I just got off the virtual phone with Vicki, the principal of Canon Andrea Mwaka School. It was great to get to talk with her about the school and what I am going to be doing! CAMS is a Christian school in Dodoma, Tanzania. It is a smaller school, but serves children from around the age of 3 until they finish at 16. Many of the teachers and others who work there are, like me, there for only a short time. Class sizes are kept small, with no more than 24 in a class, which is actually a little large than what I am used to here in Cody.
The school provides housing and I will be staying in one of their housing compounds. They have set it up so that we don't need to bring or find a lot to live there for the year. The apartment is furnished and includes some basic linens, kitchen supplies, etc.
I am going to be working with their Standard 6 class, which is the same as our 5th grade in the US. I will get to partner with a teacher who went to CAMS as a child and is in training to become a certified teacher. I am excited to work with her! I'm sure I will be learning as much from her about teaching and learning in Tanzania as I can share with her about teaching. I will also be helping in other classes with reading groups, something in which I have had a lot of experience!
It is finally starting to feel like this is something that is actually going to happen! Up to this point, there was always a little part of my brain that said "everything hasn't happened yet, so it still might not." Things are starting to roll, and roll quickly!
Part of my excitement is that I can now really start focusing on my fundraising. I have a long way to go to get to my $10,000 goal, so it is nice to begin to work on it!