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The most comprehensive eco friendly travel packing list!

Traveling can be harmful on the environment. But with a few thoughtful travel products, you can reduce your environmental footprint and make your suitcase more eco-conscious! Every week we give you advice on environmentally friendly alternatives for your packing list.

With every purchase you take influence on the future you want to live in. For your travel packing list, whether clothing, shoes, toiletries or electronic devices, this means that selecting the material used, the amount of resources needed to make it, the use of potentially harmful additives, the biodegradability of the final product, and last but not least, the production process and its safety and social standards – all these factors have an impact on the environment in which we live! As a consumer, you can help support manufacturers who value environmental and socially responsible practices.

Don’t be discouraged by the number of alternatives you might find: There are manufacturers who seek to offset carbon emissions, and other who use environmentally friendly packaging, some produce as locally as possible, others pay fair wages, use renewable energy, rely on recycled fibers or support social projects. In the end, you have to decide for yourself what is more important to you. There is hardly a product or a manufacturer that is perfect in every way. Instead, it’s about making an attempt to consciously seek greener solutions.

This blog does not want to encourage you to get rid of the travel equipment you already have. Rather, we would like to provide suggestions about environmentally friendly alternatives for new purchases. You can start little by little and slowly transform your travel equipment over time.

Clothing

Did you know that textiles take up the most space in landfills and take hundreds of years to decompose? The only way not to harm the environment with the textile industry is to stop buying new clothes. This is probably not a realistic alternative for most of us. So how can we make a difference that benefits the environment, without sacrificing comfort and style and overburdening our budget?

Rethink every purchase of clothing and decide whether it is really necessary. A good way to consciously buy less is to switch to timeless designs which you can wear for a longer period of time. Multipurpose articles such as e.g. dresses that can be worn as sweaters are convenient and space-saving when you travel.

What kind of clothing do I really need to travel?

  • T-Shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Pants (long, short)
  • Sportswear (top, shorts or pants)
  • Socks
  • Swimwear
  • Underwear
  • Suitable clothing for your internship or volunteer position

For women:

  • Multifunctional article: e.g. dresses that can also be worn as skirts
  • Sarong / Pareo (big, airy beach dress)
  • Leggings (for wearing under dresses and skirts in culturally sensitive regions and countries)

When choosing your clothes, please consider cultural features in your host country as well. In many conservative countries or rural areas, it may not be appropriate to dress too revealingly. Avoid shorts, low-cut t-shirts and transparent materials in these areas.

Which fibers and materials are currently being used for eco-friendly clothing?

Cotton: Cotton is the most commonly used fiber in all our garments. Conventional cotton, however, needs large amounts of water, herbicides, insecticides and pesticides that pose a threat to the health of farm workers and our ecosystem. In addition, cotton depleches the soil heavily. Organic cotton also needs a lot of water and contributes to the degeneration of the soil; but at least no chemicals are used in its cultivation and in production.

Bamboo: Bamboo fibers are one of the biggest current eco-trends. This is no surprise as the plant has many eco-friendly features: bamboo is not only the fastest growing plant in the world, but also cleans the air during cultivation, contributes to the recovery of the soil and requires no chemical fertilizers or pesticides. In addition, the water consumption is much lower than for cotton. The conventional conversion of bamboo wood into bamboo fiber requires several toxic chemicals. However, manufacturers can also resort to ecological treatment techniques. Whether this is the case is usually indicated on the product website.

Hemp: Hemp requires little water and only takes a few weeks to grow. Because hemp is naturally resistant to pests, it does not require pesticides and insecticides. Hemp fabrics are stronger than cotton, hardwearing and comfortable. The more you wear the fabric, the softer it becomes.

Linen or flax fiber: Both are biodegradable, do not require chemicals during cultivation and have strong fibers. When worn, they absorb moisture, feel cool on the skin and easily withstand high temperatures.

Tencel: Tencel is made from eucalyptus trees. The plants do only need little water and do not need pesticides or insecticides. Make sure the wood comes from a sustainably managed forest. Tencel is soft, lightweight, breathable and durable.

Lenpur: The basis for this plant fiber is cellulose, which is obtained from the pruning of trees in forestry. Therefore, not a single tree or bamboo must be felled for the production! Clothing from Lenpur is soft and feels like cashmere. It has a heat-regulating and odor-neutralizing effect.

