The defender on the San Francisco State women’s soccer team is spending her summer volunteering at an orphanage in Tanzania. Davison, an Africana studies major entering her senior year, left The City last weekend and will spend six weeks abroad.
How did you decide on Tanzania? You can go volunteer almost anywhere, from rural areas to big cities. Where I’m going is in a small community by Mount Kilimanjaro near the Kenyan border. I wanted to go somewhere they really needed help.
What will your responsibilities be at the orphanage? I’ll help out in running things any way I can. In the morning, I’ll be with the kids for breakfast and help them get to school safely. I’ll help them with their English and have some fun with them, too.
What are you most excited about? Well, I’ve never been out of the U.S., so just seeing a whole new world is going to be amazing. I love working with children, and hopefully I’ll be able to bring some happiness to these kids.
What have you had to do to prepare? A lot [laughs]. Everything from getting my passport and visa in order to getting a backpack, boots, all sorts of sunscreen and insect repellent and a mosquito net. I’ve gotten shots, pills for typhoid and malaria. Packing has been tough.
What has the team’s reaction been? Everyone has been so supportive. They’re giving me a ton of stuff to bring and donate.
Are you bringing a soccer ball? Definitely. Soccer is obviously huge in parts of Africa, but where I’m going is pretty remote so I’m not sure if they watch it or even know the rules. I do know when they found out I’m a soccer player, the kids were really excited.