It was a great experience to work as a volunteer in Tanzania, I wish I could have stayed much longer. Thanks to all the people who made this happen, here in Tanzania but also back at home! It is an life enriching experience that I will always carry with me. I look forward to once … Continue reading Thank you all
After two weeks in Tanzania I can say it is a beautiful country. What surprised me is that it is so green but the current raining season is definitely playing a big role in that. During the weekend when the School is closed I had the oppurtunity to visit during two half days (far too … Continue reading Beautiful Tanzania
As the School is closed in the afternoon you might think that the afternoon is free time. Nope, the day is completely planned until around 17:30. You have read already that I had Swahili lessons and one afternoon we had doctor Deus from the hospital in Moshi who came over to explain us the health … Continue reading A visit to the Rolina orphanage
The home base is where all volunteers and staff of Cross Cultural Solutions live. There is room for forty volunteers but we were seventeen last week and now only four. It is located a fifteen minute drive from the city Moshi in the middle of nowhere. During the day as a man you can walk … Continue reading Home base
He is so close but you hardly ever see him. The Kilimanjaro is mostly covered completely by clouds at this period of the year, the raining season. A Canadian student group who volunteers here as well only saw the Kilimanjaro once in their first two weeks so I suppose I cannot complain that it took … Continue reading Where is he?
Imagine a School with no money to buy material for the children. They have a pile of very worn out English children books and some pencils (not enough), also coloured ones donated by volunteers but that is about it. There are no children sissors, glue or coloured paper to create something with the children. There … Continue reading Look at my color drawing
At the end of the morning just before the children go home the teacher is selling very little sacks of coloured chips to those children who received money from their parents to buy the chips. They do this to complement their low salary. As there are some children who never have money to buy them … Continue reading Friday morning
So how is it at School? The class starts at 08:00 but the kids come in gradually until 09:00. That means that we start with for example eight kids and by 09:00 there are 50 in one class room with an age from 3 to 5+. They all come in with little backpacks on their … Continue reading Teacher, teacher,……
They call it here the cold season of the year (summer starts in August) but for me this is pretty warm compared to the average weather in Belgium. We are at the end of the raining season so I see more clouds than sun and in the evening it is cooling off somewhere between 19-16°C. … Continue reading Cold season
Hujambo (how are you?), that is what we say here if you are greeting someone that is not older then you are otherwise you say Shikamoo (I give you my respect). Always expect the unexpected I was told upfront so when on the first day they told me I would not go to the Presbyterian … Continue reading Hujambo?
I actually don't feel comfortable to take pictures here as it feels kind of rude to photograph people in their daily and for many difficult life. So I haven't taken my Nikon out of my room yet but taken some pictures in a rush with my phone. All pictures have been taken on my way … Continue reading On the way to School
"Volunteering to teach children abroad is a powerful way to effect entire communities. Many of the students you’ll encounter come from families who can’t afford the tuition commonly required for quality education. Make a difference by offering attention and support to students who have few opportunities for special one-on-one connections. In an over-crowded classroom, you … Continue reading Why on my way to Tanzania?