Recycled materials: Clothing can also be made from all types of recycled plastics, from recycled polyester to fleece and cotton yarn. For example, recycled plastic bottles can be mixed with cotton or other materials to obtain a soft tissue. Recycled cotton yarn can be recovered from T-shirt factories and be spun again. On the one hand, it’s a great way to reuse the material you’ve already produced, saving valuable resources. However, the chemical treatment of the materials is problematic, which contributes to the microplastic problem with every wash.

Which outdoor gear should I pack?

  • Rain jacket / windbreaker / waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Hiking pants

Outdoor gear needs to be waterproof, durable, lightweight and quick drying. With most outdoor items these features are met by using PFCs (polyfluorinated chemicals). Studies showed that PFCs evaporates from the outdoor gear in the air and has already been found in secluded mountain lakes and snow. The chemicals can then accumulate in living organisms where the long term effects to the human body are yet unknown. Many brands have already switched to PFC free technologies and are using other eco friendly alternatives such as recycled polyester, recycled rubber for shoes and dye free membranes among others.

Shoes

  • Trainers
  • Flip flops
  • Sandals
  • Possibly hiking shoes, if you’re planning to be in the outdoors a lot.

Soles of shoes and their cushioning system are usually made out of synthetic rubber which is a petroleum-based material. Furthermore, the production of shoes for example in Asia is prone to unfair social and dangerous production standards. Luckily, the choice of responsibly made shoes could not be greater. Look out for brands which are working under the fair trade certification or any other independent social and environmental assessment bodies. Material wise you have plenty to choose from. Instead of using synthetic rubber, shoes can be made of natural rubber which is harvested by tapping into the bank and removing a milky sap while the tree continues to grow. Comfort and quality wise the shoes come with the same characteristics. Other alternatives for the sole especially for flip flops and sandals are cork, hemp, natural bamboo grass, seagrass, corn-based soles and Pinatex which is a fiber made of pineapple leaves. In the category of reused material used for the soles, you can find shoes made of recycled rubber, plastic from the ocean, tires, wine corks, industrial hoses, polyester, post-industrial foam and fabric. Watch out also for all natural dye and non-toxic ink.

 

Next week we will give you more tips and advice for your eco-friendly packing list!

 

Wondering how you can experience your travel destination more consciously? Here you can find our blog about „Slow & Conscious Traveling„.

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Why learn a foreign language?

Why can it be very useful to learn a new language during a stay abroad? How to learn a new language easily? In this blog World Unite! staff members and participants of our programs worldwide tell about what motivated them to learn the language of their host country and how!

 

Thore from Denmark tells why he wanted to learn Japanese during his internship in Tokyo:


“When I arrived to Japan, I only knew the Japanese words for ‘Thank you’ and ‘Hello’. Then I took one month of classes in a language school and now I feel much wiser. Even though I can’t speak Japanese fluently, the phrases and language basics that I’ve learned are extremely helpful in my everyday life here. I can now have simple conversations with Japanese native speakers, for instance I can order food in a restaurant, ask a shop assistant for advice or ask for directions. This makes me feel much more confident and welcome.“

Would you like to learn Japanese too? Register here for the next course.

 

Our coordinator Miriam from Germany tells you why Kiswahili skills are important for her work as a coordinator in Tanzania:


„When I first came to Tanzania for an internship, I did not speak any Kiswahili yet. Once on-site, I wanted to learn at least a few words in the local language, as I have always done while traveling. I think that some of the basic words of the local language can open the door to the culture and people to you as travelers.

Of course, language is also part of the respective culture and acquiring language skills also expresses respect for the same. Although I did not speak much Swahili in the beginning, I soon realized that people appreciated that I tried to learn their language. Even when traveling, language skills are incredibly useful, e.g. if you have any questions about the bus departure times or if you would like to ask for a price at the vegetable market. You will soon realize that people become more open to you when you speak their language.

First I tried to teach myself Swahili with books and with the help of my host family. Especially the host family taught me many terms and phrases that have helped me a lot in everyday life. After that, I went to a Swahili language course.

Of course, learning a new language is also a challenge. For example, I avoid using the word „to drink“ in Swahili. If you do not pronounce it correctly, you’re saying that instead of drinking, you’re going number two.

