The advance volunteer team arrived safely in Morogoro, at Raleigh Tanzania field base. We were immediately introduced to Uluguru, the marvellous mountains that will be overseeing our daily commute from the volunteer house to field base, where our time will be spent when we are not with communities and projects. Six new arrivals joining the field base team as well as existing volunteer managers; with role inductions underway, let’s introduce them:September 22, 2017
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During projects local families in the village open their homes to venturers and volunteer managers. Staying with a family offers an insight into village life and enables the venturers to build strong ties within the community. Alpha 2 spoke to their homestay families to find out what it has been like to open their homes so generously to Raleigh Tanzania volunteers. Here are their five stages of being a homestay family.
Words by Jack, Rachel and Oriana. Photos by volunteer manager Lewis.
After a busy few weeks at fieldbase in Morogoro organising supplies for teams on their project sites, helping to prepare and going out on project support visits and supplying medical support, the opportunity arose for some of the fieldbase team to join the trek group. Logistics co-ordinator Lisa, medic Jen and Deputy Operations Manager Holly joined Alpha 1 for five days as they began their trek through Iringa. Having helped prepare and support two expedition teams on trek it was exciting for the fieldbase team to be able to see first-hand how trek works in practice, and how teams approach the challenges of trekking.
Words Lisa. Photos Jen.
The natural resource management (NRM) project in the village of Ikanging’ombe, in partnership with Tanzania Forest Conservation Group, is complete. After six weeks, two teams have cut more than 150,000 tubes and transplanted seedlings into each. They have also held an action day to mobilise the community around protecting the environment and held classes to share knowledge on deforestation and what the village can do to protect the environment.
Words Alice. Photos Hilary and Alpha 3.
The team working on a SWASH (school water, sanitation and hygiene) project in the village of Nyamwezi, funded by Hirebase and Buildbase, have completed a successful phase two. During the phase they have finished the foundations for the toilet block ready for the superstructure to be completed. They have faced challenges along the way, but together as a team and with the help of the fundis (builders) have overcome these to complete the building work on schedule.
Following three weeks of trek through Iringa, Alpha 3 transitioned seamlessly into village life in Ikaning’ombe. Joined by three new seven-week venturers and armed with the advice, tips and support of the enthusiastic local community, they jumped straight into work on the project site. Their aim was to get 150,000 pine saplings ready for plantation and raise awareness within the local community of the dangers of poor natural resource management.
Words Alpha 3. Photos Hilary.
As the venturers begin the third and final phase of expedition, Alpha 1 look back to their phase one trek, outlining what they learned and how they developed both individually and as a team.
Words and photos Alpha 1.
Currently based in the village of Nyamwezi, Alpha 2 are working on a SWASH project (school water sanitation and hygiene), funded by Buildbase and Hirebase - both part of Grafton Merchanting GB Limited. The project includes the building of 18 latrines, a hand washing station and menstrual hygiene management room. The construction is complemented by SWASH lessons, equipping the school children with knowledge about good hygiene and sanitation, leading to long-term behavioural change in the community.
Words Alice. Photos Hilary.
Five week expedition has ended and the venturers and volunteers managers have all returned home. The two teams ended their time in Tanzania by completing a five day hike around the Southern Highlands of Iringa. Venturers tell us what they learned during trek, what they found challenging and what surprised them the most.August 5, 2017
Linzie Clarke, a Key Account Manager at powered access specialist Nationwide Platforms has recently completed an eight week expedition as a volunteer manager with Raleigh Tanzania. Linzie had the opportunity to volunteer through her company and was given time off to come to Tanzania and complete expedition. We spoke with Linzie following expedition to find out what she has learned from her time volunteering with Raleigh Tanzania.August 2, 2017