Travel with open eyes and you will become a scholar– Swahili Proverb *Dear readers: I must highlight that there are many other factors that play a part of in this topic, such as privilege and the pedestal outsiders can be put on, but such topics are for another time. And by no means am I … Continue reading Open Eyes and Hearts
Here in Tanzania this semester we are a team of six women, all in our 20's, all studying in different fields, all with varying amounts of international experience, research experience, work experience, and all with different personalities, triggers, annoyances, likes and dislikes. Prior to leaving, our advisors tried to explain to us how it might … Continue reading An internship in food systems & empathy
Jambo! One of the patterns I have noticed in this vibrant city is her love for juxtapositions. Dusty, broken and trash littered sidewalks are walked upon by sharply dressed business people. Tall, modern buildings are neighbors with dilapidated and crowded markets; while gated, secure communities provide little protection against the incessant mosquitoes and boisterous traffic. … Continue reading Reflections from Nairobi
As my time in Tanzania is coming to an end I thought it might be appropriate to reflect on my time here and how Dambisa Moyo’s book called “Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa” has influenced some of my thoughts. Having now lived in Dar es Salaam for about … Continue reading Tutaonana Tanzania
The interns took a trip to Zanzibar this weekend to immerse ourselves in the vibrancy and tranquility offered by the Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. Although known for it’s magnificent beaches, Zanzibar offers some cultural and historical wonders. We started our journey in the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, called … Continue reading Mambo Zanzibar!
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde As someone who’s "travel experience" prior to this internship consisted of leaving the resort in Mexico to walk across the street and buy inexpensive bottled water, I have been amazed by the cultural differences. … Continue reading Observed Cultural Differences in Dar es Salaam