Tanzania

My first month in Dodoma, TanzaniaIt’s weird to say I have been here a month already.  It really has flown by.  The day I left the UK, I was filled with nervous excitement, it was sad saying by to my family but once I got through security at the airport, everything was surreal.  It was 19 hours with very little sleep.Leaving the airport at Dar es Salaam the next day, the humidity hit me like a wave; the heat stuck to you.  I was welcomed by the JVC volunteers based in...
The Oxford University students with pupils of Nyakahoja primary School. Credit: Dushan Croos SJ
The Senior Catholic Chaplain at Oxford University and two students from the university are currently in Mwanza, Tanzania, on a three-week visit which will enable them to meet communities with which the Chaplaincy has had links since 2008.Nyakahoja Primary School in Mwanza was founded in 1961 and is run by Tanzanian Teresian Sisters. They invited the Jesuits to found a parish - St Francis Xavier - and thereby support the school.  The sisters also founded Holy Family Girls Secondary School....
St Ignatius College in Enfield has marked 120 years since its foundation with a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.Founded by the Society of Jesus in Stamford Hill in 1894, the school moved to its current site in 1968 and continues to enjoy a strong relationship with the Jesuits in Stamford Hill, with chaplains from the community visiting the school regularly. Among the concelebrants at the anniversary Mass was the new parish priest at St Ignatius, Fr David Smolira SJ, Fr Slawomir...
Boys of St Ignatius College, Enfield teach in Dodoma, Tanzania
The day had finally come; the day we students make our transition from Students to Teachers. Needless to say we appreciate our teachers a bit more for what they do after yesterday (Not too much though, of course). We as teachers taught pupils of the various ages and educating them about our respective subjects (well… we at least tried to). Frank, Liam and I went for a Messi, Iniesta and Xavi (The 3 Musketeers) approach to our lessons, with me being Messi of course! In all truth we...