Kayanga School DayOver the past 2 weeks the Tanzania semester students Carly, Isabel, and Sarah have been volunteering 6 hours a week; teaching English at Kayanga Secondary School. The school is located on the outskirts of Kayanga overlooking the mile high view of the valley below. It takes the students approximately 10-15 minutes to walk the 1200 meters downhill from Misha Guest House to the school. The trek back to Misha is demanding but as I always say what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. The school is home to 555 students, 10 full-time, and 3 unpaid part-timers. The classrooms are packed with students between the ages of 13-23.

Our students have been teaching English to the Form 3 students who range from 14-19 years of age. The work is quite challenging and demands much attention and I have been able to exercise my expertise in assisting with planning and preparation. I have also been able to observe and reflect with the students on methodology in the classroom as well as classroom management tips and skills. The “student teachers” are getting a great opportunity to practice their skills and their students are benefiting greatly from learning from native speakers.

The students have been able to take full advantage of a new classroom which has just been finished. A donation by Amizade this past summer allowed for the completion of the classroom. The school patron/ counselor/ English teacher; Mr. Justin Osward couldn’t express his gratitude more clearly. With the addition of this classroom the school has been able to expand for the ever increasing student enrollment. Caitlin and I feel very happy to be working for an organization that has generously supported the local community.

Many thanks to Amizade from the students and faculty at Kayanga Secondary!