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Paige Gallivan's Story


The Happiness Project is appropriately named as both Happiness, the woman who initiated this project, and the memories I have developed of this trip, are nothing but wonderful. My first moments in Tanzania were filled with beautiful traditional music, singing, and dancing from our hosts. Through our two-week project, we collaborated with the local VETA Hospitality and Tourism Technical Institute (VHTTI) students to learn the Business Model Canvas and implement such teachings into our own small businesses. Additionally, we ventured into the community to meet with the incredible women who are leaders in their tribes and villages. It was inspiring to hear their stories and support their communities. 

To say this was a life-changing experience doesn’t seem to capture the opportunity I was fortunate enough to have. I developed strong connections with wonderful people, was welcomed into the communities of our hosts with large smiles and beautiful singing, and was surrounded by beautiful wildlife and foliage.

The people of Tanzania instilled in me the values of peace and gratitude, the balance of hard work with the enjoyment of life, and reminded me of the importance of community.