Tanzania Yetu

First, I’m always a bit torn about how to share my experiences abroad. I almost feel a sense of responsibility to protect the people and culture I love so much from misunderstanding and judgement. So I must say before I talk about my experiences, that the lack of development in Africa has nothing to do with the competence and intelligence of its people, but with the political and economic system and the lack of access to education and resources. Continue reading “Tanzania Yetu”

The Kiswahili Challenge

So I’m learning Kiswahili before I head to Tanzania this summer. What is Kiswahili you ask? Well. Let me tell you. Kiswahili is actually the proper name of the language Swahili, spoken in many countries in East Africa. It’s just that we say it wrong, and don’t even know that we say it wrong. It drives Kiswahili speaking people crazy! Continue reading “The Kiswahili Challenge”

No Plans

I remember the moment I realized I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life, and the feeling of simultaneous fear and freedom. I had my whole life planned out. Then I moved away from home, and from everything I knew or that was comfortable. Of course I always have an idea about what I’d like to happen, it’s just that, it usually doesn’t happen. Like ever. Flexibility is something I’ve acquired through moving and traveling, and it’s saved me time and time again. Continue reading “No Plans”

The Art of Being Uncomfortable

Many of us, myself included, often avoid being uncomfortable. It just doesn’t feel good. Why would we want to go out of our way to feel out of place, awkward, or not at ease? While we can try to avoid feeling uncomfortable, it’s completely unrealistic to feel comfortable all the time. Change and growth is part of life. Change is much more enjoyable when I embrace it, rather than fight or avoid it. In my personal experience, embracing the feeling of being uncomfortable has totally transformed my journey. Continue reading “The Art of Being Uncomfortable”

The Truth About Education in Tanzania


“Mwana unleavyo ndivyo akuavo”

As you Bring A Child Up, So He Will Be

 

Imagine you are in grade school. You are about 12-13 years old, have just completed your primary education, and are about to transition into a new and exciting period of your life as you enter secondary school or high school if you are a student from the United States. You will be going to a new school and do not know what to expect, you are feeling nervous excitement. It is your first day of school and to your surprise, your classes are taught in a completely different language! You’ve had some lessons in this foreign language, but you certainly do not speak it, nor can you read it. What would you do in this situation and who could you turn to for help? Imagine how limited your opportunities would be if your education ended abruptly at the high school level because of a language barrier. This is your reality if you are a student in the Tanzanian education system. A system set up only for wealthy children to succeed and less than 30% of average students to achieve secondary education. Continue reading “The Truth About Education in Tanzania”

My Bio

Former investigator, now Public Health professional and current PhD student. I’m a world traveler, advocate for human rights, health, and education. I grew up in the Midwest and now living in the beautiful Denver, CO. My background is in criminal justice, and since leaving the corporate world in my mid-twenties, I’ve attended NYU, completed a … Continue reading My Bio