Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Culture


Iringa Swahili School offers well-rounded courses, which includes non-traditional learning through field trips and tours. These trips provide cultural context to lessons and put students’ conversation and comprehension to practice.
  • Museums
  • Special visitors (such as Maasai, Wahehe, other tribes)
  • Traditional style cooking days
  • Traditional dancing and singing
  • Homestays 
Historical Sites
  • Isimila Stone Age Site. About 15 km from town towards Mafinga, this is one of the most interesting stone age sites in East Africa.
  • At Kalenga Cultural Museum, you can see Chief Mkwawa’s skull which was returned by the Germans after many decades. Learn about the cultural history of the local tribe.
Homestays
Homestays allow students to rent a room from a local family to better learn the local lifestyle as well as improve their language ability. Iringa Swahili School encourages students to participate in homestays throughout their language study. Most students choose to do the homestays at the end of the program, but some do it in-between.

Benefits of Homestays:
  • Allows the student to practice language ability
  • Allows the student to know what they need to practice more on
  • Gives cultural context to the learning
  • Allow students to make valuable relationships, which will be necessary for working in Tanzania