Interestingly, there are also some words in the Swahili that also occur in German, but have a completely different meaning, e.g. „Pipi“ (= German: „to pee“; Swahili: „sweets“) or „Papa“ (= German: „dad“,  Swahili: „shark“) or „Popo“ (= German: „bottom“, Swahili: „bat“). “

Register here for a Kiswahili language course in Tanzania or on the tropical island of Zanzibar!


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Kiswahili courses on the tropical island of Zanzibar and at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania!

Do you want to train your brain and learn a new language? Ulrike from Germany tells us about her Kiswahili course in Moshi, Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania.

I really enjoyed my Kiswahili lessons and I was able to freshen up previously acquired (and then mostly forgotten) language skills and also learned many new vocabulary. Being a one-to-one course, I also found the chance to converse directly with the teacher a lot very useful and entertaining.

Moshi is a really pretty and scenic town. My accommodation in the centrally located guest house was quite convenient, as I could walk directly from there to the language course.

After my language course I did a tour to Dar-es-Salaam and Zanzibar. I even came back after that to explore Moshi and Arusha more.

Kind regards,

Ulrike (Germany)

Are you also interested in a Kisuaheli language course? Sign up here.


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Animal Welfare in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Johanna from Germany volunteered for an animal protection project in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, working to rescue animals from illegal trade and non-species welfare, to rehabilitate and release them into a natural environment. Here she tells you about her experiences!

 

To begin with my conclusion: I am extremely satisfied with my trip, the language school and my participation at the project. Without World Unite!, I probably would have never dared to turn my dream into a reality! From the beginning, I had the impression that World Unite! selects their cooperating partners very well and really addresses the skills, needs and wishes of the participants. I can only recommend the organisation!

In my opinion, I would always look for a volunteer project to enter a foreign country, as well as the foreign culture and a new language. In the end, you will get to know the country and the people! On your solo travelling, language skills are extremely useful. I therefore advise you to stay beyond the project a little longer to practice your language skills.

For the first time in another continent…

… I got off the plane nervously but quickly realized that my nervousness was in vain. The first woman I saw at the exit held up a sign with my name on it so I could not think of anything that could go wrong. Together we drove from Quito airport to the hostel where I stayed during my language course.

The atmosphere in the hostel was good. I was pleased that different people from different backgrounds in the hostel came together: young and old, some worked in projects, some attended the language course while others completed an internship. We cooked together or tried out restaurants in the area; watched movies in the evening, played card games, reviewed with each other our Spanish vocabulary and explored the city together. Excursions and trips were outlined in the hostel already but also the language school always had a very helpful contact person.

At the language school

Classes were normally held in small groups. I participated in the advanced course which largely consisted of conversations. Grammar was also repeated but in the end „hablar“ was the only thing that really helped. During breaks, we played games that promoted vocabulary and getting to know each other.

Of course, not everything was great. Within my first week, many suffered from travel sickness. Everyone had eventually caught nausea and / or diarrhea. The symptoms lasted for a day or so but it was obvious that it was because of our new arrival at the place.

What disturbed me personally was the loud volumes of sounds in the district. Except for Sundays, there was constant loud music which was incomprehensible to me. How could one sleep there at all? Surprisingly it somehow worked and for a week, that was an interesting experience.

My absolute highlight during my time in Quito, was my visit to the Cotopaxi. Just driving there is an experience! Even the trips to the markets of Sangolqui and Otavalo are recommended.

My volunteer project

The drive from Quito to Puyo was exciting. I had already met other people in the hostel who had also opted for Yana Coacha. We were driven by bus and picked up at the bus station in Puyo by a taxi driver. So nothing could go wrong there. The animal rescue station looked like a zoo at first sight. The animals however were ill, injured or came from captivity. They were then re-fed and released when strong enough.

The release center in the middle of the rainforest is perhaps the most beautiful place on earth!

The tasks at the project mainly consist of preparing food and cleaning the cages or caring for and training the animals. At specific times, there were special tasks such as maintaining the paths, building shelters for the animals, or even trips. Raul, our supervisor, has a very open-minded and motivating way of working, everyone likes to work there. He is very keen that the tasks are fairly distributed and that every volunteer gets to know all the work areas. Personal preferences/aversions are also greatly considered. There are team meetings twice a day to discuss about work progress. At lunchtime and after work, you have free time to spend in the pool, Wi-Fi area, hammock, bed or somewhere in the park. The city of Puyo is also about 10-minutes drive from the park. Almost every day a group went to the city for shopping or dining.

