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Testimonial:

"My experience with TATS and everyone associated with the organization has left me loving people more deeply and expecting worlds to open for anyone who chooses TATS as part of their educational life journey. Miss everyone there!"

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- Lisa Ann Holmes ()
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Testimonial:

"My slowness does NOT indicate that I/we have forgotten you or our fascinating and very enjoyable time in Uganda. How many times we have talked about it, including how much we learned from you and how lovely it was to have such a skilled bi-cultural person taking us places. .... Best regards, and many thanks, always, for your kindness and assistance."

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- Dr. Claire Morse ()
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Testimonial:

"Thank you so much, Larry!  I forgot to say that one of the high points for
me of the trip was our discussion of literature that last night, in the
car and in the dark, before Livingstone got there.  We spent so much time
together, but so little of it really talking - it was good to make that
connection.

People here ask if I felt safe - and I tell them that I did, because of
the good care you took of me.  Thank you.  I never guessed before the trip
that I would even consider planning another - that only seems possible
because of your tireless work."

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- Joy Ladin ()
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"I will be happy to work with you in creating a new music department [at Stawa University]. ...I also need the list of the places I visite and taught, including the royal family."

 


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- Marshal Turtle ()
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Testimonial:

"I did have a follow up meeting with the professor at Makumira [University, Arusha, Tanzania] and, just this week, gave two lectures there to students in their classes; and am scheduled to give two more lectures there next week. Thanks for putting me in touch with him."

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- Dr. Shyam Balganesh ()
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Testimonial:

"Larry: Thank you for making this part of my and the students' trip so
pleasurable."

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- Dr. David Hursh ()
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Testimonial:

"Mike sends his regards and he has loving memories also." Dr. M. Welch

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- Michael Streeter ()
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Testimonial:

"I just wanted to thank you for making out time in Uganda so wonderful! I miss everyone so much (and the food!). I could not have asked for a better experience. Please let everyone know I said hi and I miss them."

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- Aisha Cain (right) ()
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Testimonial:

"I am indeed back at work and haven't stop talking about how well everything went. Funny anecdote...when we go to Singapore, we are ushered around by a fantastic man named Joseph Tan. He is a bit of the everything guy there. When I describe you to our faculty, I have been calling you the African Joseph!!!!!! That is the highest compliment you can get. Perhaps after a few years, I will start calling him the Asian Larry!"

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- George Wolf ()
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Testimonial:

"Our travel back to the US was good. I and I can speak for Aisha reflect (sic) on the experience as  awesome. As soon as  the jet lag wears off, I plan to follow through with sending some journals to YMCA and GABA institutes. I enjoyed  the  educational experiences. Who knows what the future holds?"

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- Dr. Beverlyn Cain ()
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Testimonial:

"I reached home after two days long jopurney without any problem on the way.
I like to thank you for all your help during my stay in Kampala. Visiting
different schools and the Makere University was a unique but very pleasant
experience. I will start acting on some of the projects we discussed. I will
update you of any new development."

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- Dr. Thakor Patel ()
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Testimonial:

"I miss you already!!! We are home and and had a good nights sleep. We told our son the film maker lots of stories already. He just kept saying he wished he had been there with his cameras. He would have loved it! And would make great films of your country and culture!! When we got home I just kept saying ,"I can't believe we went to Africa!! I want to go back! Thank you again for a fabulous stay! You are the perfect host and I sure do hope you will come to Washington and enjoy staying with us for a while as well!! ...Thank you again for a fantastic week in every way..... Judy"

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- Judy Wolf ()
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Testimonial:

"Larry! I am lost without you! Had to drive myself around upon my return. No baboons to make laugh and no Nile beer. But ah! Such memories!....I had breakfast with a writer friend today who is interested in TATS.  Maybe she will come with me in 2012."

