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Nomination for best exchange blog   (published in Global News)

January 20, 2015 by   Comments(0)

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Our own talented Tyler Goodwin, Communications Officer for Projects Abroad Tanzania, was recently nominated for the International Exchange and Experience 2015 blog competition which consists of compiling the 100 best blog pieces about living life abroad or experiences in a foreign country.  We’ve decided to feature one of the pieces that got her nominated, well done Tyler!

Here is the story: 

5 Stellar Moments From This Week in Arusha, Tanzania

1. Introducing Jackson Ilangali

We were so excited to welcome Jackson to our office this week. Jackson will be our new medical coordinator working alongside Georgina Tenga. He will be helping out with our various medical programs which include; midwifery, physical therapy, nursing, medicine, and dentistry.

2. Playgrounds and Mud

A visit to our Aston Vision school location, one of our care and teaching placements, gave us the chance to meet up with some of our fantastic volunteers and join them for a bit of fun! We made mud villages among the banana groves, slid down slides, and played tag with children much faster than ourselves!

3. A Table Full of Butter Chicken

We took over Khan’s Barbeque this week, one of our personal favorite Arusha establishments! Ordering up heaping plates of dal, curried mango, spicy carrot salads, and perfectly grilled chicken. New and old volunteers got to meet up, share stories from their weeks, and fill the streets with the echo of boisterous laughter.

4. Medical Volunteers Journey to Mkonoo

This week’s Medical Outreach was a huge success. All nine of our current volunteers showed up for the event and offered their talents. Their jobs included registration, medical consultations, and distribution of medications. In total they were able to hand out necessary medications to over 55 children and adults.

5. An Influx of New Volunteers

Now that the holidays have ended we have been flooded with new arrivals! Volunteers from France, America, England, Australia, Germany (and the list goes on) have been pouring into Arusha with talent to share, enthusiasm to give, and curiosity to guide them. 

As always looking forward to what next week will bring! 

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Nomination for best exchange blog
 

5 Stellar Moments From This Week in Arusha, Tanzania   (published in Tanzania)

January 9, 2015 by   Comments(1)

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1. Introducing Jackson Ilangali

We were so excited to welcome Jackson to our office this week. Jackson will be our new medical coordinator working alongside Georgina Tenga. He will be helping out with our various medical programs which include; midwifery, physical therapy, nursing, medicine, and dentistry.

2. Playgrounds and Mud

A visit to our Aston Vision school location, one of our care and teaching placements, gave us the chance to meet up with some of our fantastic volunteers and join them for a bit of fun! We made mud villages among the banana groves, slid down slides, and played tag with children much faster than ourselves!

3. A Table Full of Butter Chicken

We took over Khan’s Barbeque this week, one of our personal favorite Arusha establishments! Ordering up heaping plates of dal, curried mango, spicy carrot salads, and perfectly grilled chicken. New and old volunteers got to meet up, share stories from their weeks, and fill the streets with the echo of boisterous laughter.

4. Medical Volunteers Journey to Mkonoo

This weeks Medical Outreach was a huge success. All nine of our current volunteers showed up for the event and offered their talents. Their jobs included registration, medical consultations, and distribution of medications. In total they were able to hand out necessary medications to over 55 children and adults.

5. An Influx of New Volunteers

Now that the holidays have ended we have been flooded with new arrivals! Volunteers from France, America, England, Australia, Germany (and the list goes on) have been pouring into Arusha with talent to share, enthusiasm to give, and curiosity to guide them. 

As always looking forward to what next week will bring! 

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5 Stellar Moments From This Week in Arusha, Tanzania
 

Special Needs School receives special renovation on Dirty Day   (published in Tanzania)

June 20, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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Volunteers in Arusha spent an entire day sanding and repainting Patandi Special Needs School, a teaching placement located roughly 25 minutes from town. The clouds combined with the high elevation of the landscape brought it brisk temperatures and drizzling rain, but the volunteers were motivated none the less. Cold air is not ideal for paint drying, so there was plenty of time for talking and mingling while they waited to apply several coats of paint to the outside wall. The volunteers were treated to a buffet lunch at Triple K restaurant and after filling their bellies with kuku (chicken), wali (rice), chips, salad and soda, they returned to the school for more painting. The group of 35+ completed about 90% of the work, but the building volunteers "volunteered" to return to the school the following week to finish the final coat of paint and baseline trim.

 

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Special Needs School receives special renovation on Dirty Day
 

Walk A Mile in Her Kanga fundraising event   (published in Tanzania)

April 29, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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Volunteers and Staff from Projects Abroad Tanzania participated in the Walk A Mile in Her Kanga fundraiser on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at The Heron Recreation Center in Arusha.

