Kwaheri Tanzania

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!

As we prepare ourselves for the long flights home, we all wanted to offer our thoughts on what this journey meant to us. You've heard enough from me and the other bloggers, here is how this trip affected all 18 of us:

Sam Poppen '19

I don't know where to start or how to keep this short, so I will say this. My time in Tanzania has been one of the most unique experiences of my life in so many ways. The people I met had so much wisdom to share, even though I didn't speak their language. There was new food, new jokes, new animals and plants and new sights to see. I've had many experiences that have changed my perspective of this world and what my place is in it. Now I'm ready to be back home to share my experience with the ones I love.

Tania Proksch '19

I feel comfortable saying that the Tanzania program is perhaps the best example of the influence that Luther College has abroad. I knew coming in that this country would change my perspective, however I had no clue as to the extent. I'm thrilled to have made so many connections and hopefully to be able to reflect my new perspective on the world.

Annika Sandford '20

Tanzania blew my mind in all the ways I had anticipated and more. The people, the culture, and the food were all amazing in ways that cannot be summed up in a few sentences. One of my personal highlights, which will make sense for all who know me, was playing with the kids in the bomas. I would love to come back and continue to experience this amazing part of the world, so hopefully that will be part of my future.

Olivia Hawkins '18

What a ride! We learned a ton, ate well, and laughed so much. The hospitality we have been shown here is beyond belief and I can only hope to someday, somehow, return the favor. Lori has an amazing community here that we are lucky enough to join for these three weeks, and I'm profoundly grateful for this opportunity. Tutaonana baadaye!

Jack Jagielski '19

Looking back on my adventure in Tanzania, it is impossible not to feel the significant impact the Tanzania program had on me as both a student and a global citizen. I will think fondly of the relationships I formed and the interactions I had for the rest of my life. The biggest thing I am taking away from this program is a charged desire to further explore the rest of the world and the wonders it has to offer!

Haley Steffen '19

As I reflect on this Tanzanian journey, I think it is more than safe to say that Tanzania has changed my life in multiple ways. Through the people I have met and the interactions I have had, I have truly learned what it means to be a part of a community and how to fully value what every day of life brings. I hope to one day be as patient, welcoming, and kind as the Maasai people I have met, and I would not be surprised if Tanzania sees this mzungu again soon. Ashe naleng, Tanzania! You are more than amazing.

Emma Veum '19

I truly believe that this trip is the best example of a liberal arts education. The people we met and the interactions that we had have expanded my views on the world more than any other experience. The Maasai people were so kind and welcoming to us and every person we met really wanted to help us with our language skills even if they were busy. Tanzania, you will be missed!

Anna Larson '19

My experience in Tanzania has developed me into a global citizen as we have been discussing the multiple different perspectives and factors that affect the many ethical dilemmas that Tanzania is facing in the wave of change and development of their beautiful, welcoming community. Gonna miss this sunshine and my baby giraffe friends.

Ben Haerther '19

There are some things that just cannot be summed up in a few short sentences. Tutaonana baadaye, Tanzania.

Jimmy Conway '19

I strongly align with the rest of the group, Tanzania was incredible and has changed the way I think and view everyone in the world. But, here is a quick list of what we did: we told jokes, had great discussions, got sick, saw rocks and hawks and zebras and giraffes, built lasting relationships, and in one way or another we fell in love with this country. 

Halina Pyzdrowski '18

I don't know what the odds are, but I was the 1/20 in the group that attracted a parasite (or three...). Regardless, I feel thankful to have had the opportunity to have seen, listened, and witnessed a world away from my own in the company of my new friends.

Laura Schueler '19

The time I've spent in Tanzania has been priceless. I will always remember the relationships I made and the experiences I had. I am so thankful for this opportunity to learn.

Hannah Tulgren '18

Tanzania is one of the most beautiful countries I have experienced.  The people are endlessly kind and caring, the landscape is extremely diverse, and I am sad to be leaving such a wonderful place. Cheers Tanzania! Hope to see you again someday.

Alexis Olson '20

I wanted to write a haiku to share part of my experience, but after writing about six of them, I realized they didn't even scrape the surface of Tanzania's people and landscapes. This program opened my eyes to the ways that different people live in the world and I hope to share this adventure with as many people as possible!

Ben Hermann '18

My experience with this program has opened my eyes to a whole new part of the world. I don't think I can sum up this experience into words. I do know that I cannot wait for my frienships to blossom with the wonderful people who live in Tanzania.

Grant Benthin '18

I was a little worried coming on this program... At Luther I spend most of my days holed up in a lab and do not see the sun much. But Tanzania blew me away! There were animals, amazing places, and even more amazing people to talk with. I grew a lot, had a great time, and succeeded in not getting sunburned. Thanks for the mems Tanzania.

Emily Fuller '19

Nothing written or said about this experience will ever compare to living it. It was transformative to realize that I am able to relate to people who live in a completely different way from me. There is a human connection, and we felt it the entirety of the program. I can't wait to share the stories and the welcome I experienced with others.

Thomas Twiton '19

I am coming out of this trip with more questions than answers, new perspectives and fewer certainties, and more friends and even more incredible stories. The people we met are hospitable and insightful, the academic work was thought-provoking and challenging, and the journey was unforgettable. 

Waiting in Kiliminjaro Airport, passports at the ready.
Grant, Jimmy, and Sam deep in thought as we prepare to leave this beautiful place.