After having been puched by a gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Ann said,

"Larry, my punching gorilla story is a big hit here! I heard you were going back to Bwindi? Tell my hairy boyfriend hello from me.  Ann"

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- Ann Hood ()
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Testimonial:

"i've done alot of travelling and this by far was my most favorite trip and you, larry, are a major part of that!  thank you for everything because i know you went above and beyond for ann, sam and me!
you are a really great man and friend!
love, gina"
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- Gina Caycedo ()
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Testimonial:

  "I am home safely.  Thank you for such a beautiful experience in Kampala.  I appreciate all of the teaching and workshops that you arranged for me.  All of the students and teachers were very loving and very good learners.  I also learned from them.  I have heard from a lot of them already.  Mike sends his regards and he has loving memories also.  You are doing an excellent work with TATS.  I pray that God will richly bless and expand everything you are doing.  I plan to make an electronic book of my experiences to share with my colleagues and with you."

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- Dr. Myrtle Welch ()
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Testimonial:

"Thank you for everything.  What an exciting experience!  I miss you all.  I miss Uganda.  I can't wait to return."

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- Jim Metz ()
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Testimonial:

"Yes - I am back in the land of snow.  Ethiopia and London were great for a stop over. What I can do is send the notes of the material I covered to the students. I am happy they love the text. I will try to arrange for more different texts to be sent to you - for their interest - there are a variety available."

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- Mike Pihura ()
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Testimonial:

 "How can I ever tell you what a wonderful experience you provided for me this past 2 weeks!  Oh it was so much fun and I learned so much about your wonderful country.  You [Larry], especially, were so easy to work with and so much fun!  We seem to have a similar sense of humor and you are so easy going and so easy to work with..."

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- Dr. Sharon Yoder ()
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"We will be leaving for Entebbe in a while and before leaving your wonderful country that is full of such friendly and welcoming people I wanted to thank you again for the opportunities you and your program made possible for us.  Being able to visit such a range of educational institutions greatly enriched my experience in Uganda.  

sincerely,

larry"
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- Dr. Larry Morse ()
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I think about Uganda all the time, and am constantly telling people about my trip and showing photos. .... If there is anything I can do for the TATS program, please let me know. I'll be happy to be a resource for other people, or write up Q and A documents to give people a good idea about what they will experience there in Uganda.

Whatever I can do, let me know.
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- Mary Ann Murdoch ()
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I miss you all and Uganda... . Hope to have something to put online for you soon.  Hope all is going well there! 

best,

Mara

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- Mara Helmuth ()
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Testimonial:

"It was quite a wonderful 2 weeks."

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- Dr. Joyce Bialik ()
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Testimonial:

"Thanks for your management, your friendship, your assistance."

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- Ezra Bialik, Esq. ()
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Testimonial:

As an aside, it was a pleasure dealing with you and Anita, your dedication and professionalism is a testament to your commitment to the betterment of education in Uganda. Thank you for the wonderful experience, albeit brief.

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- Stephen Gleason ()
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Testimonial:

Just wanted to let you know that I made it home, and am so grateful for an incredible experience. Feel free to give out my email to anyone who is considering a TATS visit.

Thank you!

Joy

 

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- Dr. Joy Ladin ()
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Testimonial:

"thanks for your concern"

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- Dr. Marshall Tuttle ()
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Testimonial:

The 5 professors I  met through TATS all spoke of having unforgettable experiences here and I can certainly agree.  I spoke at universities, primary schools & schools for the deaf....And in between we road around the park and sailed up the Nile where elephants, giraffes, hippos, crocadiles, warthogs, water buffalos, baboons, cobs and who knows what were everywhere and almost close enough to touch.  Lots of good home-cooked food athe guest-house too.

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- Dr. Bill Puka ()
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Testimonial:

"I spent a month in Uganda through the auspices of TATS. I greatly enjoyed lecturing and meeting students and faculty at universities and high schools; touring most of the national parks, especially Murchison, Kibale and Bwindi; observing a wide variety of wildlife; getting to know the TATS staff; and learning about Uganda.

