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Service Learning in Tanzania

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mmigrants from southeast Africa
are always surprised when the
blonde, blue-and-green eyed
pharmacy technicians at the Walgreen’s
in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, explains things to
them in their native Swahili.
It is perhaps even more surprising
that 25-year-old Elizabeth Englund
picked up some of the language on
a June 2012 service learning trip to
Tanzania through Kirkwood Community
college, where she is finishing studies
that she hopes eventually will lead to
pharmacy school.
Those 133 included Englund, six classmates, three faculty and a staff member
who spent three weeks in Tanzania
helping children and sick people under
the auspices of Cross-Cultural Solutions
(CCS), a nonprofit that places volunteers
in poor communities in 11 countries in
Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
The Tanzania mission was part of a
pilot project in which CCS has partnered
with Community Colleges for Interna-

Kirkwood
Community
College
student
John Bruce
with the
fourth
graders he
taught at
Mwasama
School in
Bagamoyo,
Tanzania.

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KIRKWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

a sponge bath to a former soldier they
called Captain. “We couldn’t say much in
their language, but they knew we were
there to help them,” she said.
Englund said she had no fear of
contracting HIV and her decision to go
was strongly supported by her mother,
a nurse.
The volunteers and others helped
townspeople lay the foundations for a
new school. “We did concrete work for
two days, grueling labor, lifting buckets
of rock and cement,” said Cochran.
Bruce, now majoring in international
relations, may re-enlist after getting his
bachelor’s degree to pursue a career
as an officer or seek a posting with
the State Department or some other
government service. “There are parts of
the Tanzania trip I still think about all the
time,” he said. “I know sometimes people
in some parts of the world can have a
pretty negative view of Americans and
our lavish lifestyle. I hope we showed
them a good side.”
Englund, who raised money from her
church for the trip and organized a drive
at Christmas to send textbooks and supplies to Bagamoyo, hopes to do volunteer
work abroad one day as a pharmacist.
“I’m more aware of things, more appreciative of things I have,” she said. “Over there
it was a big deal to find a Band-Aid.”
Most of students received the Wofford Fellowships that covered the costs
of the CCS program and all received
an additional $1,000 scholarship that
Kirkwood’s foundation provides every
student who does service abroad. The
college has sent health students to Guatemala for the past eight years; President
Mick Starcevich was a volunteer on the
2011 trip. It also does service learning in
the Solomon Islands and recently sent a
group to Peru through the CCID program.
Even with the scholarships, the students still had to pay $2,000 to $3,000,
but Cochran told them it would have cost
them $6,000 to $7,000 “to do this trip
on your own.”

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tional Development to offer $400,000 in
Harris Wofford Global Service Fellowships to students from a half-dozen colleges in 2012, and another $400,000 in
fellowships to 11 institutions for 2013. The

fellowships, which take financial need
into account, are intended to help CCS
diversify the ranks of their volunteers.
Students worked alongside cadets
from West Point and other U.S. volunteers in the city of Bagamoyo. Englund
and a nursing student, working with a
local charity, went out to the home of
five patients with HIV/AIDS to provide
physical therapy and other care.
James Cochran, the Kirkwood math
professor who led the trip, taught
two dozen young children in a private
elementary school along with one of his
students, John Bruce, an Army veteran
who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cochran had a fitting background
for the duties. He spent two years teaching math in Kushigata, Japan, sister city
to Marshalltown, Iowa, where he grew up
and graduated from community college.
Bruce, now at the University of Iowa,
was the first student Cochran recruited.
He had taken algebra from Cochran,
who lent him an autobiography of young
Winston Churchill about the future prime
minister’s exploits in India and South
Africa during the Boer War. When Dawn
Wood, director of international programs
at Kirkwood, chose Cochran to lead the
Tanzania trip, “John was the first student
I thought of,” the math teacher said.
“He came and found me in one of my
classes and asked if I would go. That’s
how I ended up in Tanzania,” said Bruce,
who also served a year in Korea after
volunteering for the Army infantry at
age 17. He rose to the rank of sergeant.
Bruce taught math, geography and even
Tanzanian civics to the schoolchildren,
who spoke and read English.
Englund and her compatriot, nursing
student Elissa, faced a more daunting task, heading out each morning to
the mud-and-brick homes of five AIDS
patients, some with multiple maladies.
“We’d get right on the ground with them
and try to do stretches,” she recalled.
They helped a woman with polio use a
walker and at one point Englund carried
her into the ocean for a dip. They gave

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