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By Betty Levitov

“I imagine i am getting it,” Betty Levitov’s youngest scholar acknowledged, sitting on a porch in Harare, Zimbabwe. “You’ve had a almost certainly deadly illness, and confronted loss of life, and now you’ll just do approximately anything.” the scholar was once attempting to fathom why a instructor may take 13 childrens from a small midwestern liberal arts university on a three-month trek throughout Africa.
 
The resolution, 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 driving force and 13 collage children 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 motorcycle coincidence, and a hostage crisis). because the scholars apprentice themselves to African chefs, fishermen, carvers, and batik artists, we find with them a refined and complicated connection between humans typically worlds apart.
 

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Even more astounding was Albert’s next venture, a job in Scandinavia. He left teaching to hire on with the Danish Volunteer Service, teaching African culture and orientation skills and traveling to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway between 1985 and 1998. With his income he built his present house and a new brick house for his parents. In 1995 he married a woman he met at the Bamboo, and their daughter, Ayanna, was born in 1996. Albert tells me a shortened version of his heartbreak, that when Ayanna was two years old, his wife left him and their child and took up with a mzungu man.

There is barely enough food, since any surplus must be sold in the markets for cash to cover taxes and school fees. We realize by seeing up close that the life romanticized by images on tv and in National Geographic—beautiful people dressed in colorful cloth living a simple, natural life—is also desperately hard. Jason is particularly moved by the visit. He and I talk about the possibility of his returning as a volunteer teacher at the Moivaro School, a project Mr. Mushi and I have discussed. Jason would be the ideal one to initiate the project since he’s adaptable and enthusiastic.

When he finished secondary school in Arusha, Albert attended the teachers’ training college in Butimba, earning a two-year certificate. He eventually worked to establish Shangarao School in Moivaro village. I imagine his family regarded him as a pioneer, pursuing an additional degree in sociology while teaching and beginning the first primary school in the village. Even more astounding was Albert’s next venture, a job in Scandinavia. He left teaching to hire on with the Danish Volunteer Service, teaching African culture and orientation skills and traveling to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway between 1985 and 1998.

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