The fundraiser challenged men and boys to complete a sponsored mile-long walk wearing a kanga, the colorful piece of fabric that Tanzanian women wear wrapped around their waists, while carrying a bucket of water on their head!

Students from two local international schools championed Shukuru’s cause by fundraising and recruiting as many male walkers as possible for the day of the event. Participants raised sponsorship funds from family members and friends both in Tanzania and abroad, spreading the word about the need for girls’ education and equality.

The event will raise funds to support the in-kind agricultural inputs of chicks for Shukuru Girls to raise, along with feed, vaccines and medicines as well as capacity-building workshops in poultry rearing, financial literacy and composting.

Inspired by the ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ events in North America that raise awareness of violence against women, ‘Walk a Mile in Her Kanga’ not only helped raise funds for the Shukuru Girls to continue their education, it was also a playful opportunity to rally support for the girls in Shukuru’s program and to raise awareness to end gender violence and inequality.

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Walk A Mile in Her Kanga fundraising event
 

Tanzania Celebrates International Volunteer Day   (published in Tanzania)

December 10, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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Projects Abroad Tanzania celebrated Internationl Volunteer Day on Thursday, December 5, 2013. IVD 2013 is a global celebration of young people acting as agents of change in their communities.

Volunteers in Dar Es Salaam spent the day cleaning at a local government hospital while volunteers in Arusha cleaned the streets at the Central Bus Station and Market.

The campaign was started by the United Nations. to learn more visit http://www.volunteeractioncounts.org/en

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Tanzania Celebrates International Volunteer Day
 

Traditional Drumming & Dancing in Tanzania   (published in Tanzania)

November 5, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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Just a few highlights from our most recent social event at Via Via Arusha where volunteers received instruction on traditional drumming and dancing from a local performance group. The dancing is no easy task, as volunteers are usually sweating and huffing and puffing before the drumming workshop begins. But there are always plenty of laughs and lots of fun whenever we host this event.

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Traditional Drumming & Dancing in Tanzania
 

International Foods of the World Day   (published in Tanzania)

October 15, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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Normally we offer a Tanzanian Cooking Class social to our volunteers, but this month we decided to do things a little different. We asked our volunteers to cook food from their home country which was shared with all the volunteers and staff.

The shopping wasn't an easy task because some ingridents were difficult to find and rarely used here in Tanzania. I personally visited four grocery stores in the area before we were able to complete the shopping lists

Preparation and cooking was supposed to start at 1am on Thursday afternoon, October 10, however, the electricity in the neighborhood had been off since morning. Fortunately, the top burners on the oven are gas operated, but the inside of the oven, which is used for baking would not work without electicity. This meant that the Australians who were planning to make a Shepherd's Pie and the French volunteers who wanted to bake a dessert pie and a cake would not be able to participate.

The other issue was that the water system in Tanzania does not come from a central water supply. Each home/business has its own water tank which is normally placed on the ceiling of the building or the ground nearby. When the water tank becomes empty, the only way to refill it is to manually turn on a electrical switch for the water pump. No electricity = No water. Luckily, there are two outdoor water faucets within the office yard. So we spent the day going in and out of the office to fetch water for cooking, cleaning and flushing the toilet.

At the end of the day we had sampled traditional dishes from Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark Tanzania, and Italy. The Microfinance volunteers also got in on the action by hosting an outdoor auction of goods made by the women they support...primarily shoes, purses and jewelry.

International Foods of the World Day was full of challenges but we hope to do it again in the future.

 

 

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International Foods of the World Day
 

Volunteers in Dar Es Salaam hit the dance floor!   (published in Tanzania)

June 21, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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When you come to Tanzania expect to have a good time at the social events that we organize for volunteers. Both offices in Dar Es Salaam and Arusha host a variety of activities that give volunteers the chance to get to know one another.

Dinners, Volleyball, Culture Workshops and Dancing are all some of the top rated activities that you'll engage in. The longer you stay in Tanzania the more fun you will have.

The Dar Es Salaam volunteers recently had the opportunity to parcipate in live drumming and dancing right inside the local office.

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Volunteers in Dar Es Salaam hit the dance floor!
 

Surfs Up in Dar Es Salaam   (published in Tanzania)

June 14, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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The benefit of having a vast ocean and coast at your disposal is the opportunity to play sunset volleyball. Arusha may have Kilimanjaro and the Serengetic but you won't find any beaches, only hotel swimming pools. So if you setting your sights on volunteer in Dar Es Saalam, bring your shorts, t-shirts and you A-game and get ready for the competition at the Mwalambezi beach house. And by the way, Mwalambezi has great pizza too!

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Surfs Up in Dar Es Salaam