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 the Sunday, after Rose’s birthday, we went to the local hostel – Funky Flashpackers – to make use of their swimming pool which has a volleyball net. Later on we went to get our first western meal at a wood-fire pizza restaurant… as you can imagine every plate was practically licked clean – pizza… 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


Back to work at the orphanage and we finally got to teach the kids! They were very quiet the first day and keen to learn. We focused on helping them practice the alphabet and their writing. It was amazing to feel like we actually made an impact on their learning. The next day we taught… Read More


Monday 8th February 2016 This morning we continued with the conservation in the sun and we started at 7am but it wasn’t long until the sun got too hot for us. This afternoon the new Gaps arrived. It’s really nice to have some new faces around the place. We then went on a game drive… Read More


Safari Spectacular Time! No internet for a while means a lot to catch up on – the time in Tanzania changed from sublime to unreal as the group set off on a safari that would enlighten and shock. We headed off on a tour of several National Parks, Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorogoro Crater – Tanzania’s… Read More


Our last leaper arrived this week, Kristy from Perth! Volunteering in Week 2: Anti-poaching and Orphanage work At the beginning of the week we had an informative lecture by Mike, one of the directors, about taxonomy and anti-poaching. The taxonomy aspect covered the major levels of groups for all living organisms and with regards to… Read More


  T.I.A One week in and we are now settling into the African ways of life. Freezing cold showers: 8, car breakdowns: 2, dormitory buildings in process: 1, Screams ( resulting from bugs, lizards, cold showers… main culprit is miss Katie and lucia…too many to count). After Izzi and Charlie missed their flight we all… Read More