Underneath the mango tree(s)

My first Christmas in Tanzania was spent in true local style.  My brother and I set off late on Christmas morning heading up the coast towards Bagamoyo (45 miles north of Dar es Salaam).  We stopped off at the supermarket, which apart from the cheesy Christmas music; check out girls with flashing Santa hats and the […]

Volunteers, celebrations and doing development differently

It’s been a busy time of late, apologies for the blog silence.  The week before last was VSO’s annual volunteer conference.  A chance for all the volunteers based in Tanzania (about 80 of us) to meet up, share what we’re doing in our placements, discuss VSO’s strategy and priorities globally and more specifically in Tanzania […]

Fancy Do’s and Impromptu Barbecues

This week brought home some of the contrasts of life in Dar.  On Wednesday night, courtesy of my brother (as a ticket cost nearly three days allowance), I went to the five star Movenpick Hotel in downtown Dar es Salaam for Beaujolais Nouveau night.  It was easy to tell that this was a major event from […]