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By Betty Levitov

“I imagine i am getting it,” Betty Levitov’s youngest scholar acknowledged, sitting on a porch in Harare, Zimbabwe. “You’ve had a in all probability deadly sickness, and confronted demise, and now you’ll do exactly approximately anything.” the coed was once attempting to fathom why a instructor might take 13 young children from a small midwestern liberal arts collage on a three-month trek throughout Africa.
 
The resolution, a studying adventure like no different, unfolds in Levitov’s completely enticing account of her life-changing stint as a mwalimu (“teacher” in Swahili) with an Australian bus driving force and 13 collage children from Nebraska in tow. The group’s wanderings take them—and us—through seven international locations. via dhow journeys and donkey rides at the Swahili island of Lamu, scuba diving and spice excursions in Zanzibar, tenting within the Namib wilderness, and swimming at the fringe of a cataract at Victoria Falls, we come across awesome humans, new customs, and interesting arts (along with malaria, flat tires, a motorbike twist of fate, and a hostage crisis). because the scholars apprentice themselves to African chefs, fishermen, carvers, and batik artists, we find with them a refined and complicated connection between humans regularly worlds apart.
 

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