During the time in the project one lives and works in the animal rescue center. Accommodation and three meals a day are included. There are always vegan and vegetarian options and the food was consistently delicious! On the weekends, there is normally 1.5 days when you are free. My highlights were the trips to the release station Tamandua and Baños. By the way: there are hardly any mosquitoes in Puyo and generally the climate is pleasantly warm. It always rains in between but it is not humid!

General travel insights to Ecuador:

  • There is always happy music everywhere, I now really miss that in my everyday life.
  • The people and animals are unconditionally friendly! You can always get help anywhere!
  • Attention!! you can get sun-burnt in Quito even with a closed cloud cover!
  • Beware of the electric shower heads!! you can allegedly get a blow!
  • Also, purchased goods are always quickly stuffed in plastic bags. You can simply say „no necesito“ if you would not need one.
  • Even 10 dollar bills occasionally cause panic among taxi drivers or market stalls. If possible, you should always have smaller bills!
  • In long-distance coach companies, traders shop for groceries and sell their goods, sometimes also regional products such as cakes or hot corn on the cob.
  • In long hours bus rides, annoying action movies are shown in an endless loop as you drive past the most breathtaking scenery.
  • Buses, taxis and Uber-driving is amazingly cheap, practical and safe.
  • Locally prepared food is incredibly cheap, delicious and healthy. Traditional Ecuadorian food is not very unlike the European! Everything tastes sweet! There are empanadas with onion filling and frosting! The fruit is much tastier than at home (not a real surprise); not all exotic fruits are sweet, some are only suitable for making juices. Popcorn and salad are eaten as a side dish in soups.
  • The rainforest lives at night! You can tell from the many animal sounds that replace the sounds of the day. It is unbelievably beautiful and calming!
  • Anyone who likes the Gondwanaland in Leipzig, will be thrilled by Yana Cocha. It is a really wonderful experience and also a mission for a good cause!

 

Would you also like to volunteer in the Animal Welfare project in the Amazon Rainforest? Apply here now!

 


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Empowerment for Women and Girls in Jodhpur, India

Many women and girls in India face triple discrimination based on their caste, gender and income situation. Anita from Germany volunteered in an empowerment project in Rajasthan and helped to promote financial independence as well as educational, professional and social skills of disadvantaged women and girls. Sophia interned in a psychological practice in Jodhpur and learned about the cultural differences in psychological counseling.

Anita talks about her volunteer assignment:

My name is Anita, I am a 23 year old student from Germany. After volunteering with World Unite! in Tanzania, I wanted to experience another project from the organization in a different part of the world. So I decided to spent my semester break volunteering in a Women’s and Girl’s Empowerment project in India.

The NGO is located in the city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, a conservative state in north-western India with a high child-marriage rate.

In nine Empowerment Centres, a boutique that offers the women’s own handcrafted objects, and two boarding homes for girls from a far-away village, women and children get the chance to meet, learn and improve different life-skills and most importantly, to strengthen each other.

I worked at one of the Empowerment Centres for 6 weeks. In the mornings, the women had the opportunity to learn Hindi, English, Maths and Sewing for three hours. Our team consisted of 3 volunteers and two local teachers. My task was to teach basic English. During the classes I got to experience how eager the women were to help each other to learn new things. Furthermore, it was an extraordinary experience to see the importance of providing the women a safe place to learn and to improve their knowledge.

After our lunch break which we usually spent together with the local teachers, the center offered activities for children for for 2 hours, including English, Maths and Hindi classes. The children were happy to apply their English skills from school. Whenever we had enough time, the children taught us their games, songs and dances.

Every Wednesday, we arranged a workshop and discussed different topics (e.g. business skills, future goals, hygiene, childcare) with the women and children. The Wednesdays were especially lovely for all of us because we had time for discussions and mutual exchange of thoughts.

