African Volunteers

Rebecca Greenberry Tanzania

What members of staff do you remember the most and why?

Willhard made an effort to make us feel welcome

What were your impressions of the accommodation?
It was always fairly clean

Why did you want to volunteer?
To gain a new experience of a different culture and to feel like I was using my time to make a difference

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
We were unable to teach due to the national census so didn’t feel like I made a massive difference like I could have if I spent 2 weeks teaching. However, projects we found ourselves such as FISCH and conservation project I felt I made more of a difference

What did you do for fun?
Safari, socialising, exploring, Zanzibar

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
Conservation project was the most enjoyable, I felt like I worked hard and it was a really nice atmosphere. The leader of the project took us to meet families in the village which was something I will never forget. I even gave some of the families some of my clothes which was a nice feeling.

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
Most of the volunteers in the house at the same time as me

What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise
Neema’s, talking rock, conservation (camp fire)

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
A really good experience, go for it, just make sure you make the most of it and get out there to find things that interest you

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?
Definitely a torch, rucksack, longer trousers (knees have to be covered), pillow, dark coloured clothing, they get very dirty, sunglasses(lots of dust), gloves for digging if going to the conservation project.

How much money would you suggest you take per week?
£5 per day for food

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
Anytime of year is good. See as much of the country and different projects as possible, definitely do safari.