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Babcock 2018 Building Expedition Blog

Saturday 3rd November Jambo from Moshi! The travelling day for the international Babcock team first started for the three Victoria-based employees, who had an internal Canadian flight to Calgary before a nine hour flight to Amsterdam to meet the rest of the team. The rest of the team from Ottawa and across the UK successfully got to Amsterdam on time, although not without some stress for the nine flying from Bristol - a missed connection looked certain after some technical issues with the aircraft, but we all made it safely! After slowly making it through Kilimanjaro airport, we received a…

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Highland Spring 2018 Building Expedition Blog

Friday 19th October The team arrived at Kilimanjaro International Airport after an enjoyable flight, despite the early start. We practiced 'Jambo Bwana' as we made our way to Umoja Hostel. We enjoyed our first Tanzanian meal of chips, rice and stew before heading to bed for a much needed sleep.   Saturday 20th October On Saturday morning we started with a breakfast of pancakes and egg and then attended our in-country orientation with Louise & Ben to go over cultural points and our health & safety induction. After lunch we made our way to one of the two sites we'll be…

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October 2018 Building Expedition Team Blog

Monday 8th October After arriving at Umoja Hostel not too long before midnight, the volunteers awoke to their first day of their home-building expedition. After an orientation and safety briefing the team left for the TAWREF offices where we were treated to a very warm welcome by all the staff and volunteers at the TAWREF office. They kindly gave us a 'kilo of fire' as encouragement and strength in our work and a very interesting presentation about the work of TAWREF and their collaborations, including Vine Trust. After a couple of choice purchases from the TAWREF gift shop which supports…

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Millburn Academy Team Blog: Tanzania, June 2018

Monday 25th June 2018: We arrived to Moshi in the dark and pouring rain on Monday night. however, after our first night's sleep we awoke to lighter skies and a huge spread of eggs and pancakes but in hindsight this was well needed to help us last until lunchtime! After a safety breifing and orientation, we took a walking tour around Moshi and marveled at the incredible sights and smells of the local markets. On Wednesday morning we were warmly welcomed by Dafrosa and everyone at TAWREF by an array of upbeat singing and dancing. Meeting the inspiring people involved in…

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Hamilton College Team Blog: Tanzania, June 2018

Monday 25th June 2018 "Today we started with orientation and learned all about what to do and what not to do during our expedition in Tanzania. We played some games that helped us bond more as a team. In the afternoon we explored Moshi by taking a walk through all the markets. We had some quiet time before dinner so we got to know the group from Galashiels by playing with the children in the garden together and playing games into the evening. It was a good first day!"  (Alice)   Tuesday 26th June 2018 On Tuesday morning, after having…

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Banff and Kincorth Team Blog: Tanzania, June 2018

Tuesday 19th June. "When we arrived everyone was shattered but forced themselves to stay awake to take in the scenery. We were overwhelmed by the kindness of the people at Berea College when they greeted us. Seeing one of our worksites on our first day and the family who we will be building for made an impact on everyone. The family had stayed in their home for 50 years, the views were spectacular but the living conditions inside were so poor, it is difficult to put into words. Our group stood quietly and were touched by the kind words of…

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