Here is the case study done by Anne for her AIESEC Exchange experience in Ethiopia.
Name: Ronny Mutua | From: Kenya, AIESEC JKUAT | To: Ghana | Project: National CEED Program | Period: January 2013
I had travelled to Ghana on a CEED Program from AIESEC Kenya, JKUAT LC mainly to work on Incoming and Outgoing Exchange in addition to Coaching the Local Committees. I had an opportunity to visit 3 cities where I worked with the different Local Committee members. They were Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast. Additionally with a couple of interns we were able to soak up the country-side beauty as I moved from town to town.
Having lived in Botswana when I was younger (from 93-99) I had always dreamed of going back there one day to see what the place had become I just recently finished university, so now was the time ! My plan was as followed… Step 1 : Sign up to aiesec, step 2 : find an internship and a flight, step 3 : Go to Botswana and have the experience of a lifetime !! Seems easy enough when you put it that way… Grab some sunscreen and a pair of clean underwear and oila all set to go :p Just had one last thing to do, stop over at a traditional fritkot on the way to Brussels airport before hoping on the plane… Needed to savour some local belgian fries one last time before starting my daily beef and pape eating routine…
Although Botswana is home of the most beautiful natural reserves and tourist attractions on the planet, I wanted something more… something more real, more raw, I wanted to be ”in there”… To live as an african I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, deep down inside me I knew that it would do me good !
The internship description was exactly what I was looking for teaching math/science to youth with the possibility of also giving some guitar tuitions as well The orphanage had just been donated a bunch of guitars from one of their sponsors and they needed someone to fill in the guitar teacher spot perfect! I love math and guitar, I can do both this sounds like a winner
The plan was for me to stay with a Tswana family that lived close to where I would be working. The family I stayed with where unbelievably kind and welcoming, they instantly removed all negative preconceived ideas that I may have had about them, what a relief :p I was immediately told that I would be part of the family and I was then introduced to my brothers and sisters Felt like family to me, I loved them all already
I then started my teachings, a couple of days after settling in… To my great astonishment, the girls I was going to teach guitar to (the boys prefer playing football) where actually pretty darn good They already knew most of the chords and where quite comfortable handling the guitar neck. I was happy to see that they were not complete beginners, no need to go over the long and frustrating process of learning the basics, ok then, lets get down to business We just did some plectrum and finger picking work but then got straight to playing songs, a whole lot of fun! We formed an acoustic guitar band called ”the rockin’ zebras” and organised a small concert at the end of my stay as a concluding ceremony
The math teachings went well too… The kids I was helping where in what they called ”form 1 and 2” which is the equivalent to grade 7-8… We worked on some fractions, order of operations, probability and also some trigonometry. I could sense that they really wanted to learn, this makes the job very enjoyable. They also helped me, indirectly I suppose, to be a better teacher (not that I have any kind of degree in teaching). What they were doing was really easy for me, so I had a tendency of explaining things very quickly, as if it was really obvious or something… But the truth of the matter is that it’s (obviously) not obvious when you’re learning it for the first time :p So I had to learn to be more patient and take time to work with them at their own pace… And we got there eventually so it paid of
I am leaving already but I have had an amazing and unique experience here, an 8 week African dream in total … I have created close ties to the people here and will continue to keep in touch with them even after I leave. I love Africa, it’s such an extraordinary place. The people’s honesty and kindness has really touched me and I will always keep a place for them in my hearts. Thank you all, you will truly be missed <3 wooot wooooot !!