After work, we always had enough time to relax with with the other volunteers or go to explore the city, have ice-cream and shop Indian clothes and fabrics. Since all volunteers in this project lived together under one roof, we got the chance to make a lot of new friends. During the weekends there was time for traveling and exploring the surrounding areas. Udaipur’s city palace or the desert-city of Jaisalmer are just a few incredible sights located not to far from Jodhpur!

The time in Jodhpur was overall incredible and I am very thankful for all the things I learned, experienced and the memories I made during my stay.

Sophia tells about her internship:

My name is Sophia and I’m a 22 year old student from Germany. With the help of World Unite! I came to Jodhpur to do an internship in psychology at the practice of the clinical psychologist Dr. Reena Bhansali. She gave me lots of insights into the way psychological counselling works in India. I had the opportunity to work on her patients‘ individual disorder conditions based on her records and documentation and had access to a variety of case studies from her collection. I really enjoyed Dr. Bhansali’s stories from her everyday life as a psychologist in India, which gave me important clues regarding the cultural influences on mental illness.

During my internship, I stayed in the same guest house where the volunteers of the women’s and girls‘ empowerment project were also staying, which gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about the work of this project too.

 


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Let’s get cooking! – Our favourite recipes from around the world!

In our blog we share with you our favorite recipes from our host countries. Selected with love and cooked by our team members on-site! Bon appétit!

 

#1: „Pilipili ya Kukaanga“ – Home made Chilli from Tanzania

Today you we’re proudly presenting the recipe for Pilipili ya Kukaanga, freshly prepared for you by our coordinator Kareen in Arusha, Tanzania!

Ingredients:

  • 2 table spoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 medium sized onion: slice to small pieces
  • 1 raw fresh pepper (you can add more pepper depending on how spicy you want it to be): slice to as small pieces as possible, do not grind
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grind garlic
  • 3 average sized ripe tomatoes: grind the tomatoes to create sauce, countertop blender can be used
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 of medium sized fresh lemon (to squeeze lemon juice from)

Procedures (cooking flame should be moderate):

  1. Add 2 table spoons of cooking oil to a hot pan
  2. Add your sliced onions and fry until they are a faded tint of brown
  3. Add a teaspoon of garlic and stir until mixed properly with the onions
  4. Quickly add the pepper and stir; beware of inhaling the vapor from this, you can cough and sneeze from the spicy steam
  5. Immediately after step 4, add the tomato sauce and stir to have a uniform mixture
  6. Then add 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  7. If the consistency is too heavy, you can add water to a desired consistency
  8. Let the mixture boil for 5 minutes
  9. Add the lemon juice and stir
  10. Your pilipili is ready to be served with food!

Kareen, why do I like pilipili ya kukaanga?

I like the dish because I like spicy! Considering that Tanzanian food is normally not spicy, having home made chilli (pilipili ya kukaanga) gives that taste to you!

When and where is it usually eaten?

It is normally eaten with main dishes especially lunches and dinners. For instance you can mix pilipili with a beef stew that is to be eaten with Ugali (stiff porridge, a typical Tanzanian local food) during lunch. You can easily cook and have pilipili ya kukaanga at home; it is rare in restaurants since they mostly provide canned/industrial made chilli.

Which typical ingredients from Tanzania does it include?

All the Ingredients are typical local ones from Tanzania, and you can get them fresh from the local food markets!

Where do you usually enjoy this dish

Oh my my! I enjoy cooking it myself!

 

#2: Rosquillas: Tasty cookies from Nicaragua!

Today, Nicole from our international team will show you how to prepare „Rosquillas“, small biscuits from corn dough from Nicaragua!

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs Nicaraguan „Queso Seco“ (dry cheese, hard cheese)
  • 3 lbs of „Masa“ (cornmeal)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 6 tablespoons of lard (in Nicaragua, beef or pork lard is traditionally used – but you can also replace this with vegetable fats)

Procedures:

  • Turn on the oven and preheat to 350 ° C
  • Grate the cheese (the finer the better).
  • Mix the cheese and the „masa“ and then add the eggs.
  • Add butter and lard and blend all ingredients until you get a dough.
  • Roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter to cut out small circles or curls.
  • Place the biscuits on a sheet of baking paper and bake in the oven until they turn yellowish brown.
  • Now take the biscuits out of the oven and let them cool down to bake them again after cooling at 200 ° C until they are crispy.
  • Sprinkle with sugar and let taste!

