Amira Challenger Mynett Tanzania
What members of staff do you remember the most and why?
What were your impressions of the accommodation?
Very basic facilities but good electricity. Good hot water
Why did you want to volunteer?
To experience a different culture, meet new people, impart knowledge and provide assistance to those who need it.
Do you feel you made a difference, how?
I feel that we made a small difference especially to the children in Itagutwa by redecorating their classrooms and playing with them after school. It was a fairly superficial difference but it made them smile which was nice. Made some difference in Highlands secondary school teaching biology to class II. The teacher commented that she liked the way of teaching by using resources rather that talking and copying.
What did you do for fun?
We went into town for shopping or lunch. Went out for dinner to celebrate birthdays. 2 day safari was amazing, visited the farm, went to a local drama club, played football with the primary school children in itagutwa
When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
Safari was incredible but I most enjoyed spending time with a family in the village and playing with the primary school children after school.
Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
I met someone on the buddy list and we booked our flights together, and we met another girl when we were picked up at the airport. I mostly made friends with people I shared a room with. However, we spent a lot of time with everyone from the volunteer house as well as doing individual activities.
What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise
The volunteer house was always busy in the evening and everyone could spend time together there. Sai Villa restaurant was nice for special occasions but Neema Café and Hasty tasty were great for lunches. Neema was like the volunteer hub and you were bound to bump into someone you knew there.
Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?
I would definitely go back to Iringa or somewhere else with Original Volunteers.
What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
Just be brave and do it! Even if you hate it, it’s only for a short while and you’re bound to learn something new.
How much money would you suggest you take per week?
Make sure you have some dollars for your volunteer permit and things like safari. A credit card is useful if you want to book flights/ hostels for travelling afterwards.
Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
Take snacks (crackers etc) for the bus journey from Dar es Slaam to Iringa. Take duct tape so that you can put up your mosquito net wherever you are (and it just comes in really useful!)