2016 GAP Student Blog: Tackling Team Work In Tanzania

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

As we’ve all come to know, group work inherently comes with peaks and valleys, high fives, handshakes and deep-seeded displeasure. Fisher makes a huge push for group work in the first-year curriculum. Whether it is the first-year core teams or this GAP project, group projects are part of every single class Fisher class. Fisher has adopted the “early and often” approach. …

Engineering Capstone Team Visits Partner Village In Tanzania

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

A team from The Ohio State University’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering traveled to Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro region in May to work with a Masai community to develop rural water system solutions. The group, comprised of recent graduates as well as one senior student, was led by Dr. Michael Hagenberger, associate professor of practice in the department. The trip, which …

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 …

Tanzania Visit Establishes, Reaffirms Collaborations

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

In an April visit to the Tanzanian cities of Dodoma and Dar es Salaam, GWI Interim Director Marty Kress and Senior Research Associate Rebecca Gianotti advanced the development of the WE3 Program and related educational initiatives in meetings with both established partners and new collaborators in the government, academic, non-profit and multilateral sectors. Highlights of the trip include: Renewal of …

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 …

43 Village Site Visits Concluding Ahead Of Tanzania Water System Rehabilitation

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

Just in time for World Water Day, Ohio State and partners are wrapping up the first step in a major rehabilitation effort of broken rural water systems in Tanzania. From November 2015 to March 2016, a field team led by Ohio State partner WorldServe International visited 43 rural villages in eight regions of Tanzania. The purpose of the field visits …