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Tanzania: Sept 20 – Oct 8, 2015

This trip is for volunteers of all professions to help set up three libraries. We need some muscles- we have sent over a container load of books and we need some volunteers to help set up the libraries. A librarian will be on the the team so all we need is some willing helpers.

It will cost approx $5000 and will include a 3-day safari and a visit to Cape Town. This is a perfect opportunity for you to join a RATA team if you are not a teacher but want to experience something of what we do. We are also planning a recce to Uganda to visit two schools that have invited us to serve with them. You are welcome to join us on this expedition!

The TANZANIA teaching team will also go first to Cape Town to visit The Ark school and then travel to Arusha in Tanzania to be given some local cultural training by the Joshua Foundation staff. We will explore Nairobi, get close to elephants and warthogs, live and work in an African Village and you’ll see a stunning sunset! You don’t need experience for this trip, we will have experts there to help, but if you are a librarian we would love to hear from you- the more the merrier.  We will give you training and support you in living in a village situation. We are also taking a few computer experts to help make the computer lab hum.

The TANZANIA TEACHER’S team will go first to Cape Town and then travel to Arusha in Tanzania to be given some local cultural training by the Joshua Foundation staff. This trip is tiring, but it is very fascinating and inspirational. Seeing Masai walking along the road herding their cows as you are hurtling along the road in a suspect bus is unforgettable. Here, we will also hopefully see Mt Kilimanjaro – the tallest mountain in Africa. The Joshua Foundation based at En Gedi in Arusha is an amazing place and we will spend a few days there resting and learning from them. They have a range of work that they do and it is inspiring listening to what they do.

We will then go to Magugu and hope that on the long bus ride we don’t collide with a giraffe. We will spend at least five days in the school, with the students on site and a couple of days as Teacher Only Days. This is a remote, hot and difficult place to work, but the people are stunning and the heart they have for the children is amazing- and you should hear them sing.  A great foundation has been laid in this school and the request is for us to do a “literacy blitz”.  This will be to support the new library that hopefully will have been set up in April. We need to train the teachers and students how to use books in the class, for their learning and for pleasure! The other thing we will focus on is to ensure they are using the resources they already have, but are unsure how to implement in the classroom.  We will endeavor to build in a three day safari at either Serengeti or Tarangire.

If you wish to join us on any of these trips please contact Glenys at ratasupport@gmail.com

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