A TEACHER AT KISHUMUNDU SCHOOL.
After one week orientation and training in the town of Moshi, the
group of 12 was reduced to 10 and everyone was paired off and allocated
a house and a school by the World Challenge representative, Kevin
Lawler. Jennie and I were placed on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro
in a village called Kishumundu. The village is situated approximately
3 hours from town by foot, although the daladala minibuses provide
transport for those who can afford it. Kishumundu village has a
butchers, a small market, a Catholic Church, a medical dispensary,
a primary school and a secondary school. However, it has no reliable
water supply, electricity or telephone lines. As the only 'English'
speaking white faces in the vicinity, I anticipated some hostility,
however, I was accepted immediately into the open arms of the community.
I lived on the school grounds in a simple breeze block building
which was by far the best accommodation around for miles. The views
from my house were magnificent, the peak of Kili, an expanse of
jungle and wildlife. My job at Kishumundu was primarily a teaching
post, nevertheless, I was also responsible for establishing a library
and running extra-curricular clubs. Mr. James Kiwara was the head
teacher and my direct boss. He became a source of constant inspiration
and a valuable friend.
The school secretary was called Salome. Salome was
also my next door neighbour and my best friend. I worked with the
headmaster and office staff in addition to my teaching slots. English
was my main subject, however, I was drafted in to teach Biology
for the reproductive system module! I also taught music on an individual
basis and participated in extra curricular activities such as sport
and debating club.