Third Time’s the Charm: Tanzania 2014

My name is Danielle and I am back in Africa for my third time but this is my second time in Tanzania with Youth Challenge International. I arrived in July and will be here until March 2015! Once again I am working at the most amazing youth centre, the Umoja Centre, in Arusha. I have many roles at the centre including teacher, dance club instructor, sponsorship coordinator and fundraising innovator!

I have another wonderful group of young adults who are at our centre because they want to further their education and improve their futures but they do not h ave the means to do it on their own. As the sponsorship coordinator and careers teacher it is my responsibility over the next few months to advise our students on their options upon graduation from the centre and to ensure that each student has a sponsor that will be able to support their chosen path.

Danielle and Emoja students

Danielle and Emoja Students

Currently, we have 10 out of 40 students sponsored and able to further their education in January. Unfortunately, without the support of sponsors, our students will not be able to continue their education after graduating even though they have the skills and potential to succeed. I have partnered with a few schools back in Canada who have chosen Umoja to be their development project. Each school will sponsor a student and conduct fundraisers to raise the fees. This will hopefully encourage individual families to also support Umoja and potentially sponsor a student themselves. My current general fundraising campaign are 50/50 draws in the workplace in support of Umoja. Tickets are sold for $2 and at the end of the work week one ticket is drawn from the bunch. Half of the proceeds go to the winning ticket and the other half go to support the Umoja Centre. We hope people will participate because a) they have the potential to win money and b) they are supporting a good cause.

In Careers, students have been identifying their interests, strengths, skills and attributes in order to select a suitable career path. To assist with their search, I have been organizing Careers Days twice a month in which a professional comes to the Umoja Centre to talk to the students about his/her career. In September Adam Bemma, a Canadian journalist from Farm Radio International, came to speak to the students about his work in international journalism. The following week, I took a group of interested students on a field trip to visit Farm Radio and see what Adam does.

Danielle New and Adam Bemma

Danielle and Adam Bemma

Through my connection with Farm Radio I was also able to connect with their mental health program through the Guidance, Counseling and Youth Development Centre for Africa. This organization is trying to raise awareness in secondary schools about youth issues affecting boys and girls in Africa such as mental health problems, HIV & AIDS, adolescent sexual reproductive health, alcohol and drug abuse. Their program will begin at the Umoja Centre in January and provides our centre with a full mental health curriculum, weekly workshops, training for our social worker, peer education training for our students and mental health support services for our staff and students. This program will greatly benefit our students as many of them are from backgrounds of extreme poverty, stress and disadvantage. This program will provide them with the necessary support to succeed and the tools for resiliency.

In October, the Umoja social worker and I will be attending a ‘Woman’s Career Day’ hosted by AfricAid in which successful Tanzanian women share their stories of how they made it in a male dominant work force and the challenges they experienced. We are hoping to meet with some of these women and ask them to come speak to our young girls at the Umoja Centre. The workforce is not a friendly place for many of our young female students and they often deal with issues such as discrimination, transactional sex and overall gender inequality. I hope that hearing some of these women’s stories will inspire them to push through and know that they have people on their side.

Danielle, Pascalina (office manager) and Chuki (social worker)

Danielle, Pascalina (office manager) and Chuki (social worker)

As a final note, I would also like to share a section from my personal blog. One of my early careers classes really impacted me and reminded me why I’m here helping these amazing students.

September 15, 2014: This week in my careers course we were talking about the challenges we all face in achieving our goals. As part of the lesson, I thought it would be a good idea to have the students share their stories with the class and tell us how they arrived at the Umoja Centre. In that class, I heard some of the most inspirational stories and I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with these students and hopefully improve their lives. In this post, I thought I would share some of their stories in the hopes that you would want to help improve their lives as well.
The first student, he’s 19. He grew up in an abusive home where his dad beat his mom, siblings, and himself. His mom left and took her children with her. They lived on the streets barely making it by. None of the children went to school because his mother was afraid that the father would find them. This student stopped going to school after grade 3. He lived on the streets for 7 years helping his mom with odd jobs to make a little money. Over the years, he made friends with kids who were in school and would borrow their books so he could try to learn. He heard about Umoja through a family friend. He is now studying in his second year at Umoja because when he arrived last year his education was extremely low. But he is quite motivated and is continuously improving his skills. Next year he plans to continue school to either be a tour guide or an IT technician.

