Victoria Falls Adventure – day 5

Over a year ago, before I moved to Tanzania, my brother and I were browsing YouTube and came across some “Zambezi Rafting Fails” highlight videos. After watching them, we decided that if I only did one thing during my stay in Africa, I needed to raft the Zambezi River. Today, I rafted the Zambezi River….

Victoria Falls Adventure – day 4

Just after breakfast, I set off for the fourth country in four days: Botswana. The Day Trip to Chobe National Park started with a bus ride to the Botswana border, where we split into two safari vehicles after getting our passports stamped. From the border, we drove to Chobe Safari Lodge, piled onto a large…

Victoria Falls Adventure, day 3

This (Sunday) morning, I ate breakfast at the hotel bar and made reservations for my activities here in Victoria Falls. There were so many choices–everything from helicopter rides over the Falls to cage diving with crocodiles in the Zambezi River. I settled on whitewater rafting, swimming in Devil’s Pool, a sunset cruise, the gorge swing,…

Victoria Falls Adventure, days 1-2

For the last several months, I have been planning a trip to Victoria Falls for the first week of Christmas break. Friday, that adventure began. It didn’t happen quite like I had planned. The plan was for myself and a friend to take the train from Dar es Salaam to the Zambia border, then to…

Job Fair

I am writing this from Mugg & Bean, a coffee shop in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mugg & Bean offers a “bottomless coffee” for 18 Rand, or about $1.50, which is a cup of coffee with unlimited refills. Starbucks, take note. This, my friends, is brilliant. If Mugg & Bean had free wifi and a power…

Back to Tenth Grade: HOPAC-style

I went back to tenth grade today. In an attempt to understand what it is like for students at HOPAC and to improve my teaching, I shadowed the tenth grade class for the entire day. As a homeschool graduate, the experience was entirely new for me. The morning started with homeroom, which contained the typical…

Celebrating Little Victories

Besides being International Day, Friday was also a day for great celebration. Just before the (incredibly awesome and fun) Black Out Young Life club, one of my students came over and told me that he had gotten the approval to go to the Moshi Sports Tournament in two weeks. I couldn’t even contain my excitement….

PhotoBlast: HOPAC Pamoja Week & International Day 2014

Ask anyone at HOPAC what the best day of the year is, and inevitably they will tell you it is International Day. The excitement builds all week, as students celebrate Pamoja Week. “Pamoja” means “together” in Swahili, and Pamoja Week is essentially Spirit Week. Student council decides on themes for each day, students (and teachers)…

Teaching isn’t Boring

Someone told me once that the first year of teaching is always the hardest. How I see it, I’ve had two “first years.” Once, four years ago, in Fort Wayne, when I student taught for the first semester and then took over English 10 and Grade 9 Honors for the second semester. Then again, last…

Jesus Wants to Know YOUR Story

Friday is my favorite day of the week, but it isn’t just because its the last day of school before the weekend, though that is a bonus! This year, there are a number of incredible things about Fridays, such as the fact that my first class on a Friday starts at 10:50 a.m., or that…

Sufficient Unto the Day….

Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. Living the expat life means that friends come and go at a rapid pace. One of these friends, Holly, was back in Dar on a short visit, and we arranged to meet for mishkaki and chips (beef kebabs and French fries) at a local restaurant (two containers with tables set up around…

#TIA: Infection Edition (Caution: PG-13 Images)

Warning: This post contains graphic images. Do not proceed reading if you don’t like blood, gore, and nasty wounds. Continue at your own risk. You have been warned.  I have been incredibly blessed with overall good health over the last year and a half living in Tanzania. Other than malaria and dengue, I’ve had only…