Favorite Memory: My favorite memory was being able to go out with the local doctors after work to eat amazing food.
Most surprising: The location is extremely close to the equator so I was expecting the weather to be MUCH hotter. The climate was perfect, just need a hat and some sunscreen to avoid sunburn.
The most difficult thing I experienced was….
The language barrier is quite huge. Although English is a secondary language in Tanzania, many people do not understand English. Communication is definitely the most difficult experience I had in Tanzania
My best received lesson…Even though I was not able to communicate clearly with the local staff, I learned that it is important to stay positive and to keep a smile on your face. The people could get a bit anxious if you are lacking one or the other.
Tip for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc). It is a good idea to bring bug spray, hand sanitizers, and all toiletries to the trip. Any donations for medical equipment will significantly help the staff at the hospitals.
Personal Paragraph (Program Testimonial): I initially traveled to Tanzania, not really knowing what I was getting myself into; however, the 7 days that I spent in Arusha was one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. The sensation of being able to directly help the people that need them in a developing country was a completely different from that I get during my studying in the United States.
How would you rate your experience working with the ABV staff, both in the USA, and in-country? The staff in both Tanzania and the US is great! They reply to emails quickly and the host family treated me very well.
How would you describe/rate your accommodation ( ie: host family):
The host family was great! They made great food daily and gave me transportation to and from the hospital and the airport every day. The environment I stayed at was extremely clean.
Would you recommend A Broader View Volunteer organization? Yes
Would you be willing to speak to other potential volunteers to this program? Yes
from Volunteers Abroad Reviews and Feedbacks http://feedback.abroaderview.org/2012/04/10/takashi-volunteer-abroad-in-arusha-tanzania/