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By Betty Levitov

ISBN-10: 0803280548

ISBN-13: 9780803280540

“I imagine i am getting it,” Betty Levitov’s youngest pupil acknowledged, sitting on a porch in Harare, Zimbabwe. “You’ve had a almost certainly deadly illness, and confronted dying, and now you’ll just do approximately anything.” the scholar was once attempting to fathom why a instructor might take 13 youngsters from a small midwestern liberal arts collage on a three-month trek throughout Africa.
The solution, a studying event like no different, unfolds in Levitov’s completely enticing account of her life-changing stint as a mwalimu (“teacher” in Swahili) with an Australian bus motive force and 13 university little ones from Nebraska in tow. The group’s wanderings take them—and us—through seven international locations. via dhow journeys and donkey rides at the Swahili island of Lamu, scuba diving and spice excursions in Zanzibar, tenting within the Namib barren region, and swimming at the fringe of a cataract at Victoria Falls, we stumble upon striking humans, new customs, and interesting arts (along with malaria, flat tires, a motorbike twist of fate, and a hostage crisis). because the scholars apprentice themselves to African chefs, fishermen, carvers, and batik artists, we find with them a sophisticated and intricate connection between humans as a rule worlds apart.

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The Tanzanian greeting, extended with follow-up questions about the family, reflects an African priority of people over particular daily agendas. Three days after the lecture Mr. Mushi arranges a visit to Moivaro village. He and Ayanna meet us at the Lutheran Center, and we walk fifteen minutes to the main road. We cram into two daladalas with the locals, giving our mia mbili shilingi (two hundred shillings) to the driver’s assistant for the six-mile ride to Kambi ya Chupa (Camp of Bottles). TJ tries to bend his six-foot-two frame into a row of seats, Kelcy files in next, Jenni sits half on Jason’s lap, and Nicole takes the other half seat.

He was quiet and very kind. I felt safe and protected when riding with him. The second driver, Wisdom, drove competently enough, in cautious compliance with his company’s expectations. His name may have been the wish of hopeful parents, but it was not prophetic. A description of Gavin’s skills seems hard to believe. He can do just about anything. He’s tough and doesn’t tolerate manipulators or cheats. His humor is dry and sarcastic (“After this trip, I’m going back to rehab,” he tells Sean). But none of us could have anticipated that he would become such a close part of our group or how important he would be to our survival.

Mushi says everyone brings pots here for fixing. His father smiles, watching us while Mushi explains. Another villager, a friend, wearing a crumpled fedora and suit jacket and holding a wooden cane, stands leaning against the brick house. As we walk through the village, some kids follow, others hold our hands. Mushi greets the people and introduces us, speaking his tribal language, Chagga, and Swahili. We walk to a waterfall and stream and then back to Mushi’s house. A village healer joins our circle.

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