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Feb 4, 2020 - Tues Feb 4, 2020 - Arusha

A sleep in day, however most of us are in the breakfast room by 8am. The commandant ‘Angel’ (totally misnamed) is in fine form. One of us orders an omelette and she gives it to someone else, not just once but several occasions. Shane finally has had it and gives her a piece of his mind. We laugh later but it is so annoying - we must report her to the front office manager, Bernadette, who is a delight! Kitamu Coffee cafe has been listed as the top coffee place in Arusha so Rod, Charlene, Tammy, Shane, Lois & I jump in a taxi and head there....

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Feb 3, 2020 - Mon Feb 3, 2020 - Zanzibar / Stone Town - Arusha

Up bright and early eating breakfast overlooking the beach. A glorious sunny morning! Our transfer arrives just before 8am and we are off to the airport for our flight to Arusha. Check in is very slow, however we still manage to leave 10 minutes early and arrive in Dar Es Salaam 20 minutes early. Thank heavens as the confusion never seems to end. We are ushered into the international terminal as our flight originated in Nairobi. We show our boarding cards and skip the line to the transfer area (so much for security!). This consists of a...

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May 10, 2018 - Arusha National Park

Today we went to Arusha National Park for an all day game drive. We had breakfast at 8:00, met the "briefer" -company guy - at 8:30 and headed to the park at 9:30. It took about 45 minutes to get to the gate. We drove on a very bumpy muddy road in the rain and saw lots of baboons, giraffes, zeebras, Cay Buffalo, warthogs, water bucks and flamingos. We Had a lovely picnic box lunch over looking a lake. Then we met a park ranger named happy, with a big gun, and took a walk through the grasslands for about 90 minutes. The sun came out. We...

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Safari in Tanzania

May 9, 2018 - Arrive in Tanzania

We will be staying at the Arusha Serena Lodge for 2 nights while we visit Arusha National Park, our first of five parks. We arrived at the Tanzania airport on time about 8:00. We already had our visas so we moved thru immigration fairly wuickly. We grabbed our bags and met our guide Adam. We were expecting John... not sure about that but Adsm seems great. We arrived at the Arusha Serena (formerly Lake Dulai) and got our single rooms; lovely!!! I like the beautiful mosquito netting, giantic bath, andbalcony! I had a glass of wine and caught...

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Feb 15, 2018 - Final teaching

Tomorrow is my last day at the school and is a half day. I am looking forward to moving on but I will miss the teaching in that I feel I have become more valuable as time has gone on and can better determine what is going well and what areas could use some help. The reading method might be tedious, but it is cheap and effective so now I am looking for ideas to help problem solving, critical thinking and world view. I guess that is a tall order for five year olds in a place without much for resources. As I have mentioned, story time is a...

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Feb 13, 2018 - Etc.

Power is out (all over Tanzania from what Mama Liz says) for some unknown reason so this will be quick. Well, it turned out not quick enough. I use my old notebook computer which doesn't give any warning before it shuts down but the power is back on. At school, story time seems to have some staying power. It continued while I was gone and since I have returned. I think tomorrow I am going to hit up a couple more book stores to see if I can find some additional story books in Swahili. The children really get so excited. Another one of the...

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Feb 7, 2018 - Storybooks

I decided that a story time would give the children an incentive to read. So the school director, another volunteer and I went back to the book store. They wanted to get some other things and I wanted to buy some story books in Swahili. Unfortunately, there were almost none. There were lots of story books in English but not in Swahili. I hope there are other book stores that have more but this one had maybe 7, and one of them, the title in Swahili was "Dreaming of America." So I bought one or two copies of all of the others. My co-teacher,...

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Feb 1, 2018 - Reflections etc.

There are periods of time when I don't think about the foreignness of being here but much of the time I am aware of unpaved, dusty, rutted roads with men pushing large wooden two wheeled carts, of donkeys and the tiny shops and outside stands filled with second hand goods that line the road. I think a lot about immigrants to America who get deported, especially the dreamers who only know the life I am accustomed to. All of a sudden, their whole life is turned upside down and they are told, "this is your new reality." We can never know what...

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Jan 30, 2018 - Routine 2

The last couple of days have been pretty routine. Each day I went to school and worked with the children then came home. The work with the children is challenging in a way because I don't think my local colleagues consider anything but traditional ways of learning, that we would consider rote, to be legit. They are very good with me and I do a few lessons each day, mostly to break up the monotony for the children. My co-teacher has a hard time allowing the children to do things their own way. He really wants a "right" way. Several days a...

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Jan 28, 2018 - Weekend - Orphanage and other places

Saturday was one of those days where I would like to have videoed the whole day and uploaded 70 pictures. Three of us went out to the orphanage which is really more like a group foster home. It is out at a sister school of the one where I work and one that I visited before but not the orphanage section. Some of the children have a parent or family members but their families cannot take care of them for a number of reasons. HIV is the number one cause of death here. It is not even in the top 20 at home (WHO 2016). The three of us who visited...

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Jan 26, 2018 - The Dark Side

Every Thursday night all the volunteers get together at one of the volunteer houses. Usually people talk about challenges. Last night the volunteers were asked for proposals of how to spend a little money that has been collected over time, about $500. Several proposals were submitted but I couldn't vote. Each of them sounded worthy to me. I really think the nurses and other in medical volunteer positions have it the worst. A group of nurses from Chile wanted to replace the overhead light in the operating room. The light is broken. One of...

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Jan 25, 2018 - I am not "madam"

The director of my school told me I might be better used by teaching at a higher grade at one of his other schools, but I like where I am and I think people are beginning to relax around me. My team teacher Yosia kept addressing me as madam. I know it is a term of respect, but I told him, and the rest of the staff that they needed to address me as Peggy. I don't really mind being called madam in restaurants or hotels in various parts of the world, but not with people I am working with. In the street I am usually called mama or sometimes...

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