Community Partner since 1987.

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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 […]