Tanzania

Global Crossroad

our experience with global crossroads has been very good. we ended up having to take a taxi from the airport so that was overwelming at first. we were placed in an orphanage but it is hard because we dont know Swahili so helping was sometimes a struggle. i like the program because it gave you a lot of freedom to do the volunteer the way you want. we were placed in an orphanage the first week then went to the hospital to observe. the hospital was very educational and i learned a lot. Deo was a fantastic host wherever we needed him he was there all we had to do was call. He offered us assistance, advice and friendship. Deo's friend Sabi was also very nice and helped us get familiar with town and was a really good friend. Rosie and Evia were amazing housekeepers they made such good food and looked after us and made us feel safe. Once we got to the house we felt very safe because everyone we were around. We had aq great experience and will do it again. Experience of a lifetime.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 28, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
7
Value:
9

Global Crossroad

My experience in Tanzania has been a whirlwind of emotions. When I landed with my friend, we did not have anyone waiting to pick us up. We were scared and didn't know what to expect but the program packet had a "back up plan" in case of delayed travels (which we experienced). We followed these instructions which were to take a taxi to a hotel in Moshi, and we contacted Deo from there. He came and picked us up and dropped us off at the home here and Rosi and Eva greeted us warmly. The next day Sabi (Deo's helper) took us around town and we quickly learned how warm the town was. Everyone was welcoming and we had a great day learning the culture for the first time. The next day we experienced our volunteer site which was at Upendo (an orphanage) and that was very educational and emotional. The children greet you with love but you soon discover how much they need discipline (positive discipline) and education which was very challenging because of the language barrier. The other women who work there day in and day out are inspiring, loving and do their best to balance education, discipline at love. Because of this it felt like there wasn't much I could do to make a difference in the lives of these children. We can always provide love and support, as well as play with them but it was so challenging some days to get through to the children. We spent some time in the hospital and saw some very fascinating medical procedures but again, it was just observing and not assistant (which is OK for education but not necessarily fulfilling). At the house, Rosi and Eva took very good care of us, making sure we were comfortable, fed and happy. The house was great and a really great place to stay. Deo was a phenomenal influence and really lovely to be around. He has a warm sense of humor and consistently made us feel welcome and happy. He loves to learn about culture and is genuinely interested in the lives of every single volunteer. He took us around Moshi and even joined us on our safari to ensure our safety. He worries about the volunteers and expresses joy when the volunteers are safe and enjoying their experience. Sabi also helped us a lot and was a great person to be around. He is very informative and a really great man to spend time with. Collectively the time I spent in Tanzania was phenomenal. The culture was so amazing to learn about and Deo, Sabi, Rosi and Eva were the best people to have around in a new country when you feel outside of your comfort zone. Unfortunately I didn't feel fulfilled with my volunteer work but really appreciate the time regardless. I feel fortunate to have had these 2 weeks here, and in the future I would come back with more experience speaking Swahili and more tools to be able to be effective in my work.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 28, 2012
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

Global Volunteer Projects

I recently went to Tanzania on Global Crossroads program and had a woderful experiance. I arrived directly to Kilimanjaro and was taken to Moshi Hostel. It was clean and comfortable and also the hostel cooks cooked us a good meal. The project coordinator was kind and helpful and took me to the project and I went to to see a firewood factory that made firefood from saw dust.

I also gpt a chance to go on a safari and visited Lake Manyara , Ngorongoro , Serengeti and Tarangire. Serengeti was impressive in numbers of wildlife and its size. Ngorongoro had the best quality wildlife viewing out of the four parks. .

