Last cycle, the village of Ikaning’ombe hosted a natural resource management (NRM) project, with volunteers targeting the filling of 150,000 tubes, with soil, to plant tree seedlings that were to be evenly distributed amongst local farmers. At the bottom of a tranquil and picturesque valley, we spoke to community members who are maintaining the seedlings.December 9, 2017
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As our time on expedition enters the third phase, 17P volunteer teams assembled once again at River Valley in Iringa, following the end of phase two on program. Alpha 1 returned from the youth leadership trek phase in the same district, while Alpha 3 made the journey from their natural resource management (NRM) project in the mountains of Iyegeya and Alpha 2 travelled the furthest, from their water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project in Nyamwezi. The two days were marked by reflection as some volunteers looked ahead to the final phase while other sadly said goodbye to their companions and the Raleigh adventure…December 7, 2017
Expedition photographer Paul joined the Alpha 1 team on their first six days of trek, capturing the volunteer journey through Rural Iringa. I took a chance to get his thoughts on the experience as well as the reasons that brought an established photographer on a Raleigh expedition to Tanzania.December 6, 2017
In the village of Iyegeya, in the Mufundi district, we spoke with Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) representative Adam about the importance of environmental conservation in the area as well as the impact of the organisation’s partnership with Raleigh. On it’s first cycle of the Raleigh Natural Resource Management (NRM) program, Iyegeya is the current home of the expedition Alpha 3 team.December 5, 2017
Nanenane primary school, in Nyamwezi, was already interested in the importance of sanitation and cleanliness, but a school water, sanitation and hygiene (SWASH) club was only an idea until Raleigh’s arrival at the beginning of this year. Since then, the SWASH club has developed into a structured group containing both a president and a vice president, a secretary as well as ministers and ministries who are responsible for tippy-tap management, events planning and environmental cleanliness including toilet and menstrual hygiene management (MHM) room cleaning and general tidiness. We wanted to shine a light on the club’s commitment to maintaining the new hygiene facilities, funded by UK company Buildbase / Hirebase, after the cycle finishes and the volunteers leave.December 5, 2017
The village of Iyegeya, in the mountains of Mufundi, is currently on its first cycle of a Raleigh expedition natural resource management (NRM) program. At 1,600 meters altitude, over the last two phases of this cycle, Alpha 3 volunteers are tasked with reaching the target of filling 150,000 seedling tubes, which be transplanted to local farms at the end of the project. On top of this, Alpha 3 will be delivering lessons at Iyegeya primary school; the topics include climate protection and sustainable farming. We visited Alpha 3 on a project support visit to update on their progress.December 4, 2017
On a Raleigh expedition trek phase, we emphasise leadership. The opportunity for volunteers to step into the featured role for the day is there for their taking and making it their very own. Arriving the afternoon of day six on Alpha 1’s trek, I approached the team’s already set up camp for the night and observed a prime example of the essence of a Raleigh trek experience; perfectly captured by the synchronisation and solidarity displayed between its members, paired with the backdrop of a sky filled with stars.December 2, 2017
River Valley in Iringa is widely considered a haven on a Raleigh expedition; secluded and picturesque, the campsite is located near the Little Ruaha River with bandas to house volunteers as well as hot showers. An ideal place for changeover, where groups had the chance to press a reset button, relax, reflect on Phase 1 and prepare for Phase 2. With a new phase, come new teams…November 23, 2017
Final part of three segments of spotlight on Buildbase / Hirebase employees and Raleigh volunteers for the cycle this autumn. Part of the expedition Alpha 2 team working on the school water, sanitation and hygiene (SWASH) project at Nanenane school in Nyamwezi, funded by Buildbase / Hirebase, we looked for their insights on working in a rural Tanzanian village. Besides the construction of new toilet blocks, handwashing station and menstrual hygiene management (MHM) room, Alpha 2 two are also delivering SWASH and MHM lessons for the students at Nanenane.November 23, 2017
After weeks of hand washing lessons with students and teachers, Alpha 2 decided to get the whole community involved in some fun. A good old-fashioned sports day including songs, games, drama and special guests marked a celebration of the work at Nanenane primary school in Nyamwezi.November 22, 2017