In this country of contrasts, farmers use the simplest agricultural techniques to grow fruits, vegetables, and grains — yet technologies such as cell phones, the Internet, and social media are changing the way Tunisians interact with and view the world. Tunisians tend to be less conservative in modesty standards and alcohol consumption than other people of Muslim faith but maintain a strong Islamic identity.
Family is central to Tunisian culture and social life, and meals are considered a special time to gather and reflect together. Tunisian cuisine can be described as a delicious fusion of Mediterranean and Amazigh (sometimes referred to as “Berber”) flavors. Well-spiced, roasted vegetables, lamb, seafood, couscous, and tajine (similar to a deep dish frittata with eggs, meat, and vegetables) are frequently on the menu. Dishes often include a side of harissa, a popular red chili paste.
More and more, Tunisia’s large young adult population (60% of the population is under the age of 30) is passionate about exploring life outside of the country’s borders and worldview. At the same time, students from all over the continent of Africa are coming to study in Tunisia, giving our teachers opportunities in the classroom to interact with future leaders, not only in the country, but also the entire North African region. Consider your place in being an answer to a generation’s questions about what brings meaning to life and developing the leaders of tomorrow in a beautiful, unique part of the world.