March 2012

Stories from Karagwe: Juan

Stories from Karagwe: Juan

Think about the absurdity of a lifeguard being afraid of water or a kid drinking a hot cup of coffee in the middle of a warm summer day as he plays with the sand in a crowded beach. The reaction that most of you would have if you actually encountered such paradoxical scenes should be a fair comparison to the feedback and reactions we got as we planned and prepared for our camping trip to a mountain two hours away from our guest house.

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Our Safari across Tanzania

Our Safari across Tanzania

I’m sitting in our comfortable bed in the Sleep Inn Hotel in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania’s capitol), with an air conditioning unit providing a cool environment while I watch Kung Fu Panda on a flat screen television. We have come a long way from Karagwe, and have enjoyed traveling along the tourist track followed by thousands of visitors each year in Tanzania.

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Safari Njema! Our Mid-term Break in Bukoba

Safari Njema! Our Mid-term Break in Bukoba

We were all ready for our break in Bukoba. The students were excited to do something new and leave their studies behind for a few days. Paul and I were happy knowing our budget would allow for some exciting adventures. We set out on our journey from Misha walking with our backpacks ready for adventure. After waiting for the Bunda bus to arrive in Kayanga, we boarded and were off to Bukoba.

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Amizade's Partnership with Kayanga Secondary School

Amizade's Partnership with Kayanga Secondary School

Over the past 2 weeks the Tanzania semester students Carly,…

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Karibu Karagwe, Wanafunzi!

After a long week in Kampala it was time to…

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Kampala, A Bustling City

Our hotel is a nice respite from the chaos that is center city, Kampala. We have ventured into the heart of the city twice now, and even the students admit it is difficult to explain the experience in words only. People are everywhere, vehicles are everywhere (on the road, on the sidewalks, in the shoulders), and there is much to take in. Personally, I will feel much more at home in Karagwe where the most common sounds are those of farm animals… cows, goats, chickens, the lone roaster crying to wake up everyone when the sun rises.

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Traveling in East Africa… A Typical Journey

Yesterday was our big day of travel from the Karagwe district of Tanzania to Uganda’s capitol, Kampala. Travel in East Africa is typically exhilarating, scary, frustrating, and cause for great laughter all wrapped in the same journey, and rest-assured our day did not disappoint.

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The Only Mzungo in Running Shorts

We have been staying at The Mavuno Project compound for 12 days now and have become used to the amenities, pit latrines, cold showers, three square meals prepared by Mama Kennedy, and the occasional howling at 2:30 a.m. from the local dogs. Staying at the Mavuno compound with us are three individuals. Two are from Germany, and the other is from South Africa. It has been nice to interact with other visitors on a regular basis and to share stories and experiences that cover three continents. Their time here is short but their work is very important. All three individuals are in some fashion working with Mavuno on the Water tank projects.

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Amizade in Tanzania: The Bustling Streets of Stone Town

Amizade in Tanzania: The Bustling Streets of Stone Town

Narrow streets fill the historical city of Stone Town, located…

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