Preparing for TravelPosted: March 25, 2013
Arusha, Tanzania. 39 days till departure. HOLY SMOKES! This is actually happening! Two years ago I was sitting in a Tanzania informational meeting knowing that I belonged on the trip but also knowing that it was a unobtainable dream based on my financial situation. However, my heart and dreams yearned for the opportunity to be immersed in a different culture and use my gift of teaching to impact others. My dream of Tanzania did not end after the first meeting two years ago and I am so excited to say that my dream is starting to become a reality! I am beyond excited for this 4 week adventure!!
Preparing for this trip is taking a lot out of me. There are so many things that need to be taken care of and things that I have yet to do before I can step onto the plane feeling prepared. From medications to deciding what shoes to bring are all decisions that need to be made. I walk away from the meetings feeling a bit overwhelmed but also more and more excited about our trip. I am so excited to be immersed and witness a different culture. I am also finding that I am a huge fan of Swahili. It is so easy to read and just makes sense.
Compared to some people that are going on this trip, I have had more teaching experience. I have completed my teaching assisting and student teaching last semester. During my student teaching placement, I taught mostly about social issues and how to handle situations and behavior problems compared to actual teaching content. Therefore, I am so excited to actually teaching classroom subjects, content and the opportunity to practice teaching strategies! I can not wait to see the impacts that this trip will have in my life!