I was very happy with the family I was staying with. The local family was always helpful and generous with their time, kept extremely clean home and were wonderful company. I would highly recommend them to others. My experience was somewhat what I was expecting it to be. But I didn’t expect be so touched by so many kind, compassionate, caring people as I have been, both within IVHQ and outside.
I discovered a culture that has at its very roots a mentality and desire to get along with others, not a typically arrogant culture based on war and rejecting outsiders but accepting and assimilating to maintain peace with others. I’ve witnessed and experienced this natural ability and desire in the Tanzanian people to greet and converse with perfect strangers as though they were best friends. Of course, I know, I’m viewing this through the eyes of a tourist visiting for a short time but I’ve sense and felt this genuine love and curiosity for others everyday and everywhere. There is something special here despite the terrible hardships the majority are experiencing. Part of my heart will always be here, I have never left a country feeling so much affection for a people.
I hope that I can come back some day and truly help in some way. I came here because through IVHQ I knew I would be well protected and cared for while trying to do some good in a country that was totally foreign to me. Anyone, young or older as myself (age 64), who wants to travel and feel safe should not hesitate to choose the IVHQ volunteer programs.