Brynly Marsh says Goodbye to Staples and Hello to Tanzania


As the year is coming to an end, so is high school for the class of 2016. With a few weeks left until senior internships begin, the student filled halls will soon be missing 400 of its most dedicated Wreckers. Brynly Marsh ’16 is more than excited to trade her eight classes a day for an internship in Africa.

Located in Morogoro, Tanzania, Marsh has the unique opportunity of working in non profit classrooms for her second year since seventh grade. With the goal of educating impoverished girls, Marsh explains how, “this opportunity is life changing for them because it means a better future.”

Marsh described the unfortunate situations of the children in Morogoro as not only harsh, but scarring. With some who have lost parents due to deadly diseases, and others who simply cannot afford school supplies, Marsh greatly emphasized the importance of helping this community.

“Though I’ve been there before,” Marsh began, “going as a senior in high school is completely different then as a seventh grader. I’m really excited to take this opportunity to share some of the knowledge I’ve learned, as well as learn from them.”

In the classrooms, Marsh will be running after school activities in addition to helping out during school hours. With a goal to educate the girls in need, Marsh hopes to make a difference and be a positive role model.

With the accommodation of Staples graduate, Tyler Scanlin ’15 , Marsh will not be traveling to Tanzania alone. She finds comfort in having a friend by her side, and explains, “We’re both really excited for this experience and to be able to share it with each other.”

Although Marsh will be there for three weeks, she is expecting the trip to go by in a flash. Being in Africa will expose her to a completely different lifestyle and she is looking forward to experience the diversity and culture. “I think almost everyone at Staples needs an experience to open their eyes a little bit,” Marsh said. “It doesn’t need to be by going to Africa necessarily, but even just towns where people aren’t as lucky as we are. I don’t think everybody truly understands that or has been able to see it.”

You’d think that traveling across the world for a school internship would involve some complications. Marsh, proving that it’s actually quite simple, said, “The only complications with Staples was really just figuring out hours and a schedule,” Marsh said. Overall, the school has been very supportive of her role in Africa.

But, the helping doesn’t stop there. Once Marsh returns home from Africa, she is going to be involved in the Nurturing Minds side, which is the part of SEGA that deals with funding for the kids in poverty.

No pressure, juniors, but it’s going to be hard to beat out Marsh for best internship next year – unless you go to Africa too, that is.“The SEGA students are vulnerable girls who have dropped out of school before completing their primary education,” Brynly said. You can help Marsh make a difference in Tanzania but donating to Nurturing Minds in Africa.