Tanzania

Tanzania Blog

Welcome to the official Raleigh International blog for Tanzania! Here you will find updates, stories and photos of our life on expedition, the adventures and the impact of our sustainability projects on communities. Stay in touch by posting your messages below! All blogs are written by our volunteers, unless otherwise stated.

Raleigh Round-Up: One week in, lets hear from the teams...

Our teams have been out on their project sites for a week now. Saraya and I just arrived back at field base having spent the week with the team at Bassadowish, which we will be featuring in great depth soon on the blog. For now though, on a balmy Saturday night back in Morogoro, it is time to catch up with our teams around Tanzania and find out how things have gone in their first week.

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Raleigh in Tanzania, a Trustee's perspective

 

A huge part of Raleigh’s mission to drive sustainable development is dependent on the work of those prepared to volunteer their time to a cause they feel passionate about, but also that they feel operates a professional, sustainable, and impactful operation. This doesn’t just apply to the Venturers and Volunteer Managers but also to the Trustees of the charity who have a key part in shaping its future.

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Phase One: Venturer Allocations

It’s been a while coming for everyone, but finally the teams for the first phase of expedition 15B are allocated and ready for an early morning departure on Sunday. Our teams will be leaving at sunrise along with trucks loaded with canvas tents, tools, jerry cans, food and water, and all sorts of kit labouriously assembled by the field base logs team. Let’s meet the teams who will be kicking off all our various projects: 

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Venturer induction: The story so far....

 

 

Induction week starts at 7a.m at the Morogoro International School for the swim test; two hundred metres of swimming and two minutes of treading water in a range of styles. In just five days our new arrivals become orientated with life here in Tanzania, learning about the many different elements of their time ahead. Over the course of the week everything from health and hygiene to tool usage, communications, camp craft, and cultural awareness is covered. Expedition basics like hand washing, ‘three bowls’, ‘Deeting up’ (the term for covering all exposed areas in sticky, smelly insect repellent), and ‘Long’s O’Clock’, all quickly become habit to the venturers as they have already to the volunteer managers. 

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Venturers touchdown in Tanzania

The German writer Goethe said that “What we can do and want to do is projected in our imagination, quite outside ourselves, and into the future. We are attracted to what is already ours in secret. Thus passionate anticipation transforms what is indeed possible into dreamt-for reality.”  For all our volunteers - both venturers and volunteer managers (VM’s) - Tuesday morning at Dar Es Salaam airport was when passionate anticipation became reality as our venturers arrived here from the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, and as far afield as Canada and Hong Kong. 

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