First of all, I apologize for our lack of communication in the past few days. Connections in Arusha are hit and miss, especially when I can get the bandwith to upload pictures as well. I hope to get some on here. To catch you up…
On Friday, our group split in half, with some going to a girl’s safe home called Pippi House and the other half volunteering at a prep school called Gloryland Prep School. Below are some pictures from some of our activities on these volunteer days:
The students have really been enjoying working with the children and other locals they are meeting. We have been working for “half” days, then all meeting up for a late lunch. We then head back to the hostel for afternoon/evening classes, usually split by dinner. We have been working in visits to the market and shopping as well.
Food has been interesting, but I think traveling has been more interesting here. Below are some pictures of some of the food as well as a picture of some of our group crammed into a public transportation taxi-like van called a Dala-Dala:
On Saturday, the students experienced what may be one of the highlights of the entire trip. We embarked on an adventurous hike up through a mountain and discovered a breath-taking waterfall. It was draining for all involved, but I think all would say it was worth it. On Sunday, we had a truly unique experience. We traveled out into the wilderness to visit a traditional Masai tribe. They are herdsmen primarily and live in dirt huts with grass roofs. To honor us as their guests, they slaughtered a goat for us to eat. It was…..unforgettable. I’m sure your students will have plenty to tell you of that experience when they get home. :)
This is all I can get to now, but – as you can see – we are having an awesome time and we are all learning a lot! We will continue to work at these organizations over the next few days, continue classes and rest over the next few days. We leave for safari on Friday, and we’re all looking forward to it!
Hope all is well at home!