When the first time I visited Tsevie , Yobo-Sedzro,
The first impression came into my mind was
”Hey ! This is truly so called Rural Life”
I love the natural surrounding here
I love the passionate and friendly people here
I’m really looking forward to live and work in such a beautiful village
–How can you not be romantic about the rural life ?
I put these words on the website which I made for this project in the beginning of the project “Rural Life”. After 50 days amazing journey in the rural village and in Togo , I not only want to say I love this place more than before , also I would like to say “Togo is now my second home”
For me , these 50 days will be the most unforgettable journey in my life . It’s not only my first time flying abroad alone , but also my first time traveling to Africa . The reason why I chose this project was I hope I could have some “brand-new” experiences . What’s more , I wanted to do something for the people in the world who was not able to have good living condition . With some luck , finally I flied to such a place where made me feel so excited , Togo .
In this project , everything intern did their best to improve the living surrounding of the rural village . We made some plan on three parts – Education . Health and Environment , and we did start the English class and finished the budget list . I did have so many plans to finish or improve , I had the thought to make this place better . Even my power was not strong enough , I knew that every other interns would also do their best to help the villagers , and this project would continue also . In the duration of this project , we tried to be a giver , and we also learned to be a receiver . I must said that tried to live as a villager , and tried to get used to the tradition and the culture , could really make you grow up . After all , that was so called “rural life” right?
Only when the journey end , you will find out that time really flies .
Nice to meet you , and hope to see you again , Yobo-Sedzro && Togo
I really appreciate that I can have the chance to fly to Togo,
and I am happy that I am the first intern of NCCU who fly to Togo
Hope there will be more people has the chance to visit such a exciting place !!
Sep.11 , 2013 — from AIESEC NCCU , Taiwan
Henry // Kossi // Liao , Hsiang-Yu
Rural Life , AIESEC univesité de Lomé
Submitted by Henry // Kossi // Liao , Hsiang-Yu
Living in Tanzania was a perfect experience for me. I had a different idea about my expectation when i was leaving my country to Tanzania. I was very uncertain about the kind of environment, the food, people am going to meet.
On arriving Tanzania, right from the airport, i felt the change and beauty of Tanzania. Meeting and interacting with new friends and trying new food like ’chips na mayayi’ and the rest gave me a whole new experience. I quickly loved the environment because of its endowed nature.
Working with the MC team and AIESEC Dar Es Salaam on library project and Cancer project was a memorable moment for me. I had my most experience traveling through Tanzania, going to Morogoro, mbudia Island and the exciting places added beauty to my experience. It was a dream come through for me when i had the opportunity to interact with High school students and train them on Cancer Awareness.
A lot of people ensured that i had a great stay in Tanzania and my fellow interns; Alex from Germany, Alice from taiwan, Alex from Mozambique and the rest added touch to my experience. The MC and AIESEC Dar Es Salaam EB team had a great impact in my Tanzania Journey; Frank Mushi, Ian, Tuzo, Samwel, Simi, Hezron. These guys are really great. I also show appreciation to my friends that ensured that i had a perfect CEED experience; Muni, Gizele, Shakila. I will never forget you guys.
I don’t want to say good-bye to Tanzania but i will say ’ See you soon Tanzania, my second home.
Submitted by Francis Omorojie
Having been born in a country of peace, surrounded by so called humble people where direct confront is rear, I was made to believe our neighbours were the most aggressive and ruthless people in East Africa. having witnessed their behaviours in a conference my fears increased not because they were scary its because they spoke their minds out for everyone to be aware. on top of that I witnessed the success of MC team 2012-2013 succeed in people development (having 3 members of the team become MCP for 2013-2014 in different countries) thus curiosity arose…how did they do it? its the question that am still finding out the answers.
In June 28th I decided to face my fears and satisfy my curiosity so I set foot in the city of Nairobi to start my exchange experience. the first thing I received as soon as I entered in the house was a warm hug and a welcoming smile from the older lady well maybe it was fine because she is not of this generation and she is like a loving mom…in 30th I met my adopted buddy guess what happened! a hug! and on Monday I went to the working place a hug! that’s when I realized its their way of welcoming naturally displaying the warmth within.
