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Reflections on Tanzania

It’s been a delight talking to our students who went on the Global Classroom expedition to Tanzania over Chinese New Year.

They are so full of excitement about their time working with the children in Tanzania and discovering the local history and culture, and have learnt such a lot as a result of it.

Our students were in Tanzania as part of a group of 106 Nord Anglia Education students from 18 schools, representing 11 countries from around the world. This was the first year of NAE working with the Maua English Medium School in Tanzania, but the hope is to carry on this work in the years to come.

On Tuesday we gathered together to get their feedback on their adventure and this is some of what they had to say…

I had such a great time teaching the children Maths. We had put in a lot of time and effort planning our lessons before we went out to Tanzania, so I really enjoyed putting it into practice and helping the children to learn. It was such a shock to see such real poverty up close – I was very pleased that we’d brought along all our teaching resources and we all left everything there at the school to use in the future.” Kelly Kim, Year 10

“Our trip really made me realize how much we take everything we have for granted and that we really are spoilt! I realized that I shouldn’t complain about things – the trip has made me much more grateful for what I have. I really enjoyed playing with the children – they had such fun playing without the need for any electricity, which is very rare for people like us these days!” Serena Migliorati, Year 10

“We saw such a stark contrast between our lives and theirs throughout the whole trip,  that it really made me appreciate the things that I have more. The thing I enjoyed most about the trip was playing with the children – they were so happy to play with us and it made me happy.” Nathan Camp, Year 12

“The thing I’m going to take away with me from our experience is not to worry about the little things. There’s so many things I stress about on a daily basis, that when I think about the things that those children had to worry about it really puts my troubles into perspective! The children there really inspired me to want to go back and help them again. One problem they have is that they can’t have a brick kitchen because they can’t afford to build a chimney which would cost $750, so they instead have a wooden kitchen which is not safe, secure or hygienic. We would all love to go back and build them a chimney.” Katie White, Year 12

“Since coming back from Tanzania, I’ve really wanted to spend more time with my family, after seeing how little some people have. I definitely won’t take people for granted anymore. I really enjoyed the teaching even though it was very nerve-wracking. The kids made us feel welcome though as they were so keen to learn. I also want to be more positive towards everything I do in life, like the children we met in Tanzania always are.” Meher Kovoor, Year 9

“I will definitely appreciate what I have and feel more grateful for it after our experience in Tanzania. Everything we have purely by chance of what family we were born into, we really shouldn’t take for granted. I went on the excursion to Zanzibar and loved experiencing the culture which is so different to the Western culture I know. It was very interesting to see the site of the slave market ad learn about the country's history. The children had a school anthem which they sing every day - it was so touching to see how proud they are of their school." Freya MacKenzie, Year 9

“I really enjoyed the teaching - all the children were so interactive and very keen to learn. They wanted our company and attention: their class sizes are so big - 1 teacher to 35 or 40 children. It really struck me how thankful they are even for just a little. I really enjoyed the safari we went on too, but being with the children was definitely my highlight. Seeing them smile gave me so much more happiness than seeing a lion on safari.” Chloe Tytherleigh, Year 12

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