I came on this adventure because of the passion I have for technology and the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to learn about it. I am overjoyed to know that the work we have accomplished here will help the schools, and that will help thousands of young Tanzanian's discover a passion for technology.
But most importantly, I learned that fully embracing another culture allows you to appreciate your own culture while also embracing the true beauty of another people, place and experience.
Most importantly, I now fully understand the impact of my graduate research on food safety.
Having little knowledge about Africa aside from the poverty and widespread famine led me to be more than reticent to actually agree to go to Tanzania. Upon arriving in Tanzania, I realized that I could not have been more wrong.
At health clinics, it took 10 minutes to fill out paperwork that an American would have whipped through in 30 seconds. In Tanzanian culture, there is no need to rush everything like in America. It was such a blessing to be able to witness the different mindsets and values of a new culture.
After a three-week whirlwind tour of the country, our group stood in the driveway of La Jacaranda Hotel to say our goodbyes. A month that just days earlier felt like it would last forever now seemed all too short as I left seven of my new best friends. While the itinerary was over and our summer assignments had been submitted, five of us didn’t board the plane home that day. Granted we did have our eyes to the sky, but for an entirely diff
In only one day I had learned all that I had hoped to learn from this entire experience abroad, and knew from then on that this study abroad would go above and beyond any expectations that I previously had.