Tanzania Expedition

Welcome to the Tanzania blog! This is the place to get a real insight into our projects on the ground. Meet our volunteers, communities and staff who are working together to create lasting, positive change.

Tanzania

And so, c’est finis. All the volunteers have been bundled onto buses, taxis, planes and coaches. It’s tempting, now, to heave a great shaky sigh, collapse into a heap on the floor and disconcertedly acknowledge the ‘end’ of Expedition 15K. To celebrate the end success of the projects that we have been working on, and to lament the end of this chapter in our lives. But wiser souls have always reminded us that there are no real endings in life.

December 17, 2015
Tanzania

Christmas is the time for giving and receiving. But more importantly it is a time for gratitude. These three themes were also extremely significant during trek, especially when trying to keep a positive group mentality.

Words by Richard, images by Alpha 4

December 15, 2015
Tanzania

In the Christmas spirit of giving, the past nineteen days have given us in Alpha 1 many things. We have been given the opportunity to develop our leadership skills and to gain confidence - especially when confronted with challenging situations. We have supported one another through difficult days, and we have reaped the rewards of pushing through: spectacular views, and the smiles on one another's faces.

Words and images by Alpha 1

December 14, 2015
Tanzania

Recently in the UK, shock and outrage has been sparked by the 5% tax on sanitary products, categorised by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as "non-essential, luxury" items. The argument is that, “they are essential because without them, those who menstruate would have no way of pursuing a normal, flexible, public or private life and would be at risk of jeopardising their health" – (Laura Coryton, petition organizer). Interestingly, this health risk and denial of a ‘normal, flexible, public or private life’ is a very real issue for a huge amount of teenage girls across Tanzania. Alpha 2 explore why.

Words by Charlotte and Milly B

December 12, 2015
Tanzania

Alpha 2 describe what they are doing to contribute towards Global Goals 'No Hunger' and 'Good Health and Wellbeing'. Here they describe the ways in which they have been working to help put an end to hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture in Endagikot.

Words by Ben, images by Alpha 2

December 8, 2015
Tanzania

"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver." This message, by Mahatma Gandhi, is an important one to remember - particularly during the hustle and bustle of the twinkling Christmas season. Both Alpha 2 and Alpha 3 have been discussing and exploring the topic of food and nutrition in their local communities throughout the course of the third and final phase of Expedition 15K. As the festive season approaches, Alpha 3 offer an interesting insight into the topic of nutrition and how they are doing their part to help achieve the aim of Global Goal number three, 'Good Health and Nutrition'.

Words by Kate, Images by Alpha 3

December 8, 2015
Tanzania

All too soon the final phase of Expedition 15K has crept up on us. How time flies. The volunteers arrived back last week brimming with tales of achievement, progress, adventure and much merriment from Phase Two. Many hands make light work, and phase two involved the new Alpha groups picking up from where the previous teams had left off and continuing the journey. New friends were made, new bricks laid, new challenges overcome and personal goals conquered.

December 1, 2015
Tanzania

On Thursday 19th November it was World Toilet Day, a global day coined by the UN in 2013 in order to motivate and mobilise millions on the issues of sanitation that we face today. And there are many, many issues. The problem is that they remain, like our household toilets and bathroom habits, locked behind closed doors. Out of sight, out of mind. Toilet talk, after all, is considered a bit of a lewd, crude and vulgar topic in the Western world; shouldn't we be sticking to more palatable topics such as the weather and everyone's health? Here's the big news: by breaking the taboo around issues of sanitation, toilets and hygiene we are sticking to the subject of everybody’s health. And not only health: clean and safe toilets are also prerequisites for dignity, education and gender equality.

Words by Milly (Communications Officer)

November 28, 2015
Tanzania

Alpha 3 get up close and personal with Project Partner Save the Children; the world's leading children's charity working in 120 countries. Save the Children provide education, healthcare and disaster relief for children whilst working to protect their rights.

Words by Alpha 3

November 26, 2015