With less than a week left from our Zoom meeting with the girl’s media team, it feels like the time has flown by quickly. Avery and I are wrapping up the lessons, editing work, and reviewing our deliverables to ensure that our projects meet our community partner’s expectations.
After completing the lesson planning, it feels like a huge chapter of our internship is coming to an end. We have been waking up early for the past few months and meeting the girls who always greet us with bright and happy smiles. We learned, laughed and at times endured our WIFI’s broadband speed but enjoyed our time.
“We learned, laughed and at times endured our WIFI’s broadband speed.”
The English conversation and the work with Mikono-Yetu have offered me an exceptional opportunity to learn about East Africa, specifically Tanzanian’s life and culture. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions, I have had the chance to connect with our East African community partners and learn about the challenges and successes of global development work done by Mikono Yetu’s tireless women leaders. I am saddened to think that my internship is ending as working with Mikono Yetu’s staff, and the girls has brought so much joy and positivity to my summer.
Mikono Yetu’s staff and the girls have been welcoming, patient and generous with their time. They have allowed us to learn with them and taught me to look at the bright side of life. My internship is an affirmation for me to pursue work related to community development and even pursue my love for teaching.
Editing the girls’ journals have been underway for a while, but with the completion of the lesson, I can focus on them full-time. I want to make sure that I am doing their work justice when editing their written pieces. It is a huge accomplishment that I would like to celebrate with them. We planned a beach theme party for our last day, and I am looking forward to our celebration when the girls will read their articles as their surprise present.