Jennica Galloway




Salt Lake City, UT

High School 

Skyline High School in Salt Lake City, UT


University of Utah

Why Africa? 

I have loved Africa for as long as I can remember. Born in Calcutta, India and adopted by a single mother, I have always had a passion for helping children in developing countries. When I was young, my mom had a book of the world, and I often gazed longingly at the pictures of Africa. I hope to travel and do humanitarian work in other areas of the world as well, but Africa will always remain close to my heart. I love the culture, the language and the people of Africa. They continually remind me to put my relationships first and to love first and always. I cannot think of a place I love more than Africa, it truly feels like home to me. While I do believe that I can the many that are in need there, I also know that they can teach me innumerable things by sharing their experiences and lives with me. I always look forward to the day when I will be there again--loving, living and helping every moment that I can.

Moshi Experience 

There are so many things to say about my Africa experience, it is difficult to know quite where to start. I will begin by saying that my experience in Africa changed my life in many ways, and every one of those changes is incredibly positive. From walking around Moshi and eating at the restaurants, preparing lessons for my kids and times at the CCS Home Base to tembo trekking and Mount Kilimanjaro, I can easily say that going to Africa was the best decision I have ever made. When I first stepped foot on the pavement at the Kilimanjaro Airport, I knew I had begun a journey that my heart had been yearning for since I was a little girl. 
As rudimentary details, I will preface by stating the different things I did while there. 
I taught at Faraja School for orphaned children, or the Life Community Development Centre, every morning for the three months I was there. I also visited orphanages outside of my school as a part of my CCS internship focus. I ended up spending a lot of time at the Bahath orphanage and taught many of their children as well. My internship focus centered on the orphan situation in the different communities of Moshi and how each community assesses the orphan situation. This can include having an orphanage that stays open for part of the day, having a day school for the children, having a care center or having an orphanage that serves as a home and school. I visited many different centers and schools and assessed how the children were doing educationally and developmentally and compared them to children I work with in the United States and each other. Outside of my internship I also visited my co-volunteers placements. This led me to aid Becca in teaching the women of Kaloleni once a week, visiting her placement at Upendo Artists Association and going to other schools in different communities. Other than those things, I mostly spent time with my wonderful friends, both from the U.S. and Africa and went on some fun adventures! Safari, Lake Chala and Klimanjaro were all incredibly enriching experiences as well. 

I will post some excerpts from my blog, because I think that I capture a lot of what Moshi meant to me in my posts… 
July 15th, 2011 – “So I know you all are aware of the fact that I am quite in love with Africa. I also hope you know how much I love my kids at my school. I truly would do anything to help them and I can’t imagine a day without seeing their smiling faces. It is the type of thing that makes you realize your heart has incredible depth and capacity to love. Coming to Africa has truly made me realize that I can love even more than I thought possible, that I am able to achieve things I saw as distant dreams and that it truly is possible to love the world to peace.
…my friends here in Africa- you all have shown me how to love in many different ways and how to face all kinds of circumstances. I feel so lucky to have met people with hearts that mirror mine in many ways and people who really understand where I am coming from. I know that together we can change the world and become ambassadors for those in need. Last but certainly not least I would have to put my kids and the people of Africa – I cannot put words to this experience nor to the amount of times they have stolen my heart! Coming to Africa has proven to me that I will be serving children forever and that helping people in developing countries is going to be a part of my life permanently. It is as though I finally did the thing my heart was waiting for – that sounds oh so cheesy – but it is definitely the truth. Asante sana Afrika, una iliyopita maisha yangu milele.
….It is amazing how fragile life is, how things change and move so quickly and while we can walk around having lives that are relatively calm, there are so many people who are living fragile, inconsistent lives.”

I believe that Moshi revealed to me parts of myself that I hadn’t thought about before. It tested me and also encouraged me to continue to pursue my dream of helping others. I made a lot of wonderful friends and met many amazing people that showed me different ways to love and to work together. I think about the women of Kaloleni, the kids at my school, the children at the Bahath Orphanage, the families in Uru and the many other children there that continually need consistent, willing people to enter into their lives and encourage them to achieve their own dreams. I had hard times in Moshi, and also some of the best times of my life in Moshi. It is a place full of rich culture and loving people.

Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb 2011 

Prior to when I left for Africa, I had planned to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. My boyfriend had climbed it three years prior, and I had saved some money to do it before I left. I then arrived in Africa, hoping that I would be able to convince a co-volunteer (Becca) to climb with me. Throughout our time together in Africa many of our friends climbed, and it became clearer that it was something we had to do before we left. So, a few days prior to my scheduled climb date Becca, Kayla and Rachel decided to climb, and we were ready to go! We chose to take the Machame route and I couldn’t have been more excited! Our climb was schedule for 7 days, and we stopped each night in a new and beautiful location. Every day of the climb was different from the rest. We went quickly from rainforest to a drier and more desert-like climate the first day to rocky desert and beautiful waterfalls the second day. On the third day, we climbed what is called the breakfast wall- this day consisted mostly of bouldering and walking down rock faces. The fourth day was another rocky day, but this day consisted of large rocks and it led us to a more lush and green area. We eventually reached barafu (the ice/snow camp) and we began our preparation for the summit. On summit night we started up toward Stella Peak in the pitch black darkness, and all we could see was the huge, orange crescent moon, the stars above us, our own feet and the many floating headlights of other climbers ahead of us. We trekked up a steep incline until we reached Stella around sunrise. After a short ginger tea break, we began the end of the climb to Uhuru peak. By this time I had adrenaline pumping through me and I couldn’t wait to be at the top! 
Forty-five minutes after our ascent from Stella, we made it to Uhuru peak! 

After the climb I wrote a post in my blog about how I felt about the experience –
August 15th, 2011 “Climbing Kilimanjaro was fun, difficult, spiritual, enlightening and very cold, haha. Climbing gave me the ability to really think and be inside my own head for awhile. After having my grandma pass away and then facing the reality of having to leave Africa soon after the climb I had a lot to think about. I am glad I was given a chance to really reflect on my time in Africa, my kids, the women I helped teach, my co-volunteers and who I was in relation to the world I now understood.
I cried when I saw the sign at the top. After 5 days of climbing and thinking about the summit, and then 7 hours of climbing up to Stella in the night while it was freezing cold and then 45 minutes to Uhuru we had made it to the summit!! The feeling I felt was a mixture of joy, relief and excitement. I looked back at Becca with tears welling in my eyes - after experiencing and living through so many things together we had finally conquered the 4th tallest mountain of the Seven Summits!
memories: I have found that while some things that happened on the mountain were just reality at the time, now they are precious and funny memories. I feel that everything that happened was so wonderful and I know that it was a once in a lifetime experience because I had Becca, Kayla and Rachel with me, and our guides and the way everything happened was something I can re-live in my memory for years to come. Everything about it was wonderful, even if it wasn't wonderful at the time (even the scary spiders and being absolutely freezing and having to pee every 5 seconds due to the Diamox).
While on Kili, I learned that I can do so many things if I just set my mind to them. I am not saying that I wasn't aware of this before, but I was definitely putting this into action while climbing. I remember on summit day I just relied on the image of Becca's feet ahead of me. I felt that if I just kept following her feet I would be fine. Here I must note that I was a little bit out of it due to the altitude, so my thoughts were slightly scattered. I also remember telling myself that climbing was all mental - my body could do it, I just had to believe I could do it. I had come all that way, so course I could summit. And...I did :). I am so grateful for the people with me, for our guides and porters, our amazing cook David and for my family and friends for being so excited and supportive of my climbing experience.
When I think about Kili I still feel very happy and full of life. It is another thing that pulls me immediately back to the true happiness I felt in Africa.”

Why I Want to Support This Climb 

I want to support this climb because I care deeply about the people that it will be benefiting. I have had the honor of meeting Kellie and learning more about the O’Brien School, and I am already passionate about the children and women that she aids in Sanya Juu. I hope to eventually provide further aide by working at the school in the next couple of years. I plan to return to Africa for an extended period of time to further the social and educational development there. I want to see the women of the community in Sanya Juu empowered, and I want to see them excited and moving forward toward new growth. I also want to support the climbers because I know firsthand what an incredible experience climbing Kilimanjaro is. I know that fostering the aide of people in need by aligning it with an enriching activity is an amazing way to reach many people with an important message. Whether you are climbing or not, you can still touch the lives of the people in Africa, people who won’t take that gift for granted! There is nothing I would rather do than support the women and children in Tanzania and to continue to share the love I’ve found there with others.  

Fun Fact

I was born in in Calcutta, India, and I survived Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia!

Favorite Quotes

"‎Humanitarianism is about the struggle to create the space to be fully human." – James Orbinski, An Imperfect Offering

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world?”

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”- Mohandas Gandhi

"Not all that glitters is gold, not all who wander are lost."

‎"This is for every time love becomes
the finest minute in the darkest hour" – Shane Koyczan

"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." Mother Teresa

"I don't want to end up simply having visited this world." – Mary Oliver

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." Albert Einstein