Now that the homework is almost done…it’s time to really think about the exciting adventure about to start. So here are my thoughts on the following two questions: What am I looking forward to? and What do I hope to learn?
Big Picture Thoughts: Going into a new country with different customs, food, lifestyles and cultures is overwhelming. Well folks, I love that overwhelming feeling. It is what I look forward to the most. That sense of overstimulation is an indication of how much there is to learn. That leads me into my next question: What do I hope to learn? Everything. While enveloped in a new culture, almost every aspect of your day is an opportunity to learn. I hope to embrace these situations and become knowledgable of the lifestyle and culture of Tanzania.
Smaller Scale Thoughts: Specifically, I’m looking forward to many things: the food, the beautiful landscape, warm weather, new friends and my students. This will be my first classroom and I cannot wait to meet my students and jump into our lessons. Even more than teaching the students, I’m looking forward to them teaching me. I have so much to learn about their lives, families and dreams. They will help me learn who I am as a teacher (hopefully good things, but we’ll see). Not many college students have the opportunity to further their education by teaching abroad. I plan to make the most of this experience and develop as an individual and teacher.