Farewell Assembly: After we had the emotional candle ceremony, we played around on the newly refurbished netball court with our buddies before the next activity. The farewell assembly was a time where American and Tanzanian teachers could give short speeches to the whole school and the host families to share our experiences, and thank each other and the parents for contributing to the experience. We were delighted by the appearance of school scouts who performed an impressive magic trip and a marching ceremony. Soon after all the BC students and their Tanzanian buddies stood up and performed a dance which we had practiced a few times during the week. The dance was then followed a ceremonial game of volleyball which was briefly interrupted by the volleyball landing up in an acacia tree on the first hit.
Food/pics/gifts: After the game and an extravagant lunch for us and our host families, we all took pictures with our families in our gifted stylish Tanzanian outfits. As we got on to the bus the DJ played perfect duet by Ed Sheehan which fit the mood well as many of the American and Tanzanian students cried.
Crying bus music: After the emotional farewells as a token to the culture on the way to the hotel we listen to the number one single by Platinum Diamond called Tatema.
Currently: As of now we are back at Patamu hotel in Karatu, reflecting on the trip and playing cards as a community. It's still an emotional time but together we are all able to relate to each other. This trip has truly been an experience to remember.
by Sam and Ethan