Life in Arusha-Volunteering and Exploring

In this post I’m going to jump around a bit, highlighting a few noteworthy events of the past week or so, as well as my volunteering in Arusha, Tanzania thus far.

Teacher Alma’s Last Day

 Alma (Finland), was another helper in one of my classes at Cheti.  She had arrived in Arusha a few weeks prior to me, and unfortunately had to head back home.  To celebrate her last day, we had a mini party with the kids, complete with soda and treats.  It was very entertaining to see all of the kids’ eyes light up when they realized in anticipation of the treats.  It also was a sad day to see Alma go.  It was very hard to watch her say goodbye to the kids and Teacher Asha (the actual teacher of the class), but I promised her I would keep her informed on the goings on.  Here are a few pictures from the day:
Volunteering in Arusha, Tanzania
Alma passing out snacks.
volunteering in Arusha, Tanzania
Myself passing out snacks.
volunteering in Arusha, Tanzania
Alma with a few of the kids.
volunteering in Arusha, Tanzania
Group Hug!
volunteering in Arusha, Tanzani
Class picture
Neema’s Birthday
At Simba house, we have a house “mama” that helps to oversee the day-to-day events and make sure that everything runs smoothly.  We had found out that her birthday was coming up and planned a little celebration, complete with cake, chocolate, and apples, which are her favorite fruit (and rare here in Tanzania).  She sure was surprised when she came home to find the house all decorated!
Neema with her birthday treats.
Neema with her birthday treats.
My housemates and I with Neema.
My housemates and I with Neema.
Tanzanian Elections
Like I mentioned in a previous post, Tanzania had their presidential and local government election this past Sunday.  As this was the first time in Tanzania’s democratic history that an opposing party actually had a shot at winning the election, no one was sure how the vote would go, or how the country would react when the results were revealed.  Because of that, the heads of TVE, were unsure of how safe Kilimbero, the dala-dala main station would be.  So they ended up driving us to our volunteer sites for the week, which was a nice change from the hectic and often uncomfortable dala-dalas.
That Monday, the local results were revealed, and Arusha was in high spirits, as the opposition party, “People’s Power”, won 24 out of the 25 available seats.  On Thursday evening, the presidential results were announced, with the ruling party still maintaining power.  The opposition party’s candidate made allegations of vote rigging, but in the end he conceded, 
Here are a few links if anybody is interested in reading more:
 
 
 
Canoeing at Lake Duluti
This past Saturday, myself, Rose, Antonia, Derek (Cypress), Johanna (Switzerland), and Carmen (Spain) went on a day trip to Lake Duluti, about an hour away from Simba house.  Our guide from last weekend, Michael, came as well to hang out with us.  The lake was very beautiful and peaceful, surrounded by a lot of trees.  We rented two canoes to take out on the lake to enjoy the beautiful day.  We even saw a monitor lizard as well as a snake swimming through the water.  After a couple of hours of canoeing, we relaxed at the small cafe nearby and had chips mayai, which is a local delicacy of an omelette with french fries.  And yes, it does taste how you think it would haha.
The deserted Lake Duluti.
The deserted Lake Duluti.
Very beautiful and serene.
Very beautiful and serene.
Derek and Rose in the other canoe.
Derek and Rose in the other canoe.
The rest of us in the bigger canoe, as seen from my vantage point in the back of the canoe.
The rest of us in the bigger canoe, as seen from my vantage point in the back of the canoe.
A selfie taken from the back of the canoe.
A selfie taken from the back of the canoe.
What a gorgeous day.
What a gorgeous day.
Coming up Next: This weekend I will be going on a safari to the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro Crater with a few of my housemates.  The following weekend I plan to climb Mount Kilimanjaro!
 
Currently Reading: Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux.  This is a nonfiction book detailing his overland travels from Cairo to Cape Town, a journey similar to what I am currently on.
 
Also for any friends and family reading this: please feel free to email/facebook message/whatsapp me and tell me what’s new going on with you!  The 8+ hour time difference has been a little more difficult than what I’ve thought, but I’m interested in hearing news from back home
 
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