Greetings from Arusha, Tanzania! Theo is fully immersed in the culture and language. He is having an eye opening and transformative experience living with the Maasai Tribe in Tanzania. We always look forward to the growth and development of our students and the new perspectives they gain from their travels. Below we will introduce the elements that we find immensely important to consider while traveling, and share some photos and scripts from Theo’s most recent adventures…
Our Tribal Gap Year Program
Key Elements that Theo is examining:
- How are communities brought together in farming, and animal husbandry?
- How are people of different cultures coming together to manage their resources sustainably?
- How are communities brought together in music, and in ritual?
“This weekend I went to Arusha, a fairly large city about forty five minutes away from Longido, and it’s amazing how the landscapes completely transform. The mountains start to rise up out of the red dirt, turning the land brown and lush as we go from the desert to the jungle. The city itself is unpredictable and chaotic as there is no rhyme or reason to the mass of signs and traffic. Things are not formulated and grid-like here compared to New York City, for example. The bus station is always on the edge of a gridlock of vans, or “dolla dollas”, as full sized buses try to make a three point turn amongst the mass of pedestrians and vendors. Despite all of this, its amazing how things seem to run very smoothly, you can just trust everyone knows what they are doing”
We believe there is hope for a new paradigm to emerge in the management of our planet’s natural resources, and within currently fraught international relations. The present world models were grown from a seed that guaranteed their self-destruction; the seed of belief in separation, and a fundamental disconnection from those whose ways of living differ from our own.
We believe it is time for a new paradigm to spring-up from the compost of the old model of “us” and “them.” The time is ripe to replace the concept of “tolerance” with a sense of humility and appreciation for other cultures. Tolerance assumes there is a fundamental difference between people. Developing and fostering of a sense of connection, however, is the more sustainable model.
Through world travel, cross-cultural engagement, tribal art and social ritual, we develop a more unified perspective. We can work together as citizens of the earth to share methods of managing our vital resources. Sowing the seeds of water conservation, regenerative agriculture, viable animal husbandry and sustainable food production is necessary for the benefit of all; human, animal and plant family alike!