09 Nov RSIS Tanzania 2017
In the beginning of this meaningful journey, I was truly eager to improve the facilities of a small primary school in Marangu, Tanzania. Once I heard more about the details of the trip I knew for sure that I had to go and join the team. I wasn’t really certain of my official duties nor the excursions I was going to embark on. Everything was almost a mystery that I was extremely excited to discover.
The first days passed easily as I bonded with various lovely students from all over the world. Our small campsite transformed into a second home filled with an abundance of different cultures, languages, accents and customs. Besides learning some new, addictive card games, I also got the chance to improve my team-building and social skills while working in teams on the project. Moreover, having the opportunity to teach the local students English and mathematics one-to-one made me connect with the children on a whole new level. I am truly grateful to have met so many interesting pupils with whom I got the chance to bond and share various thoughts and ideas.
Carrying buckets of water, rocks and bricks surely strengthened my physical state. Furthermore, having tasks like bricklaying, painting walls and varnishing desks helped me work on my precision and patience. These skills will undoubtedly help me pursue the career of my dreams in the domain of architecture in the near future. Another important aspect of this trip was the moments when I got to interact with the local students. Seeing their eyes filled with happiness and joy made me realise that we don’t need materialistic goods to have a chance to feel fulfilled. I found it truly fascinating how these locals have so little yet they are more joyful than any of us combined. Being surrounded by supportive people, nature and little technology made me understand the difference between my wants and my actual needs. Everyone should remember that our life, our belongings and our relationships should never be taken for granted as they might disappear in a blink of an eye.
Overall, I honestly believe that this trip had a great impact on my mindset regarding hard work, happiness and social interactions. One thing I know for sure is that this project was one of my best life experiences so far! Words cannot fully express my
gratitude towards everyone who helped me receive this bursary which allowed me to take part in the project. If I hadn’t gotten this bursary, I wouldn’t have had the possibility to meet this lovely crew who taught me a great deal about how to be a better person. Thus, I would like to thank Round Square for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Timea Iulia Kadar
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