Bittersweet Goodbyes

Today was our last day at Jaffery Academy here in Arusha, Tanzania. As we said goodbye to our teachers and students it was hard to think about the fact that we might never see them again. The teachers and students that we have been working with for the past month have been so gracious and welcoming towards us.

I can’t really pick one thing that I learned. I do know that this place, this city, and this culture is something that you have to experience yourself to understand. Spending an entire month here doing some “touristy” things like going to the Serengeti, and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro were amazing. But, you learn so much more about a culture when you get into the community like we did. Walking to town, working in the schools, and interacting with everyone that we met helped us dive into the culture and community.

One thing that has really touched my heart though is, that over the past few days we have been able to assist in the special education school at Jaffery’s. We had the chance to talk to the headmistress, and she is one of the most inspirational people I have ever met. She is so dedicated to children with special needs. Everything that she does is to benefit those around her. I learned so much about how she got to where she is now, her plans for the future at SEN, and all of the other things that she is doing to make her students successful members of the Tanzanian community.

Until next time, Tanzania!

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