Updates from Tanzania:
2 Feb 2014 - "We all arrived safe and sound in the most amazing camp yesterday. We have great tents, a camp fire, an african talking tree where the students can hang out and amazingly a swimming pool.
We were really tired after the journey so we all managed to sleep really well. After breakfast we managed to meet up in our teaching groups to go over our lesson plans and discuss the resources etc that we have brought with us.
We had a wonderful and inspiring talk from the owner of the foundation, today was the day he had dreamed of for a very long time, 105 students excited and ready to help students in Tanzania.
This afternoon we split into groups and each spent time learning some Swahili, making beaded bracelets and learning an African dance! We are all very hot and very dusty but also very happy! Some of the orphans came to meet us and helped us with our Swahili and with our dancing.
So all in all a fantastic day, I am very sure that we will all sleep well again and ready for our trips and teaching etc tomorrow!"
5 Feb 2014 - "On Monday we split into our pre-designated groups so Shunyi students are currently in very different locations. One group is working on renovating the classrooms while another group is teaching the students from the Maua School. A third are away on safari and the fourth group, which I am currently with, are in Zanzibar.
We went to swim with dolphins this morning and also to do some snorkelling. We have had some fantastic conversations and reflections this afternoon about our activity. Tourism is obviously a major provider of jobs and revenue for the locals, but at what cost? The conversation ranged from loss of cultural identity to pollution and I was really impressed by the clarity and depth of thought of our students. We will certainly be posting on the Global Classroom about this in the next few hours so please do take a look. The other groups will also be posting and hopefully with photos too so keep checking on the GC."
6 Feb 2014 "A group of the students today taught class 6 and class 7. Our students worked really hard to create interesting and exciting lessons and we are very proud of how they worked with all the children. It had been a very exciting, productive and worthwhile day!"