Back to the drawing board

After recently leaving my teaching post in Dar Es Salaam to move to Nairobi for my husband’s new job, I now find myself ‘in between jobs’ and consequently at a rather interesting crossroads in my life. The million dollar question, well, million shilling question is this: Do I continue with teaching Art and English or do…

Chaotic commuting

Twice a week I commute from the rural outskirts of Dar es Salaam to centre of the city to where I teach in a school. My not-always-but-sometimes chaotic journey consists of three sections. First a car from Kisota in Kigamboni, along bumpy rural roads, where we sometimes get stuck behind a herd of cows and…

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,…

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…

Monkey Shenanigans in my Back Garden.

Before moving to Tanzania I stumbled upon a blog post written by a teacher who was working in Mwanza, about how her whiteboard pen had been thieved mid-lesson by a cheeky monkey. I remember thinking that this would be one of the best teaching anecdotes ever which I could only dream of experiencing first-hand and…

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…

Education is the passport to the future.

Saturday mornings have of late become a little more worthwhile for me – thanks to volunteering to teach a group of disadvantaged youngsters from the local community. When we looked into teaching in Tanzania, one of the reasons my husband and I applied to Isamilo International School in Mwanza, was so we could help out…