A common phrase has been entering into my mind a lot lately; “Is this my life?” Tanzania is less than two weeks away and yet I feel as if it is not real yet, as if this is not my life. Four years ago I was doing a powerpoint on myself, speaking to my past educational experiences to where I want my teaching to lead me. I knew then that I wanted to teach in Africa, I always wanted to be apart of something bigger than myself, my town, or even my country. When I arrived at Grand Valley and I saw this billboard full of information on Tanzania, I knew I had to try and be apart of that amazing experience. And everything after that just fell into place, I never imagined that my life would take me to this point and I am so blessed for this experience. I have always known I was called to help others, and what a better way to help others than to teach.
I am beyond excited for this opportunity and I know that it will not only change my teaching, but it will also change me as a person. Getting ready for this trip has been difficult, the packing and getting all of the supplies is the easy part, it is wrapping my brain around the fact that I am going to be boarding a plane in less than two weeks to fly to Africa. I am most excited for being in the schools and being able to teach, not having a ton of experience teaching in the past, this will be a great boost of confidence for me. I am also looking forward to the safari, seeing the animals and being able to just enjoy all that nature has to offer will be wonderful. I can’t believe it is almost here, I have so much packing to do and I am sure I will never feel prepared for this adventure, but Tanzania here we come!
I can’t believe that this is my life.