ENGLISH IMMERSION CAMP AT MLIMA SHABAHA SCHOOL

Mlima Shabaha school English submersion students

A group of high school students from the Bellarmine College Preporatory High School in San Jose, California traveled to Tanzania in June to coach a one week English immersion camp for 300 K-7 students from the Mlima Shabaha government primary school in Boma Ng’ombe

The Bellarmine students began preparing in March for their two-week journey to the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. Mlima Shabaha ztudents were excited to greet their teachers and attend the camp during their seasonal break. The English immersion program gave the Tanzanian students, whose primary language is Swahili, an opportunity to practice English verb tenses, reading comprehension and English grammar. The collaborative effort included teachers from Mlima Shabaha school who provided copies of their curriculum to U.S. teacher Linda Adams, who used them to create a customized series of lesson plans for the camp.

Bellarmine College Prep School offers a comprehensive English immersioon camp prgram that provides students with opportunities to volunteer locally, across the U.S.,and internationally. Bellamine students who participate in these immersion camps are founf to develop a deeper understanding of the social and economic realities in different regions of the world.