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.

Tired, hot, hungry, but happy. Our Volunteer Managers arrive...

 

 

Whoops of joy accompanied the arrival of our volunteer managers today at field base. Whether they were glad to arrive or simply relieved that the long and bumpy bus journey from Dar Es Salaam was over remains a matter of debate. Travel weary from long flights with little sleep they were thrust straight into the thrilling topic of health and safety before a filling lunch of rice, beans, and meat that left a few wanting a siesta. No such luck though. The first day means essential admin, from stashing away valuables to medical 1-1’s, photographs, and learning about tippy taps and the three bowl system (more to come on that in the future). 

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Staying connected. How to keep in touch with Expedition 15B.

 

Life on expedition is very different to life back home for all our volunteers, especially in how we communicate. Tweeting, updating Facebook status’s, texting, and selfies are all put on hold while our teams head out to the rural areas they are working in. While it might cause some withdrawal symptoms for a few, it also offers a unique opportunity to engage with each other and the people in the communities they are visiting without the distractions of modern technology. They won’t be totally cut off from society though as twice daily calls to expedition field base help us to find out what they’ve been up to and how the various projects are getting on. 

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Fieldbase Team - Assemble!

 

A four hour drive west of Dar Es Salaam, on a mixture of smooth tarmac and rutted dirt road, is the town of Morogoro, a town of 300, 000 and home to Raleigh International’s field base here in Tanzania. As well as being home to the permanent staff here in Tanzania, Field Base is the hub where the volunteer teams who look after the Operations, Communications, Logistics and Medical needs of the expedition operate from. Each member of the team brings a unique and valuable skill set from their experiences and many have taken part in a similar expedition before as a venturer, so lets take a few moments to meet them. 

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Touchdown for Expedition 15B

Travelling from Geneva to the Khyber Pass Nicolas Bouvier remarked that "One thinks that one is going to make a journey, yet soon it is the journey that makes or unmakes you”. Whether this journey is your making or unmaking (or perhaps both), we can be sure that it will be a voyage of personal discovery and will offer us all the chance to emerge at the other end invigorated and with a new perspective that only a powerful experience can create. Alongside our own experience this positive impact extends beyond us to the communities, charity partners, and friends we meet along the way. 

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We celebrate the expedition's achievements as venturers depart

As the final phase of our expedition comes to an end, we say a fond farewell to our wonderful venturers. In this blog, we take time to celebrate their achievements and the impact of this expedition.

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