Jerome Yin Tanzania


Names of staff involved in your programme:

Willhard Mbogela, Bernadetta

What members of staff do you remember the most?
Co-ordinators (Willhard and Bernadetta) What were your impressions of the accommodation? It’s much better than I could ever expect. I lived in the town house, whilst the other one is a little far away. Mine is generally decorated well, and the location is quite convenient.

Why did you want to volunteer?
Volunteer projects provide great opportunities to build wider knowledge, make new friends, and enhance team-working skills at the same time. It not only does good for myself, but also enables me to make an effort to contribute to the society. In particular, to be in Africa has always been a dream since I was still a little child.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
Yes. I taught English and Maths at a local primary school where I took care of the kids, gave them presents, and played games with them. I’m happy that the kids liked me, and I’ve also introduced some new teaching methods to cheer them up and make them feel more interested in their studies.

What did you do for fun?
I went to the safari in Ruaha National Park with many other volunteers. I took lots of fantastic photos and made many new friends, too.

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
I really enjoyed my teaching experience at Star International School. The kids there are just cute and smart, and the teachers are friendly as well. I felt especially touched when my students said “Thank you and welcome back again” on my last day there. It was a truly nice feeling that I will never forget in my whole life.

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
Karen, Conniba, Derry, Sam, Robyn, Anna, John, Chris, Abbi, Jeff, Hannah, Georgie, Zoe, James, Stephen, Anil, Kelly, Kirsty, Emma, Alice, Sita, and many other volunteers and local people. The reason is simple – they are the nicest guys I’ve ever met.

What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise, why was this?
I would recommend Neema’s Crafts Cafe, Shooter’s Pub ’n’ Cuisine, and Jewellery Store. They are the best restaurant, bar, and handcraft store in town, respectively. Shooter’s, in particular, has been a great place to watch football that we went there almost every night and had a nice time watching EURO 2012.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?
Please explain why. May well. I appreciate the cultural diversity and want to travel around the world. OV is reliable and has a good reputation in its industry. Next time maybe Southeast Asia.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
You can give a shot with Original Volunteers who’s professional and has been run for years. As far as I know, its projects in Africa are not bad and some are free of charge (exc. registration fees).

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
If you would like to give any gifts to the local kids, try not to buy them in your home country but in your destination. This not only makes your luggage less (and hopefully spending as well), but also does better for the local economy.

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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!

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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.

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Amira Challenger Mynett Tanzania


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

Willhard- Coordinator
Ino- Helper

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!)

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