Friday, 25 July 2014

Team on the way back

Just a short note to let you know the team have just been dropped at Kilimanjaro Airport and are now enroute back home!

Last day

After a lie in, to 7.30, we headed off to Gehandu for the last time, for the farewell function put on for us. 

There were some exceptional, loud and cheerful swahili dances. The symphonic, primordial wail of africa stirred even the hardiest of hearts, showing us a continent that beats as one and maintains its wild and sublime allure. 

Speeches were made by Leokardia and Chris, and also a speech on behalf of Inspire made by Tom. Tom's speech really redefined the format, causing students and teachers to reflect on the fickle but enchanting nature of human experience. 

Radley also put on a short drama piece, that most heart-stirring of british folk tales, Robin Hood. Henry Way was the star with an emotional performance as Maid Marion (!) After lunch we said our farewells and were each handed a shirt, by Gehandu in memory of our time here.

Angus/Hughie and the gang

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The final football match

After a lie in yesterday, we were prepared for a fairly early start this morning. 

Ariving at Gehandu in time for assembly, we once again watched the Tanzanian flag being proudly raised, and Richie also made a presentation during assembly, giving a football as a token of our gratitude, but this was no ordinary football, because it was to be the match football for later in the day. 

After thoroughly thrashing some beans, whilst singing, the last of the lessons were taught, and it was great to see some very productive lessons being taught. 

We also had a rehearsal with some of the Gehandu students for the play tomorrow, an English production - Robin Hood. 

After lunch came the eagerly awaitedfootball  match. With some of the Gehandu students, Radley and the Inspire leaders took on a mix of Gehandu teachers and students from Dar Es Salaam university. 

The result was 4-1... To the opposition, but we put on a great performance. 

After a delicious supper, especially prepared, we are looking forward to the last day tomorrow. 

Written by Luke, Hughie and Milo

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Gehandu Day 3

Today we had a lie in, until about 8ish! We then went to Gehandu for another action packed day! Many of us had lessons to teach and even those that didnt ended up teaching somthing as many classes didnt have teachers so we ended up with several games of English related hangman, my favourite word being 'supercalifragilisticexpealidocious!' which was excellent fun trying to get everyone to say that! 

In the afternoon we then also had a debate. Luke, George, Angus and Caspar were the debaters. The motion 'This house believes that Education is better than Experience...', the motion somehow lost. Although, even more worrying was that some of Gehandu's teachers even voted against it...?! 

On the way back we got a call from the local Christian radio station, run by the Seminary nuns, asking if we could be interviewed, with Hughie and Richie being our representatives, bizarely they were even asked on Arsenal and Chelsea's transfer policies...?! And if they had the answers for Englands appaling performance in the latest world cup...they didn't...!! That concluded the days events, as we prepare for another day of teaching, and our annual football match against Gehandu!!! Lala Salama!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Day 2 at Gehandu

Day 2 at Gehandu school, and as a team we are really beginning to feel comfortable in front of large classes ofTanzanian  students, which is a pretty big development when compared to the nerves that everyone felt in the week before our arrival in Gehandu! 

Angus, george, richie and luke all led a lesson for the first time today, and everyone else acquitted themselves marvellously as teaching assistants around the school. 

Other activities were a trip to the nearby secondary school (in which mr Barfield imitated playing a harpsichord), a visit to the homes of local students (it seems that even Tanzanian mothers get out the baby photos at the slightest excuse!) and a trip to the local fortnightly market (cue much purchasing of patterned cloth). 

The evening finished with a quiz set by our wordly and intelligent leadership team. Everyone is looking forward to participating in the whole school debate tomorrow, as well as continuing to hone our football skills in preparation for thursday's big showdown with the gehandu team!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Teaching begins

Our first day teaching at Gehandu has gone quickly and its hard to believe there are only 3 full days left. 

After a quick breakfast and an early start we arrived at Gehandu to help with the daily chores before the morning assembly where we introduced ourself to the school. 

We sat through the first period of lessons to get an understanding of how they are taught before we stood up and delivered our lessons. 

We got underway with the lessons and the time flew by and before we knew it our first day at Gehandu was over. 

While still recovering from our football match yesterday we're feeling ambitious about our rematch. Overall we are looking forward to tomorrow and another day of teaching at Gehandu.

Ps Internet connection is bad today so no photo 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Arrival at Mbulu and another mountain!

Day 1 at St Joseph's Catholic Seminary, Mbulu.

As with many of the other days of our trip thus far we woke in the dark. Our tiredness, however, was quickly rectified by a brilliant breakfast, a strong coffee and a 1 hrc30 min Catholic Swahili service at the cathedral. 

Once appropriately "religioned up" we headed back to the seminary for a coffee with Leokadia (Headmistress of Gehandu School) before travelling to Gehandu for our first look around. 

From there we went to the foot of Mt Guwang. All was well as we were not facing another day climbing Mt Kilimajaro, "the higgest in Africa," but Mt Guwang, "the higgest in Mbulu." Once we graced the foot of the mountain we had lunch half way up with Leokadia and our Gehandu pen pals. The views were awesome and somewhat reminisant of Tuscan Italy and scenes out of a classical painting. One in which heroes are surrounded by a beautiful landscape. For the landscape was lovely and we would heroically battle to the top of yet another of Tanzania's painful rock formations. 

Later on, once we had descended we returned to the seminary where we engaged in a football match with the students, losing 5-0 in a very closely fought defeat. And so, after another wonderful meal provided by the sisters we prepare for tomorrow and the struggles of teaching which lie ahead of us.

- Richie and George