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February 2015

John and Wendy   (published in Tanzania)

February 28, 2015 by   Comments(4)

Hello All, another week has past and I think we can say we have finally settled into life in Tanzania as we have established our daily routine. It feels as though we blend more with the crowd (I know that may sound a little funny) but it feels as though we are not the family of five little ducks out for a walk, but rather just a family off to work or meeting up with others as we now have the regular people that we converse with each morning, our regular Dala Dala drivers and the locals around where we live always up for a chat. Some of the locals are always willing to offer our Swahili a challenge with a change in morning greeting (and trust me you can greet people in about 13 different ways). The other morning on the way to work we were caught in a traffic jam (trust me there are no real road rules or passenger limits 32 people on our 14 seater bus) where the police came and took our drivers keys along with 5 other drivers well chaos erupted - police, drivers, conductors (the people who hustle for passengers and hang out the doors & windows of the Dala Dala’s calling people to their bus) and passengers all having their say the Atchison family looked on trying to work out what was happening luckily a gentlemen said ‘jump out because the police won’t give the keys back until they pay a fine.’ So as we do we jumped out discussed the next step which as to weave through the traffic on foot (trust me it wasn’t going anywhere because you couldn’t even work out the left and right hand side of the road and foot paths even had traffic) until we reached the clear traffic where we caught the next Dala Dala to work. But most days it’s just an overcrowded trip to work that gives us a chance to talk with the locals – like the other day I had the pleasure of nursing a baby boy and chatting with his Mum. The boys are often chatting with locals Flynn and his amazing ability to score the front seat often attracts the most attention and amusing to us he seems to carry out a conversation with the locals using basic Swahili language - but looking on both parties are enjoying the chat. Cooper has made friends with the local basketball players where he was invited to play and train with them (unfortunately Flynn watches on with an arm brace) where he has made an impression on the locals as we witnessed the other afternoon when a local boy challenged why the muzungu (white boy) was playing the locals said ‘because his good’ the game continued with Cooper on the court. Taj is on the other court mixing it with some of the locals his age where they have loads of fun. The other afternoon after some time at the basketball courts we walked home via the local school around the corner where we stopped off to watch a bit of soccer the children all wanted to talk with us which is great and a local teacher said we can join in anytime, people are so friendly and really do just want to know where you are from and what are you doing. Some of the young people want to speak to you to practise their English so sometimes when we reply in Swahili – they ask us to speak English. Unfortunately though for the first time since we arrived we actually came across some rude masai men (which really was a shock because they are usually super friendly) who were pushy and arrogant and because I’m female I was give a very cold shoulder, so as good Australian’s do we smiled and said ‘Habariza Mchana’ (Good Afternoon)! Well the weather here is beautiful about 29 to 35 degrees however the water supply has been cut due to no rain (a couple of spots on about three afternoons) and the reserve tanks where we are living are now about dry so we are on buckets showers. I am now faced with the dilemma of water or sun!!!  So if we don’t get rain soon there will be some changes coming – limited clothes washing etc and trust me when you work in the middle of a dust field this is NOT good. The weather here always amazes us each day as we have a clear view of Mt Meru where we live and it has snow on the top but it is 30 plus degrees on the ground and often you see the rain clouds around it but no or little rain, however the boys commented while sitting on the fence watching soccer on Thursday it was the first day they have seen the top of Mt Meru without snow – we aren’t sure what this means, John tells us the heat wave is bound to continue. The boys have been trying their hand at bartering and are showing to be rather good unfortunately they don’t get it from me as the boys often say ‘Mum your too soft’ so I’m now banned from buying unsupervised. We have now been at the school for three weeks and we are beginning to meet parents which is lovely, the other morning Nuamyaki’s Dad asked us in for a cup of traditional Tanzania tea while we waited for the Jeep to be fixed, a very kind family – the tea was SWEET and I mean SWEET but lovely with a unique taste I think maybe a little cinnamon however if you had it each day I’m sure your blood sugars maybe at a dangerous level. The children are settling and we are now greeted as Teacher each morning as though we are part of the furniture. The children are progressing lining up in their groups each morning and we have now introduced as part of the program hygiene, so each morning after anthems and songs we wash or hands and face the children then go and sit down and wait for class to being – even our spirited ones are settling with this routine. This week we have had some amazing fun with play dough and hand art. Play dough the children found so fascinating but not very tasty for some (Zawardi describing it as poison, but Joshua was happy nibbling occasionally) for an hour and a half the children were content to play with it as us teachers roved around the groups showing them how to make letters and numbers, animals or splitting it up and counting. The adults around the school were also fascinated by this dough, John even recruited the local Masai children who were grazing their cattle nearby to come and have a lesson with play dough. This day was really a heart warming session to see such a simple thing bring so much joy and for us to be able to really interact with the children so positively without the hassle of the language barrier – I think the boys were really taken by the children’s response. Also hand art was another great lesson this week – teaching the children colours and watching their reactions as we displayed their hands and art on the wall. But also at lunchtime the builders also turned their hands to creating their own hand art to display on the wall – a positive demonstration of sharing materials! We also must not forget to mention the amazing work that is happening outside the classroom apart from building the two new classrooms the volunteer builders have been adding to the playground equipment we now have two homemade basketball rings, a sandpit (Mt Kilimanjaro) and two balance beams that double up as the play Dala Dala’s. Unfortunately Borre and Nea leave us this Friday, we will definitely be sad to see them go. We are slowly learning the language (key words) which is helping; also we do have the children repeating a lot in English which is great to hear. Zawardi and Nea have developed a wonderful Aussie accent when saying “Gidday Mate”! We are all so enjoying our time with Dr Mardai, Bibiana and the girls where we learn so much each day. We must also mention the food here is soooo delicious – Cooper is a true testament to this as he has at least 3 servings at each meal and Taj is learning to say ‘Grace’ at each meal in Swahili. Due to the food being so delicious ( Tamu) - I have started running (okay shuffling) a couple a days a week because three hot meals a day with a couple of courses is starting to show, so for all those who thought we may have been at risk of shedding a few kilo’s trust us it is not happening. Exercising here is interesting in itself trust me running in long pants and a top is HOT (29 plus degrees) and not many people exercise like we know it, so the people find it quite amusing. However I did see a man the other day skipping with a skipping rope down the road and he was fully dressed – I’m sure he was cooking there are no running shorts around here. Okay we could write for hours telling you all about this wonderful place but unfortunately we must go and explore further so until our next post stay safe.