I also enjoyed my visits to Kenya and Rwanda. ... I will a lways have fond memories of my experience in Ugnada, thanks to TATS and you[Larry].

 

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- Dr. Tom Travis ()
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Testimonial:

"This trip has been (mutually) very enriching in experience and inspiration....As for my academic teaching, another impression that will profoundly influence my career is the attitude of university students I witnessed in Uganda about the importance and intrinsic motivation they attach to their education....I am returning to the Seton Hill community with mutual intents of maintaining professional contacts....Thank you, TATS, for making this rich experience possible – keep up the good work!"

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- Dr. Tarnai Balazs ()
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Testimonial:

"Thanks very much for the wonderful hospitality. I bring back many pleasant memories from the trip."

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- Dr. Parmjeet Randhawa ()
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Testimonial:

"Thank you so much for everything. It was a beatiful, touching & inspiring experience to work with the kids--to teach them & to learn from them.  I am very grateful to you all for making this happen!

To be continued Smile"

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- Barbara (Kashi) Carraso ()
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Testimonial:

"It is hereby acknowledged that TATS has extended free accommodation to me and my friend Danuta for two weeks"

Signed, Pawel H.

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- Pawel Hitczenko ()
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Testimonial:

"I wish you success and inner happiness."

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- Danuta Nowak ()
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Testimonial:

"We had a nice time in Uganda and wish you and TATS all the best.  Please send our best regards to the rest of the TATS staff.

Peace,

Warren and Melissa"

"Audience: Ranges from a single classroom of 12 students to 300 students and staff in an auditorium.  Flexibility is key... . However, in general, administrators are hospitable, appreciative, and eager to hear from you."

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- Warren Chiang ()
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Testimonial:

"I would like to be a reference for TATS so I can encourage others to come and teach."

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- Mellissa Yeh ()
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"I taught HIV/AIDS prevention education in Kampala University, to nursing students and to
other groups of students, to student interns at a treatment center and to students in the
secondary and primary schools. This has been the most rewarding educational experience in
all my 45 years of teaching. The students are eager to learn, focused, disciplined, very
smart and ask thoughtful questions."

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- Brenda Dressler (right) ()
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Testimonial:

Randy Snyder visted Uganda in January, 2010, and collaborated with different institutions via TATS.  Snyder found his Ugandan sojourn enlightening.

"Just exposure to Africa, the cultural and cultural differences — just to see it with my own eyes."

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- Randy Snyder (second from right) ()
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On Ugandan farmers:  "They don't utilize tractors or farm animals," Tucker said. "Everything is done by hand, a hand-held hoe."
On Ugandan potatoe experts: "They are very well trained at the farmer level," Tucker said. "I was impressed with that. The researchers are highly educated." "Everyone is connected with the earth," Tucker said.

 

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- Dr. Jim Tucker ()
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Tiffany Shelton taught in many Ugandan schools during the entire month of July, 2010.

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- Tiffany Shelton ()
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"I had an amazing time in Uganda."

Dr. Raymond N Greenwell, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, USA.

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- Dr. Raymond Greenwell ()
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Testimonial:

"Although I did not teach at as many institutions as the other TATS participants, my experience here has been productive and enlightening. It was more of a learning experience for me than a teaching one, for which I am grateful."

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- Yutaka Sho ()
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"I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Uganda and I am full of admiration and respect for the work [Evelyn] and Larry do. There is much to do over the next year, but I hope to return to Uganda next year. Your country and people have very much touched my heart, and I would love to contribute my abilities in a useful manner in the future....Faculty was very hospitable and helpful."

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- Dr. Michael Devine ()
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Testimonial:

"Thank you for the opportunity to participate in TATS. The program is a unique opportunity and I am very glad to have participated in it. Thank you for accepting our visit and tolerating all or our particulars."

".... Thank you for your time and commitment. We have had an excellent experience in Uganda."

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- Sarah Zoutendam ()
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Testimonial:

"I hope that TATS continues to grow and develop as a successful organization that can make more of these exchanges possible. You know, we also learned a great deal from this visit and we are lucky for it."

