I have returned from the most amazing experience of my life. Tanzania is now my favourite place in the whole entire world. I met wonderful people, both from England and in Tanzania, that I have memories with and shall hold onto tightly as they are irreplacable. I can't wait to see all the photos and get started on my scrapbook. Here are a few of my photos and words to describe the time I had, although it really can't be put into words.
Photos with Eliphas, William and Benson in Tanga · Snapshots from our safari · Playing with the lovely children from the village of Umbuni · Project work which involved getting rather dirty socks
The main purpose of our trip was to lend a helping hand to the local communities we visited. Our work involved wildlife conservation, building a house for a mama and renovating classrooms. It was really rewarding to see the impact that our work had, particularly with the school as we got to meet the children that our work would benefit.
Elephants, giraffes, a cheetah, a lion and flamingos are just a few of the animals we saw on safari. Our driver Julius was so good, he managed to get us magnificent sights of a cheetah chasing impalas in an attack, a lion that was literally within arms reach and a huge elephant shaking a tree. We visited Tarangire and the Ngorongoro Crater which was the most beautiful landscape that I've ever seen.
Although I loved everywhere we visited within Tanzania, Tanga just holds a special place in my heart. Our camp was located right above the Indian Ocean and the village of Umbuni was full of such friendly and happy people. Each time we walked to our project work the children would come running to shout "Hiii", "Byyeee" and "Jambo"; their happiness just resonated throughout the whole team. I also adored the camp staff at Tanga: Balla is the one who always sang and kept spirits high, Eliphas is the coolest person in camp with a happy hat, Anderson is just a big teddy bear that is constantly smiling, and Benson is the love of my life. I'm not kidding, he dances and holds everyones hands whilst maintaining the cutest smile. Oh, and let's not forget about the kitchen staff, William and Jambo Jambo Guy. Everytime I would walk past the kitchen Jambo Jambo Guy would say "JAMBO JAMBO" in a high pitched voice (of which me and my friend Meghan would imitate) and William would wave frantically after seeing me get so excited to see him. Awh, I cried when I left that camp.
So if you see a person walking down the street saying "JAMBO" to everyone they pass, it's probably me. People in this country need to cheer up anyway.
If you have any questions about the country or what I did, I'd love to talk about it with you in more depth. This post is merely scratching the surface.