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MOSHI - Tanzania

My girlfriend (23) and I (24) spent 4 weeks in Tanzania (Moshi) doing a volunteer program.

First of all I have to say that it has been the best life experience I have ever had. We lived in a guest house with other amazing volunteers all over the world. We lived as a family and we had two incredible local people living with us, who take care, shared moments and cooked for all of us.

I worked in a Hospital (I finished my 5th year in Medicine degree) as a volunteer. I went there every morning. I took an easy ride with a funny bus to the hospital. There I could attend the morning passes, I could go to operating room and help also in some operations. I spent some time in the emergency department. It was an incredible experience. I could share knowledge with local doctors, learn from them and try to do my best in order to help the patients.

Afternoons I often went to the orphanage where my girlfriend volunteered and play with the children and also take care of them. Then evenings and weekends we spent most of our time with the other volunteers. Going to karaoke and having a beer and chating with locals was one of our main hobbies. People there is really friendly, they speak quite a good english and like talking with foreigners and everything was really safe, none of was got in troubles or something that people can thing before going to other countries.

Weekends we used to make excursions, ride bikes, visit falls or even caffe plantations.. It is a life experience that I strongly suggest to anyone that want to spend some time abroad and want to have an amazing experience!!

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Posted: November 23, 2015
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10
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10
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10
Age:
24

I worked as a volunteer one week in Tanzania and then
went to Kenya for a week safari. In Tanzania, it was a challenge since the children were young and most did not speak English, and also ! am used to working with older students. I would recommend the program to volunteers adept at working with younger children with limited English. The program is very valuable to the sites and Deo was an excellent, friendly coordinator. I learned a lot and am grateful for the opportunity.

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Posted: November 21, 2015
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10
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10
Value:
10
By: Bobdu2766
Age:
74

Very good home stay experience staying with Barnabas in Nairobi, Kenya. Barnabas and his family of 5 work hard to ensure you are getting what you need and they truly make you feel as if their home is yours while you are there. The house is comfortable and my wife and I had our own room. The kids each had their own bed and slept in a room with a member of Barnabas' family (same gender).

The Kenyan people were quite friendly and we felt safe there. Given the elevation of Nairobi, the weather is very good and hovers between 20 and 29 C most of the year.

We worked at a nearby Children's Center where there were about 120 children between the ages of 4 and 8. The kids were active but very friendly. I helped the teacher in the oldest class while my wife and two kids (ages 12 and 14) helped the teachers and kids in the younger kids' classes.

Global Crossroad was responsive to our questions during the planning stages and they were one of best values we found for volunteering.

Darren (from Canada)

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Posted: September 17, 2015
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9
Support:
9
Value:
9
Age:
45

I was sent out to the small town of Ewuaso to work alongside a modernized Masai family. I assisted with the herding of the cattle, along with many others. My main job while I was there, was to learn as much as I could about the Masai. Questions were answered in the form of one of the sons, who of which I worked with to herd the cattle. He taught me about the different Masai age groups among men, as well as the value of family and the cattle. The mother taught me about how many of the Masai are converting over from indigenous beliefs to Christianity, and how many of the women are dealing with emotional issues from the polygamy beliefs of the traditional Masai. It was a very interesting visit, and I learned a whole lot. I will be going back in the future.

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Posted: August 31, 2015
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10
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10
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10
By: TimB
Age:
23

I started this trip expecting to stay with a host family. Although this isn't technically a host family it definitely felt like one from the start. We sleep in bunk beds with a room mate and the beds are very comfortable. I slept better here than I do in the states on a full size bed. The food is ridiculously amazing. I can not emphasize how much I loved the food enough. The shower /bathroom both exceeding my expectations. There is also a family room with couches that are awesome for afternoon naps/reading. I have no suggestions for improvement. Most of all I felt safe 100% of the time. This is a huge part of why it was so great to stay in this house. Like I said, the volunteer house feels like a big family. There are always people around and they are always wanting to chat /hangout /get to know you. It's really a unique beautiful experience. There is so much positive energy in the house. People constantly singing and dancing. It's impossible not to be happy here. Anyone in the house offers to help you with everything - washing clothes buying soap, anything. Again I felt super safe and comfortable - even more safe in my own home. I volunteered at the margo maternity clinic and taught sex health classes at 6 schools. The clinic was very welcoming and allow you to observe and sometimes participate in activities. I was able to observe 7 births, 4 circumcision, assist in vaccinations and blood samples visit local villages to weigh and vaccinate babies and I am just a nutritionist. They really provide a unique opportunity for people to volunteer. Franklin also organized 6 different schools for me to teach sex health classes with some other volunteers. I was super impressed with Franklin and the schools openness to us coming and instructing on a delicate subject in the religious atmospheres. 5 weeks is not long enough! I have learned so much in this short time about myself, GHANA and people in general. This really is an extra ordinary opportunity with extra ordinary people. Ghanaians are incredibly welcoming and friendly and this family is no exception. I will miss this time so much, but I am so blessed to have had it. Thank you all so, so much for everything.!!

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Posted: August 21, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Brantley
Age:
27

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