Post Soon The Atchisons.

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John and Wendy
John and Wendy

En uge på fødegangen (:   (published in Tanzania)

February 24, 2015 by   Comments(0)

Sikke en uge jeg har haft! Der er sket så mange nye, og helt igennem fantastiske ting, at det er svært at holde styr på det hele inde i mit lille hoved. Jeg vil nu forsøge mit bedste og få skrevet lidt om det her.

Sidste søndag fik jeg mig en ny roomie, hun hedder Cristine og er super sød. Da hun ankom fik vi lækker frokost hjemme ved vores værts familie og tog derefter på stranden for rigtig at slappe af. Selvom jeg allerede har mig en roomie (altså Kenneth) er jeg nu virkelig glad for at have fået mig Cristine. Kenneth er super sød, men det er lidt noget andet at bo sammen med en pige ;) Derudover prøver hun at få oprettet en fond til vores børnehjem, så de kan komme i skole. Så giv endelig et bidrag når fonden er stablet på benene! ^^

Nå, men i sidste uge har jeg været så heldig at få lov til at være med på en lille kigger på fødegangen. Det skal lige siges at man her nede i Afrika takler tingene på en helt anden måde, ind vi gør det hjemme i Europa. Folk er dovne og for at være helt ærlig, ved de ikke særlig meget om hvad de laver. Jeg har fx oplevet at en jordemoder på fødegangen, spurgte mig til råds omkring, hvad hun skulle gøre. Det lyder måske voldsomt, men her nede er det bare hvordan det er. Jeg var, inden jeg startede på fødegangen, på en lille introduktions tur rundt på hospitalet hvor jeg fik lov til at se de forskellige afdelinger. Der kom jeg bl.a. ned i lighuset hvor jeg blev meget overvældet. Jeg havde troet det ville være hårdt at se døde mennesker, men det var ikke det som overvældede mig. Nej, da vi kom ind på lighuset gik vi selvfølgelig stille og med respekt, da det er sådan vi behandler døde mennesker her hjemme. Men da vi kom ind til den mand som gør de døde klar inden begravelsen stod han bare og grinte og fjollede rundt. Han bad os om at tage billeder af ham og den døde kvinde og begynde at posere med hende og rører ved hende. Det var for meget for mig, at man kan tidlade at opfører sig så RESPEKTLØST, er for mig sindssygt. I sær når familien til den afdøde sidder lige ude på den anden side af vægen og venter. Men som sagt så er det desværre, hvordan nogle er her nede i Afrika..

Når, tilbage til fødegangen!  Nøøøjh, hvor har det været fantastisk at se hvordan en fødsel foregår i virkeligheden. At se sådan et lille menneske komme til verden, er noget af det smukkeste! Ja for mig er det nærmest magi at der lige pludselig, fra det ene øjeblik til det andet kan komme et lille menneske til verden. Men det har selvfølgelig ikke kun være glade øjeblikke på fødeganen. På min anden dag var jeg med til at overvejere en forfærdelig fødsel. Moderen havde svangerskabs forgiftning og have ligget det meste af dagen på en briks, uden der rigtig var nogle der tog sig sammen til at hjælpe hende. Da de endelig fandt ud af hvad der var galt og de fik barnet ud, trak det ikke vejret. Sygeplejerskerne forsøgte at få liv i det lille barn i en time og det lykkedes heldigvis også til sidst. Moderen der i mod havde det virkelig ikke godt der da var gået hul på hendes moderkage og noget af den stadig sad fast. Hun skulle derfor opereres, men det tog det meste af dagen før lægerne fik taget sig sammen til at få hende flyttet.  Men da vi kom på arbejde næste dag fik vi at vide at barnet alligevel ikke havde overlevet nattet over. Det var ret hårdt at opleve, men også en del af hvordan hverdagen på fødegangen her i Tanzania ser ud. Efter den dag har jeg i alt set 3 døde babyer. Heldigvis kan man sige at der ikke bliver født døde børn hele tiden og at fødslerne for det meste forløber som de skal. Det har været noget af en oplevelse at gå på en fødegang en hel uge. Selvom jeg ikke har fået lov til at være dissideret med til fødslerne har jeg alligevel fået lov til at observere, hvilket har givet mig utroligt meget.  

