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From a YES host: African teachers, African students

June 1, 2010

Cindy Nichols is the host mom of Dennis Lengishon of Arusha, Tanzania, and Victor Yusuf of Bauchi State, Nigeria. They live in Lewis, Iowa, and attend Atlantic High School.

Cindy has been keeping a personal blog, “Adventures with my African Sons,” to share her experiences with hosting. This is a recent post from her blog explaining a recent visit from the two YES teachers.

Dennis and Victor with YES teachers

Dennis teaching Anyam to use a computer

I can’t resist some bullet point highlights of our evening with the Nigerian and Tanzanian teachers that spent two days at Atlantic High School and are here to escort the 60 YES students home in two weeks. Here goes:

  • Mr. Mpinga (TZ) was delighted to hear me say his name correctly. (Thanks for the lesson, Dennis!)
  • Mr. Anyam (NG) amazed us with his grasp of American politics.
  • Favorite picture — Dennis teaching Mr. Anyam computer basics. Loved it.
  • Mr. Mpinga running from our overly friendly dog.
  • Both teachers taking turns jabbing each other with friendly “digs” about this or that. We were all unsure at first if they were serious or teasing. Hopefully we didn’t laugh in the wrong places!
  • Mr. Mpinga sharing with us how he hoped to entice an American woman to be his second wife. (First one is still living, mind you!). Not entirely sure if this was serious or not.
  • Mr. Anyam declared the meal delicious after he mixed everything together on his plate: spaghetti, lettuce salad with two kinds of dressing and fresh fruit. Hmm- not exactly what I was expecting…
  • Genuine friendliness and interest in our culture and our family.

What a privilege to host them for just a few hours. They both are either working on or hold advanced degrees, made great sacrifices to be away from their classes for three weeks and possess extraordinary intelligence. We enjoyed their visit very much!

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 23, 2011 11:10 AM

    This is a fantastic project. It is a very viable forum for facilitating communication and information exchange between African and American educators. Too what is more between African and American students.

    I am an a Kenya qualified teacher, who teaches in the Swedish school system. I am intrested in what you are doing . I have set up a blogg on; the user name is ondusyesos, in case you problems getting, direct, on the above given information, just google and you will sure come in.

    Osore Ondusye

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