Category Archives: Study abroad in Tanzania

A Program in Ruins

Wednesday rolled around and I was still in denial about the program having ended four days prior. Shaye, Abby and Liz had recently left for home. That still left ten students in Tanzania, three of which were on Kilimanjaro and … Continue reading

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Compassion Child

My mother sponsors a child through Compassion International. I realized after coming to Tanzania that it is not unusual here to “sponsor” someone to go to school by paying for their requisite fees. A couple of the students decided to … Continue reading

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Of Shipwrecks and Flying Foxes

We got another early start our second morning in Pemba since that day’s boat ride would be the longest yet. We headed out from the dock in the direction of the Matumbi Lighthouse- I was riding in the metal motorboat, … Continue reading

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Captain Kidd and the Haunted Caves

Colleen and I agreed that we both had experienced feelings of déjà vu upon arriving in Pemba. There was something about the dilapidated concrete dock, the lushly vegetated mountainous terrain, and then heading uphill into a sparsely populated town riding … Continue reading

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Arriving in Pemba

I couldn’t resist the urge to take the students on one last field trip before the program drew to a close. We had been to Zanzibar at the end of September, but only to the main island of Unguja. This … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

I had been milling over the possibilities of where our group could eat a Thanksgiving dinner together. When my family had spent Thanksgiving in Japan in 2007, I had searched the internet for a place that would be serving a … Continue reading

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Driving Mr. Tony

As we drove away from the Lake Eyasi area I got a phone call from Daniel at Bush Routes Tours in Dar. He kept cutting in and out and even when we had reception we were going over some exceedingly … Continue reading

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Vanishing Lake

We spent our final two nights in the field camping near Lake Eyasi. After leaving the Crater interior we had driven to our campsite. Unlike our other campsites, the Lake Eyasi Bush Camp contained palm trees and abutted a vast … Continue reading

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The Crater

Day 1: Laetoli- I had a good feeling about our campsite on the rim of the Crater when we pulled into it and saw that a herd of zebras were milling around the area in which we planned to set … Continue reading

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Down on the Farm

We broke camp at Zion after just shy of a month there. That Sunday we drove to Karatu, checked into the Royal Eglon Motel as usual, and then headed to Gibbs Farm for lunch. Trudy and I knew from experience … Continue reading

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