Marangu School Visit
by Travis Atwater
This is a reblog of one of Travis Atwater’s accounts of his field placement in Tanzania during this Spring 2015 semester. Travis will receive his MSW in May 2015 from the University at Buffalo, and plans to continue working internationally. Reading about his experiences and impressions gives one a real sense of what an internship abroad can entail. You can read our other Student Abroad Blogs from Stacy Wilson in South Korea and Cat Wells in India here. All will welcome your comments or questions!
This is going to be a really long post and I’m writing it late at night when I am really tired, so I apologize in advance if it doesn’t flow or there are some errors.
I just got home from a really long and amazing day at work (if it can be called that). Today we, meaning the Salama Center social work team including myself, Elena (from Germany), and Ema (from Tanzania), traveled to Marangu (about an hour and a half outside of Moshi around the base of Kilimanjaro) to do a school visit and check up on some of our youth attending the school there. There are six kids attending the Uomboni Secondary School, which is a boarding school, all of whom are in their early to middle teens. The trip began with a long dala dala ride to Marangu from Moshi. A Dala dala remember is a tightly…
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