Karah Waters
Karah Waters
Tanzania 2017
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Mambo! I am a recent nursing graduate seeking to experience healthcare and African culture in Tanzania. I will be working in a hospital in Dar es Salaam as well as a clinic in the Kidodi village. Join me as I embark on this escapade of being engulfed in healthcare abroad.
Leaving the states!

Today is the DAY!!!

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I can not believe that today is the day that I am heading out of the states to begin working internationally. In Africa.

A place I have always dreamed of going to. It doesn’t feel real. All of my bags are packed and I have so many thoughts running through my head. I am currently sitting in the Nashville airport at my gate. I have a 3 hour delay because of “air-traffic.” This is going to be the beginning of a very long journey! haha. But hey, everything happens for a reason. A few extra hours to the trip doesn’t even compare to the time I have been waiting to do this! Everything all feels so surreal. It has been such a journey transitioning from college and being an adult in the “real world.” However, this trip is something that makes me not feel uneasy or question what I am doing. There is nothing else I could picture myself doing than doing this right now in my life. It is something I have always had a desire to do and now it is officially happening. People that I am sitting beside probably think I am crazy because I am just smiling from ear to ear because this moment is finally here and they just see it as an annoying 3 hour delay. I was supposed to land tomorrow at 9:00PM, Tanzanian time; however, now it is looking a bit later. I have a few stops before I get there: Newark, Zurich, Nairobi, and then finally Dar es Salaam!!! I guess the most exciting and at the same time scary thing I am looking forward to is simply the unknown. I have no idea what the culture is going to be like once I step off of the plane in Africa. I have been doing my best on my Swahili! Hopefully I’ll be able to understand some things when I go to pick up my Visa and Business Permit once I get off of the plane. I can hardly eat anything because I am so excited and anxious. Hopefully all will go smoothly with the next flights and no delays will happen!

I guess the main thing on my mind right now is just all of the support and love I have seen in these last few days. I wish I had more time before I left to see all of my friends and family. I got back from being a camp nurse in WI (which was quite an interesting experience at an all boys camp!! I LOVED it!) this Monday at midnight and I have been preparing and packing my bags for Africa ever since! I have received so much support, love, and words of affirmation. I knew I had an incredible support group but it really hit me over this week how many amazing and caring people I have in my life. I hope to carry that with me to Africa and really engulf myself in their culture and get to know the people who live there. I know I will see so much hardship. Hardship I have never laid my eyes on. In those moments of hardship, and pain and suffering that I see I hope to be able to help in anyway that I can and freely commit myself to service. I have been blessed with so much I hope to pass that on to everyone I come into contact with.

I guess I will be writing you from Africa in my next post!!! Kwaheri (goodbye)!

One thought on “Today is the DAY!!!”

  1. Best of luck! Hope your trip will be as exciting and insightful as mine is. I will be keeping up with your blog!

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