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By Betty Levitov

ISBN-10: 0803280548

ISBN-13: 9780803280540

“I imagine i am getting it,” Betty Levitov’s youngest pupil stated, sitting on a porch in Harare, Zimbabwe. “You’ve had a in all likelihood deadly ailment, and confronted demise, and now you’ll just do approximately anything.” the coed was once attempting to fathom why a instructor might take 13 young ones from a small midwestern liberal arts university on a three-month trek throughout Africa.
The resolution, a studying adventure like no different, unfolds in Levitov’s completely attractive account of her life-changing stint as a mwalimu (“teacher” in Swahili) with an Australian bus driving 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, camping out within the Namib wasteland, and swimming at the fringe of a cataract at Victoria Falls, we come upon outstanding 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 sophisticated and intricate connection between humans often worlds apart.

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The students are relieved to be getting on with the semester. “Introduction to Africa” is the core of the curriculum, a course that started pre-departure and extends throughout the term. Included in this course is my only conventional exam: a blank map of Africa to be filled in, requiring perfect spelling as well as precise locations of fifty-three countries. In daily meetings on campus the week before we left, I outlined the course, starting with some lectures on early African history. I handed each student a plastic envelope containing photocopied materials on each country we would visit.

People come from Arusha to see him, sometimes even wazungu. The healer continues, laughing at his own words. Mushi translates: “My best skill is curing sexual problems. I can treat infertility, sterility, and impotence. ” He gestures to us, as if he thinks wazungu are particularly susceptible to these conditions. I remember the days in Liberia when the people in my town told me their impression of American Peace Corps workers. “These so-so Peace Corps. Their country sends them away because they no born at all—no pickin self” (they don’t give birth— no children of their own).

We have Indian school here. It is better this way. ” When he finally brings the food, he continues talking and asks me what I will do with my time in Arusha. The evening sky arrives quickly. Sonja, Malia, Misha, Carla, and I walk toward the hostel, observing the noisy nightlife: walkers with bags, parcels, and children; cars, buses, bikes, and street 28 | wait ing f or gavin vendors. For many, life is lived outdoors. Rooms inside are for sleeping, except when hard rain forces people under cover.

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