Expedition 15E is a full house – the Volunteers have arrived!

22nd June 2015

Goethe, the famous German writer, wrote: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!" Even though they may not have thought it sitting in Dar es Salaam airport on Sunday morning, our international Volunteers have exhibited boldness by taking that first step and being here. Equally, our Home Country Volunteers are living away from home for an extended period of time. Taking part in a Raleigh Expedition pushes many far beyond their normal boundaries; some are leaving home for the first time; most have travelled to a new country or region; and all find themselves in a group of new and unfamiliar faces. Their journeys have now begun and the places they had only previously imagined are becoming real. Our Volunteers have come from far and wide: the UK, Bermuda, Hong Kong, Nigeria, New Zealand, Tanzania, Sweden and Norway are just some of the countries represented. After being welcomed by Volunteer Managers (VMs) at Dar es Salaam airport, they boarded a bus bound for Morogoro. Their destination was WAMO, where our VM training has already taken place. There waiting to meet them were the rest of the VMs and our in-country Volunteers (who had arrived at WAMO on Saturday). This means our team for Expedition 15E is now complete! Volunteer Bus Arrival 600 The Volunteers arriving at WAMO The group is based at WAMO until Friday for a week of comprehensive training, after which it is deployment time. Covering topics from cultural sensitivity and communications in the field to health and safety procedures, our Volunteers will be provided with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive on their projects and treks. The week climaxes with a hike up to and overnight stay in the Bahati Scout Camp in the Uluguru Mountains which surround Morogoro. This will give the groups a short taster of life on trek. As ever, I will be endeavouring to give as many updates as I can on everybody’s progress. In case you’ve forgotten, the quickest way to get in touch is to leave a comment in the box below. For more information on getting in touch, click here. Check back later in the week for more news on the Volunteers’ training. Be sure to wish them luck. Tutuonana baadaye – until next time!