 Ud over at arbejde en hel del så er jeg også begyndt at male lidt. Jeg ved godt det lyder skørt, for jeg er ikke et hak kreativ med en pensel..! Men det er nu faktisk meget hyggeligt. Man vælge er maleri man godt kan lide og så er der en rigtig sød man som hjælper en mad at male. Når man virkelig har lavet noget L**T kan han rede det meste, så ens billede ende med at blive helt okay.  Så jeg har brugt et par dage nede på dette marked. I mandags malede jeg en elefant sammen med Angela. Vi var ikke særlig gode og resultatet taler for sig selv, men vi havde en hyggelig eftermiddag og vi endte på en god kaffe bar hvor vi fik os (og jeg overdriver ikke) mit livs bedste kaffe. Det er altså noget de bare kan her nede i Afrika, uhhhh ha de laver en god kop kaffe! (:

Selvom jeg har oplevet meget og fødegangen har været helt fantastisk, glæder jeg mig nu alligevel til at komme tilbage på børnehjemmet igen. Savner de unger så utrolig meget! :)

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En uge på fødegangen (:
En uge på fødegangen (:

Huset indefra og min uge generalt   (published in Tanzania)

February 21, 2015 by   Comments(0)


Jeg ved ikke, hvad der sker med min krop, men den er åbenbart ikke helt så glad for Afrika, som jeg er. Jeg er igen blevet forkølet og har noget med halsen igen. Ikke nok med det kastede jeg også op i dag, og min mave har det ikke godt. ØV! :(
Men så er det godt, at Skype er opfundet, så jeg kunne ringe til min dejlige mor, som havde tid til at snakke selvom, hun er på arbejde. Tak mor Lige nu sidder jeg på Rivertrees med Lisa og Monica, hvor vi skal spise frokost. Her det ok lige nu, så det jo godt.  

Som lovet får I her et par billeder af, hvordan huset, jeg bor i ser ud indenfor.


Man starter med at gå ind i en gang, som ses på nederste billede til venstre. Man kan så vælge at gå direkte til højre gennem stuen eller gå ned gennem gangen og så til højre for at komme hen til der, hvor vi spiser, som ses på øverste billede. Køkkenet ligger til højre ved, hvor vi spiser, og det er fra køkkenet det øverste billede er taget. Køkkenet bliver dog kun brugt til opbevaring, da alle måltider laves udenfor over kul.

Her er stuen. På nederste billede til højre ser i den gave, som jeg gav min værtsmor. En fugl, der kysser et hjerte, fra Georg Jensen - hun blev meget glad for den :) .  

Nu har jeg vist jer lidt forskelligt mad, som jeg enten er helt vild med eller synes er ok. Her får I så et billede af den ret, som jeg decideret HADER at få, og som jeg efter min egen mening mener, at vi får for tit.

Det er almindelige kogte kartofler i en slags sovs. Sovsen er der dog ikke meget af, så det kan godt være lidt tørt at spise, og vi får hverken kød eller salat til. Kun kartofler. Men sådan er det. Man kan ikke være tilfreds med alt den mad, man får. Og dem, der kender mig ved, at jeg til tider kan være en lille smule kræsen :P.
Min far sagde til mig inden, jeg tog afsted, at jeg måske for en gangs skyld nu ville komme til at savne kartofler, da vi ikke troede, jeg vil få det hernede. Men så kan jeg så sige, far, at jeg på ingen måde, når jeg kommer hjem higer efter kartofler - tværtimod faktisk. Så der må jeg desværre skuffe dig haha :D.


I torsdags var vi simpelthen i by. Vi tog ind på noget, der hedder Via Via, som er en udendørs natklub, som især er populær blandt frivillige og turister, men også lokale. Vi havde det simpelthen bare SÅ sjovt! Vi dansede og snakkede med andre frivillige og grinte bare rigtig meget. Klokken var så også over 5, da vi endelig kom hjem.
I skal selvfølgelig ikke snydes for nogle af vores festbilleder.


I går (fredag) var dog en rigtig hård dag. Da vi jo kom sent hjem, fik vi ikke meget søvn, da vi allerede skulle ud af døren kl. 08.50 igen. Det var nemlig igen blevet tid til den månedlige dirty day med Projects Abroad (samme som jeg var til på min fødselsdag).  Vi var 3 fra vores hus, der valgte at deltage, sammen med Victoria og Caroline, der også bor i samme område som os. Derudover var der omkring 15-20 andre frivillige fra Projects Abroad, der bor rundt omkring nær Arusha, som også deltog. Denne gang skulle vi male et katolsk hospital.

Hvis vi ikke havde været i byen dagen før, så var det jo piece of cake for os. Men indrømmer gerne, at det var liiidt hårdt for os. Vi var måske ikke helt på toppen, og samtidig havde vi jo også søvnmangel. Men det var jo 100 % selvforskyldt, og vi lavede jo stadig noget, så det er jo det vigtigste! ;)

Mine HØJT elskede H2O klipklapper er ved at have talt sine dage nu. Sålen i den ene er faldet ud, og i den anden er klappen ved at gå fra hinanden, hvor velkroen sidder. Samtidig er den ene af mine sandaler gået op i hælen, så de er næsten også ubrugelige nu. Ved ikke, hvad der er med Afrika, men mine ting kan ikke holde til det :D. Heldigvis var vi i Torsdags til Usa market, der er tæt på, hvor vi bor, hvor jeg købte 2 par flipflops til 5000 shillings (17,76 kr), så det er jo lige til at komme over.

Jeg vil slutte dette blogindlæg med at vise jer endnu flere billeder af de dejlige børn på børnehjemmet. Kan simpelthen ikke få nok af dem.

Selvom, at alle børn er åh så søde, så har jeg da også fundet mig en lille favorit, nemlig Thomas. Og det er noget ALLE gør. Lærer som pædagoger. Dem som siger, de ikke gør, lyver. Man vil altid have en eller flere favoritter - det kan ikke undgås. Dermed er det ikke sagt, at man ikke giver de andre børn ligeså meget opmærksomhed - overhovedet ikke. Jeg leger og snakker med alle børn og sørger for at prøve at give alle lige meget opmærksomhed. Thomas er bare det barn, jeg allerhelst vil have med hjem, hvis jeg kun må vælge en ;).

