Zachary Grenzowski, the New Year Prince

Zach interviewing Horizon Lanka students
Zach interviewing students at Horizon Lanka for his thesis.

Zachary Grenzowski, a young man from Canada, arrived at the Horizon Lanka Foundation with the dawn of the New Year. He arrived on January 7, 2016 and spent six weeks at Horizon Lanka teaching English and computers to the students here. He is a graduate of University of Ottawa and is finishing a Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication at Royal Roads University.

Zach has been actively following Horizon Lanka online since 2008. When he finally could free himself from his obligations in Canada, he jumped on a plane to join the adventure. He was very committed to work and did a yeoman service to the organization by teaching, writing project proposals and revamping our website.

Zach’s approach to teaching was different. Not only was Zach a wonderful teacher in the classrooms, he was also an outstanding educator outside the school. He was often found walking around the village, interacting with locals and playing sports with the kids – cricket, volleyball and American football most of the time. He also taught English at nearby public school, Thakshila School.

In his suitcase, Zach generously brought three American footballs from Canada and taught the game to a regular crowd of enthusiastic children. The kids love that game ever since they watched the movie Remember the Titans at the foundation. In exchange, the children taught Zach how to play cricket, which he quickly became very fond of, despite the fact it is one of the most complicated games in the world in terms of rules and techniques.

We held a mini concert mid-February and Zach turned out to be a great dancing teacher too!

More than anything else, Zach is the perfect perfectionist I ever saw. I feel like he is another Steve Jobs when it comes to being perfect barring the former’s tyrannical leadership. He does not leave any need for anyone else to be doing “dotting i’s and crossing t’s” in his writing and his work in general.

Finally, Zach set up a fundraising page for a local girl whose life-threatening illness she could not afford to cure. The campaign is still running and over 2,000,000 LKR (13683.52 USD) have already been reaped from Zach’s efforts.

We miss Zach a lot. We hope he will visit us again.

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Dhamma School students of Tantirimale temple
A thatched wattle house in Ambagahawewa
A thatched wattle house in Ambagahawewa
The stupa in Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
The stupa in Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Zach with Tanuri
Zach with Tanuri
Zach teaching at Horizon Lanka
Zach teaching at Horizon Lanka
Zach and the friends on the way to Tantirimale
Zach and the friends on the way to Tantirimale
Zach and the friends in Tantirimale
Zach and the friends in Tantirimale
Zach interviewing children with Nimanditha as an interpreter
Zach interviewing children with Nimanditha as an interpreter
Zach teaching computers
Zach teaching computers
Zack taking a stroll with the students.
Zack taking a stroll with the students.
Taking a stroll
Taking a stroll
Zach near Gini Petti Palama, a bridge in Mahawilachchiya
Zach near Gini Petti Palama, a bridge in Mahawilachchiya
Zachary Grenzowski getting ready to say goodbye to Horizon Lanka
Zachary Grenzowski getting ready to say goodbye to Horizon Lanka

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