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Mambo Tanzania!

During IVHQ’s busiest volunteer month to date, Katie Brayne traveled to Tanzania to check in with our local staff and volunteers on the program. Here's Katie's report from her trip to Tanzania in July:

"The people of Tanzania are so welcoming and within days I was speaking the local language of Swahili, greeting all the locals with “Mambo” the colloquial and Tanzania-specific word for hello, or “How’s it going?”

The IVHQ volunteer house in Tanzania

I traveled to the program via the popular six hour shuttle service from Nairobi and was pleased to discover the roads between Arusha and Nairobi had been recently resurfaced, making for a smooth journey. The local team then collected me from town and drove me to the volunteer house to meet with our volunteers.

July was a very busy month for IVHQ with 60 volunteers in Tanzania at the time of my visit, all of whom were really positive and thoroughly enjoying their experience. The local team carried out a comprehensive orientation for the new volunteers and it was great to see all of them had settled well into their Orphanage, Teaching and Medical placements. 

The IVHQ volunteers in Tanzania

In tandem with my arrival, a group of 26 volunteers returned to the volunteer house from a four day safari and were all glowing with fantastic stories to share and photos of the Big Five (Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo)!

During my jam-packed week in Tanzania, I visited a number of the Orphanage, Teaching and Medical placements, spent time hanging out with the children, gathering feedback and testimonials from our volunteers and staff and joining our volunteers for the weekly social night at the volunteer house.

IVHQ volunteer receiving a Shuka

Staying with the local staff and volunteers, I witnessed a few sad goodbyes as some of our longer-term volunteers returned to their home countries. It is a tradition for Tanzanians to give a gift of thanks to visitors in their homes and at the end of Matthew and Alena Garcia’s five week program, they were each gifted with a traditional Maasai “Shuka” (blanket) and were taught how to tie the Shuka to wear.

IVHQ's Katie Brayne visiting the Tanzania Teaching program

As a result of my visit, we are pleased to announce our Tanzania Medical program is now open to pre-medical volunteers as well as current medical/nursing students and qualified medical professionals. We have also reviewed our Tanzania program information, so future volunteers are prepped with the most up-to-date details, ensuring they are well prepared for their IVHQ program in Tanzania."

 

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