Biology and English Teaching, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
In December 2006 I was fortunate to travel to Gongo Lamboto, a small town south of Dar-es-Salaam, to teach Biology and English to incredibly motivated students. Below is a short vignette that describes my day-to-day experience in Tanzania.
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The teenage students respond in unison, “Poa! Vipi?” Good. And you?
“Swari.” I reply, with a conspiratorial smile on my face. The class giggles at my use of the Swahili word for “groovy.”
I catch one bright, young man still peering through the barred windows, looking out onto the dusty dirt roads and outdoor markets of Gongo La Mboto, our small town outside Dar-es- Salaam, Tanzania.
“Let’s begin,” I smile, “Has any one here ever seen a lizard?” Half of the class raises their hands. “Where did you see this lizard? And where do you normally find lizards? What kind of habitat do they like?” I emphasize the word habitat, and write it on the board.
The students begin listing the places they had found lizards: “On the wall!”
“On a tree!”
“In the bathroom!” This response elicits happy laughter.
“Why might you find a lizard in the bathroom?” I question the class, thinking about the buckets of river water used to flush the pit toilets, “What might be in the bathroom that the lizards would need?”
Very good, I think to myself. They’re really going to enjoy our animal observation projects this week!
Bridge Building at Occoneechee Mountain, Hillsborough, NC
In September 2007, I worked with Ranger Chris Grenier at Occoneechee Mountain State Park, Hillsborough NC, to build a footbridge on a new trail along the river. With the help of dedicated volunteers, we were able to install the bridge in record time.
Environmental Education and Water Quality Monitoring as an AmeriCorps Volunteer, Knoxville, TN
|Newspaper article about our work at Austin East High School, CAC Americorps, Knoxville, TN|
|Stream monitoring as an Americorps Volunteer in Knoxville, TN |