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Found in Translation

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Nduta Refugee Camp, Tanzania—I recently spent time in the Nduta refugee camp, supporting Refugees United Soccer Academy (Academy) activities, delivering coach training, and hosting a movie showing of the Not Just Football documentary. Throughout the week, I was incredibly grateful to be working with a translator named Mandy. Mandy was a participant in the original Academy coach training that Gabriel and Sara-Christine delivered in Tanzania in April 2018, acting as both a translator and participant.

Throughout my time in Nduta, Mandy was my right-hand man, functioning as a patient facilitator, doing his best to accurately translate everything that the Academy coaches wanted to express, and doing it all with positive energy and enthusiasm. Translating is exhausting, especially when your brain is switching between 4 languages (English, Kiswahili, Kirundi, and French), and Mandy did it with a happy heart and smile. The kicker (no pun intended) is that Mandy is not even an Academy coach; he is a Psychosocial Support worker that works on child protection and recreational programming. While he works with the Academy coaches regularly