The second student is 23. He grew up in a Masai village and did not attend school. His parents wanted him to stay home and help with the farming. He always wanted to go to school but couldn’t because of his parents and the 4 hour walk to school. At age 11, he was finally old enough to make the journey to school on his own and asked to enroll. The school denied him because they didn’t want an 11 year old starting primary school (grade 1). He persisted for days until the commissioner of that area was contacted and ultimately let him attend school. He studied hard and was at the top of his class. At 17 he was ready to start secondary school – which is grade 8. He worked hard to save his money and convinced his parents to sell a cow to send him to school. His parents agreed but on one condition – if he failed once, that was it. The first 3 years he did well and passed, but in the 4th year he studied hard but failed. That was it for his schooling. He stayed at home for one year, working on the farm while his family tried to set him up with a wife. But he knew that this was not the life for him, he wanted more education. One day, he received a call from a friend who told him about the Umoja Centre. His friend had just finished his year at Umoja and told him that they were having interviews the next day for the class of 2014. He was hours away from Arusha and had no money to get to the city. So he went to the nearest shop in his village and sold his phone to get enough money to make it to Arusha. He made it to the interview and was accepted into Umoja. He is now doing well and plans to pass form 4 (which is in secondary school) and become a doctor.

The third student is 14. He came to Umoja last year to interview to be a student. He failed the interview and did not get in. After that, he sat outside the gate of the school from 8-4 every day waiting and asking to be able to come to school. The teachers kept saying no and told him to go home. However, once the director heard about this stubborn boy sitting outside she knew she had to talk to him. He had so much motivation and determination that she had to let him in. After a while of being at Umoja, the teachers realized that he was a broken kid who was getting severely beaten by his step father. Everyone could see he was a great kid with a lot of potential, but his home life would not allow for him to succeed. The director referred him to live at a local children’s home called House of Happiness where he now lives. He has flourished and become the happy kid everyone knew he could be. He is in his second year at Umoja, since he lied about his age the previous year to get in. He is thriving at school and will go to secondary school in January. His plan is to be a journalist.

These are just three of the stories of the many students that Umoja helps. It is heartbreaking to hear their stories, but they all realize that education is important and they want to succeed. If helping these youth is something you are interested in, please consider visiting the Umoja Centre website or emailing me at

Danielle is a Youth Innovator currently working with YCI at the Umoja Centre in Tanzania. To learn more about YCI’s Innovator positions and how to apply, click here!


Our Version of Paradise in Arusha

Bhreagh and I just finished our second week at the Umoja centre here in Arusha and we already feel like part of the team. We have started teaching our Key Skills classes which will cover a range of topics over the next 8 weeks including; personal hygiene, environmental sanitation & diseases, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. We have also begun planning our community development project which is split into two parts.

First, we are continuing the work of past volunteers by implementing water taps that release clean water for washing hands after using the washroom. Second, Bhreagh and I established our own community project in which we raise awareness about recycling, specifically composting food waste. As of right now, all garbage in the area is burned and most families throw away their leftover food (banana peels, orange peels, rice, beans, etc). Since most families grow some, if not all of their own crops, we want to show the community how to efficiently use their food waste to improve their crop yield. We plan to implement the composting project at the Umoja Centre and then branch out into the community.

The Umoja Centre

The Umoja Centre

We have also recognized that many of the students here at Umoja are very interested in music and dance. As a result, we have started a dance club twice a week in which we expose the students to different genres of music from here in East Africa as well as genres found in other parts of the world.

In general, Bhreagh and I are having a great time in the city of Arusha. Our homestay family has been great and has really made an effort to make us feel welcome and show us around the city. This weekend, they are taking us to the region of Karatu and we will explore the Ngorogoro crater.

Danielle and Bhreagh with their host family

Danielle and Bhreagh with their host family

The view from Danielle and Brehaha's home stay

The view from Danielle and Bhreagh’s home stay

The staff, teachers and other volunteers at Umoja have been great as well; we have all gone out together to the markets and to dinners in town. One of the year round teachers, Philbert, invited myself, Bhreagh, Kamila (a volunteer teaching from Poland) and some of the students to hike part of Mount Meru to a beautiful waterfall. For the first hour, we were able to explore the outskirts of Arusha; walking through small villages and interacting with locals; a very leisurely walk. But once we got to the actual mountain it was a solid hour of steep inclines and being out of breath! At some points the hills were so steep that if you lost momentum for one second you would fall backwards. What a workout! Philbert explained to us that the locals who live in this area do this climb almost every day. They go into town for work, business, or shopping and then hike all the way back up. I truly admire them.