Monica fra Norge :)

Her er Thomas - han er bare en darling! ;)

Joseph, som er på det øverste billede til venstre har seriøst de flotteste øjne, jeg nogensinde har set.

I morgen tager jeg og 11 andre (eller deromkring) på safari ind til på onsdag. Glæder mig til at se nogle vilde dyr!

Vi har nu på 16. dag stadig ingen vand - øv øv, håber snart, det bliver fikset!

Men på trods af, at mit helbred svigter lidt engang imellem, så har jeg det rigtig godt. Jeg føler mig godt tilpas og har fået rigtig gode venner hernede. Så gode vibes herfra! :D

Knus fra Lise :)

PS. Håber også, at alt er vel hjemme i Danmark!

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Huset indefra og min uge generalt
Huset indefra og min uge generalt

Flynn, Taj and Cooper week 2   (published in Tanzania)

February 20, 2015 by   Comments(5)


Over the past week we have been drinking lots of coke and eating lots of food because it’s doctor Mardai’s rules. We have been enjoying talking with the locals looking through the markets, at the school we have been teaching them how to count from 1-20 and A-Z. Also we have been doing a routine at the start of the day we sing then teach for an hour then have toilet break after that we go have porridge then have play for the rest of the day.


During the week we went to see the Bishop be ordained there were about 20 Bishops there and about 70 Priests it took 8 hours and they were saying jokes and the ceremony was done in Swahili at school we have been going to school by a local transport the dula-dula it is a mini bus that has 8 seats but fits 20 people


Over the past week we have been enjoying the cable T.V, being able to watch the world cup cricket. We are starting to get into a routine at school. We have split them up into three groups; infants, middles and the advanced class, with each class having different goals. We went to see a bishop being ordained on the weekend. There was around 70 priests and 20 bishops attend the ceremony including the Tanzanian representative from the Vatican in Rome. One night after school we walked down to the basketball courts and joined in with 15-17 year olds in a game. They are very athletic.

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Flynn, Taj and Cooper week 2
Flynn, Taj and Cooper week 2

John and Wendy week 2   (published in Tanzania)

February 20, 2015 by   Comments(7)

Hello All – well time is going so quick and we are busy keeping up! Things seem to be travelling with less hiccups or it could be we are just learning to deal with things as they pop up with little fuss or concern. At school we are beginning to settle the children into a routine with singing the national anthems in the morning, lining up and a game and song to learn the parts of the body in English (we are getting there). Jon and Flynn or Taj (they take in turns) are teaching the upper level which appear to be able to copy the alphabet and numbers, they can also recognise letters and numbers. They are beginning to focus on sounds of letters, hand writing and counting which is amazing really because the children’s age range is between 5 and 8 with up to 25 in the class, with English as a third language also the fact that some of the children can learn so quickly and others need constant one to one (for more reasons than needing assistance with English – these children are survivors and learning to share and peer respect is a huge focus at the moment for about 4 or 5 in each class). Happy (the local teacher) and Cooper are teaching the middles (there are about 21 in the class and their age ranges from 4 to 6) they are following the upper class plan with modifications and during this short time it has been amazing to share a room and listen to both Cooper and Flynn take a day’s teaching on their own with Happy helping with some translations – they may become teacher’s yet! Also I think they have a better understanding of the work that goes into preparing lessons, teaching and dealing with those couple of students that require a little more guidance. Myself and either Taj or Flynn are taking the baby class which has up to 16 children aging between 3 and 5 and we are also focusing on letters, sounds, numbers and colouring in. We work at the back of the middles room (so it is crowded and noisy at times but the other option is no room at all). At the moment we appear to be still getting new babies as the week moves on so establishing routine is a work in progress. In saying that they are really quite amazing for their age, remembering they are learning two languages at once for some of them. As the school has no resources we are at the moment making resources and improvising where we need too - the resources we made and bought with us we are using wisely because sharing is a real issue which can led to major chaos. However in such a short time all of us can see an improvement in sharing and peer respect – remembering that for some of these children it is the first time seeing such equipment or materials. For example a child got a blood nose so I put on some gloves to being the clean up and the child was unsure and hesitant to let me touch her with some interpreting and water – she was ok, but the other children were fascinated by such things as rubber gloves. All in all a positive week! John, Cooper and Taj going to dirty day on Friday –painting a medical centre with other volunteers, Flynn will stay at school with me and teach the babies and ill teach the upper.

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John and Wendy week 2
John and Wendy week 2

Tur til Pangani og alt muligt andet! ;)   (published in Tanzania)

February 18, 2015 by   Comments(5)


De er i gang med at grave en masse her i Leganga. Det har så resulteret i, at de har rørt ved nogle rør, og vi derfor ikke har haft vand i 13 dage nu! Det begynder at være lidt træls. 

Her går det stadig godt. Der sker en masse hele tiden, synes jeg.

Sidste sidste søndag tilbragte vi (10 frivillige) vores dag på Mount Meru Hotel ved deres pool. Det var rigtig lækkert (det er også 5-stjernet!), bortset fra det tog dem en time at finde et håndklæde til os hver. Men ellers en rigtig lækker dag, der stod på 100 % afslapning.
I får lige et par billeder af poolen.


Selvom det nogle gange lyder som om, at vi ikke laver noget, så laver vi faktisk en del. Arbejdet i hverdagene tager virkelig meget af ens energi, da man hele tiden skal være på over for de børn, man passer. Og mange af dem har ikke fået den opmærksomhed, som alle børn burde få, så man bruger rigtig meget energi på arbejdet på at opfylde alle børnenes behov. Jeg synes hvert fald, det kan være hårdt. Men jeg elsker det selvfølgelig ;)
Min arbejdsdag ser nogenlunde således ud:
Møder på arbejde kl. 09.00. Tager hjem kl. 13.30 for at spise frokost. Er tilbage på børnehjemmet kl. 15.30, da deres lur slutter der, og så tager jeg hjem omkring kl. 17. Og jeg har jo 20 min til og fra arbejde.


