When in Maasailand...

During J-Term 2018, 286 students and 29 program leaders will participate in one of Luther's 17 courses around the globe. Although it's impossible to keep up with everyone, these blogs are designed to provide glimpses into our students' adventures.

Take a look at the course descriptions, itineraries, and leaders to learn the details of each exciting trip. Most importantly, read the blogs to experience life alongside our traveling students.

J-Term Highlights

Check out these highlighted posts about unforgettable moments, lessons learned, and life-changing experiences!

A lot has happened since we left Vijiji Center. Friday was Zanzibar Revolution Day, so our trip into Arusha was a lot quieter than it had been our previous trip. We met up with our cultural guides Musa, Leboy, and Killing'ot, who will be with us for the rest of the  program.Our next destination was Monduli, a small town that usually sees very few tourists. We had the opportunity to walk around and see the town, which had a very distinct small town feel, especially when compared to Arusha. While in town, we tried the corn that many of the women were cooking on the side of the road. It was very different than the sweet corn many of  us are used to. Actually, it sort of tasted more like popcorn that  hadn't been popped yet instead of corn on the cob. A local market was  another destination, where we picked up a few things, including chocolate, which we had all been missing. Dinner was at a local  restaurant, where we were able to sample some tasty local cuisine.On Saturday,  we officially left for Maasailand. We toured the Maasai market at Emairete. We had an opportunity to begin to practice our Maa, which we had quickly realized is not as strong as our very minimal  Swahili. This stop allowed us to purchase shukas, which makes us look  slightly less like a bunch of tourists and slightly more like the  Maasai.We arrived at our first boma stay tonight in Mbarangati. We were swarmed by children upon our arrival, who just wanted to shake our hands over and over again and had a fascination with anything worn on our wrists. A few members of the group introduced  frisbee to them, while others of us taught them clapping games that they never could get tired of. The boys were able to participate  in their first jumping game, which was something that amused the Maasai men to no end. We wrapped up our day watching the cattle come in, most of us with a child or two in hand. Overall, most of us have described today as our favorite day yet.

Mbarangati horizon
Our camp at Mbarangati
Our crew in their new outfits
Our crew in their new outfits