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 15, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
9

Frontier

The Tanzania Dive, Teach & Wildlife project has been informative and hilarious. I not only learned about the defence mechanisms of nudibranchs but also about sharks and fish and stuff. On top of this I also feel i learned more about myself and became more rounded as a person. The staff were really good and made me happy when I was sad and were professional at all times.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Sep 26, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

Frontier

Camp life was basically what it was described as in the briefing, so no surprises there. The staff members have been for the most part, very accomodating & very nice to work with. There were some problems with the initial Project Coordinator, but after she left staff co-operation has only gotten better.
There were several times when simply not enough food was made, but when 35 people are on camp, it can be difficult to provide perfectly everytime.
Diving and camp morale was great and everyone got along well on camp.
Camp duty is a good way to pitch in around camp and do your part, and for the most part everyone did a great job. Overall - loved my time here. The people, especially the staff, were awesome. I am really glad to have spent 4 months on camp. A lot of things can be improved, but again, overall camp life went smooth.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Sep 17, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
7

Frontier

Really is just like I expected and better here. The small camp is situated a short walk from the beach, and the communal feel means everyone gets to know everyone else really quickly. The food is basic but tasty with plenty of small shops in the village to supplement with chocolate if you need it.
The best part of the trip is the diving, which is incredible. So far have been diving nearly everyday with a wide variety of dive sites, and when not diving we have been to turtle beaches on nearby islands.

When I arrived I was met at the airport by Frontier staff and guided to my hotel, and then taken to the airport again the next day for the connecting flight to Mafia island where the camp is situated. This is very re-assuring if you aren’t too well travelled or don’t know anywhere good to stay in Dar Es Salaam

Life on camp is relaxed and friendly, with a fair bit of spare time to relax, see different things or just chat to people. Often times people pop down to the beach to swim or to play Frisbee.

Overall the camp works well to create a very friendly, sociable communal feel, with everyone working together to make sure it all runs smoothly. People should be prepared that the camp is quite basic, but this is to be expected and part of the charm. After worrying that there is no TV, you soon start to realise that evenings seem to be better without it. All the other issues that you find inconvenient in your first few days just become forgotten as they just aren’t important

The diving is brilliant and the small island we are situated on is quiet and beautiful.

I would really recommend this project for anyone who is interested, for the experience, the amazing diving and the great people you meet.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Aug 28, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

Frontier

Overall I thought the project was good and I feel that I have learnt a lot. I liked the fact that we had to do training for the surveys and I thought that the staff made me feel welcome. The food was better than expected and I enjoyed life on camp. I did more dives than I expected to do. Some suggestions that I would make would be maybe to change the webpage for the project because I feel that some of the things advertised on there do not actually happen on the project. Also in the field brief I think it would be a good idea to emphasize bringing a decent roll mat for sleeping on and bringing enough snacks and drinks like hot chocolate. Also it would be nice to maybe have a few more lectures about the research being carried out here because I am quite interested in the science and would like to learn more about the importance of the marine park. I have really enjoyed my time here and 4 weeks was definitely not long enough!

Program: Gap Year
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Aug 28, 2012
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

Cross-Cultural Solutions

I spent 4 weeks during the summer of 2012 in Bagamoyo, Tanzania with CCS. I am still trying to figure out how to describe my time there. It was fun, enriching, rewarding, challenging, motivating, awesome. I was placed at a local primary school and taught English to 10 and 11 year olds. They were so welcoming and so much fun. The in-country staff is outstanding and supported us in so many ways. They were friendly and caring and definitely created a home away from home. The programming included awesome events, guest speakers, and field trips. CCS provides a well-rounded experience. I thought I was traveling as a volunteer, but the CCS program was much more than that. I have learned so much about the country of Tanzania and its people. I would highly recommend volunteering with CCS.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Aug 25, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

In general the experience was quite positive. It seemed that the Kilimanjaro Primary School was not really set up to make very good use of volunteers. However, I believe that we were able to be of some help. We think that the staff did an excellent job of making us comfortable and assisted competently in meeting our needs.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Aug 7, 2012
Overall:
8
Support:
7
Value:
7

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

This has been a very interesting and valuable experience to learn more about the developing world and the issues and problems which exist. I have lived in Africa before, so the experience was not entirely new. I volunteered at Kilimanjaro Primary School so was able to view the school system in an intimate manner. The needs were apparent, as the condition of the building was poor, and the supplies, materials and equipment lacking in all respects. Some of the staff were very discouraged, and a teacher's strike occurred during our tenure there. However the staff were eager for our help, and allowed us to have some good experiences with the students. I believe my experience was valuable to me, and helpful to the students and staff. I do believe the experience could have been better if our time there had been anticipated by the school staff.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Aug 7, 2012
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
6

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