2016 GAP Student Blog: The Land Of The Masai

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

Mention East African culture or the dominant Swahili language to a Westerner and you might just stir up images of brightly clad Masai people with gauged (stretched lobe piercings) ears, elaborate jewelry and lethal spears. Ironically enough, the Masai have their own language, yet four warriors grace the cover of my own Swahili phrasebook. Go figure! Anyway, we’ve all seen …

2016 GAP Student Blog: Tanzania’s Own Island Paradise

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

Throughout the centuries of the colonial age, Zanzibar was claimed, conquered and held by Portugal, Oman and, most recently, Great Britain. The island gained its independence in 1963 and merged with Tanganyika to become Tanzania in 1964. It’s obvious that Zanzibar’s place in the Omani Empire has the strongest historical and cultural impact on the island, despite Britain’s close temporal …

2016 GAP Student Blog: Beyond The Lions And Elephants In Arusha

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

I don’t want to claim that our first few days in Tanzania were tops among GAPers, but I challenge any location in the world to compete with the awe-inspiring Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Seeing huge horizon-to-horizon herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle followed by pools of massive floating families of hippos and, of course, the fierce predators lurking in the …

2016 GAP Student Blog: Tanzanian Lunch Meeting at a Greek Restaurant…Wait, What?

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

In true Fisher networking fashion, we landed a lunch meeting with a local water solutions manager – a tentative third degree connection to our group. Our first business meeting on Tanzanian soil went well, despite the distant network link and unavoidable jet lag. Vincent runs a drilling and construction company in Arusha, a former division of a company focused on …

Ohio State Students Brainstorm Private Sector Water Solutions

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

Ohio State students from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Business came together on April 21 to hear about innovative approaches to social entrepreneurship–and in the case of GWI, to brainstorm some of their own. Hosted by UnSectored Cbus, an organization that promotes awareness of socially minded local businesses and business models, and co-sponsored by GWI, the event …