Posts Tagged With: field trip

Building Goat Sheds In Arusha

Six things I learned about Tanzania:

  1. Swahili sounds amazing. It’s one of the happiest sounding languages I’ve ever heard. Here’s a sneak peek:
    Karibu – Welcome
    Habari gani – How are you?
    Jambo – Hello
    Kwaheri – Goodbye
    Sarafi njema – Have a good trip!
    Asante sana – Thank you very much
  2. Speaking of Swahili, the Lion King names are actually Swahili words! Remember Pumba, the warthog? Pumba means slow-witted/thoughtless in Swahili! Simba means lion. Rafiki means friend. Cool, huh?
  3. Beads are everywhere. Everything is beaded. Bracelets, earrings, bags, shoes, everything.
  4. Tsetse flies actually exist, and they’re the devil incarnate. They’re worse than horseflies, leaving giant welts that itch for days. They even carry a terrifying disease called Sleeping Sickness; if you’re bitten by an infected fly you slowly become more and more drowsy, drifting off into sleep, and then remain in a coma for the rest of your life. Thankfully it’s very rare and a nonissue for anyone considering a trip.
  5. The name “Tanzania” exists because it’s the land between Lake Tanganyika and Zanzibar island. (Put it together, Tan + Zan = Tanzania!)
  6. They take the phrase “rice and beans” to a whole new level.


One of the great things about going with a school group was that I was able to learn about Tanzania from a more educational perspective. Normally my vacations consist of pure adventure seeking, a bit of relaxation, and a cultural day thrown in here and there. With a school group you’re always assessing the educational merit of your activities. Enter the most impacting activity we participated in: The goat shed.


Service projects comprised much of what we did in Tanzania. The students fundraised beforehand in order to pay for the materials to build a goat shed for a local villager. The activity was facilitated by the non-profit Seeway Tanzania.


The students had a blast and learned how to manually build a wooden structure using only a set of directions and a hammer and nails. Another important fact: The fundraising didn’t just pay for the shed itself, but for the goat that would live there. It’s a great long-term service project because the goat continues to provide for the villager’s livelihood.

It took two grueling days to build the goat shed, but I can’t wait to return again this February and see how big Hillda has grown!

Check back soon for the final installment on Tanzania, the safari!

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Graffiti In Phnom Penh

Street art says a lot about a place. Whether it is the fact that it is rampant, absent, honored, or scorned, people always seem to have an opinion on street art and its place in their home.

Phnom Penh has a surprisingly vibrant street art scene. In my grade 9 English class, we were studying controversy, and our central question was, “Graffiti: Vandalism, Art, or Both?” I teamed up with my friend Anna who is the high school Art teacher, and together we planned a field trip to seek out the graffiti around Phnom Penh.

If you live here in the city, check out the Facebook group, Graffiti Cambodia. They’re always posting new places, even with a bit of info about the artists themselves.

However, Anna and I scoured the internet and never found a comprehensive map of where to go.

So we made one ourselves:
MapI numbered the sites we visited 1-7, in the order that we visited them. The pins without a number do have graffiti, but we didn’t visit those on the trip. If you’re familiar with the city, you can see that we started near the intersection of Monireth and 271, then headed down 271, came up Norodom, drove past ISPP, headed in BKK below Sihanouk, went up Monivong, and made a final stop near Bong Kak Lake. Got it? Good.

Now let’s look at some art. (All photos compliments of the lovely and artistic Anna Sudra.)

Street 430 off Monireth.

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The motherload of graffiti. A giant open space with at least five pieces by various artists. A vacant lot across from the Malaysian Embassy on Norodom.



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An alleyway behind ISPP on Norodom. This is actually a series of pieces of the “boy with the butterfly”. It tells a story the whole length of the alley wall.



The side of a restaurant and bar, across from Top Banana Guesthouse. There is a whole montage of faces on the second level. Really beautiful.



Street 184. Inside Puthisastra University. A compilation by multiple artists: Peap Tarr and Lisa Mam to be sure, along with others I can’t remember.

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All the way up near the Bong Kak Lake area. From Monivong, turn left on street 80 before the Start Chas Roundabout. You will be driving alongside the French Embassy on your right. You will then find a giant cache of street art sprouting along the buildings.



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And before we knew it, it was 3pm and we had to be back at school. What a fantastic day… full of unexpected surprises. I added it to my mental list of the thousands of reasons why I love Cambodia.

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