I have just returned back from an amazing month in Tanzania. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the team leaders were very friendly and helpful and I learnt a great deal from my volunteer placement at the hospital.
I started my project within the first few days of arriving, after having local orientation and project orientation. It was good to have the option of going to a local hospital and a medical clinic and being able to get involved with a range of tasks. The hospital staff were very welcoming and despite the language barrier made an effort to speak English when possible. I particularly enjoyed working on the general and paediatric ward and observing surgical procedures. I enjoyed experiencing the culture in Tanzania, pace of life and meeting the locals. TIA - this is Africa!
The Tanzania volunteer house was the perfect place to stay as there were many other international volunteers and like-minded people, making it a great place to make friends and socialise. The accommodation was basic but as I expected and emphasis was on maintaining an Eco-friendly environment. The staff were excellent especially the kitchen staff in preparing food for so many volunteers.
I took the opportunity with a group of other volunteers to go on safari (Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater) which was beyond all expectations and an experience I'll never forget!
I came home reluctantly and would recommend this place to anybody who is interested in volunteering in Africa.
By Clare Maurer - Tanzania Medical & Healthcare Volunteer
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