Spending Thanksgiving with the Gorillas- Gorilla trekking in Uganda

Spending Thanksgiving with the Gorillas- Gorilla trekking in Uganda

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda My time volunteering in Arusha came to a close right before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.  After a day back in Arusha to gather my things and rest a bit, it was time to begin the next leg of my journey-travelling through Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and back to Tanzania to the island of Zanzibar.  I was lucky enough to be travelling with 2 other volunteers, Nacho and Laura from Chile.  Their volunteering stint ended with mine, and they had a similar route in mind, with gorilla trekking in…

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

     Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro had been a goal of mine for the past few years, and one of my main reasons for deciding to base the beginning of my travels in Tanzania.  The company I chose to climb with, Impatiens Tours, had been utilized by several other volunteers in the past, all of whom had glowing reviews.  I also had 3 companions with me on the climb: Lindsay (California), and Dylan and Murphy, both from Australia.  All of us were in our 20’s and relatively in good shape, so…

Ngorongoro Crater – Safari Part II

Ngorongoro Crater – Safari Part II

After leaving the Serengeti, we headed to our campsite for the last night, at the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.  The Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the world’s largest unfilled volcanic crater.  At a depth of over 600 meters, the crater acts as its own ecosystem, with a majority of the wildlife living their entire lifespan inside the crater without venturing out. The temperature at the rim of the crater was remarkably cooler than the flatlands of the Serengeti, and I found myself bundling up to keep…

Safari-Lake Manyara and the Serengeti

Safari-Lake Manyara and the Serengeti

I’ve had a busy last few weeks and haven’t had a chance to blog, so here is a belated post about the safari to Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Crater I went on a few weeks ago. Myself and 9 of the other volunteers went on a four day/three night safari to Lake Manyara, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.  It truly was a memorable experience. Lake Manyara Lake Manyara was our first stop on our safari.  We left Arusha around 8am, driving for about four hours.  The drive…

Life in Arusha-Volunteering and Exploring

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…

Moshi sights

Moshi sights

Moshi Sights Myself, Rose (New Zealand), Matthew (New Jersey), Antonia (UK), and four others from the homestay decided to go to Moshi for the weekend.  Moshi is the town at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, about 90 km away from Arusha.  Our weekend was spent as follows: Coffee Plantation Our first stop was at a coffee plantation.  Coffee is a significant aspect of Tanzania’s economy and it is its largest export.  I had expected to see rows upon rows of coffee plants, but instead, the plants were scattered among the…

Volunteering in Arusha – The first week

Volunteering in Arusha – The first week

 Volunteering in Arusha – the first week Sorry for the delay, but things have been hectic this past week in Arusha.  To get there from Cairo, I had a 5 hour layover in Doha, Qatar (probably the best airport in the world), and then traveled overland via Nairobi, to arrive at my home for the next month. I’m volunteering with an organization called Tanzania Volunteer Experience or “TVE” which offers a variety of volunteering opportunities from working with women with HIV, childcare/orphanages, or helping out at schools.  While there, I’m…

Cairo Sights

Cairo Sights

Cairo Sights Best food: falafel and shwarma (both beef and chicken).  I cannot get enough of both of them.  It helps that they are ridiculously cheap, only 1 EGP per falafel (about 15 cents). Best drink: Egypt has two local beers that I’ve tried, Stella and Sakkara, both very similar to domestics in the U.S.  Heineken is also found here, but what’s the fun in choosing to drink that here? Best sight: Hands down the pyramids, even in spite of the numerous touts. Best way to get around the city:…

Pyramids of Giza

Pyramids of Giza

Pyramids of Giza Thought I’d try to catch up on a few things since Cairo has been chaotic so far.  My journey began with a flight from Detroit to Frankfurt, Germany, where I was able to finally watch Jurassic World (great movie), as well as an independent film titled Dope, which also opened up this year, and which I highly recommend.  Upon arriving to the Frankfort airport, I was able to sprawl across a few airport seats and catch a couple hours of shut eye before my flight to Cairo….