Sandwich Student Completes Tanzania Trip with Lasell College

Service learning program to teach Tanzanian children...

Carson Perkins was one of 15 students selected to participate in a service-learning trip to Tanzania with Lasell College last summer.

Perkins, a Sandwich local, worked with faculty and peers to teach reading, comprehension, and conversational English to Tanzanian students in grades 1 through 7. In turn, the group took courses in Swahili and held several workshops for the local population.

In preparation for the two-week trip, Perkins and their classmates participated in a semester-long course this spring. Students refined their skills as teachers, mentors, and leaders, and prepared for the cultural aspects of the trip.

Perkins, a Entrepreneurship major at Lasell, joined the trip through the College's Shoulder to Shoulder program, an international service-learning initiative that educates students about various social justice issues within a global context. The trip to Tanzania is one of several that take place each year. On Shoulder to Shoulder programs, students live with host communities adjacent to their service work, with the goal of connecting their personal experiences with broader service initiatives.

Students such as Perkins contributed to a blog throughout the trip: welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on