Annual planning retreat – beautiful sunrises, drumming rastas and a bit of work…

In the last week before I changed placements, my former organisation BEST-AC had a planning retreat.  This was a three day event away from the office to look at achievements in the past year and plan for the next. After giving us a number of choices on location, the majority plumped for the Sunrise Beach […]

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 […]

So what am I doing here?

Having now been at work for the past three weeks, you might be asking, “what am I doing here?”. The organisation I work for, BEST-AC helps strengthen the private sector through enabling trade associations and membership organisations to lobby government for change on regulations, taxes and levies. In order to understand why this is necessary, […]