Vi fik forresten endnu en ny frivillig i vores hus sidste søndag. Hun hedder Monica og kommer fra Norge. Hun skal arbejde på samme børnehjem som mig, så der bliver en at følges med i noget tid. Hun skal dog kun være her i 4 uger.

Torsdag gjorde vi den gode gerning, at vi vaskede alt legetøjet fra crawlers og nursery, som er 2 ud af de 4 grupper børn, der er. Det tog et par timer. Vi fik heldigvis hjælp af en anden frivillig på børnehjemmet, så det var dejligt.


I torsdags om eftermiddagen var jeg til swahili med Amalie, Lisa, Monica og Håkon. Det var rigtig godt og synes, jeg fik meget ud af det. Indtil da kunne jeg kun sige nogle få ord som:
Jambo = hej
Mambo = hvordan går det
Poa = det går godt
Maribu = velkommen
Asante = tak
Haparna = nej
Mzungo = hvid (Det er det, afrikanerne kalder os. Så hernede er det ok at sige ’sorte’ og ’hvide’, for sådan omtaler de det selv)


I fredags til og med mandag var vi på forlænget weekendtur ud til kysten. Vi tog til Pangani, som ligger nogenlunde tæt på Tanga. Dog længere væk end vi troede! Vi var 10, der tog afsted (samme crew som tog til poolen sammen). Og hvilken oplevelsesrig tur!
Vi står klar til at blive hentet kl. 6 om morgenen. Bussen kommer kl. 06.23.. Da vi så endelig når til Tanga busstation efter 7-8 timer i bus (længere end vi troede), kan vi ikke finde den dala dala, som resortet vi skal bo på har bestilt til os. Til sidst finder vi ud af, den holder et andet sted, og vi bliver nødt til at tage en dala dala derhen. Da vi så endelig finder den rigtige dala dala, der skal køre os til resortet, får vi at vide, at det vil komme til at tage et par timer eller tre, da der er 65 km.. Vi tænker, at det er mærkeligt, det vil tage så lang tid - indtil vi finder ud af, at HELE vejen derhen er på en meget ujævn/stenet/sandet vej, så vi kan ikke køre særlig hurtigt. Samtidig med det, begynder jeg at få det skidt, og havde virkelig brug for et toilet, men måtte vente til vi ankom til resortet.
Vi ankommer efter i alt 12 timers rejse, og jeg får det bare dårligere i min mave. Det resulterede i, at jeg efter aftensmad, som jeg næsten ikke fik noget af, måtte gå i seng - dog brugte jeg aftenen og natten på at gå fra mig og Carolines hus til Toilettet. Det var ikke en sjov nat.
Lørdag begyndte jeg at få det bedre op af dagen. Om aftenen sad de fleste af os og drak og hyggede. Jeg fik kun en cider og 2 drinks, men det kunne min mave så åbenbart ikke tåle, så tilbragte endnu en nat med at gå til og fra toilettet.
Natten til mandag havde jeg fået det godt igen, og jeg sov en hel nat uden at skulle på toilettet.
Men bortset fra det var det en rigtig hyggelig tur. I får lige et par billeder slørede og ikke slørede.







Øverst fra venstre: Håkon (Norge) og Elena (Tyskland)
Nederst fra venstre: Amalie (Norge) og Victoria (Tyskland)

Øverst fra venstre: Caroline (Danmark) og Angie (Australien)
Nederst fra venstre: Monica (Norge), Patrick (Tyskland) og Lisa (Belgien)

Sidste søndag fik vi noget helt andet til aftensmad, som jeg ikke har fået hernede før. Det var kartoffelsuppe med brød til. Både suppen og brødet smagte SÅ godt! Det var den dag, vi var på Mount Meru Hotel, så desværre havde jeg spist alt for meget frokost (1 portion spaghetti carbonara og 3 stykker pizza!), så jeg var bare ikke særlig sulten. Endnu engang flot Lise!

 Ved siden af min tallerken til venstre ser I min super smarte tanzaniske mobil. Så handy!

Ude på gaden sælger de også majskolber, som de så griller - det er også rigtig lækkert.



OG JEG HAR VÆRET I FITNESS FOR FØRSTE GANG HERNEDE! Det synes jeg er meget stort, for man bliver så doven af at være her. Jeg tog med Elena (som jeg bor med) og Victoria til et fitnesscenter tæt på, hvor vi bor. De har været der flere gange, da de gerne ville være i bedre form til, at de skulle bestige Kilimanjaro (som de så har gjort nu). Det var rigtig hyggeligt. Ham der har centeret skruede op for musikken, og så trænede vi derudaf i en times tid, hvor han vidste hvad vi skulle gøre, og så gjorde vi det efter ham.

Jeg forsøger også at træne derhjemme engang imellem. Har sådan en træningsapp, hvor man så kan vælge at træne 7, 14, 21, 28 min osv. alt efter, hvad man føler for. I går fik jeg selskab af nabopigerne, der trænede med. De stjal så også min vand, men de måtte have haft mere brug for den end mig! ;)


Det største problem hernede er, at der bare er SÅ mange myg! Jeg bliver simpelthen ædt op!


Men jeg har det godt!