What they display outside its not the aggressiveness it is the assertiveness and directness necessary for any development (few weeks later) that I have also adopted and continue to use it and now am so comfortable to live with Kenyans, am so confident even to compete with them it is the country that I would come back over and over again after my internship am glad I came. am glad I overcame the why are you going to Kenya and not another country question.
I love Africa…same spirit different culture and that’s what makes it beautiful!
Submitted by Ines Fidelis
One would expect that i would as an African, find the experience in Tanzania similar to that of my own country Botswana. But alas that was not to be, the beauty and the majestic views of Tanzania are in my view surpassed by none!
My first week was all about embracing the change, getting used to the fast pace at which East Africans move by, understanding Swahili and familiarizing myself with the public transport system. this week was incredibly exciting and daunting at the same time. with my ep buddies (Hezron Magambo and Meshack Kayila) in tote i became one with Tanzania.
I worked under the career and leadership program with an up and coming successful NGO THAT EXPOSED ME TO SO MANY CORPORATE AVENUE AND ALLOWED ME TO NETWORK WITH INDUSTRY BOSSES! The purpose of the program was too first and foremost develop the skills of the up and coming underprivileged youth in Tanzania. Secondly to enhance you as the AIESECers entrepreneurial and leadership skills. As the weeks passed by my workload piled on, but i knew that this is what i was there for and i took the bull by the horns and made my impact in Tanzania.
The hospitality of AIESEC UDSM was exceptional, the love and the warmth that reigned from their heart was truly a blessing especially when we were in such unfamiliar territory!
I am amazed at the work ethic of AIESEC in Tanzania, their Hospitality and their ability to make us not feel so home sick!
I feel like i am blessed to be one of the people who have had this amazing Tanzania XP!
CHOOSE TANZANIA AS YOUR EXCHANGE COUNTRY! YOU WONT REGRET IT!
Submitted by Reaoleboga Linchwe
Africa has been one of the leading continent of which children are suffering very hard life situations especially the orphans. what do we do to make them feel loved, feel the purpose of living, help them to discover their goals in life, how to help them make their future wishes come true as be a part of making a pathway for them to live a better present and a bright future? In the “Save The Children” project we and other volunteering interns from different parts of the world who came in Tanzania through GCDPi (global community development program) got the chance to go to the orphanage to give a hand also take the children to the Beach. You could see their smiles once more….
Submitted by David mwabuka
Submitted by Laura Sierra Alcaraz
Africa? Why Africa? The most common questions about my trip, and start arguing with Africa perceptions they have in the rest of the world, all the fears and myths about the place, but I’m Colombian, a country where according to the world we are all drug dealers and murderers, and if I know that’s not true, I was willing to give Africa a chance to prove they were so much more than disease, poverty, under development and conservative tradition. I landed in Dar es Salaam Tanzania after four flights and a lot of hours later. Exhaustion felt like my second name and of course culture shock was getting the better of me. The heat in Dar es Salaam, the humidity and the weather in general had got me completely dehydrated and sick. Yes I wanted to run back home but my sixth sense told me it was going to be okay. Two days later I was on a bus to Dodoma, the heart of the country. To be honest I was pretty apprehensive about the whole experience but I had gotten over the worst part of it. I had come to Africa. The rest couldn’t be so bad.
The reception I received in Dodoma by the members of AIESEC UDOM was overwhelming. They came out in numbers just to welcome me. Of course I was terribly nervous having to meet so many new people at the same time but still it was a touching gesture. The following five weeks passed in a flicker. My project director Abbas Abrahmani was the simple definition of hard work. He was with me every day of my project and pushed me to the limit of my potential. That was a wonderful part of my self-learning.
My project was in three schools namely Makuru Academy, Makole School and Sechelela High School. The schools were very receptive and for the most part the administrations were always willing to give us support during the timeline of the project. My project was on gender and health education teaching the kids in the three high schools. It involved teaching about Sexually Transmitted Disease and Urinary Tract Infection. The greatest challenge of the project was the fact that I had to teach a bit of complicated medicine topics to the kids whose age was a bit too small for them to completely comprehend but they were very receptive. The kids at the school were my most favourite part of the project. Kids at the school and kids in Tanzania in general were completely amazing. They constantly called me Mzungu and always greeted me “shikamoo”
The first few weeks of being in Dodoma were quite scary. Being in Africa as a mzungu means you are constantly attracting attention. Everyone is constantly staring not with any bad intention they are just intrigued by the hair and the light skin. Still it was quite uncomfortable but with time I got used to it to a point I no longer noticed the stares.
