Trek can be a challenge for many venturers who are not used to hiking or sleeping outdoors in tents. Tanzanian venturer Fabiola said the things that surprised her the most was sleeping in a tent:
“It was my first time ever sleeping in a tent, so I did not know what to expect. It was challenging as at first I thought I would not be able to breath once it was closed. However, I quickly learned I would be fine and actually found it really comfortable! I wish I could sleep in a tent more it was so enjoyable.”
New Zealand venturer James was apprehensive about trek before his team embarked, however it ended up being one of his favourite parts of expedition:
“I was nervous about trek and ended up absolutely loving it, My favourite part was all the places we stopped to set up camp.”
Working together as a team is a key aspect of trek. Not all venturers will be able to walk at the same pace and it can take time for the group to become cohesive. For Alix, a venturer from Belgium, the most challenging aspect of trek was getting the team to work together:
“We did not all have the same level of fitness or experience in hiking, so at the beginning it was really hard to work together. By the second or third day however, we understood each others pace and were able to walk together as a group.”
Protecting the Environment
Pasua, from Tanzania really enjoyed trek and commented:
“During trek I learned more about protecting the environment. We were hiking everyday through amazing landscapes. We did not burn any of our rubbish as we went along, but kept it and took it to be recycled at the end. This was a great reminder for me to be environmentally friendly at all times.”
End of Expedition
Following trek, the five week venturers joined together for a couple of days to debrief expedition, share their stories and say goodbye. There was lots of fun and games including a scavenger hunt and bonfire night. The venturers had time to reflect on their experience and what they will take away from Raleigh Tanzania expedition.
Niamh from the UK said, “It’s an incredible experience and I met so many really amazing people.” Whilst Tanzanian venturer Oliverson commented, “It was an amazing opportunity to learn about life, it is good because you get the chance to teach sustainability to people.”
Uk venturer Oliver summed up the experience saying, “Expedition has been one of the best experiences I’ve had. I’ve probably got more out of the past five weeks than I have in my 22 years.”
Looking Forward to Phase Three
Although the five week venturers have now left, the seven and ten week venturers are still working on their projects in village. They will come together for phase two changeover on the 10th of August before embarking on their final phase.
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