Eddy Zakaria Gwasma is 31 years old and has a 6-year-old son. Her 14-year-old cousin also lives with her. During the dry season in June and July she sells her sunflower oil and maize and throughout the year she makes and sells the best mandazi’s.April 14, 2018
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After two weeks of tubing, transplanting and planting seedlings to create a tree nursery, our work on the natural resource management project in the village of Nandala, rural Iringa, culminated in an action day. We held an action day in partnership with the community and project partner Tanzania Forestry Conservation Group to celebrate the end of the project. With the action day now complete, we report on the various creative and innovative ways in which we overcame language barriers to share our messages with the community.March 31, 2018
Meet Christina and Celina, two young Tanzanian Raleigh volunteers. We joined them as they trekked through Iringa on the youth leadership phase of their Raleigh Expedition. We discussed the problems women face in rural Tanzania and how they hope to inspire other young women to achieve their dreams.March 27, 2018
18-year-old Roos Harmeling is currently volunteering on a natural resource management (NRM) project in Nandala, a rural village in Iringa region, Tanzania. In this blog she describes her experience of arriving in the village with fellow Raleigh expedition volunteers and how conducting surveys with her Tanzanian counterparts enabled her to meet the community and find out about the current resource management situation there. Thanks to the support of Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust we can continue our work in rural Iringa.March 2, 2018
Whilst on expedition all volunteers will take on varied challenges depending on the nature of the project/ activity they are working on. These projects encompass three specific programmatic project areas: natural resource management (NRM); water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and trek. Every three weeks the expedition volunteer groups will change to a different programme, enabling them to understand and experience working on all projects. Each programme contributes to Raleigh’s 2017-2020 strategy: young people driving sustainable development.
Over the coming three months our ICS and expedition teams will work with communities to create safe water, hygiene and sanitation facilities in nine different schools across Morogoro, Dodoma, Changombe and Muungano regions in Tanzania. Upon their first steps into community life, the teams learned that prioritising meeting members of the community can lead to successful projects on the ground.February 14, 2018
All expedition spring programme volunteer managers now understand which project they will be working on and have also now been allocated into groups of twos and threes in order to begin working together in their respective communities to reach their long-term project goals. International and Tanzanian volunteer managers are placed together with the aim of encouraging fluid communication with the community and exchange between community members and volunteers. Each volunteer manager tends to refer to their partner as their counterpart: On the expedition programme, international and Tanzanian counterparts will work together for the first phase and then swap their allocations for phase two and again in phase three. Whilst one expedition team will begin with the adventure leadership phase, trek, two other groups will go straight out into community to begin natural resource management and schools, water and sanitation projects.
Tomorrow, Wednesday 7th February, the expedition volunteer managers depart for their project planning visit.
“This is a great way of putting young people from around the world together. Right now I can say I have a family all around the world. This is home.”
- Sadick Issa, 26.
Tanzanian and international spring cycle team leaders (ICS) and volunteer managers (expedition) have also now arrived in-country and have moved into a training base in Morogoro. The fieldbase staff have begun delivering the induction training programme, preparing all team leaders and volunteer managers for the arrival of the volunteers 16th & 17th February (expedition and ICS respectively).
Images by Hilary Sloane, spring cycle photographer. Words by Rebbie Webb, communications officer.
Words by Rebbie Webb, communications officer for expedition & ICS this spring cycle.
Images by Hilary Sloane, Tanzania spring cycle photographer.
“Play your part, it can be done.”
- 30th January quote of the day by Tino, spring cycle deputy operations manager.
Last week the advance team arrived safe and well at the Raleigh Tanzania fieldbase in Morogoro. The advance team comprises the volunteers who will be based in fieldbase whilst making visits to project sites throughout the course of the spring expedition and ICS programmes to fulfil their role requirements. The advance team arrive in-country early in order to get settled into their roles with time to prepare for the arrival of the volunteers. All members, whether logistics coordinator, medic, communications officer, deputy operations manager or photographer, will work to ensure smooth running of the spring programmes. Fieldbase is a lively place into which the team received a very warm welcome.
After three months of working across Tanzania, the time has come for us to say goodbye, to the country, its people and our volunteer counterparts, all of whom have consistently inspired us to give our all to ensure success in all aspects of the work we have done on this Raleigh expedition.December 18, 2017