Admiring the view on our hike up Mount Meru

Danielle and Bhreagh admiring the view on their hike up Mount Meru

The hour was totally worth it once we arrived at the rain forest. The view was absolutely breathtaking: a cliff where you could see for miles, trees so tall you couldn’t see where they ended, tropical birds, baboons, and a beautiful river. All of a sudden we didn’t even notice the hills. We were in heaven! Our pictures of that hike do not come close to doing it justice. Then we arrived at the waterfall. Once again, breathtaking. Not only did we get to see it, but we were able to climb up and stand behind it! Since we are still in the dry season, the waterfall is not at its full capacity. During the wet season however, it would be too dangerous to even try hiking to the waterfall. We are so lucky to have experienced it.

Danielle and Bhreagh at the top of the waterfall on Mount Meru

Danielle and Bhreagh at the top of the waterfall on Mount Meru

– Danielle New, Youth Ambassador, Tanzania, 2013

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

In Search of Livelihoods: My Trek around Tanzania

“In life, you never know what is going to happen. You cannot always control it.  But you must always remember to laugh.”

This is what my trusted sidekick-slash-translator-slash-tour guide-slash-body guard  Michael Gombe says to me as we stood on the side of a busy, dusty street just outside of Arusha city.  We were searching for an organization that provides a safe home and skills training to young girls who are out of school.

We were lost.

Michael and I had just met; earlier we had gone over our itinerary for the week, and now we were carrying around a list of 10 potential organizations to meet within 4 days.  I was lucky to have his kind assistance, and already he was sharing with me his wise, yet funny, musings on life.

My task before me was altogether daunting and exciting, but after my first week in Mwanza, scurrying around to meet with health and youth development organizations, I had some practice already.  I also was well-rehearsed for the “hurry up and wait” syndrome that comes with working in the field.

Kristy and Michael Gombe at the Arushavolunteer's debrief dinner

Kristy and Michael Gombe at the Arusha volunteer’s debrief dinner

My assignment, as a YCI Innovator-slash-programming assistant, was to identify and consult with major stakeholders who provide services to local youth, including employment, training, financial, and health services.  I was searching for local clues about the current situation of youth livelihoods and health in Tanzania, while at the same time identifying possible linkages with organizations, government ministries, and private companies.  I was also leading and facilitating participatory youth focus groups wherein local youth themselves could provide a perspective and voice within our research.   All of this information is hoped to better inform YCI’s proposal writing and program design under the next funding cycle.

My assignment was very unique.  Not only did I get to travel around Tanzania to almost every program area YCI works in (Mwanza, Arusha, Zanzibar), but I also met with several organizations that were as equally passionate about youth development as we at YCI are.  My interviews, in some ways, were more like conversations – spanning from topics like the Tanzanian education system and how ill-equipped it is to produce graduates with practical skills, to corruption and fraud and nepotism in the government structures, to the mindset of youth themselves and how they live in a culture of dependency on parents and other adults.  But there were also many stories: Stories of urgency and need, but also stories of hope.

It is well recognized in Canada and all over the world that there is a youth ‘bubble’, and that this bubble has formed during a worldwide economic crisis.  Our youth population is booming, while the youth unemployment rate is reaching record numbers. This has resulted, at least in Tanzania, to many youth who are idle, bored, frustrated, and even hopeless. Many have turned to the informal sector, or self-employment because it seems to be one of the few places where they have a chance, where they can fit into the labour market.

Kristy facilitating afocus group in Mwanza

Kristy facilitating a focus group in Mwanza

“We need a facilitative environment for youth to become self-reliant”, said one representative from the Grassroots Youth Development Organization in Arusha. “Over 60% of the workforce in Tanzania is made up of youth, and we can help them contribute to society if we encourage them and build their skills.”

This theme was echoed throughout many of my interviews and conversations with youth-serving organizations.  Youth need to be able to stand on their own, be self-reliant, have confidence, stretch their capacities, experiment with their creativity and imagination, and be leaders. In many cases they just need a safe, supportive environment to do so.

