All of our Raleigh ICS Tanzania team leaders have now arrived safely at field base. We have started our two week induction programme and have already had some interesting and lively discussions on how the projects we plan to undertake have an impact on each one of the millennium development goals.
Hello and welcome to our very first post of a shiny new Raleigh Borneo blog! My name is Helen and I am your Communications Officer for 13 E and F Expedition.Through words, photos and film I will be taking you with us over the next 3 months and giving an insight into life on expedition. I am joined on this blog by our Expedition Photographer, Ian who will be bringing it to life with his action shots.
Today is World Environment Day, a global day for positive environmental action organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It takes place on 5th June each year, and this year’s theme is Think – Eat – Save, an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages us all to reduce our ‘foodprint’ by buying local and thinking more consciously about our food choices.
“This is Africa!!” Hendrick, our driver, laughed at us as we raised our eyebrows at the long, crawling procession of almost-stationary lorries, buses and 4x4s, all of which seemed to be travelling the very same route as we were. We, the advance team of Volunteer Managers (VMs), were on the journey from the airport at Dar El Salaam, where we had just arrived, to Raleigh Tanzania’s Fieldbase in Morogoro, our home for the next fourteen weeks.
What surprised us most of all was the calmness of the queue of drivers, who, despite the heat, stayed in their vehicles and unwound their windows only to buy nuts from one of the enterprising sellers walking up and down alongside them. No road rage and beeping horns here, it seems!
Welcome to the Raleigh Tanzania blog for the Raleigh ICS Programme. This blog will be the best way to keep up to date with everything that will happen throughout this programme, and many more to come. The first volunteers will be arriving here shortly to start the new projects as part of the ICS programme which are all focusing on Water and Sanitation in the central districts of Tanzania. Throughout the programme we will hear from all the volunteers and Team Leaders from both the UK and Tanzania about the issues the communities face and the impact of our work.