Sunday, 31 July 2016

Kisondela Shadowing Day (26/07/16)

   Today was a very early start for everyone, especially for cook team three who had to get up at 4:45 to prepare breakfast. We set off on the hour long walk, to Kisondela secondary school, just before sunrise.


    When we arrived at Kisondela we were quickly grouped and were escorted to our classes. Groups either shadowed Form 3 or Form 4 students, which are the equivalent to year 10 and 11. Every group had a different timetable; my groups first lesson was geography but others had English or maths. In geography we learnt about the characteristics of rivers; the teacher took the whole class outside to participate in a practical, where a few students poured buckets of water out on a slight hill, to show how the channels form together to create a river. We then had another one hour and twenty-minute lesson in biology. The lesson was about the classification of living organism; all of the English students found it quite challenging.


  It was very interesting to see how different the teaching styles are in Tanzania compared England. One of the major differences was that students remained in one classroom all day and the various subject teachers came to the them rather than students moving to different classes. Due to the lack of resources the classrooms were very basic in comparison to the likes of St Benedict's and Westlakes; the majority of students had a wooden desk to themselves but some had to share, there was no electricity in the classrooms so the teacher just used a chalkboard. Nevertheless, the Kisondela students did not let this phase them as they were all very ambitious; many had their sights set on prestigious careers such as doctors, engineers and teachers and some even aimed to be the president of Tanzania.


   After all nine lessons were over, we were all really hungry. Dinner time wasn't until 2:30pm; we were christened with traditional Tanzanian ugali (maize flour with water) however Kate's christening was different because it took place in the physical form of beans being poured over her (beans make her bork). We also had to eat with our hands, which we were not used to, although we embraced it as it is a cultural exchange.

   After dinner, we all went to the sports field to play a game of football against the Kisondela students. Surprisingly we won 3-2, probably due to Robyn's impressive mid field skipping abilities.

   Overall is was a really interested day and we all learnt a lot about the culture and the education system in Tanzania.


   P.S. quick poll: if there was a giant spider in your bedroom, which could potentially be deadly or cause a slight rash, would you…

a) kill it 

b) let it run around the room causing havoc


**results to follow**



By Jessica Jenkinson

P.P.S The spider is NOT deadly, before any parents get too concerned. I propose addition to the poll of option c) Humanely remove the spider from the room. (P.P.S added by Amy)


  1. I'd definitely save Barry by removing him from the room, wouldn't even contemplate killing him 😍

  2. Haha don't kill it!! Just take it out carefullyπŸ˜‚ Sounds like you're all having fun! Miss you x

  3. When Jessica was at home she had a further option that she has used on spiders in her room , sellotape them to the wall until her little sister comes to save her. She hasn't any sellotape with her but she does have duct tape. Good luck
    Your welcome Jess πŸ˜„ Sorry we aren't there to save you haha

  4. Spiders eat mozzies... Let him run around and eat them so they don't bite you. Did you know that the Kisondela students were able to do that geography river experiment because CRCL found the funding to get piped water to the school? In its early days the students had to carry every drop of water from the river.

  5. Looks like you are having a fantastic time despite Barry the squatter. Great your experiencing the Tanzanian culture seeing how they live and attend school. Some early starts in the morning hope you are all coping ok πŸ˜ƒ In terms of your poll I know what you would do Jessica πŸ˜‚ but I would catch it and release it outside. Have you seen any other wild life like elephants?? Lovely to hear from you can't wait till you are back home to tell me all about it 😍😘

  6. Hannah your option isn't available! Scream, run around the house whilst leaving your sister to check it hasn't moved and find dad!!!! Oh well I'd humanely remove it to outside! Great you're experiencing real Tanzanian life. Enjoy xx

  7. enjoy the spider love from dad zz

  8. Kate I hope your christening didn't make you Bork too much?
    Well done Robyn! Thank you Jessica for this blog, how inspiring to hear how lack of resources doesn't hold back potential talent and learning for our brothers and sisters in Tanzania....and how much we have here in the west .
    As for Barry....
    Definitely remove him carefully... He may be very scared of you guys....
    Sounds like you are having an awesome time
    Take care

  9. Definitely put the little fella outside, he is probably more scared of you :-). Becca x I hope you wont be scared of our house spiders anymore after experiencing TZ spiders. xx

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  11. The spider in my bedroom doesn't seem so bad now! Beth, you can get rid of them all when your home! Look at it as a welcome home present ��

  12. I couldn't leave it, who knows where it may end up! Alisha wouldn't like that in her room (understatement!) Btw- got it Alisha ����Xx

  13. haha Carol. Save dat spoder

  14. Beans on toast for your first meal back home then Kate?!? X

  15. Save Barry - no question.......remember karma.......and he will save you from other bugs which are probably far worse! Just don't christen him in beans though.... 😳 Xxxx