Category archives: Africa

Hard Times
  • Hard Times

  • Reading through my blogs from the trip 6 years ago, I realized something. It is something I have noticed from other blogs written by 1st time volunteers visiting Africa as well. There is a much more negative tone. They tend to highlight things that go wrong in[...]
If You Give A Monkey A Banana
  • If You Give A Monkey A Banana

  • If I was asked where to go for a safari based off my experiences, I would hands down say Masai Mara in Kenya over the Serengeti in Tanzania. The Serengeti is a beautiful place. The scenery is something amazing to take in. But, as far as a safari goes, it fell [...]
Coffee Coffee Coffee
  • Coffee Coffee Coffee

  • It was long before I liked the bitter taste of the brew beans laced with just a hint of sweet cream. It was long before I craved the buzz of caffeine running through my veins in order to wake me up. It was long before my daily steamy cup warmed my hands on fog[...]
The Downside
  • The Downside

  • Stella Maris - Moshi - Tanzania Two volunteers left the Tanzania project when I still had some time left. They had been there for over two months working on the library. There was a big to do about them leaving. Songs were sung, hugs were had, tears were sh[...]
What I Wouldn't Give
  • What I Wouldn't Give

  • Stella Maris - Moshi - Tanzania People of all ages and backgrounds all like at times avoiding doing things they HAVE to do. I see it in the corporate and retail world a lot. Give someone a project they HAVE to do, they will put it off and do all sorts of ot[...]
Fathers Of Africa
  • Fathers Of Africa

  • Men in Africa get a bad rap. There are many negative stereotypes that float around media that causes this. One might assume that the reason I rarely, if ever, ran into the father’s of the households I called my homes along my journey is because they are off ga[...]
A Balabaloo And A Library, Too
  • A Balabaloo And A Library, Too

  • Stella Maris - Moshi - Tanzania The Library at Stella Maris Markers and crayons and books up to wazoo Paper and pencils and art supplies too Donations of education fill up this room But of other supplies, we were missing a few No tables, no carpets, [...]
Knowing What We Know
  • Knowing What We Know

  • Stella Maris - Moshi - Tanzania I used to see it every day in meetings in the business world. A volunteer is asked of the group for something, a suggestion, an opinion, an answer. No one wants to step up to the plate. A question is asked and people avoid ey[...]
On Parade
  • On Parade

  • TRO - Muhanga - Rwanda While in Kenya and Uganda, Muzungu (word for non African) was definitely shouted at me while people, kids really, pointed. It never seemed angry, but it never seemed welcoming for further contact either. In Rwanda, I feel like I am a [...]
Breaking Uneven Ground
  • Breaking Uneven Ground

  • TRO - Muhanga - Rwanda Rwanda may not have a whole lot to it in terms of popular tourist attractions. If you are researching the country through travel books or online google searching, even the memorial sites are rarely, if ever, mentioned. Gorilla Trekkin[...]
Women's Day
  • Women's Day

  • Azizi Life - Muhanga - Rwanda Just in time for Mother’s Day. I was able to jump on the opportunity to do an experience day with the local women’s cooperatives that GO sells products for in their shop. These products are a little more expensive than if I go[...]
Resources At Hand
  • Resources At Hand

  • TRO - Muhanga - Rwanda One of the things I love about the projects I have visited so far is that they were started by and continue to be run by people on the ground in the communities the projects benefit. Each one has its own strengths and opportunities. E[...]