• Our 2nd Year in Geita, Tanzania

    Coaches across Continents in Geita 2011Colin, Jessica and Nathan with children from Geita

    May 16th, 2011.  Coaches Colin and Jessica

    After 4 days of traveling by land, sea (well, lake), and air, Jessica and I are safely back in the USA.  Our final week in Tanzania was fantastic – a great way to finish off an unforgettable overall experience.When last we checked in, our team had just arrived in Geita and was just getting situated.  Not long after that email was sent out, we had our first official training session with the children from the local secondary schools.  Little to our knowledge but much to our delight, it seemed that the Headmaster and the city government had alerted just about every child in Geita between the ages of 10 and 15 to our presence.  As a result, we routinely had over 100 kids at every practice.  Fortunately, we had some assistance from the coaches/teachers of the surrounding secondary schools.  We would work with them the evening before each practice, reviewing the themes that would comprise the next day’s lessons.  Then, with their help, we would

    Colin, Jessica and Nathan with children from Geita

    pass the games on to the kids the next morning.  Over the course of the week, we worked on everything from teamwork and leadership to HIV awareness and life-skills – all through various soccer drills and games.  It was, we believe, an unqualified success – not only were the kids all receptive to the lessons and thoroughly enjoying themselves, but the coaches really seemed to absorb the drills and lessons that we covered.  By the time we left Geita, we felt certain that a number of coaches would carry forward the subjects we had worked on, long after our departure.When we weren’t coaching, Jessica, Nate, and I enjoyed trying to blend in with the flow of daily life in Geita,

    Colin and Jessica get on their bikes!

    a small mining town in the northern part of the country.  We rented bikes and would commute to and from the fields with the throngs of other bicyclists around the city, ate ugali for lunch, played soccer with a local U17 club team, went to a track meet, and would generally have at least one visitor drop by our hotel each night to chat over a Kilimanjaro beer.  Like all the other people we met in Tanzania, the people we met in Geita were incredibly friendly and welcoming.  Nothing seemed to delight them more than seeing a trio of Americans sampling their food and attempting to speak their language.  By the time we had to leave Geita, we felt like we had made a number of great new friends.

    The journey back to the US involved 3 hours in a Landcruiser, 1 hour on a ferry that crossed Lake Victoria, a plane from Mwanza to Dar Es Salaam, and a marathon flight from Dar to JFK through Dubai – but we made it.  It feels great to be home, but we’re already nostalgic about our adventure.  We couldn’t be happier with our experience in Tanzania.  We saw some beautiful parts of the world, met some wonderful people, learned a lot about a fascinating country, and – most importantly – did some things that will hopefully have a far-reaching and long-lasting impact.

    Thank you to all who made this trip possible.   Your support directly brought so much happiness to, literally, thousands of kids across Tanzania, and it will continue to make a difference for many years.


  1. ANANIA says: August 18, 2013 at 11:36 amReply

    Ok hope, it was a nice experince…
    you had food(ugali),drink like Kilimanjaro, share daily life, had an adventure that fantastic..-keep on that and expect that, all you left to us will work.