It’s been nearly a week since we left the white sands of Zanzibar to travel home; to Dubai, to the UK and to the US. Arriving at Heathrow with Charlie, Pip and Eve was a surreal moment (at least after the arrival of our bags quietened our fears that they’d been left at Nairobi airport).… Read More


On Tuesday morning we travelled to Jane Olevolo’s Orphan Centre, the orphanage we’d visited in the first few days in Arusha. Here we began work planting a vegetable garden; this involved hoeing the soil, picking out weeds, creating shallow holes and putting ground nuts into each hole. It was a messy process (as we laboured… Read More


On Thursday we embarked on a cycle tour of Lake Manyara National Park. We bid farewell to Sara, who wisely steered clear of the bicycles, and (after some initial difficulties) set off. Emerging into the National Park for the first time was very surreal; it was definitely a unique experience being so exposed to nature.… Read More


This week, we moved our efforts to Bluebell Primary School, where we started on the painting and decorating of two classrooms. For some of us, painting ceilings did not come naturally (the paint stains on Bella and my clothes will forever remind us of our failure) whilst others, notably Pip and Savannah, remained remarkably unscathed.… Read More


My name is Laura, and I’m 19 years old . I’ve always possessed an insatiable desire to travel as widely and diversely as possible, and a gap year seemed the perfect opportunity to satisfy this urge. Tanzania is a place that seemed, to someone living a very privileged (yet also undoubtedly very sheltered) life to… Read More