Tanzania Expedition

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Meet our volunteers, communities and staff who are working together to create lasting, positive change.


In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for sustainable development. If these goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. For the goals to work we all need to fight for them to ensure our governments stick to them and that we succeed. Alpha 2, who are currently half way through a ten-week SWASH (Water, sanitation and hygiene in schools) project in Chimlata village, Dodoma discuss Global Goal 6 and how the work they are doing will contribute to this goal.

Words by Sam. Photos by Kate and Beth.

March 16, 2017

It sounds simple: how do you wash your hands? For many individuals, however, the answer to this question is unclear, though this knowledge is essential. Throughout our time in Chimlata village, Alpha 2 have been raising awareness about the significance of proper hand-washing, as well as the importance of maintaining personal hygiene. Read on to see how we have been raising awareness of this important issue.

Words by Eleanore. Photos by Ryan

March 12, 2017
Tanzania ICS

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The 2017 theme is ‘Be Bold for Change’ (#BEBOLDFORCHANGE). Malala Yousafzai is definitely a role model for being bold for change. Her speech to the UN in 2013 where she spoke powerfully about every girl’s right to an education, has been set to music and will be aired for the first time today. Read on to discover how we are contributing to Malala’s mission of ensuring girls have access to education.

Words by Marie. Photos by Harry.

March 8, 2017

Phase 1 of the 17D Raleigh expedition is officially complete! All of the Alpha groups have been reunited at River Valley training centre, Iringa for the first changeover. We are also pleased to welcome Tijn and Bindy, who have travelled from Dubai and New Zealand respectively to join the expedition for the remaining seven weeks. Read on to see what the groups got up to at changeover and find out what projects everyone will be on for phase 2.

March 8, 2017

On Friday 24th February 2017 Alpha 3 were excited to be heading to the village of Igoda, approximately 20km from Ihanu. Igoda is a village where Raleigh volunteers worked to build a tree nursery at the local primary school in July 2016. Alpha 3 had the opportunity to witness the next stage of this Natural Resource Management (NRM) project and see how the sustainability of it has been managed by the village.

Words and photos by Lottie, Becky, Sam, Maria, Ben, Zhibin and Vicky.

March 4, 2017

Alpha 3 talk about the importance of building strong relationships within the community and how this contributes to the success of the project. Throughout their time in Ihanu village they have really started to feel part of the community. At the project site they have worked alongside the villagers, and at Ihanu Primary School they have conducted awareness raising sessions about environmental issues.

Words and photos by, Sam, Lottie and Ben.

March 3, 2017

After a week of trekking in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania, Alpha 1 was joined by fieldbase Volunteer Managers (VMs), Jazz (Deputy Operations Manager), Ben (Logistics), and myself, Harry (Photographer), for a project support visit (PSV). Fieldbase staff and volunteers regularly visit expedition groups, to assess how teams are progressing, resupply them with any needed equipment and/or food, and review specific project processes.

Words and pictures by Harry.

February 28, 2017

The 20th February 2017 marked the 10th anniversary of the World Day for Social Justice. As explained by the UN, “social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.”

In commemoration of this day Alpha 2 talks about the lasting impact the SWASH (Schools, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) project will have on young girls, and children living with disabilities in Chimlata, and their access to education.

Written by Eleanore, Mike and Marie

February 22, 2017

Kamwene! (Hello) We are five days in and Alpha 3 are pleased to say we have been having an absolute blast in Ihanu village. Three teams in total will spend time in Ihanu during the Spring Raleigh Expedition, with us being the first to start with the NRM project. This will see us build a tree nursery in the community and at the local primary school. Our overall aim being to raise awareness around environmental issues such as deforestation and the protection of livelihoods and wildlife in Ihanu.

Written by Lutufyo, Maria, Becky, and Sam.
Pictures by Harry.

February 20, 2017

There were cheers of excitement and happiness at the WAMO training centre on Sunday morning as the venturers were told their allocations for phase 1. The next 2 days were busy as everyone got together in their Alpha groups to find out more about the projects, communities and partners they will be working with. Training also continued until all groups were set and ready to go. Read on to see which groups the venturers were allocated to…

February 14, 2017