Volunteering in Tanzania with the Maasai – Harry’s thoughts

Harry took part in our Tanzania Volunteering project, giving him the opportunity to live and work with the Maasai, volunteer in local communities by teaching and supporting care homes and orphanages, go on safari and visit the beautiful island of Zanzibar. This is what he had to say…

I had the best time ever in Tanzania!!

Tanzania was definitely the greatest experience of my life. I had taken a gap year in order to pursue my uni of choice and to travel the world a bit. Greenforce Tanzania immediately caught my eye and I was so pleased with my expedition. The first 3 weeks in Uchira were a great way to get involved with local cultures and really try and fit in with the community. Plus with a stunning view of Kilimanjaro in the background it was a fantastic way to settle in. However, it was really the safari and living with the Maasai that I couldn’t wait to do.

The safari is something I will never forget, hunting in the bush and the Ngorongoro Crater being the highlights. We saw every type of African animal possible including cheetah, elephant, rhino, giraffe and even a lion attack on a warthog. My day at the Ngorongoro crater absolutely blew me away and like everywhere you go in Tanzania the views were absolutely stunning.

Living in the bush with the maasai is something you truly have to experience. Honestly, I was dirty and smelly for the whole 6 weeks living there but you get used to it and it makes you a real man! Chopping up wood, cooking on an open fire and sleeping in a Maasai hut. Now that is the life. The volunteer work you do out there is incredible, teaching children and working at the orphanage became a surprising favourite for me. All children in Tanzania are fantastic and so grateful and happy.

The week in Zanzibar too was amazing, all I am going to say is that paradise beaches and cocktails at happy hour is the best combination.

It is very hard to sum up the entire trip into a few sentences, the only way to know is to properly experience it yourself! I loved every minute of it and not only that it looks great on the CV too haha. I think it definitely helped me get into uni.

If you’d like to have an incredible experience like Harry, check out our projects online here or email blog@gapforce.org. Look forward to hearing from you!

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