PS. der kommer endnu et indlæg på lørdag, hvor jeg vil vise, hvordan vores hus ser ud indvendig og endnu flere billeder af de dejlige børn på børnehjemmet. På fredag skal alle frivillige fra Projects Abroad male et hospital og gøre det rent, så det kommer der nok også nogle billeder af ;)

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Tur til Pangani og alt muligt andet! ;)
Tur til Pangani og alt muligt andet! ;)

First safari in Tanzania   (published in Tanzania)

February 17, 2015 by   Comments(0)

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I can't beleive I've been here for two weeks already. It actually feels even longer than that for some reason. I really wish I could blog more often, but since I can't even upload any photos I don't see the point, so I might as well save up all the reading in one long blog post, and then when I get a stable internet connection again I'll put out all the photos in an album on this blog.

Last Saturday me and Jeppe decided to go on a safari, so we arranged with this guy Timo in the village to come pick us up at 2 and then we'd go to Nduto which is a part of the Ngongorogoro conservation area. We saw hundreds of zebras, lots of giraffes, different kinds of antelopes and a few hyenas and chakals. We also saw a cheetah and its four pups and a lion family of 6. The first sight that met us when we drove up by the lions was that Mr. Lion was taking a shit right in front of us, definitely not caring about having viewers. I ofcourse went mental with my camera, so unfortunately the battery died before we got to see the lions and cheetahs. Luckily I had my dear Iphone as a back-up, but next time I'll be sure to bring my extra battery.

I may write more about the living situation as I haven't gone in too much details on that yet. We live with Father Albano, who is a Catholic Priest, and the place I stay at consists of three houses, two which have four bedrooms/bathrooms each and the third one is where the workers here live in (including the kitchen). The two houses with the bedrooms are about 150m apart, and they both have a lounge area. One of them (not the one I live in) is where the food is served, and the breakfast is at 8 every morning (yes, including the weekends which is too early!), lunch is at 1 (although we usually don't get back from work until 2 so we eat then instead) and dinner is at 7. It's definitely strange to just eat 3 times a day because usually I tend to snack on something inbetween meals, but now I don't have the opportunity. I don't really mind though, because now I'm always hungry before every meal. The first four nights I slept in a different room than I sleep in now. The first one was good, but the lighting was terrible so now I've got the best room of all (according to me) because now I have a desk and a closet which no other rooms have. I do need to walk over to the other house every time it's food or I want something to drink though, but when walking back to «my» house at night is something I wouldn't want to miss. The sky is beautiful and I don't think I've ever seen a more beautiful starry nightsky before. There's definitely no light pollution anywhere nearby.

Behind the house where we eat there's a woman called Mama Andrea living with her three sons, Ima (8) and Basil (7) (not sure of the last one, he's probably around 2 years old), and we've been up there playing lego with them a few times (Jeppe brought 9kg of lego from Denmark). At the school we work at on Thursdays and Fridays there's a building which is called the deaf school, which is a part of the school where there are about 15 deaf children. There's also two deaf teachers and the other day we went up there to play Lego with them, and it seemed like one of the teachers were more excited about it than the children. The kids seems to be so confused on how lego works, but I guess it just takes time to get use to and the the building process will begin.

On Sunday morning me and Jeppe wanted to check out the church (which is located 200 meters above the house I live in) because I've heard a Tanzanian Sunday service is something to experience while being here and since Father Albano held the service we thought why not. The children was sitting in the front on the left, the men on the left in the back, the choir was sitting infront on the right and the women behind them. The service was spoken in kiswahili (obciously) but it was interesting to watch and listen to the songs the choir song (and about half the time there was singing going on). Everyone had dressed up for church and two times during the service there were donation time where everyone got up and sung along with the choir and went in a line to the front where the donation basket was. I didn't know we were suppose to donate two times so I gave what I had the first time, which made it a bit awkward the second time since I didn't have anything to give. Apparently there was a service for the masai people at 11, but we forgot about it, but I definitely want to see that before I leave.

On the way to work on Wednesday we got the feeling that it was the butcher's day to do his business. Driving to work (we get picked up at 8.30 from Monday to Wednesday), which is a 20 minute drive from where we live, we drove through the village and saw four men, including the butcher dragging along a cow into something that looked like a butching cage. I told the driver that I did not need to see it happen and when we drove past 5 minutes later the cow was dead. Not too far down the road there was a decapitated pig laying on a huge plate next to some houses, so clearly some people needed fresh meat that day. And lucky me, I was the unvoluntarily observer. The drive to work definitely got better though, as we saw lots of zebras, a few giraffes and a huge family of baboons (probably around 15-20). We've been hoping to see some elephants for some days now, and for about 500meter on the road we were driving on, there were at least 50 fresh piles of elephant shit, but no elephants to be seen. Very disappointing!

After work Father Albano asked if we could help with some work over at the house (a few hundred meters away from the house I live in, Father Albano is building a new house, which he'll most likely move into at the end of the month), and me and Jeppe was up for some manual work! Here they mix cement by just shoveling water, sand and cement together, so it's defintiely heavier work than it would have been back home. We helped filling the foundation of the bathroom with cement and running back and forth with heavy cement definitely made me sore the next day. We got to know one of the workers, Simely, who's the same age as me and Jeppe and he spoke pretty good english and is eager to learn more. So from now on he'll help us with kiswahili and we'll help him with english.

On Saturday me and Jeppe had asked Simely if we wanted to show us around in the area ( we can't go far by ourselves because of animals). I wasn't feeling good and hadn't eaten much for the past two days because of no appetite, but despite of that we ended up hiking for 5,5 hour and walking up two hill tops. We went through a few Masai villages and we also ran into about 15 giraffes, a few baboons and some zebras. It was really nice to see them when walking nearby them and not just from sitting in car.

