In preparation for the start of the cycle, volunteer managers undertake project planning visits (PPV) to primarily establish a rapport with the community as well as arranging homestay families who are happy to support the projects by providing accommodation for the volunteers. Another key aspect of PPV is recruiting suitable casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) vehicles and drivers, in line with Raleigh health and safety policies. I caught up with Dan, Renatha and Abi who compose team Alpha 2, accompanied by expedition photographer Paul, on their visit to Nyamwezi in the district of Kilombero. The village will see the completion of a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project by the end of the cycle.October 13, 2017
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A significant part of the expedition programme is the youth leadership phase which runs three times over the cycle. Volunteer managers will be the lead facilitators for volunteers, on a nineteen-day trek through rural Tanzania. They will provide a space where volunteers will be able to develop their leadership skills during the adventure, on a daily leader rota. In preparation for this, we went for a practice trek in the Uluguru cluster of mountains overlooking Raleigh field base.October 6, 2017
Jim (left) and Bob (right) - “Kuishi kwingi [ni] kuona mengi.” - Swahili proverb – ‘To live long is to see much. Experience is the best teacher.’
I took the opportunity to sit down with Jim and Bob, from the expedition Logistics team, and gain some insight into their motivations for a second stint with Raleigh. Already a popular duo around field base, Jim and Bob have begun making their mark on the logistics role, implementing a stringent degree of ordinance.
(From left) Daniel Savigar, Amiry, Sean, Renatha and Daniel Schaller stopped for lunch on the journey from Dar Es Salaam to Morogoro.
Sunday afternoon marked the safe arrival of the 17P volunteer managers at Raleigh Tanzania field base in Morogoro. The volunteer manager team for the cycle is now complete and we have two weeks to prepare for volunteer arrivals on the 9th of October. Inductions will be taking place at field base where initial discussions will be around risk assessment, health & safety, culture and diversity and safeguarding. Following that, the team will be focusing on leadership, a pivotal aspect of all three expedition phases.
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
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.