Friday, May 28, 2010
Half Way Gone
We are officially at the half way point of our stay in Uganda. During the first half I have been reflecting on this year and past years. The road work on the way to Mbarara is progressing well, it looks like by next year there will be a very nice, modern road in place for the vast majority of that trip. It was interesting seeing more large construction equipment this year than in the past, a small sign that the country is progressing in industrialization. The thing that has made the largest impact on me so far was the primary school day. In reading the blog it is easy to see that many of the students feel similar. The impact for me was much different than that for most of the students. I had seen the school conditions and wanted to help out for each of the last three years. It was great to finally devote a day in the program to leaving the school in better shape. However, I feel like there is so much more we can do. I wonder if experiences like this are the most important thing we do and the best learning experience for the students. Maybe we will spent to much time in the classroom. At the beginning of the class I asked students to talk about their expectations. The half way point is a good time to reflect on what you expected and what you have experienced. Everyone has been doing a great job in your journal --looking over the first half of the trip what one thing would you tell friends and family to describe the experience so far? In other words, now that the trip is half way gone - what has been your greatest "a ha" moment"?