• Changing A Mindset

    Have you ever tried to alter someone’s opinion on how to do something? Something they have been taught to do and told that it is the best and really, the only way, to do something? Changing a mindset is not easy. I have been in Tanzania, working at a rural secondary school for nine months now. One of my many tasks has been to make a monumental shift in how education is taught at our school. I say monumental as…

  • On Safari

    I had the amazing opportunity to go on safari into both the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti a few weeks back. It was truly beyond expectations and I was filled with awe nearly 24/7 for four, precious days. Here is my photo-journal. The Ngorongoro Crater was nothing that I was expecting. It is a huge caldera that includes a lake, small rivers, areas of marsh, small forests, prairies, and other areas that were dry as a bone. It was such…

  • Tanzania Sky

    Paintings in the Sky

    The glory that is the Tanzanian sky is humbling. Along with the wide-open swath of the savannahs and valleys, the combination is awe-inspiring. The mornings and evenings are filled with pinks, oranges and indigo. The days tend toward robin’s egg blues with cotton puffs dotting here and there. HOT The last few months have gotten hotter and hotter. While the actual degree has only reached the mid-80’s, my guess is, due to our proximity to the equator (3 degrees south),…

  • Changing Pedagogy

    It’s been nearly two months since I last sat down to express the enormity of working in Tanzania. My emotions have soared and plummeted, only to soar again the next week. But, as though through the eye of a scientist, I am learning to: slow down, study with a questioning eye the ponderous inefficiencies, observe the general patterns and tendencies, and take note of the possible ways I can make small wedges to widen the potential for positive shifts. In…

  • Sky is the Limit mural

    Mungere Secondary School

    My dream is now my reality. I still keep pinching myself. I live in Tanzania! This country is so beautiful. From the smiling children out herding goats and cows to the amazing students at Mungere Secondary School where I work, to the undulating golden grasses, Acacia trees and the ever-present green backdrop of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. Every day is a wonder. First Three Weeks Outside my window, I hear a light fluttering as the wind filters through the…

  • Hitting Refresh!

    I’m hitting the Refresh button yet again. But this time I am pursuing a life-long dream. I’m headed to Tanzania, Africa. For most of my life, I have wanted to help people in developing countries, with the continent of Africa being the illusive cherry on top. While I did get a short opportunity to dip my toe into the beautiful continent when I briefly worked in Nigeria, I was at an American school with primarily foreign students from the embassies.…