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As our time on expedition enters the third phase, 17P volunteer teams assembled once again at River Valley in Iringa, following the end of phase two on program. Alpha 1 returned from the youth leadership trek phase in the same district, while Alpha 3 made the journey from their natural resource management (NRM) project in the mountains of Iyegeya and Alpha 2 travelled the furthest, from their water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project in Nyamwezi. The two days were marked by reflection as some volunteers looked ahead to the final phase while other sadly said goodbye to their companions and the Raleigh adventure…

December 7, 2017

Expedition photographer Paul joined the Alpha 1 team on their first six days of trek, capturing the volunteer journey through Rural Iringa. I took a chance to get his thoughts on the experience as well as the reasons that brought an established photographer on a Raleigh expedition to Tanzania.

December 6, 2017

Building toilets and teaching at Magereza primary school is not enough: we teach the students water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) lessons in the hope that this knowledge is passed on to their families, resulting in a transfer of knowledge to the rest of the community. However, it is important to reinforce this message with the rest of the community, including youth, women, elders and other children who do not attend Magereza, encouraging ‘top-down / bottom-up’ development, creating conversation and mobilising change.

December 6, 2017

In the village of Iyegeya, in the Mufundi district, we spoke with Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) representative Adam about the importance of environmental conservation in the area as well as the impact of the organisation’s partnership with Raleigh. On it’s first cycle of the Raleigh Natural Resource Management (NRM) program, Iyegeya is the current home of the expedition Alpha 3 team.

December 5, 2017

Nanenane primary school, in Nyamwezi, was already interested in the importance of sanitation and cleanliness, but a school water, sanitation and hygiene (SWASH) club was only an idea until Raleigh’s arrival at the beginning of this year. Since then, the SWASH club has developed into a structured group containing both a president and a vice president, a secretary as well as ministers and ministries who are responsible for tippy-tap management, events planning and environmental cleanliness including toilet and menstrual hygiene management (MHM) room cleaning and general tidiness. We wanted to shine a light on the club’s commitment to maintaining the new hygiene facilities, funded by UK company Buildbase / Hirebase, after the cycle finishes and the volunteers leave.

December 5, 2017

December the 5th marks International Volunteer Day, an annual observance heavily linked to those at the forefront of the Raleigh programmes: volunteers. In Lumuli, Echo 6 share their views on the meaning of volunteering and relate their experience so far on the Raleigh International Citizens Service (ICS) Livelihoods programme.

December 5, 2017

The village of Iyegeya, in the mountains of Mufundi, is currently on its first cycle of a Raleigh expedition natural resource management (NRM) program. At 1,600 meters altitude, over the last two phases of this cycle, Alpha 3 volunteers are tasked with reaching the target of filling 150,000 seedling tubes, which be transplanted to local farms at the end of the project. On top of this, Alpha 3 will be delivering lessons at Iyegeya primary school; the topics include climate protection and sustainable farming. We visited Alpha 3 on a project support visit to update on their progress.

December 4, 2017

Stella Wambuli is as usual, impeccably dressed. She is also very busy. She tells me that she is doing something now which is very important for the whole village but is keeping her incredibly occupied. She is a woman very much in demand and heavily relied on in Mkindo village. It is not hard to see why. She is polite, friendly and welcoming to us, even inviting us to her birthday party. She is also a person we have relied on completely; Stella has been ever present during the project and has never failed to help us in our aims.

December 4, 2017

On a Raleigh expedition trek phase, we emphasise leadership. The opportunity for volunteers to step into the featured role for the day is there for their taking and making it their very own. Arriving the afternoon of day six on Alpha 1’s trek, I approached the team’s already set up camp for the night and observed a prime example of the essence of a Raleigh trek experience; perfectly captured by the synchronisation and solidarity displayed between its members, paired with the backdrop of a sky filled with stars.

December 2, 2017

River Valley in Iringa is widely considered a haven on a Raleigh expedition; secluded and picturesque, the campsite is located near the Little Ruaha River with bandas to house volunteers as well as hot showers. An ideal place for changeover, where groups had the chance to press a reset button, relax, reflect on Phase 1 and prepare for Phase 2. With a new phase, come new teams…

November 23, 2017
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