Lasting Impressions

This has been an experience that will be a part of my life everyday. I will constantly be thinking about the places we have been, the people we have met, and the friendships we have made. Reflecting on this trip is not an easy thing to do since it does not feel like it is over. I guess it feels that way because I have been neglecting the thoughts of this trip being over. Leaving this country is going to be so bittersweet. I have made such amazing friends and have had the experience of a lifetime, but leaving Arusha is going to be so hard. I know we will all shed a few tears and be sad for a while, but we all need to remember how much fun we have had and how the trip is going to benefit our future careers and even ourselves.

Having the chance to come on a trip like this one has had left me with many impressions. I will be taking away memories from each and every day. Teaching at Lutheran has helped me become a more confident teacher. I have learned how to help those who truly do not understand, especially those who do not know English. The language barrier that we all had to face in our schools has been something we have learned how to deal with in the best ways possible. I know I will be coming home with more certainty in helping those who are struggling or who do not understand.

Being in Tanzania has also helped me be more laid back when problems arise. The calm and hakuna matata lifestyle has left its mark on all of us, and I can say with much confidence that that is something I will be bringing home with me. It is something that all Americans need more of. We need to not worry when it’s been 20 minutes and we are still waiting on our driver, or one hour and our food has not shown up. These things are so minor, We realize this now, but at home it is a different story.

As of now I have learned more about myself than I ever have before. I can see how I have changed, maybe not that much, but a small change is still a change. I can see myself being a teacher and being a successful one, I can see all of these wonderful people and how they have helped make this experience the one it was. I am going to miss every little thing about this country and everyone who I have met. Building these friendships is something that all of us will bring home and cherish for a lifetime. For now, I will be saving up every penny I have so I can return to Arusha someday and visit those who have impacted me and, of course, to reach the top of Kilimanjaro ☺

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