Lovin Africa Project

Mambo! I have just ended my medical volunteer journey in Arusha, Tanzania. There are no amount of words to fully describe the love I have for the people, the volunteers, and the area. My trip has altered my perspective of the world, showing me a life where people are trying to survive every single day….

PHOTO MADNESS

I just wanted to share with you guys the rest of the photos that have depicted my love for Africa and the other volunteers! UPENDO, SOPHIA CAO

Kwaheri!

JULY 21ST 12:00 AM: My trip has ended. I cannot tell you how many times I broke down crying at theHaus hostel as well as at the airport. Meeting all the other volunteers and experiencing so many new things in Arusha, Tanzania have been phenomenal. As I packed around 8:00 PM, I imagined what my…

Adorable Children Everywhere

JULY 20TH AT 12:00 PM: We went to a primary school today! These little cuties running around chasing each other. Who wouldn’t love this? In the morning, we went on a bus to a Masai school in order to teach them hygiene and nutrition. When we arrived, THERE WERE CHILDREN EVERYWHERE! This was my area…

We’re Drinking Goat Blood?!

JULY 19TH AT 6:00 PM: I don’t know how to describe today’s events. I am still speechless from what I saw and could’ve done. Well, let me tell you what happened nine hours ago… We were going to a Maasai village! The Maasai people reside in northern Tanzania and have their own culture, language, and…

It’s Freezing Cold!

JULY 16TH AT 3:00 PM: I’m freezing and trembling. Why? OUR GROUP WENT TO MOUNT MERU WATERFALLS! Today, we began with a guided hike at Mount Meru Waterfalls. With the four-week volunteers, we all hiked up a path and then down to the waterfalls. I didn’t know what to expect, but when we arrived, the…

Hakuna Matata

JULY 15TH AT 6:00 PM: SAFARI DAY! Today was indescribable. Although there were lots of up and downs, it was a fun time with the whole group! The morning started off a little bit rough. When the safari truck came, we were shocked and so excited to enter it. Well, it smelled like piss and…

We Helped 70 Patients!

JULY 13TH AT 6:00 PM: Wow. I have no words to describe the feelings I experienced today. When Daniella told us the amount of people we helped at the medical outreach in Engikaret, a rural area, I could not comprehend the shocking revelation. Around 9:00 AM, the volunteers including me traveled to Engikaret for a…

Dancing my Way Through Arusha

JULY 12TH AT 3:00 PM: This morning, we experienced an educational HIV/TB Workshop as well as a clinic visit with Dr. Lynette. It was a two-hour long lecture that felt never-ending, but was an informative learning session. We then had a medical outreach training taught by Dr. Kivuyo for tomorrow’s journey to Engikaret, the rural…

A New Beginning

JULY 9TH AT 6:00 PM: I had slowly come to terms with the Tanzanian culture and other volunteers. Lots more volunteers came during the morning and we had a huge group lunch (IT WAS PIZZA). Everyone sat together eating the variety of pizzas and we enjoyed our time. I met many more people from different…

Tanzania Cultural Shock

JULY 8TH AT 1:45 AM: I had just arrived at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Oh god. The longest journey I ever had, alone. Whoever thought that me, a timid Asian girl, would go to Arusha, Tanzania. I remember the year before, the prospect of going to Africa was scary and challenging, but becoming a medical volunteer…