Sunday there was a Masai market here in Endulen. Two times a month there's hundreds of Masai coming from near and far and they gather in a huge open grass area about 15 minutes walk from us, and I was really excited to check it out. Half of the area there was cows and goats piled up in small groups ready to be sold, while on the other half they sold shoes, clothing, Masai jewelry, homebrewed alcohol, vegetables, some food and shukas (Masai clothing). There was a lot to look at, and despite my poor kiswahili I managed to haggle a bit and ended up buying 3 necklaces and 2 bracelets for 14000TSH (52kr/$8.5) One part of the market there were a few huge barbeques where they grilled meat, and in the bushes/trees right below the area was where the slaughtering were happening. Around all the barbeques there were piles of animal heads, skin and intestines. Yummy! We wanted to try some meat, bu they only had huge pieces of meat so we ended up just tasting a little piece each. We also bought sugar canes, which is a plant (I've heard of it, but never seen it before) and it was actually really good to suck out some sweetness from it. After all I haven't had candy for two weeks, so it was much needed.

It's so nice to be here and get to know new people and hear their stories, because the stories are so different from my story. The other day me, Jeppe and Father Albano watched a documentary about the Masai people (which is the same documentary I watched in anthropology class last year) and it's so fascinating to think that that is the life people all around me right now is living. On a daily basis herds of goats or cows walkes by my house followed by a masai (not a big fan of the shit everywhere though), but it's still very fascinating to see. It's so quite here, and now and then the only thing you can hear is either birds, a donkey having some sort of a rage or cowbells. So peaceful!
Oh, and I had a third visit from a scorpion in my room this week.

With that being said,
Habari za subuhi! (Good morning)

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First safari in Tanzania
First safari in Tanzania

5 dage på Zanzibar   (published in Tanzania)

February 13, 2015 by   Comments(0)

Så onsdags i sidste uge var jeg kort et smut forbi lægen, fordi mine øjne har været meget røde og irriteret de sidste to uger. Her fandt jeg ud af at jeg havde fået en øjn infektion og at jeg skulle på nogle specielle øjendråber. Det gjorde at jeg i to hele dage skulle ligge på mit værelse med lukkede øjne og slappe af. Igen mobil, ingen computer og ingen læsning… bare kede mig… Det var grusomt! Men heldigvis var det kun i to dage, da der var planlagt en 5 dages tur til Zanzibar fredag.

Fredag morgen var jeg oppe klokken 05:00 for at tage en daladala mod Posta hvor færgen sejlede 09:30. Det var en forfærdelig tur og folk opførte sig som gale. Man blev nødt til at skuppe op mase folk af vejen, for at komme ind i bussen og for det ikke skal være løgn så hoppede folk også ind af vinduerne. Jeg har aldrig oplevet noget lignende. 

Færgeturen var ok, selvom det gyngede en helt del og jeg blev lidt forbrændt af at sidde på soldækket. Da vi ankom til Zanzibar skulle vi mødes med Tom som havde været på øen i en uges tid i forvejen. Sammen med ham fandt vi en taxa som ville køre os alle (14 mennesker) til den nordlige del af øen, hvor vi havde bestilt et hostel. Ca. En 2 times tur. Men da vi alle var placeret i taxabussen skete der noget mærkeligt.. Vores chauffør ville have penge før vi kørte og det ville vi selvfølgelig ikke give ham. Han sagde det var fordi de skulle tanke benzin og vi diskuterede med ham længe, før vi besluttede os for at give ham halvdelen af pengene. Da vi gjorde det stak han pengene i lommen og løb! Nogle andre mænd fra taxaen satte i løb efter ham og i over 10 minutter anede vi ikke hvad der skete? Det endte med at han til sidst kom frivillig tilbage?? Det var ret underligt?? Men vi kom altså sikkert frem til vores hostel, hvor vi fik os en god frokost på en cafe i nærheden og elleres bare slappede på stranden resten af dagen. Til aftensmad fik jeg den bedste pasta ret jeg har spist i længe, hvilket var meget godt, for vi ventede næsten 2 timer på vores mad..^^

Lørdag var det Ibens og Emmas fælles fødselsdag og derfor sang vi alle fødselsdags sang om morgnen. Dagen stod på solbadning på stranden og det var bare lækkert. Zanzibar har godt nok nogle lækre strande og noget virkelig flot vand. Selvom jeg passede rigtig godt på ikke at blive forbrændt, sad i skyggen det meste af dagen og brugte faktor 50 i hovedet, ende jeg med at blive meget forbrændt på næsten. Jeg kunne godt mærke den var øm, men hvor slemt det var vidste jeg ikke, før jeg kom indenfor og så mig selv i spejlet. Jeg havde nemlig fået en meget stor blænde, som lige pludselig gjorde forbandet ondt. Det vil altså sige, hvis i ikke har regnet det ud, jeg fik en førstegrads forbrænding på næsten… Tom (som næsten er færdig uddannet læge) rådgav mig til at komme et stort lag aftersun på, da solen alligevel var gået ned, så det gjorde jeg. Da vi skulle fejre dobbelt fødselsdag havde vi alle sammen taget pæne kjoler på og lidt makeup. Derfor så min næse lige pludselig  meget værre ud. Vi spise alle sammen fødselsdags middag på en super flot restaurant, hvor man sad på en terrasse der gik ud over havet. Her fik vi rigtigt god mad (gratis suppe og kage) lidt at drikke og det gjorde os klar til full moon party! Full moon party er en fest, som oprindelig er opfundet i Thailand. Det er en fest der er lavet så turister kan møde hinanden og bruge penge. Zanzibars full moon party skulle efter sigende være den anden bedste i verden. Og ja, det var virkelig fedt at være med til. En god fest men en hel masse turister, en masse musik  på en dejlig strand. Lige en fest for mig. Her mødte jeg også Kristine som flytter in hos mig på søndag (den 15), Hun virkede utrolig sød og jeg glæder mig til at få lidt pige selvskab.