And standing right beside me, on that busy, dusty road, was a case in point.  A recent graduate of the Umoja Centre, an education centre for Primary School leavers, and local ‘superstar’ volunteer for YCI, Michael has great dreams ahead of him.  He most recently applied to go to Secondary School, so he can “be a good brother and supporter to my family.”  While his passions are poetry, literature, and philosophy, he wishes some day to open his own business, improve his English skills, and learn to play the guitar.

I told him he was already well on his way.

– Kristy Tomkinson, Youth Innovator and Program Assistant, Tanzania 2013

IYIP Blog: How good is your Swa…English? Put your language skills to the test with these loanwords.

Did you ever play Jenga when you were a kid? Have you ever advertised or searched for something on Kijiji? Would you have been able to sit through The Lion King without rolling your eyes if there had been characters named “Lion” and “Friend”instead of cool, exotic-sounding ones like Simba and Rafiki? Did you know that you don’t actually have to come all the way to Africa to go on a safari?

I love languages, and one of the things I love most is that words from one language somehow find their way into the vocabulary of another. No, they don’t run away. They aren’t stolen, either. We call them loanwords, or borrowings. If a word is lucky and the group of people who borrowed it reaches a subconscious consensus, changes start happening to the word and it slowly starts to seem like it really does belong in its adoptive language.

Jenga, a great game with a strange name. Who knew Swahili popped up in so often in childhood?

Confused? Let me see what I can do…

Spaghetti, in Italian, is the plural form of spaghetto, but in English, spaghetti is a mass noun – you can’t count it and you don’t pluralize it (like rice, flour, salt, etc.). In Quebec, spaghetti is not a mass noun, it’s been pluralized, Francophone-style, so it’s des spaghettis. In Quebec, sushi is not a mass noun, it’s been pluralized, Francophone-style, so it’s des sushis. Woah, that sentence was such a déjà-vu!

That, my rafiki, is true integration. And what more could a borrowed word ask for? (If only it were as simple for people to integrate!)

Who does not remember the Lion King!?!?!

Well, let me tell you, Swahili, like English, is no stranger to loanwords – shule looks rather German, don’t you think? Oh, and if you stay in Tanzania long enough to get tired of eating ugali and rice, be sure to ask for supageti when you go to the shop looking to satisfy your Western craving!

Okay, I think you get the picture. Time for the fun stuff! According to the blog-writing tips that I’ve been checking out, people love lists. So check out this list of words in Swahili and do your best to figure out their English counterparts. If you’re really sharp and get the last two, my hat’s off to you, because they’re much more difficult to guess out of context.

Helpful hint: Read them out loud as you try to guess – Swahili words are pronounced exactly as they’re spelled.

  1. kompyuta
  2. picha
  3. baiskeli
  4. lifti
  5. daktari
  6. kalenda
  7. namba
  8. kodi
  9. wiki
  10.  karoti
  11. ofisi
  12. akaunti
  13. koti
  14. geti
  15. sigara
  16. kwaya
  17. pancha
  18. betri
  19. bia
  20. reli
  21. biki
  22. simu


1. computer  2. picture  3. bicycle  4. lift  5. doctor  6. calendar  7. number  8. code  9. week  10. carrot  11. office  12. account  13. coat  14. gate  15. cigarette  16. choir  17. puncture (flat tire)  18. battery  19. beer  20. rail (railway)  21. pen (from Bic pens)  22. cell phone (your phone has a sim card, doesn’t it?)

Check your score:

  •  If you got 20 or more correct, you either cheated or you’ve been to Tanzania before. But good job!
  •  If you got between 16 and 19 correct, congratulations, you’re very clever and you’ll probably be able to write Swahili soon!
  • If you got between 11 and 15 correct, you’ve done a good job, but you probably let yourself get distracted by the spelling of some of the words.If you got fewer than 10 correct, you should be ashamed of yourself for thinking you were too cool to follow my instructions. Try again, reading aloud!