Nicole, why do you like Rosquillas in particular?

Rosquillas are a typical Nicaraguan pastry that is still handmade in small shops in many places. Baking them is a pretty sweaty affair though!

When and where is the dish usually eaten?

Traditionally, one eats rosquillas for coffee. Many people in Nicaragua first dip their cookies in the coffee before eating them.

Which typical ingredients from Nicaragua are used?

Originally, the pastry comes from the small village of El Viejo in northern Nicaragua, where a lot of sugar cane is grown. Corn is also a popular ingredient in Nicaragua.


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Environmental Conservation, Recycling & Protecting Sea Turtles in Zanzibar!

Ann-Kristin from Germany spent one month Zanzibar in Tanzania in the summer of 2018. In her blog she talks about her experiences. What motivated Ann-Kristin to volunteer abroad? Here you can get an insight into her time on Zanzibar.

In the summer of 2018 I spent a total of one month in Tanzania, more precisely, on the island of Zanzibar. Although Tanzania and Zanzibar have developed strongly in recent years, many people continue to struggle to meet their basic needs on a daily basis. For that reason, I did not only want to visit this country for a holiday, but decided to volunteer with World Unite! instead.

During my time in Zanzibar, I participated in two amazing volunteer projects:

The Mother Nature Forest Camp in Jozani

The „Mother Nature Conservation Camp Zanzibar“ is a combination of 10 volunteering activities at the two locations Rain Forest and Beach under professional guidance. It is ideal for everyone of any age who loves animals and nature, and who wishes to become active in the conservation of the island’s unique fauna and flora.

One of my main responsibilities at the Forest Camp was to make the nearby Turtle and Tortoise Park look more attractive and improve some of its attractions for visitors. Here tourists and locals can learn more about the different species of turtles on Zanzibar. Thanks to the Park, the rural population is also given the opportunity to benefit from tourism in Zanzibar. There were no limits to our creativity: we painted the reception desk in attractive colors, painted the new logo of the park on specially designed stones and designed a tortoise shell skeleton including a label that was to serve as an illustration for visitors.

We learned a lot about the different turtle species in Zanzibar and were even allowed to feed them and to do own guided tours.

Another task was to teach the local staff in the camp German, English and Spanish. They were really all incredibly interested in improving their language skills!

It is important for me to emphasize that we were never alone in the camp. A watchman named Babu, was on site around the clock. In addition, our project manager Mohammed visited us at least once a day. In addition, Sadam and Minimo, two other staff members of World Unite!, were there for us every day.

In our last days in Jozani, we gained more insight into the local school system in Zanzibar. Many families can not afford the cost of teaching materials, school uniforms, and books, and the children often need to help out in the family to contribute to livelihood. Education is the only way for people to have a financially secure future.

It was a wonderful opportunity for me to get an insight into the school system. When I realized that World Unite! with the help of donations and volunteers was building a new primary school, I felt incredibly happy!

Marine Turtle Conservation in Nungwi

This project aims to rescue endangered sea turtles and is engaged in educational work for the sustainable conservation of the environment. Our duties included cleaning, feeding and caring for injured sea turtles. We got a precise introduction on how to treat the turtles when we arrived into the project.

Many of the turtles found and brought into the aquarium were injured or too weak to survive alone. An extra infirmary has been created for them to give them the attention and care they need. The turtles have to be fed twice a day, and we always collected fresh seagrass for them.

One week before I started volunteering in Nungwi, baby turtles had just hatched. We had the opportunity to take care of them. We weighed the turtles once a week, measured them and examined them for diseases. We always documented the information to observe the developmental process.

I have rarely met so many nice people as during my time on Zanzibar. From every corner you hear a friendly „Jambo“ and although many people there live with far less than I knew from home, they are often willing to share and help each other.

My volunteer assignment in Zanzibar has given me so much positivity and it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I think it is very important to be open to other cultures and countries and appreciate the knowledge gained!

Thanks to World Unite! for the great experience – it will definitely not stay with this one volunteer assignment!

Would you like to read more about Ann-Kristin’s experiences? Here you can visit her travel blog.

Fancy a volunteer assignment in Zanzibar? Be inspired by our possibilities on http://www.world-unite.de/en!