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


We started off these last two weeks in total denial that at the conclusion of them we would have to say kwaheri (goodbye in swahili) to some of our favourite people. These two weeks have been our last at our new-found home here in Arusha. I spent last week in the orphanage which I have… Read More


The day after the biking tour we as a group decided to splurge on a 4 day safari through the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Terengeri. I can’t even begin to describe it. We were extremely lucky because we got to see all of the Big Five which is very rare. The Big Five… Read More