Maria Kasparian live in  Phildelphia, Pensylvania, USA

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- Maria Kasparian ()
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Testimonial:

"I will come back some time ...but for longer - so that I can teach more!"

"At Makerere University, I primarily interacted with the staff of Sports Sciences…One presentation was made to students with a lengthy Q + A session that followed… Please continue to be so welcoming-- Coffee, fruit, e.t.c. They helped me feel comfortable!”

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- Dr. Angie Thompson (right) ()
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"Teaching in Uganda was the best thing I have ever done in my life."

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“It was a pleasure to come to Uganda, and I plan on returning for a longer period in the near future. I enjoyed the teaching and meeting lots of people and seeing what life is all about. Please keep in touch. I am looking forward on returning soon.”

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- Dr. Phil Davis (left) ()
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Testimonial:

"I am looking forward to visiting Uganda again. Lets do Murchison Falls next time".

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- Bob Browning ()
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Testimonial:

"I can definitely see why the program is appealing to people who want to travel with a purpose greater than flying in and flying out with a few luxury stops between.  I wish the program continued growth and success and good health for you.

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I hope you are enjoying the work and realize what great opportunities you have provided for educators.  I hope that the program has become more sustainable as you have gained experience working with the participants' expectations. The program is truly about tourism that makes a difference."

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- Len Harms ()
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Testimonial:

"My teaching experiences are going very well and I think the students are having a good time making art. Larry and I have been very busy and working hard".

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- Ann Murphy ()
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Testimonial:

"I would love to come back."

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- Rachael Bregman ()
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Testimonial:

"I very much enjoyed my visit. I would encourage other colleagues to visit as well. the experience was a lot of fun.The students were often engaged and asking questions."

Dr. Ravi Ramakrishna, Cornell University, Department of Mathematics, New York, USA

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- Ravi Ramakrishana ()
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Testimonial:

"I will definitely recommend other teachers at St. John's to take this opportunity to teach in Uganda in the future."

Clarice Spica Curry, MA, LCSW
St. John's University, New York, NY, USA
& Bereavement Coordinator, Good Shepherd Hospice

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- Clarice Spica Curry ()
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Testimonial:

“I had a wonderful experience teaching at the legendary Makerere University. I really enjoyed the engagement and the lively discussion with the students…. My overall experience was really positive.”

Dr. Abdiweli Ali. Niagara University, New York, USA.

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- Dr. Abdiwelli Ali ()
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Testimonial:

"Hope to see you again."

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- Dr. Janka Ovcharovichova ()
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- Irena (right) ()
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Testimonial:

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- Chris Bartlett ()
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Testimonial:

"TATS provided everything to make this trip really and truly unforgettable – Uganda is one of the friendliest and most beautiful countries I’ve seen, and I was able to experience it in a way that would not have been possible without TATS. Thank you, and keep up the good work!”

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- Mike Langone ()
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Testimonial:

"Thank you all so much!!!!! Had the best time and hope to come back." 

"I should have stayed longer though! Next time!
Much love,
Joanne"

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- Joanne Clemente ()
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- Julliana K. ()
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- Jeremy Flyn ()
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- Illan G. ()
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- Michael Kaplin ()
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- Anna ()
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Testimonial:

 

"Thanks so much for everything. We had a magical time."

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- Dr. Melanie Dreyer ()
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Testimonial:

I miss your endless energy and commitment to TATS.
Warm Regards,
Janice

 

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- Dr. Jannice Stewart-Festrow ()
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Testimonial:

“…I requested TATS to waive accommodation fees in order to enable me to visit Uganda and teach.  Accordingly, TATS did not charge me for accommodation, which included breakfast and occasional dinners.  Additionally, TATS provided logistical support for my meetings and lectures, in addition to local auto transport at no charge to me.”

"Is there an easy way to send money to you that does [not require] me wiring it to you?"

