Power of Open Conversation


“While staying in the village of Monduli and training a community group in HIV/AIDS and nutrition in the morning, one day we accompanied GSC staff to visit a school where they hoped to have trainings in a few months. It was great to see what preliminary planning goes on behind the scenes before we get there. More than that, I just enjoyed the time I spent conversing with the kids at the school garden, sharing the rake-hoe, switching back and forth from English to Swahili, and depending on either parties’ comprehension level. It was a typical beautiful, sunny, hot, and dry day in this Maasai village, as we jovially, but with genuine interest, talked about customs and life styles of our respective cultures. No time pressure, just the opening of each other’s eyes to nuances as we shared the day’s labor.

These simple yet powerful moments affected me most in Tanzania; never underestimate the power of the open conversation.”

-Susan G.


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