Moja, Mbili, Tatu… Jump. 

There is nothing more fun than jumping into a swimming pool with your friends – and this is the moment nearly 30 boys jumped into the water together.   The photo was taken during the last Saturday School session of the year at the school I have worked for the last couple of years in…

You are the ones we’ve been waiting for

“You are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” This was the key phrase used in the inspiring speech given by Kenyan radio presenter Caroline Mutoko at the official opening of this year’s 34th East Africa Model United Nations. Last month I was lucky enough to be a staff member accompanying a group of students from Isamilo…

Every light carries the ray of hope

  Every now and then, something happens here in Tanzania which makes me stop for a minute and realize how fortunate I am and how easy life is and has been for me. One of those moments happened during the Isamilo International School in Mwanza Saturday School Christmas party. Halfway through my second teaching session,…

The Spiderman Agama

The Spiderman Agama, or to use its actual name the male Mwanza Flat-Headed Rock Agama (Agama Mwanzae), was such a tricky subject to capture on camera. As soon as you move near to them they scurry off at the speed of light. And despite the fact that there are large numbers in and around the school…

Painting is Just Another Way of Keeping a Diary

I was asked to paint some pictures for staff who were leaving Isamilo International School in Mwanza this year. These images were the results. Which one is your favourite? I am now off work for 8 weeks… so plenty of time for painting, sewing and lots of crafty fun. And as Pablo Picasso once said:…

Henna Patterns – Intricate

In the school I work at in Mwanza,Tanzania, I teach number of girls who regularly have their hands painted with henna (mehndi) – whether it is for a religious festival, a wedding or just a public holiday, the girls will come in with their arms covered in these beautiful intricate patterns. The art of henna…

Bollywood Dancer – Motion

This weekend was the Isamilo International School annual drama festival and I was helping out with videoing and taking photos. Groups of children from Tanzania performed plays and dances to a large crowd of people. I took a series of shots of the acts and for this student performing a Bollywood Dance I set my…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

This is the first time I’ve taken part in the daily post Weekly Photo Challenge. For the subject symmetry, I have chosen two almost identical photographs from my recent trip to the Serengeti National Park last month, with my year 6 class from Isamilo International School, Mwanza. I took these two photographs, of what I…

School Serengeti Safari – And a meeting with a kindred spirit.

My previous school trips both as a teacher and as a student have included some great places, but also some really crap places. But on this occasion, I accompanied my year 6 students at Isamilo International School in Mwanza to the Serengeti National Park… not Alton Towers, the Old Warden Aeronautical Museum, Bishop’s Stortford, the Yorvik Centre…