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- Dr. Robert Brent ()
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Testimonial:

"I had such a wonderful experience....just what I needed!"

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"I find myself thinking about and missing Kampala..."

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- Dr. Doug Bentz ()
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Testimonial:

"We had such an amazing experience in Uganda and are so grateful to all of you and TATS. We're already plotting at how to go back :)"

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- Sheilla Delarm ()
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Luke accompanie his family to East Africa and helped teach new business concepts to various business organizations.

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- Luke Eckert ()
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Hannah accompanied her family to East Africa to teach new business approach.

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- Hannah Eckert ()
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Testimonial:

"I hope all is well.  I wanted to let you know that I'm continuing to explore the idea of setting up an Innovation Conference in Kampala."

"I hope all continues to go well for you and TATS. Keep us posted on your progress."

 

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- Bob Eckert ()
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Testimonial:

"Please know that I enjoyed myself so very, very much and the experience has meant a great deal to me. You were beyond nice and generous and I will never be able to thank you enough for all that you did for me while I was there. ... I am better for all of the experiences in Uganda and it will forever hold a very special place in my heart! All the best to you, Jenny"

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- Dr. Jennifer Yusin ()
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Testimonial:

"Had a great time."

"Wishing you and TATS all the best."

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- Dr. Tracie Morris ()
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Testimonial:

"Dear family and friends,

we got back to Ithaca on Sat. evening after a long trip home. We had the most memorable experiences in Africa, we're very glad we went, and we're very happy to be home."

"But the best part of Uganda for me, are the people.  They are so open, warm, and friendly. ....the students, with a few exceptions, were terrific, interested and interactive, smart, and open to sharing with us and asked lots of questions."

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- Dr. Rita Calvo ()
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Testimonial:

"We not only appreciate you, we admire you."

Regarding the TATS organization: "In some sense, this I a hand-to-mouth operation carried out by dedicated people who believe in improving the education of Ugandan students." ".... Thus, with a couple of exceptions, we are a pair of “mzungus”  (white folks) in a sea of black folks.  Has this been uncomfortable? Not in the least. People behave very naturally towards us, as naturally with us as as with each other.  Neither had we have to worry about  theft or our personal safety when walking.  Initially, I was alert to someone taking things from our vehicle or picking my pocket, but after a few days I relaxed. WE don’t have the sense that theft is part of this culture, although Larry mentioned that it occurs."

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- Dr. Joe Calvo ()
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Testimonial:

Mary toured Uganda and Rwanda when she accompanied her husband, Ron, on a lecture trip to East Africa.

"Mary joins me in wishing you the
very best.
Ron"

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- Mary Shafer ()
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Testimonial:

"Wow, what a trip . . . but it was a good one. Can't thank you enough for all you did for us--your skillful planning, taking me all over Kampala, and graciously tending to our needs. We really do appreciate your hard work. The fifteen lectures I offered were most pleasant to me, and the many e-mails I'm  receiving--there are a surprising number--indicate, apparently, that my humble efforts resonated at some levels with the various audiences. I'm grateful for this of course. I've been invited back to several of the institutions in fact. Again, thank you so very much. Mary joins me in sending along warmest regards. Ron Shafer"

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- Dr. Ron Shafer ()
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Sarah toured Uganda with her father in January, 2010, via TATS.

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- Sarah Rosenbloom ()
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Testimonial:

"Let me be clear: the visitor pays his or her own way, entirely. But the costs are, in perspective, pretty modest for what one receives and the people I dealt with at TATS and elsewhere were unfailingly and scrupulously honest about money."

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- David Rosenbloom ()
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Judy accompanied her husband, John, who taught in various universities in Uganda in November, 2009.

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- Judy Peeler ()
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Testimonial:

"Thanks again for a very good, very intense experience." "I hope you are well & that TATS continues to do well."

