Arriving in Tanzania

Project Overland has created a volunteer manual that will be sent to every volunteer who registers with us. The manual explains just about everything you will need to know, have and do to prepare for your volunteer experience. It very likely answers questions you had not even thought to ask! You will be given information about what to bring, details of what to expect, how to handle difficult situations, ideas for your time off and so much more. It is our goal that you will be as prepared for this adventure as possible so that you can get to truly experience the precious time that you are sharing with us.

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Our Project Overland staff will be waiting at the airport for your arrival. Arriving in any new place, for the first time, provides so many new sensations that it can be challenging to acclimatize, for a short time. It is likely that your home country is located at a different altitude, with a different climate, not to mention the differences that a developing country might offer; such as new sights, smells, sounds and culture. Our staff will be with you as you adjust to all that is new so that you can quickly appreciate the gifts of this experience. You will be shown to your new home and introduced to those people that you will be living with during your stay. We will show you how to get around, how to get to your placement, and introduce you to the hearts that have been waiting for your arrival. We look forward to meeting you!

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Visitors from the UK

Yesterday we had a group of visitors from Leicester Grammar School in the UK.

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Abiyudi and Eva were happy to receive this group of guests and were introduced as our placement and host family coordinators.

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We were surprised how many people can fit into our small office! :-)

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Peter telling our guests about how they can volunteer with Projects Overland.

We are looking forward to a great cooperation with Leicester and their partner Pasua High School in Moshi.

Saba Saba in Tanzania

Yesterday Tanzania celebrated the “Saba Saba” holiday! 

Saba Saba literally translated from Swahili means “Seven Seven” or July 7. Saba Saba is a national holiday in Tanzania and is also known as “Worker’s Day”, “Industry’s Day”, or “Peasant’s Day”.

On July 7, 1954 the Tanzanian political party, TANU, the Tanganyika African National Union was founded by Julius Kambarage Nyerere. Julius Kambarage Nyerere was the first president of Tanzania from 1962 to 1985. TANU was the main political party through 1977 when it merged with ASP (Afro-Shirazi Party) in Zanzibar to form the current Revolutionary State Party or Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).

Saba Saba is also the day of the International Trade Fair at the Mwalimu JK Nyerere Fair Grounds near Dar-es-Salaam where farmers show the products and produce to international business. Originally, this fair was held to promote Tanzanian exports and Tanzania would celebrate their agricultural accomplishments for the previous year. The first fair was held in 1963.

Now the fair hosts over 1800 exhibitors from 18 countries. The fair runs for 7 days from roughly June 28th through July 8th. The International Trade Fair has established itself as a shop window for Tanzanian products as well as other Eastern, Central, and Southern African countries.

Saba Saba isn’t without some controversy. In 1992, when Tanzania held its first multi-party elections, the opposition parties argues that Saba Saba unfairly favored the ruling party. In 1993, Saba Saba was discarded and Nane Nane (Eight Eight, or August 8th) was established was the new Farmer’s Day. However, in 1994 there was some confusion as to which holiday was to be celebrated – the new Nane Nane or the old Saba Saba. People pointed to old calendars that had Saba Saba (July 7) listed as a holiday and took the day off from work, others took Nane Nane (August 8) off. Some people refused to work on either day. In 1995, a compromise was reached and a single celebration would be held in Dar-es-Salaam for Saba Saba and the rest of the country would celebrate Nane Nane.

(Thanks to AllThingsKenyan.com for the description)

Happy Hour with Volunteer Alex

Yesterday after work Alex, who is doing an internship with us at the African Court, and Peter from the Projects Overland team were enjoying pizza at Mount Meru Hotel.

Look at Alex – he already feels so comfortable in Arusha and he really likes his work at the court.

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Unfortunately the photos were taken by phone, so please excuse the quality.

 

Today for the German speaking

Du moechtest Freiwilligenarbeit oder ein Praktikum in Tansania absolvieren? – Dann bist du bei Projects Overland genau richtig!

Projects Overland ist eine Organisation unter der Anglican Church of Tanzania und unterstuetzt verschiedene soziale Projekte in Arusha, Moshi und auf Zanzibar.
Freiwillige koennen mit uns in Schulen, Waisenhaeusern, Gesellschaftsprojekten und Krankenhaeusern arbeiten.

Wir bieten eine sichere Unterkunft (wahlweise in einer Gastfamilie oder einem Hostel mit anderen Freiwilligen) mit mindestens zwei Mahlzeiten am Tag, ein Orientierungsprogramm inkl. Stadtfuehrung und Swahili Kurs, Flughafentransport, 24/7 Unterstuetzung durch unser Team und vieles weitere.

Informiere dich jetzt ueber unsere einzelnen Projekte auf www.projectsoverland.org oder schreib uns eine email an info@projectsoverland.org

Wir freuen uns auf dich! Karibu (willkommen)!