Johanna from Germany volunteerd in a project for children in Tanzania for three months. In this blog you can read about her experience abroad, her tasks in the project and her favorite leisure time activities in Tanzania.
My journey started on September 6th, 2019. I never traveled so far by myself without really knowing what to expect. The moment I arrived in Tanzania, I was warmly welcomed by my roommates.
My social project in which I was involved, was the Chapakazi Center in Pasua. I was very pleased about the fact that my roommate Johanna had been volunteering there for the last month. From now on it was the two of us! This was great, because it allowed us to talk about the news and events at work. Our main tasks were the teaching of English and Biology – we painted animals, food and objects on the board, pointed at the respective symbol and asked the class for the words in English and Swahili. Not all children were able to follow – as the ages ranged from as little as two to seven years and all of the 50 children were accommodated in one room. For the rest of the day we involved the kids in arithmetic. We gave them simple mathematic problems to solve, or Swahili letters to copy into their notebooks.
We also played, of course. The teacher Hadija or her assistant Deborah would lead the group and we would play singing, dancing and clapping games on occasion. Johanna and I sometimes brought a music box to dance with everyone in the classroom – that was always a hit.
After the daily makande lunch (corn and beans), Johanna and I would clean the dishes while the children had their nap in the classroom. We finishes work at 4:00 pm.
Our stay in Tanzania was not all work, but also a lot of free time. We did some great trips – to the Hot Springs, to the Materuni Waterfalls, a visit to a Maasai village, short walks and hikes around the area and a Safari. On the weekend, we did what all young people like to do – party. There are some bars and a club in the city center to go to, which was always a lot of fun for us all.
My stay in Tanzania was a truly colorful experience – of my social project, the Chapakazi Center, of the children I loved dearly, the friendships to locals and of the friendships I made with people from home.
My trip ended on December 5, 2019 – I am glad to say that these three months that I was able to spend in Tanzania, have been one of the best times in my life.