"Our first weekend trip, along with Robyn Spencer and her 4-year-old daughter, Sira, was to Murchison Falls NP, in the Northwest, where the Victoria Nile joins the Albert Nile at the outlet of Lake Albert.  The falls were magnificent, the game drive productive of many sightings of both animals and birds, and the boat ride on the Nile was relaxing, especially since my camera batteries needed recharging and I hadn’t brought replacements with me on the trip"

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- Dr. John Peeler ()
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Testimonial:

"Thank you for such an amazing experience. Let's stay in touch and keep collaborating on how to uplift our people."
Robyn Spencer, Ph.D., CUNY, USA.

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- Dr. Robyn Spencer ()
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Testimonial:

"[Sira] has such a pride and positive outlook about Africa it is amazing to see.  ... She remembers the cold water at Murchison falls park.  She remembers Miss Veronica, the house keeper.  I made her a scrapbook and she shows it to everyone."  Sira's mom

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- Sira (Spencer) ()
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Testimonial:

"For the TATS agency-and the volunteer teachers, Thanks so much for making my stay in Uganda rich, meaningful and memorable-with special thanks to Larry for supporting and 'rescuing' me, as needed. With love and appreciation."

Jane Conner, Ph.D., SUNY, USA.

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- Dr. Jane Connor ()
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Testimonial:

"Best of luck for TATS and to yourself."

"I ... having been invited to come to Uganda to teach Art on the premise that TATS woudl provide me with accommodation, meals, auto transport and a round trip tricket from Mombasa, Kenya, TATS did honor this promise."

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- Dr. Themina Kader ()
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Testimonial:

"I am sorry I couldn't spend more time in Uganda,  I am keeping all the wonderful memories from Kampala..."

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- Dr. Nibaldo Aguirela ()
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Testimonial:

"I hope you know this transaction has further solidified my trust with you and the TATS program. You are running a wonderful operation man. Kudos to you and your staff."

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"I can't wait to get back to Uganda."

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- Andrew Lemieux ()
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Testimonial:

"Thank you for a wonderful experience.  I am hoping to come back in the summer of 2011, and have started plans to raise money to fund the trip."

"My time with TATS was so very special, and my students have loved hearing about my travels, and experiencing the pictures and crafts I have brought back. I am presently raising funds, so that I may return in 2011.  Fondly,   Susan Niscier"

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- Susan Niescier ()
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 Testimonial:

... I have written reports for the World Bank and USAID.

I enjoyed the experience in Uganda.  ...thanks a lot for your organization and assistance during my stay in Kampala,

best wishes

Tang, Xiaoyang

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- Tang Xiaoyang ()
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Testimonial:

"We had such a fabulous time in Uganda and it is all because of you...Please do not stop all the work you do."

Kim Phillips, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

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- Kim Philips ()
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Testimonial:

"I will never forget my time here in Uganda: many laughs, adventures, collaborations with schools and good times with new friends."

Kris Frykman, Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA.

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- Kris Frykman ()
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Testimonial:

"Thank you for sharing your beautiful country with me. You represent all the true qualities of a true Ugandan---and I will look forward to a future adventure together."

Erin Donohue Ert, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

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- Erin Ertz ()
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Testimonial:

"I think you guys are doing a phenomenal Job within the constraints of a developing country, and I'm particularly grateful that you were able to accommodate me as much as you did."

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- Chari ()
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Testimonial:

"Thanks so much for making our time in Uganda such a wonderful experience."

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- Dr. Irene Vogel ()
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Testimonial:

"My experience there proved very rewarding spiritually, intellectually and emotionally."

"I now encourage anyone...to consider volunteering time teaching in Uganda."

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- Martin Prelle-Tworek ()
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Testimonial:

"I taught HIV/AIDS prevention education in Kampala University, to nursing students and to
other groups of students, to student interns at a treatment center and to students in the
secondary and primary schools. This has been the most rewarding educational experience in
all my 45 years of teaching. The students are eager to learn, focused, disciplined, very
smart and ask thoughtful questions."

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- Dr. Brenda Dressler ()