The past few weeks, myself along with some other teachers have been planning an educational field trip to Mbeya, the capital of my region. Form Is and Form IIIs went (as Form IVs have already finished and Form IIs have their national examination next week). To go, students just had to pay a $7 transportation fee. Sixty-seven students ended up coming, and we chartered a private bus out of the village. We left at 6am this morning, and excitement was high. It reminded me of the fieldtrips I always took in school: chatting on the bus ride there, packing snacks, the anticipation etc. It was even more exciting, however, as many of my students have never even traveled outside of Madibira.
Our first stop was the swallow hole (or sinkhole), a giant hole in the ground that water falls into, marking the end of the river. I don’t think I have ever seen a sinkhole before, so I was pretty intrigued. You should Google it and find a sinkhole near you to explore. It is a good time.
After the hole, we toured TAZAMA (TAnzania ZAmbia MAfuta*), an oil processing and transportation plant. We really pushed the idea of continuing education in the sciences with this tour, as science is not a field many people chose to go into in TZ.
After this, we went to Uyole Agriculture College to take a tour. Here we learned about weather and got to see a small weather station. Along with this, the kids got to learn basics of surveying and how people make topographic maps.
After this we went into Mbeya town and showed the kids around a bit, ate, etc. We arrived back home to a warm welcome from all of the students who didn’t come around 8pm. We didn’t actually make sure that we hadn’t forgotten anyone until we arrived back home. Luckily, we hadn’t. Now, I am beat. Looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow.
Tomorrow is going to be a wonderful day (I am already anticipating). I am going to call it: Running, Cleaning, Laundry, Grant Writing, Trip Planning, Burrito Eating and Movie Watching Saturday. Stay tuned for more.
*Mafuta is Swahili for oil