I left my home to seek to explore unknown things, to find new experiences, and at the same time to find a place where I could help, give part of myself to the society, it might be a small action but I do believe change is born precisely from all those small action we undertake. Coming to Africa has opened my eyes to a different reality, but at the same time showed me that people from all around the world are alike, we all want to find our place in the world, to live a good life and do well for ourselves and those we love. Dodoma has been nice to me, it has given me what I wanted, new places to be, marvellous people to know, and a whole lot of experiences that otherwise I would have never been able to have and I wish I would be able to give the same or even more to it, I feel the need to repay this land, these people for such amazing things they brought to me. It might only been small actions; by I do them with all the strength of my heart and the growing love for this place. I have this warm feeling within me and is going to stay there forever, a little piece of this marvellous land for the rest of my life.
Submitted by Sophie Julia
Now it’s already more than half a year ago that I left Kenya after doing my Internship there and even after that time I’ve not forgotten any of my experiences and adventures there.
When I came to Kenya in August 2012 it was my first time going to Africa, so the most of you know what this means – You have a lot of ideas how Africa might be like but actually you cannot imagine the beauty of this continent and the heartiness of people.
Submitted by mooketsa isaacs
When you have not done something, its easier to take it for granted but looking back at the experiences I had in Tanzania and the people that changed my life in that country, I will not trade this for anything.
I did a project called AFRIKIDZ and so I worked in an orphanage called friends of Don Bosco. My area of focus was on the kids aged between 13-22. What I did with them was basically life coaching. I came across as a friend rather than a facilitator or a teacher and even today I still talk to some of the kids. The way life is so difficult for a young person, it is a difficult world and finding our feet and voices is not easy, but those kids just want to find the next meal or school fees and they do not give up, they still go on. Even the people around them do not give up. If that was not inspiration enough for me, I would not know what is.
I will not forget the beautiful and hot weather I experienced which enabled us to go to the beach more often.
Tanzania is a very cultured country and it is those ethics and values that made me know and feel that I am home and I will return to Tanzania, one day. The people make you feel at home because they treat you as part of them and not as a visitor.
I loved every moment of my short 6 weeks and once again, I will never trade the experience I had in Tanzania for anything.
Submitted by Ronny Mutua
Day 1 was a day of first impressions: Accra is really like Mombasa although the former being a bit warmer. Plus a more developed Mombasa. People, well the ones I met are pretty friendly. The accent is pretty cool-Ooo, I tried pulling it off at the shop trying not to get ripped off. But I still feel I was so I did need a bit more practice!!
Went on to watch the Manchester United vs. Liverpool game which was quite the experience!! The fan were quite vocal, I have never watched a louder soccer game!! Guys even react to a throw in??!! The food was hot actually hot is an understatement, had rice and chicken plus noodles in the evening (they call it Indomie) all drowned in pepper!! For the first time in my life, I actually did not look forward to meal time lol! All in all it was a brilliant first day!!
AFRICA IN ME
- How can you not be romantic of Rural Life ?
- Moments in Tanzania(CEEDer)
- Blinded by my culture. Saved by my fear and curiosity
- Karibuni Tanzania
- Save the Children project in Tanzania (LC-IFM)
- “Integrity is doing what is right-even if no one sees you.”
- My Second Home
- Azonto Land
- A Ghanian Experience
- BALLO Bakary on Cote D’Ivoire – Human Rights Project
- wally on Togo – a great country with amazing people
- Admin on Glories of a Tanzanian Journey
- Shirley on Glories of a Tanzanian Journey
- Senyo on A Ghanian Experience
- Emelia Nwielaghi on Faci at WACS 2012 Nigeria
- edem on Togo – a great country with amazing people
- Emmanuel on Africa?
- Amina on Africa?
- ADELINE on Africa?