Community Partner since 1987.

“Life is Mostly Simple, Don’t Complicate it and Expect too Much.”

This morning my alarm goes off as usual at 7:00 a.m I really don’t want to get out of bed immediately, but there is some big chunky bug crawling on the floor in front of my bed.. I get up, put my shoes on and step on the critter. Snap ., crack, pop and that‘ll […]

Don’t Always See the Glass Half Empty

This morning I wake up to a another tasty breakfast by mama Tony  At 9:30 I’m off to school to meet my Tanzanian daughter and teacher Ajuae . Its back to geography teaching . I really get the feeling the kids are understanding more of what I say. After teaching I’m back buying candy, super glue, batteries and […]

Kindness and Politeness

This morning we awoke early (some earlier than others – Sheena at 3 am) and shared a delicious breakfast prepared for us at the hostel. I have never had a French Toast with peanut butter passion fruit jam, but it was exceptional. Mohammed took us all to meet the secretary general of the Lutheran diocese. […]

Are We in Africa Yet?

We struck out for IringaTown. Most of the first hours were spent sleeping and observing Mohammed’s superb driving technique. In the afternoon we passed through Mikumi National Park and we made bets about which animal we would see first. Mohammed picked baboon, David elephant, Stephanie giraffe, Spencer zebra. As unlikely as it seemed, giraffe was […]

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Iringa Town

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” – JFK Today we had a half-day of volunteering. I taught a class on the environmental effects of rapidly growing populations and learned that Tanzanians are encouraged to have no more than 2 children. Meanwhile Hope continued to […]

Red Dirt

Red dirt – that has been our home for the past three weeks. We have walked countless miles around the village and on that red dirt we practiced our Kihehe and Kiswahili terms.   On that red dirt we saw the smiling faces of mothers, fathers, grandfathers, grandmothers, and the crying faces of babies who […]

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Education is Fundamental to Development

(Bishop Dr. Owdenberg Mdgella has been Global Volunteers’ Tanzania Host Representative since 1986.) A lot has been done through Global Volunteers in Tanzania. It would take one hour to describe because the things are too big for a short blog post. Tanzania a long-standing host of Global Volunteers and I am glad to be part […]

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Advice to volunteers: Stay open-minded

Volunteers are often asked what their goals are. That is a better question in our Western world than when we go overseas, because having high expectations may get in the way of the actuality. On a short-term project we may be tempted to think “Oh yes, if we work hard, we’ll be able to finish […]

Are There Many Cars in Ipalamwa?

We who have come so far, and have so far to go. Can three days bring a change? Can we grasp the leap from our high tech world to subsistence farming? Can we possibly assimilate the change from Dubai to Dar es Salaam to Iringa to Ipalamwa? Today Mohamed pulled us and rocked us and, […]

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Reflections from a Grandmother-Grandson Duo

Thoughts of a Grandmother: Most parents want their children to be happy and successful throughout their lives. Unfortunately, the mainstream culture in western society has defined happiness and success by the amount of material goods an individual possesses, or is capable of purchasing. Parents’ buy the latest video games, I-Pods, and cell phones to create […]