Alpha 1 – Youth Leadership, Iringa
Challenging volunteers into going beyond their comfort zones and exercising leadership duties is an integral part of this phase. Alpha 1 team will embark on a nineteen-day trek through Iringa, part of the southern highlands of Tanzania. They will also have a chance to glimpse some of the local wildlife, passing through Ruaha national park during the trek. Project managers Amiry and Sean will lead the team of thirteen, facilitating reflections along the way, encouraging both team and personal development. One member of Alpha 1, Ben from London is looking forward to the adventure, “It’s like nothing I have ever done before and I think it will be an amazing experience.”
Alpha 2 – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Kilombero
The expedition WASH project will run in Nyamwezi village, district of Kilombero. Alpha 2 will be working at Nanenane primary school, building new toilet blocks, a menstrual hygiene management (MHM) room and handwashing stations. They will also be delivering school water, sanitation and health (SWASH) lessons, encouraging students to establish and join a SWASH club in order to ensure the continuity of the of sanitation and hygiene practices once the cycle ends. The Nanenane school project is being funded by Buildbase / Hirebase, two UK based sister companies who have also sent seven of their employees to contribute to the completion of the project; they are Connor, Simon, Joshua, Elliot, Scarlett, Rory and Maxwell. I asked Maxwell what message he would send to his colleagues back home, “I’d say they’re missing out big time,” he chuckled. He is also most looking forward to, “Seeing the progress and seeing that it is actually making a change.”
Alpha teams are officially sorted and raring to venture into the first phase of expedition. Along the way they will face various challenges and will rely on each other to overcome them.
Expect a blog update on their departure in the next few days!
Words by Miguel. Images by Bob.