Tanzania will be leaving many lasting impressions on my life. This experience has given me invaluable teaching experience, new friendships, and vast cultural knowledge. The amount of time that I was able to teach far exceeded my expectations. I was able to teach lessons that I created to a live classroom and reflect on my teaching. This kind of experience will stay with me forever and I will take my mistakes and accomplishments with me in my future career to make myself into the best teacher that I can be.
The friendships that I’ve made on this trip will also stay with me for the rest of my life. I have not only made close bonds with the other students in the group, but with the teachers, safari drivers, and students that I work and interact with every day. These people have been incredibly welcoming and enthusiastic to teach us about their culture and language. Everyday I learn something new about their life, their background, and their families. I know that their stories will stay with me for a long time and I will always remember their kindness and support during our time in Tanzania.
Finally, the amount of things that I’ve learned about Tanzania and it’s people is incredible. I have not only learned about their rich history and the different tribes that exist today, but I’ve had the opportunity to interact and work with the people on a regular basis. I’ve learned about their lifestyles, values, interests, hopes, and dreams. It has been quite eye opening and has provided me with a new outlook on the world and people living in poverty, which will have a lasting impression on my life. These things have changed me for the better and I will take these experiences with me into my future career and interactions.
– Lauren C.