This has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding opportunities I have ever experienced. I got here and was completely thrown into a new culture, new way of thinking, new people, new language and new scenery. The first few weeks were rough, but I adapted and I am now flourishing in this new and amazing environment. I have learned so much, not just about Kiswahili and the culture, but also about myself and how the people around me think. I have found some truly amazing friends here and done some things I never imagined I would ever do. You can find a home anywhere and I have found one here. This has been a once in a lifetime experience and I can't wait to see how this opportunity will form my future.

-Erin, 2014

 

In terms of practical skills, I have learned a lot about monitoring and evaluation, data analysis, grant writing, and report writing. I know these skills are incredibly important in the non-profit sector. In terms of general knowledge, I learned a lot about pastoralism, microfinance, education, and land rights in Tanzania. I also am grateful to have met a lot of amazing people at my internship site who I will definitely keep in touch with.

-Marina Rioux, 2017-18 AFLI Intern with Pastoral Women’s Council