African Volunteers

Lia Gutierrez Gargallo Tanzania

Names of staff involved in your programme: 

Cleaners, security, Alfred, Ino and Willhard

What members of staff do you remember the most?
All the staff from Original Volunteers has been very friendly with us. Specially the cleaner of the Volunteers’ house was very nice.

What were your impressions of the accommodation?
It has been a bit crazy. The day we arrived, we had to spend the night in a hotel because the volunteers’ house was full. Then, a week later when we get to the house, we didn’t have enough beds to sleep in. We were more volunteers than beds there were in the house. But finally, some of us slept together and the problem was solved.

Why did you want to volunteer?
Because I think everyone has to do it at least once in their lifes. It’s an extraordinary experience that, if you save enough money, I totally recommend.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
Ithink I’ve done all that I’ve could, but it’s never enough. The difference that i feel now that I’m back home is that all the things that we’ve done are not enough. Tanzania (and I’m sure more other countries that I hope to visit some day) needs a lot of help, and people from developed countries we have many things to learn from them. More than them from us. They are probably the happiest people I’ve ever met and they don’t have even the half of material things that we do have.

What did you do for fun?
We did hiking, we went to visit a masai tribu, we did a safari and we visited Tungamalenga villange and Iringa city.

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
The most enjoyable experience to me was all the week in Tungamalenga village. There we could live with real families from the country, sleep like them, eat what they eat, sing their songs, play with their children on the street… I’ll definitely never forget that week.

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
We went four friends together from Spain, so we were a group and went to everywhere all together, but we’ve made good english and tanzanian friends!

What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise, why was this?
In Tungamalenga we felt like at home. They’re very nice and familiar people.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
That they’ve to save money, because it’s not a cheap adventure, and that you’ve to travel in good health conditions because it’s a hard trip. But it ‘s definitely an experience to live once in life (at least!) !

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
It’s well explained in the webpage and in the emails you sent to us!