Submitted by Thibaut Legat
When i left my country, Botswana for Tanzania i was clueless about what i was to encounter on my destination. I thought of a less developed, poor country with riots and instability but the minute i crossed the Tunduma boarder and seeing the green vegetation, the hard working people and so much serenity i was totally disappointed with my thinking. Tanzania is a place of peace and everything seem to yield out of nowhere, the good hospitality given by the residents, good food as well as the environment full of fun. Going on exchange has taught me a lot concerning life in general, i am glad i took the initiative to leave my comfort zone and went out to make a positive change in the environment i was never born in. Working so hard to visit this beautiful country again. Kwaheri Tanzania
Submitted by Mosipuri Mooketsi
Leaving Kenya for exchange in Ethiopia is one of the biggest things i ever did in my life. It made me a better me and am really grateful for the time i spent with the people in AIESEC Ethiopia, am not saying that the journey was smooth but it was definitely worth my time…
It´s the 3.7.2013 and my 7 weeks long trip started.
But first, let me introduce myself. My name is Hedvika and I am 21 years old. I am originally from Czech Republic, but I am studding law in Vienna in Austria.
Before leaving my country I was afraid because and didn’t know how Togo(Kara) will be but on the way I was looking out of the window and enjoyed observing the nature. I love palms so much, so I felt like in the heaven! Continue reading »
When the first time I visited Tsevie , Yobo-Sedzro,
The first impression came into my mind was
”Hey ! This is truly so called Rural Life”
I love the natural surrounding here
I love the passionate and friendly people here
I’m really looking forward to live and work in such a beautiful village
–How can you not be romantic about the rural life ?
I put these words on the website which I made for this project in the beginning of the project “Rural Life”. After 50 days amazing journey in the rural village and in Togo , I not only want to say I love this place more than before , also I would like to say “Togo is now my second home”
For me , these 50 days will be the most unforgettable journey in my life . It’s not only my first time flying abroad alone , but also my first time traveling to Africa . The reason why I chose this project was I hope I could have some “brand-new” experiences . What’s more , I wanted to do something for the people in the world who was not able to have good living condition . With some luck , finally I flied to such a place where made me feel so excited , Togo .
In this project , everything intern did their best to improve the living surrounding of the rural village . We made some plan on three parts – Education . Health and Environment , and we did start the English class and finished the budget list . I did have so many plans to finish or improve , I had the thought to make this place better . Even my power was not strong enough , I knew that every other interns would also do their best to help the villagers , and this project would continue also . In the duration of this project , we tried to be a giver , and we also learned to be a receiver . I must said that tried to live as a villager , and tried to get used to the tradition and the culture , could really make you grow up . After all , that was so called “rural life” right?
Only when the journey end , you will find out that time really flies .
Nice to meet you , and hope to see you again , Yobo-Sedzro && Togo
I really appreciate that I can have the chance to fly to Togo,
and I am happy that I am the first intern of NCCU who fly to Togo
Hope there will be more people has the chance to visit such a exciting place !!
Sep.11 , 2013 — from AIESEC NCCU , Taiwan
Henry // Kossi // Liao , Hsiang-Yu
Rural Life , AIESEC univesité de Lomé
Submitted by Henry // Kossi // Liao , Hsiang-Yu
Living in Tanzania was a perfect experience for me. I had a different idea about my expectation when i was leaving my country to Tanzania. I was very uncertain about the kind of environment, the food, people am going to meet.
On arriving Tanzania, right from the airport, i felt the change and beauty of Tanzania. Meeting and interacting with new friends and trying new food like ’chips na mayayi’ and the rest gave me a whole new experience. I quickly loved the environment because of its endowed nature.
Working with the MC team and AIESEC Dar Es Salaam on library project and Cancer project was a memorable moment for me. I had my most experience traveling through Tanzania, going to Morogoro, mbudia Island and the exciting places added beauty to my experience. It was a dream come through for me when i had the opportunity to interact with High school students and train them on Cancer Awareness.
A lot of people ensured that i had a great stay in Tanzania and my fellow interns; Alex from Germany, Alice from taiwan, Alex from Mozambique and the rest added touch to my experience. The MC and AIESEC Dar Es Salaam EB team had a great impact in my Tanzania Journey; Frank Mushi, Ian, Tuzo, Samwel, Simi, Hezron. These guys are really great. I also show appreciation to my friends that ensured that i had a perfect CEED experience; Muni, Gizele, Shakila. I will never forget you guys.
