English or English-Swahili, dictionaries are instrumental in comprehension. Herein lies the problem: at a school of 131 students – and growing – we have two and a half standard English dictionaries and it seems like only three students per class of thirty to forty have an English-Swahili dictionary.   Maybe it was just my household, but growing up, there…

Being an Island of Excellence in a Sea of No Competition

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Days in Tanzania are long; they’re hot and humid and they are busy and boring. They start at the break of dawn and continue long past the sun is set – which, might I add, happens at the same exact time every day, offering predictability but also monotony. The days drag on, yet the weeks seem to fly by and the months move so fast you can barely see them.   As I’m sure is true in any corner of the world, putting your nose to the grindstone day after day is exhausting. Some mornings you wake up more tired than you were when you went to sleep. Some days the tasks ahead of you before you can climb back…

‘Wanafunzi’ – Students

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WorldTeach volunteer Emily Auer describes a typical school day in Tanzania. A school day starts with a call from my headmaster saying “Twende!” or “Let’s go!” between 7:10 and 7:30 am. We then drive the 15 minutes to school where he drops me in front of the administration block. After shaking the 5 to 10 hands between me and the staff room, I sign into the teachers book. Meanwhile, the students have been on campus “cleaning the environment” since  7 or 7:15. This entails sweeping all of the pathways, sweeping and mopping the administration block, arranging the desks and chairs in the staff room, watering the plants, and generally making the school grounds look as immaculate as possible. Now you…

Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable in Tanzania

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WorldTeach volunteer Chelsea Reist talks about how she has learned to be okay with going outside her comfort zone during her stay in Tanzania.. Over the years I have discovered that there are many ways to feel uncomfortable. I have also learned that being uncomfortable is not all bad. During my years as a university student and basketball player I was constantly forced into situations that made me uncomfortable but I think these are the moments where I really grew. I want to share 3 example/stories of this here in Tanzania: 1)      Transportation So to give you a brief overview of transportation in Tanzania – if you thought no one or no other thing could fit in or on a vehicle…you…

Buzzed… WorldTeach Tanzania Adventures

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WorldTeach Tanzania Volunteer takes a trip to the salon to get a trim and leaves with a big surprise! Read on to hear about her cosmetic mix up and more of her adventures in Tanzania… Boy oh boy have the last 36 hours been an adventure. First things first, I no longer have hair. How did this happen you ask? My mane was getting out of hand and I needed to get a trim. I asked my friend here Madam Grace (who is a very stylish primary school teacher with good hair by the way) if she could tell me the best salon in Bariadi. She graciously offered to take me there after school on Friday and translate for me….

Classroom Creativity in Tanzania

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Last week’s blog showed how a WorldTeach Namibia volunteer used a pen pal program to foster learning in Namibia. In a different region of Africa, a WorldTeach Tanzania volunteer has also found creative ways to encourage learning in a school with limited resources. Read on to learn about Katie’s creative techniques in Tanzania… At orientation nine months ago (yikes!) we had a session(s) about teaching in a classroom with limited resources and the possibility for encountering this situation in our schools. That first day of school seems ages ago, but I remember my first time going into the classroom armed with a handful of chalk and a lesson plan I’d put together based on where they’d left off at the…

An Unexpected Friend In Tanzania

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Leigh Bercaw has been in Tanzania since June. On a recent ferry ride back from Zanzibar, Leigh made an unexpected friend and saw firsthand how we can make connections with individuals who at first appear so different from us. Read on to hear about Leigh’s encounter with a new friend during her time with WorldTeach Tanzania… Sometimes making friends feels like Red Rover and you just got called over, sometimes making friends is as easy as the right person sitting next to you on the ferry and asking you a lot of questions about Barack Obama’s hygiene habits. Today I met Daniel on the way home from Zanzibar. He was really disappointed I didn’t know more about Obama’s daily routine,…

Save Your Change to Bring Change

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Read about what WorldTeach Tanzania volunteer, Elizabeth Martin, is doing to start a school breakfast program.   On Monday, my school began serving porridge, Uji, to all students during our morning break. In the 5 months that I’ve been teaching at Bukiriro, the academic master at school and I are the only people who would eat or drink during the day. Taking this step to feed the whole school has been more of a leap for us, but one that has been extremely positive! My students walk up to 8km to school in the morning on an empty stomach, waking up well before the sun rises. They sit through classes all day, and then walk all 8km home on an…