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African Impact - Volunteer Projects in Tanzania
Stephanie Huybrechts went to Zanzibar from the March 5 until April 16, 2012. She is from Belgium, nineteen years old, and works in a garden center.
GO: Why did you decide to volunteer with African Impact in Tanzania?
Stephanie: I decided to volunteer abroad because I had a hard time here in Belgium, things were not going to well, I had problems with myself, my future, everything arround me actually.
I thought going to Africa would help me, make things more clear to me and of course it is a chance to help others who really need it (and are thankfull) and to see another part of the world.
GO: Describe your day to day activities as a volunteer.
Stephanie: Everyday was almost the same routine. In the morning we taught English to adults (age 16-...) and after that we taught basic English to kids from nursery school.
Our afternoon was community project on Mondays and Tuesdays and on Wednesdays and Thursdays we did lessonpreparation for the next week. Friday afternoon was the start of the weekend. In the evening from 5 pm until 6 pm we did kidslub on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (doing educative and fun things with the kids).
The first two weeks I was very homesick, I really wanted to go home. The third and fourth week it started to change and the two last weeks I didn't wanted to go home anymore. It felt like home there... I love the African culture and way of live... Here everything is about money and work. Everybody has stress for a lot of reasons...In Africa everything is more lay back. Even the people there don't have much, they seem to be happy. And thats is what I love, that is what I want as well.
GO: How has this experience helped you grow personally and professionally?
Stephanie: At the moment I am taking TEFL courses, because I would love to go to Africa for a couple of years and live there. If you have your TEFL you can teach abroad. So I am looking for a job now and hoping it will work. Cross your fingers for me!
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About African Impact
African Impact is a multi-award winning volunteer travel organisation operating responsible and sustainable volunteer projects and internship programs throughout Africa. We have 10 years' experience and have facilitated over 10,000 volunteers in 12 countries across the continent! We seek to maximise the positive impact of voluntourism in Africa, both for volunteers and for communities and conservation efforts.
To us, volunteering is a two-way thing. It's not just about the hands-on help and skills that volunteers bring; it's also about what this amazing continent, its people and its wildlife can give those volunteers in return. We take a holistic approach to the implementation and running of our projects; always aiming to integrate ourselves into every level of the community working from grass roots to local governments. We have a core emphasis on learning and empowerment - changing the lives of people in the communities we impact, our volunteers and all African Impact staff.