Alice volunteered at Emferd in Morogoro, central Tanzania, for 7 weeks and arrived in Summer 2015.
She is from Switzerland and at the time she was a nursing school student.
1. What was your first impression when you arrived?
When I first arrived, I was scared and overwhelmed by my new surroundings as it was my first time in the country and I didn't know what to expect. This fear was very short-lived, as I quickly started to familiarize myself with the Tanzanian culture and enjoy it.
2. What was your hosting situation like?
I really enjoyed my hosting situation! I was living at the project with the other volunteers, the staff and all the children.
3. What did your typical day look like?
On a typical day, I would usually have breakfast at around 7 a.m. After that I would help out with daily tasks, such as filling the water buckets and going to the market.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. I assisted the local teachers with English class; we had lunch briefly afterwards and we all helped to wash the dishes and the kitchen area.
From 3 to 6 p.m. I used to take care of some additional tasks, such as doing my laundry, working in the garden, playing with the children or helping Mama Bakhita with the computer.
In the evenings we would have dinner all together and relax.
4. What were you up to when you were not volunteering?
When I wasn't working, I enjoyed relaxing in my room or playing with the children at the centre.
I did also have some time to explore the town of Morogoro and the beautiful Uluguru mountains, which you can see clearly from the city.
5. What was the most difficult thing about your experience?
Travelling alone was probably the most challenging aspect of my time in Tanzania. If I have the chance to volunteer again, I would bring a friend with me, so that even in those hard moments we could help each other.
6. What was the best thing about your experience?
If I had to pick one favourite thing I experienced in Tanzania, I would choose the fact that I was able to learn so much about a different culture and live as a local.
I also loved visiting rural villages around Morogoro, which helped me to truly appreciate how lucky I was to be born in Switzerland.