By Meghan Gallagher
What do you get when you quit your job, move to a different continent, leave your boyfriend, family, and friends, and use up all your savings to get there?? A fabulous opportunity to volunteer and make a difference in other people’s lives, a time for self-reflection, a chance to meet new people and travel, and numerous other positive experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life- and not to mention, fabulous pictures! Welcome to my journey from Virginia, USA, to Zanzibar, Tanzania! My name is Meghan and I have had the great pleasure of representing IASE in Stone Town, Zanzibar, at the Occupational Therapy Clinic in the Mnazi Moja Hospital. IASE members can volunteer at this site. I have been here for almost two months working on starting an early intervention and educational center for those who attend the OT clinic. I have a Master’s Degree in Special Education and have been a teacher in Virginia, United States, for four years. This opportunity has been a different, new, and exciting challenge. While I enjoyed my teaching jobs in the United States, I can’t say I miss the traffic and noise of traveling to and from work in Virginia, especially since I now get to walk to and from work along the Indian Ocean and the rooms at the hospital overlook the ocean as well! I have been blessed with this opportunity as it has been my childhood dream to teach in Africa.