Cadets of CULP Tanzania Team 4 finished their first week teaching the students of Mokongo Secondary School and Jitegemee School. Everyone on the team agrees that teaching English is harder than it looks, but the rewards are greater than expected. Cadet Lipponcot, of South Jersey, said he has learned that lesson plans are a lot more difficult to put together then he thought and it is important to continually adapt to classroom situations.
As our group continues to learn from the students, we have overcome cultural barriers and really gotten to know them as people. Cadet Caputo, of New York, has been able to connect with the students by acting silly and showing vulnerability which seems to allow them to accept us into their culture, the students also thinks it’s funny when he tries to speak Swahili.
All of us on Team 4 are looking forward to the next two weeks and to the relationships we are building with our students. We have already been taught a lot by them are excited to see what comes next!!!