* Teaching or Community Development
* Grant Writing or Studying another culture
 

Volunteers from Around the World…

One of the greatest gifts we can give the Magulilwa Area Secondary School is the gift of knowledge.  Through the visits of volunteers, the knowledge that is shared is priceless.  In January of 2007, Vida Peskay, a retired teacher from Minnesota now living in Connecticut, traveled across the oceans and over the mountains to share her love for education with the students of MASS.  She was a bit nervous, but anxious to educate.  She stayed in the village for 3 weeks and touched the hearts of young and old.  She set up pen-pals to practice English, played games and taught literature to the students at MASS.  Upon her return, she has recruited sponsors for students, shared stories at the Fall Benefit Concert and finds a way to supply stamps for the pen-pals.  One of her greatest concerns was the need for light, so the students can study in the evening.  She continues to support and find ways to support the students at the school.  Her latest mission is to recruit more pen-pals and find a system to supply the students with postage.  A simple task for those of us in America, go to the post office…not so simple in Magulilwa.
prague In the middle of July, we had four teachers from a Christian international school in Prague, the Riverside School,  bring their knowledge to share with the students at MASS.  Hamish from New Zealand, teaches Science and Biology, Kevin from Scotland who teaches Music, Graeme another Scot, and Michelle an American who both teach primary school.  These four teachers spent three weeks with our school teaching English, Science, Biology and Music.  This group found our school through the website www.maguschool.org and we have been communicating via email and over three different continents, amazing! Hamish wrote upon his return from visiting MASS, “It is great to see a desire for education and growth in everyone at the school.”

As educators and supporters of MASS, we want to know what our students think and what their hopes and dreams are.  However, without direct communication that is hard to find, so we had asked Hamish and his friends to talk with the students and get first-hand feedback about the hopes and dreams of our students.

“I asked a few students what they wanted to do after they had finished school. Two boys wanted to be doctors, one wanted to be a pilot or anengineer. One girl I asked said that she was going to become a nun. At least two of the boys had aspirations to move to the USA to study, work and live (in Evaristo's footsteps maybe?).”

Upon the return of all our volunteers we look for suggestions, concerns and ideas they see from their experiences. “People in the village were very welcoming towards us. We were greeted with ‘karibu’ wherever we went. It was lovely. The welcome to and farewell from MASS resembled Olympic opening and closing ceremonies. We were greatly honored,” came via email from Hamish.  Along with these thoughts came ideas on wind power, biodigesters, water collection and a gift of textbooks and reference materials for the teachers at MASS, and a list of materials needed for a Chemistry lab according to the Tanzanian syllabus.

Our volunteers from 2017 will be providing information for a new section on our website covering volunteers and what it might be like to volunteer at our school. “Our stay in Magulilwa was a great experience, and we will continue to let others know about the good things that are happening at MASS,” stated Hamish.