Home, Half A World Away!

It’s amazing how in 4 short weeks we’ve become fully immersed in the Zanzibari lifestyle. The people everywhere are friendly and outgoing and the beaches put a smile on your face everyday – if you don’t mind the humidity.

  Mbweni ruins

Mbweni ruins

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we are privileged to teach emerging leaders. A course dedicated to teaching communication, leadership, and implementation skills to youth from 18-25, taught over 4 phases in collaboration with ZANGOC. We realized quickly just how remarkable these young men and women are. They all posse unique driving passions and selfless goals. It seems like we are learning more from them than they are from us and are a big help with our limited stumbling Swahili!

Shivani, YCI volunteer Omar, and the emerging leader students

Shivani, YCI volunteer Omar, and the emerging leader students

On a map it’s hard to grasp how small this Island really is. It takes about 35 minutes to drive to the East Coast, so when we need a little break from town life, we grab a bag and some friends and head to the beautiful house a friend of ours owns. It gives us a little break to relax, reconnect, and hangout- and of course swim!

Near Kiwengwa

Near Kiwengwa

We’ve spent almost every day together since our arrival a month ago. We’ve laughed and we’ve huffed at each other, but there’s no way we would change a second of this life changing opportunity.

Ruby, Olivia, and Shivani at Kendwa Rocks

Ruby, Olivia, and Shivani at Kendwa Rocks

– Olivia Marshman, Youth Ambassador, Tanzania, 2013

To read more about YCI’s programs in Tanzania, click here. To read more blogs from our volunteers in Tanzania, click here. 

YCI is currently recruiting for a number of projects in Tanzania this Winter- check out our Program Calendar for more information!

 
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