Translations for the words in the intro paragraph:

jenga = building, kijiji = village, simba = lion, rafiki = friend, safari = journey/trip

-Elena Togias, Education Officer, CIDA International Youth Internship Program, Tanzania 2012

IYIP Blog: The Pole Phenomenon: Why Canadians can now stop apologizing for saying “sorry” too much

For those of you who don’t know Swahili, saying “pole” is the equivalent of saying “sorry” in Canadian. Did I say Canadian? Uh…I mean…English. Now, many people know that English-speaking Canadians are notorious for saying “eh” all the time, but not as many know that we also have a reputation for saying “sorry” way too much, and for ridiculous reasons. Example: if you bump into a Canadian, chances are they’ll apologize to you because you bumped into them. Ridiculous, eh? I know. I’ve done it, so you can admit to having done it, too. Canadians are so ridiculous that you’ll even find them apologizing for saying “sorry” when they shouldn’t have said it (ahem…like when they’ve been bumped into by someone). Yup, I’ve done the double “sorry”, too. For shame!

But fear not, fellow Canadians – have I got news for you! Based on six months of intense field research here in Arusha, I have come to the groundbreaking conclusion that Tanzanians say “pole” far more than Canadians say “sorry”. What’s more, they say it for crazier reasons than Canadians do. How do I know the reason that someone has said “pole”? Simple, I ask for an explanation every time I hear it! Picture this:

A Tanzanian passing me on the road says “pole” to me, expecting me to say “asante” (“thank you”) and continue on my merry way, but the linguist in me can’t resist the temptation and I ask “kwa nini?” (“why?”) instead. That’s right, I choose to break a serious politeness rule in order to collect data…

(N.B. Feel free to replicate this simple informal interview technique for your own research purposes.)

Okay, I’ll admit, I haven’t heard anyone apologize for being bumped into by someone else, but still, I thought I’d share the hilarity of The Pole Phenomenon with all of you who have not been lucky enough to experience it live. Now, I’ve compiled a list of the ten most noteworthy instances of The Pole Phenomenon that I’ve come across, but they are not all equally ridiculous/hilarious/perplexing, so I have done my best to rank them in order from least impactful to most impactful. Here it is:

Top 10 Reasons People Say “Pole” to You in Tanzania

10. You’re working

9. You’re carrying something on your head

8. You’re carrying a baby

7. You tripped on a stone which for some reason you hadn’t noticed was sticking about 10cm out of the bumpy road

6. You tripped over your own two feet

5. You’re walking happily, talking/smiling to yourself

4. There’s dust in the air

3. You sneezed

2. You’re left-handed

1. The sun is shining

Sorry if you don’t agree with my rankings…

Pole for your work, Ester – it really looks like you’re suffering! (Ester is Umoja’s cook)

Look at me, carrying a massive pile of wood on my head – that warrants a pole for sure!

Poleni to the poor plants by the side of the road for being so brown and dusty! (Poleni is for when there’s more than one recipient)

If white skin doesn’t attract enough attention, eating with your left hand sure will! Pole to all you lefties!

After six hours of climbing in the dark of night, I reached the summit of Kilimanjaro only to find that the sun had beaten me to it! What did you say, “pole sana”? (“Very sorry”) Oh, asante sana! Thanks so much! I appreciate your sympathy!


Take a look at the ridiculous Serengeti sunset, then say pole to the person beside you.

-Elena Togias, Education Officer, CIDA International Youth Internship Program, Tanzania 2012

The Art of Getting There in Tanzania

Volunteers Miranda and Heather on a surprisingly empty daladala. Here is Heather’s guide to all the different transportations options available in Tanzania.


The only place I have had to pleasure of riding in a bijaji in Tanzania is in Dar Es Salaam. In Arusha they are mainly used by businesses and trades-people, not as transportation for hire. Though these golf-cart type vehicles are a bit scary to ride in as the zip down the center line or shoulder of a busy street, they are a lot of fun. They get especially interesting when it comes to the rugged terrain of the dirt roads, the ups and down soon had us referring to them as “Tanzanian Rollercoasters”.

Volunteers in a Bijaji in Dar Es Salaam.


Everywhere you go people are riding their bikes, it’s quicker than walking and cheaper than a daladala. However it would seem there’s a lot of maintenance needed because the roads are so rough on the bikes. Flat tires are extremely common.


Coach buses are rarely seen in the city, and are generally only for long distance travel. School buses are common in the city, but are closer in size to a daladala than a school bus in Canada. The bus I took from Dar to Arusha was more or less like a coach bus in Canada, except for the onboard entertainment. They play a variety of movies or shows, on my trip they played some kind of gospel musical and a cheesy Asian kung-fu type flick; there were other films too but I can’t say I paid much attention. Overall, more pleasant than expected and much cheaper than flying, $20 vs $200.

The view of the bus station in Dar.


