Tanzania

 

A Day in the Life: WorldTeach Tanzania

Posted by Heather Tang in Tanzania

Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a WorldTeach volunteer? Watch this amazing video to share in the daily experiences of Lauren Godfrey, who volunteered at the Muyenzi Secondary School in Tanzania. Follow Lauren as she goes through her life’s everyday adventures with its morning motorcycle rides, debate club meetings, soccer matches, and trips to the town’s market!     Thank you, Lauren, for creating this video, and for the fantastic work you’ve done in Tanzania!   To see more videos about daily life volunteering abroad, check out the WorldTeach Youtube channel. For more information about WorldTeach programs, visit our website at www.worldteach.org. If you have any additional questions, feel free to email us at [email protected] or give us a…

Change and Be Changed: Reflections from the First Female Teacher in a Tanzania School

Posted by Heather Tang in Tanzania

Arriving as the only woman at the Bukiriro School in Tanzania is certainly intimidating, but WorldTeach volunteer Elizabeth Martin has handled the experience with the utmost skill. Teaching math to classes of up to 75 students, Elizabeth has come to realize that the most important learning happens outside of the typical classroom setting. In this CNN iReport, she tells of her life during the first five weeks teaching at the Bukiriro School. Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth!     “Welcome to Tanzania! You will be teaching at Bukiriro Secondary School in Rulenge-Ngara. Karibu sana!” I stepped off the plane in Dar es Salaam with only two backpacks of life essentials, a few words of Swahili written on my hand, and too many…

10 Commandments for Volunteering in Tanzania

Posted by WTTech in Tanzania

Marissa Ranieri’s departure date for Tanzania is quickly approaching! As she awaits this day, both nervous and excieted, Marissa has set several “commandments” to abide by while she teaches abroad. Check out her 10 Commandments and awesome perspective on volunteering abroad below! Habari!   Once again, I’ve been inspired by Kim over at So Many Places (remember her from this time and this time?), and following her pre-departure declaration of The Travel Commandments, I thought it would be a great idea to come up with my own.   Without further ado, I present to you my own 10 Commandments, to guide my experience abroad, to remind me to be true to myself, and to make the best decisions in any…

Do What You Love

Posted by WTTech in Tanzania

As our Tanzania volunteers prepare to depart, Marisa Ranieri is already getting excited. Her blog, tanzania365.com, is updated on a regular basis. In this post she explains why she decided to teach in Tanzania.   “We must do what we absolutely love, or we run the risk of doing nothing at all”   I saw this on a postcard while visiting my grandparents in Bradenton, Florida and it hit me. In less than 20 words, a postcard had summarized WHY I want to leave my friends, family and the security of warm, running water to teach in Tanzania. If four years in college taught me anything, it’s that I’m pretty much not sure about everything. The things I am sure…

The Courage of Volunteering Abroad

Posted by Heather Tang in Tanzania

WorldTeach volunteer Matt Mills speaks to the great and lasting effects that a year volunteering abroad with WorldTeach can make. Matt talks about the importance of courage, both gaining courage and instilling it in those you meet. Teaching in a new country, a new culture, and with new people can not only be exciting but also frightening. Matt explains the necessity of stepping out of one’s comfort zone to embrace the unknown and attain the truly life-altering sense of fulfillment that comes with teaching abroad. A Lesson in Courage “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the acknowledgment that something is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon   “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear- not…

Rain, Rain, Go or Stay

Posted by Heather Tang in Tanzania

Are you wondering what fall weather will bring and how to prepare appropriately where you’re living? Matt, a Tanzania WorldTeach volunteer, recounts his experiences with “rainy season” in Tanzania, and the fascinating beauty, power and universality of nature. Right now in Tanzania, we are in the midst of the rainy season of the year.   At times it can be a fascinating display of nature’s power that I never really experienced back in the US. I can see why it’s called the “rainy season”, since it tends to rain just about every day. However, it doesn’t rain hard every day. Some days there is just a brief shower and other days it will rain so hard that it can wake…

Pre and Post Teaching

Posted by Heather Tang in Tanzania

Working in a school in another country will certainly make you to think about your preconceived notions of the education system, and will sometimes require you to put them aside. Schools in all of the countries WorldTeach partners with vary a great deal and flexibility will be one of your keys for success. When you open your mind to new ways of looking at learning and teaching, you will find that you can make a real impression on your students that you will both be able to feel and see.   Megan, a WorldTeach Tanzania volunteer, shares her first classroom experience in Tanzania followed by one of her last days and some reflections on her experience.   From October 6,…

Mzumbe Running

Posted by WTTech in Tanzania

For many of our WorldTeach volunteers, staying in shape while serving abroad is a priority both as a way of developing a daily routine in a new home as well as a great way to relieve stress and unwind after a challenging day of teaching and straining to understand a foreign language. WorldTeach volunteer Matt Mills shares below the adventures of his daily running routine in Mzumbe, Tanzania.     For anyone who may or may not be aware, running is a very big constant in my life and has been for many many years. Even back at home when I’m at my busiest, I always found time to run on a regular basis- almost everyday. When I came to…

Home Is Where the Moyo* Is

Posted by Heather Tang in Tanzania

Shannon Schaubroeck, currently a staff intern at WorldTeach’s Cambridge office and a sophomore at Harvard, shares with us a reflection on her experience growing up in Tanzania, where WorldTeach has just recently opened its newest year-long program.  (*”Moyo” is Swahili for “heart”.)     My brothers and I grew up in the tiny Tanzanian village of Nshupu, which was perched on the side of Meru, an active volcano full of wild and mazy jungles. I remember when my youngest brother, Joshua, started attending a primary school on the other side of the river, and I’d walk him to class in the early mornings. After his first day at school, he came running home with a tear-streaked face, howling about the…