The day starts for us at 6 ish when we struggle out from under the mosquito net. It's still dark then, and feels very early. I leave the house soon after 7 to walk (15 minutes) or short drive if I have the car that day, to be at college morning prayers for 7.30am. This alternates between English and Swahili and is led by the students, under my supervision in my role as college chaplain. It's held in the Cathedral, just next door to the college, but hopefully next week our new chapel will be finished.
Then the staff meet together for a few minutes to talk through any isssues of the day and to pray. We're only 5 full time staff at present. I'm also "Academic Dean" so keep an eye on the teaching timetable and often have to swap lessons around if staff are away.
The students have breakfast of tea and bread at that time, and lessons start at 8.30am. It's a full time table for everyone, and takes us up to 1pm. I have an office in the college where I can do lesson prep, academic admin work, and see students who come to see me for everything from sore throats to essay problems and money worries. I've also a role (which I share) as "college doctor" - and have a well stocked medical cupboard which saves us sending students out to clinics and hospital for minor ailments.
Then it's lunch - the students have ugali and beans, the standard Tanzanian fare. I try to get home, though often its late before I get away. Dianes meanwhile has been working in the house, cleaning, washing, cooking etc. It's great to come home to a nice salad and home made bread laid out on the table, as we're often pretty tired.
Afternoons vary. Sometimes, dare I admit, I have a short siesta. I usually go back to college to help students with their research or essays, I hold extra English classes for some of the slower students, meet with others to prepare the worship, and twice a week have my ladies English class. Occasionally I get a free afternoon when I can do lesson prep or marking, and have my own Swahili lesson.
The students have to help with the cleaning and care of the college, and work in the college garden some afternoons, but also use afternoons and evenings for their own study and assignments. They all live in, in rather basic dormitories.
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