I don’t want to say good-bye to Tanzania but i will say ’ See you soon Tanzania, my second home.
Submitted by Francis Omorojie
Having been born in a country of peace, surrounded by so called humble people where direct confront is rear, I was made to believe our neighbours were the most aggressive and ruthless people in East Africa. having witnessed their behaviours in a conference my fears increased not because they were scary its because they spoke their minds out for everyone to be aware. on top of that I witnessed the success of MC team 2012-2013 succeed in people development (having 3 members of the team become MCP for 2013-2014 in different countries) thus curiosity arose…how did they do it? its the question that am still finding out the answers.
In June 28th I decided to face my fears and satisfy my curiosity so I set foot in the city of Nairobi to start my exchange experience. the first thing I received as soon as I entered in the house was a warm hug and a welcoming smile from the older lady well maybe it was fine because she is not of this generation and she is like a loving mom…in 30th I met my adopted buddy guess what happened! a hug! and on Monday I went to the working place a hug! that’s when I realized its their way of welcoming naturally displaying the warmth within.
What they display outside its not the aggressiveness it is the assertiveness and directness necessary for any development (few weeks later) that I have also adopted and continue to use it and now am so comfortable to live with Kenyans, am so confident even to compete with them it is the country that I would come back over and over again after my internship am glad I came. am glad I overcame the why are you going to Kenya and not another country question.
I love Africa…same spirit different culture and that’s what makes it beautiful!
Submitted by Ines Fidelis
One would expect that i would as an African, find the experience in Tanzania similar to that of my own country Botswana. But alas that was not to be, the beauty and the majestic views of Tanzania are in my view surpassed by none!
My first week was all about embracing the change, getting used to the fast pace at which East Africans move by, understanding Swahili and familiarizing myself with the public transport system. this week was incredibly exciting and daunting at the same time. with my ep buddies (Hezron Magambo and Meshack Kayila) in tote i became one with Tanzania.
I worked under the career and leadership program with an up and coming successful NGO THAT EXPOSED ME TO SO MANY CORPORATE AVENUE AND ALLOWED ME TO NETWORK WITH INDUSTRY BOSSES! The purpose of the program was too first and foremost develop the skills of the up and coming underprivileged youth in Tanzania. Secondly to enhance you as the AIESECers entrepreneurial and leadership skills. As the weeks passed by my workload piled on, but i knew that this is what i was there for and i took the bull by the horns and made my impact in Tanzania.
The hospitality of AIESEC UDSM was exceptional, the love and the warmth that reigned from their heart was truly a blessing especially when we were in such unfamiliar territory!
I am amazed at the work ethic of AIESEC in Tanzania, their Hospitality and their ability to make us not feel so home sick!
I feel like i am blessed to be one of the people who have had this amazing Tanzania XP!
CHOOSE TANZANIA AS YOUR EXCHANGE COUNTRY! YOU WONT REGRET IT!
Submitted by Reaoleboga Linchwe
AFRICA IN ME
- My time in Ethiopia, Anne
- Ronny’s Ghana Experience
- Back to the Tswana roots !!
- Mambo Viphi Rafiki!!
- AIESEC Ethiopia – Joy’s Abissinya Experience
- You are going to Togo? Great! Ehm… and where is it?
- How can you not be romantic of Rural Life ?
- Moments in Tanzania(CEEDer)
- Blinded by my culture. Saved by my fear and curiosity
- Karibuni Tanzania
- laura sierra on Africa?
- AnnaVascotto on Save the Children project in Tanzania (LC-IFM)
- George Jarona on My skills to help the kids in Kenya
- Abbas Abrahmani on Africa?
- BALLO Bakary on Cote D’Ivoire – Human Rights Project
- wally on Togo – a great country with amazing people
- Admin on Glories of a Tanzanian Journey
- Shirley on Glories of a Tanzanian Journey
- Senyo on A Ghanian Experience
- Emelia Nwielaghi on Faci at WACS 2012 Nigeria