But , I Have An Avocado Tree In My Backyard…..

I left my home in the US for six weeks ( last summer)  and headed  to Zimbabwe to share my teaching skills with Lendy Park School.

My expectations were unclear but an immediate relationship developed between myself and the receptive teachers leading me to understand that I didn’t have the answers. Their creative abilities were waiting to be discovered, and it only took a nudge based on the skills I’ve been so fortunate to acquire in a country never lacking in the latest research or educational trends.

Initially, the challenges for an American to go to an African country seemed to be overwhelming. Later, I found the real challenge was to keep the “African spirit”  that I developed close to my heart once I returned to America.

While visiting an AIDS orphanage, I met Sue, a former successful real estate agent in London (now a Zimbabwean resident). We began discussing the inconveniences caused by lack of running water,  random shutdowns of electricity, and food shortages in a country ruled by Robert Mugabe, a dictator.

With a sparkle in her eyes,

she looked at me and said, “BUT I HAVE AN AVOCADO TREE IN MY BACKYARD…” At that moment I realized that all of the American/Western comforts are secondary to the beauty and spirit of the African culture.



Filed under Global Classroom, Teacher Development, Teaching, Teaching in Africa, Zimbabwe

6 responses to “But , I Have An Avocado Tree In My Backyard…..

  1. Libby, thank you for sharing your gifts with teachers near *and* far!

  2. Missy Lytle

    I will look forward to your blogs every week while you are in India. Take care.

  3. Laura snell

    I am so proud of you

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s