Daladalas are the main form of public transportation. For 300 TSH you get a ‘usually interesting’ ride from one stop to another. During peak commute times it’s not unusual to realize you’re sharing your ride with 20-30 other people, keeping in mind they are basically a large cube van. It is not uncommon for there to be 2-4 people hanging out of the open door of the van as you drive along. The rule seems to be that you can always fit one more person in daladala. This is one of my favourite forms of transportation, nothing will make you feel like a local more than standing on a daladala with your face in the person in front’s armpit. They are nearly always heavily ornamented, either with religious or pop culture imagery. I find myself wishing daily that we had daladalas at home in Ontario.    


Pikipikis are small motorcycles. Many people make use of the tiny second seats that are for hire on the back of them. It is not uncommon to see one with a child in front, then the driver, then another person on the back. It is very uncommon to see helmets, and I’ve yet to see a passenger sporting one. They say there are whole wings of hospitals devoted to victims of pikipiki accidents. I don’t think I will be testing this mode of transportation out anytime soon, I refuse to even ride as passenger on my dad’s motorcycle, never mind weaving through traffic clinging to a stranger.

Taxi/ Car

Hiring a taxi is necessary if you will be going out in the evenings, and while not as thrilling as a daladala or bajaji, they are interesting in their own right if only for the road conditions. The way cars manage to handle the crazy roads of Arusha, especially the dirt roads always amazes me. You’re basically ensured a bumpy ride as you travel, but it does allow a good view of nightlife around town, that you don’t get to see if you don’t go out.


The main form of transportation in Tanzania, I have probably gained some pretty toned legs on this trip. As a volunteer you need to walk a lot to work off all the rice and ugali you eat, which is a lot because every meal at home feels like Christmas dinner at my grandma’s where you’re pressured to eat almost to the bursting point!

-Heather Harvie. Youth Ambassador, Tanzania 2012

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Top Ten Places to Visit in Arusha!

I have spent close to two months in Arusha as a volunteer for Youth Challenge International. I have been volunteering as a teacher with a local partner organization called Umoja Center. When I am not working on projects or teaching, I have been getting to know the city as much as possible. Thus, I have created the following list of places I have visited and recommend to other volunteers.

  1. Natural History Museum in Arusha – I went to this museum on my first weekend in Arusha and it was a nice place to visit and a good place to start while trying to learn how to navigate yourself through the city.  It also has a nice garden and a small market to look through.
  2. Via Via café – This place is very popular with tourist and expats. It is a good place to dine in. On Thursday nights they have a club night where there is a local band playing, and after this there is a DJ playing music to dance too, as well as karaoke.
  3. Afriacafe – If you need a break from ugali and are having a craving for a hamburger then this restaurant is a good place to visit and is very popular with many tourist and local expats.
  4. Njrio Complex – In this complex they have a movie theater, shops, and restaurants. Although it is a little more expensive compared to local restaurants and shops.
  5. French Alliance – Is a nice venue to watch foreign movies on Wednesday nights. One can even enroll in French classes here.
  6. Arusha Hotel – is a good place to check out because they have a nice pool and hot tube which is open to the public. They also have a decent menu to choose some western food.
  7. Masaii Market on Fire Road – This market is the perfect place to gets gifts for your family and friends. It might be overwhelming at first with all the sellers yelling at you to come into their shops. However, there is a variety of items to choose from and you can bargain with the sellers.
  8. Fabric Market in Downtown Arusha – I highly recommend going to this market. I have bought many beautiful fabrics from here which you cannot find outside Africa. For example Kanga and Kitenge and the expensive fabric are made out of wax.
  9. Big bite – This is a good Indian restaurant, I only went there once with friends but I have been craving it ever since. If you go with a big group of people that way you can order a lot from the menu and share it with everyone.
  10. Michelle’s – A French restaurant and on Tuesday nights it is a good place to go for cheese and a great place to meet and socialize with people.

Nisha and fellow Ambassador Erin Sunstrum eating at Big Bite, #9 on her top ten list.

Arusha is a great city and it is very easy to meet many wonderful locals and other volunteers from around the world. I wish I had more time in Arusha because there is a lot you can do and see which was not featured in my top ten list.

-Nisha Minhas, Youth Ambassador, Tanzania 2012

YCI is currently recruiting volunteer teams to work in Tanzania. Check out our Program Calendar for more details