Søndag blev lidt kedelig da de fleste var trætte og nogle havde tømmermænd. Så vi lå bare på stranden hele dagen, hvilket nok også var ok, hvis det ikke var for min forbrændte næse. Men jeg passede godt på den hele dagen og om aftnen var blænden væk og min næse så nogenlunde normal ud igen.

En menneskelig pyramide

Hele mandag stod på blue safari, hvilket var noget af en oplevelse! Vi blev alle sammen samlet op på vores hostel, hvor vi derefter blev kørt syd på hvor en lille båd ventede på os. Her fik vi snorkel udstyr og blev sejlet ud på en lille sandbanke mit ude i havet. Her sad vi under et lille telt og spiste tropisk frugt, kokosnøder, ananas og vandmelon.  Efter et godt stykke tid hvor vi havde svømmet lidt rundt og afprøvet vores svømmefødder, blev vi sejlet længere ud på havet. Vi hoppede af båden da vi nåede et koralrev, hvor vi fik lov til at snorkle rundt. Det var virkelig flot i masser farver og med mange forskellige fisk. Da vi havde fået nok af at snorkle blev vi sejlet til en ø hvor vi fik fiskebuffet. Her fik vi både blæksprutte, rejer, king fish og hummer. Det var super lækkert, og turen var helt klart alle pengene vær!

En meget forbrændt Alex som låner min kanka, for at ungå solen.

Efter den dejlige båd tur på vi kørt til Stone Town. Her endte vi op på et hotel som lå ca.  5 minutters gang fra food marked. Her spiste vi aftensmad, hvilket var rigtig godt og utrolig spændende.  Der var så meget forskelligt eksotisk mad at vælge i mellem, og det hele duftede bare sååå godt. Her fik jeg bl.a. prøvet at drikke saften har en sukkerstang, hvilket smagte super godt! Sådan en skal jeg helt sikkert have mig igen.

Tirsdag brugte vi på spice markeds, hvor vi fik brugt en masse penge på forskellige krydderier.  Derudover gik vi lidt rund i Stone Town, mellem de store bygninger. Byen er virkelig hyggelig og rigtig smuk, helt sikkert et besøg værd.  Dagen fik alt for hurtigt da vi skulle med færgen 15:30 tilbage til Dar es Salaam. Alt i alt synes jeg det var rigtig dejlig tur til Zanzibar, dog kunne jeg godt have brugt længere tid der, da vi ikke oplevede helt så meget som jeg måske kunne have ønsket. Men det er vel bare en undskyldning for at jeg kan komme tilbage igen ;)


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5 dage på Zanzibar
5 dage på Zanzibar


February 12, 2015 by   Comments(1)


Two volunteers from The Netherlands who are studying midwifery at Artesis Plantijn University in Belgium donated medical instruments at Mwanyamala Hospital. The instruments are from  ZNA Middelheim, Linden dreef 1, 2020 Antwerpen hospital in Belgium  specifically to be given to Mwananyamala Hospital in the Labor unit. Diana Moll and Ilvy Willemen  who are taking a Bachelor degree of midwifery, before leaving for Tanzania to volunteer with Projects Abroad,  an International volunteering organization they were given these  various medical instruments to hand to their placement.

The hospital saw it as a good idea to share some medical instruments with  the hospital where their students (Diana and Ilvy)are going to do their internship as a way of appreciating the cooperation. The instruments which were handed to Mwananyamala hospital in the Labor Unit are;  big and small scissors, tweezers, needle holders, kochers, clothes protectors and some bandages.  

Workers in the labor unit were so happy to see the girls are presenting the medical instruments. Mrs Ester Hyera, the Labor unit in charge thanked the girls and the hospital in Belgium where the instruments were brought from.

Mrs. Hyera says, ‘‘We are so proud to be given these instruments which will help a lot of women here in  delivering babies, let the girls send back our appreciations when they go  back in Belgium, we thank them so much.’’


Dian and Ilvy are among the Projects Abroad's volunteers  working in Mwananyamala hospital who started  working there since the end of January this year.

The staff members in the labor unit are so happy with the girls because they are working really serious  and are so friendly to them.

‘’These girls are so amazing, they work even during the night, we are so proud to have them here they are so serious with work and so friendly with the locals, we really appreciate their help here we wish they could stay longer,’’ Mrs Hyera adds.


Diana and Ilvy are working at the hospital mostly during the night from 8p to 7am, they decided to have such schedule after realizing most deliveries take place during the night and they want to do a lot while volunteering here with Projects Abroad.

Diana says, ‘‘We usually come here at 8pm and work the whole night then we go back home during the morning at 7am, we have our permanent  ‘Bajaj’ driver whom we usually call when we want to go to hospital and during the time we want to go back home.’’

Apart from work these volunteers are also getting some other time with their fellow volunteers in different places like in beautiful beaches of Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.



Diana, Ilvy and other Labor ward staff member  with the suite case full of Medical instruments


Handing the instruments to Mrs. Hyera


Diana na Ilvy trying to dress the staff members with Clothers protectors


Diana and Ilvy hading the suite case full of medical intruments To Mrs. Ester Hyera the Labor Ward in charge

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taj and cooper starting school   (published in Tanzania)

February 11, 2015 by   Comments(1)

Our first few days at the Masai school have been hot but very enjoyable With the kids hanging of our arms and playing with us and then we go inside to tech them. Taj

The first few days teaching at the Masai school have been hot, fun and challenging at the same time. We have been catching a Della Della to school every day and have mert many of the other volunteers. Teaching has been a challenge at times but overall it has been very enjoyable. Cooper

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taj and cooper starting school
taj and cooper starting school