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Testimonial: Maria Princen, Macalester College

Maria Princen

Entering Tanzania (and Africa) was entering the utter unknown. But by the end of our four months, there was nowhere else on the globe that taught me as much. Diving into a thrilling, exciting, new culture and becoming a part of a community unlike anything I had ever experienced was phenomenal. From teaching local woodcarvers English to riding dala dalas through downtown to buying fresh fruit on the street, life in Tanzania was always wondrously spontaneous. We enhanced our responsibility and independence by navigating foreign areas with minimal Kiswahili while utilizing an open-minded mindset in all new circumstances. Tanzania is forever imprinted on my mind and heart.

—Maria Princen, geology and political science major

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