I joined a volunteer trip with RATA, to Tanzania, Africa for a few weeks in 2015, to help create and setup two libraries for two different schools.
It was an extremely rewarding yet eye opening experience, not only to live in a third world environment, but to become a part of daily cillage life, interacting with the kids everyday and literally making a difference to people's lives in more ways than one was sensational.
While on the trip, my additional role was to photograph and document the experience, with a blog to follow our journey as we worked in the different villages.
You can read the blogs via the RATA website here:
In between building the two libraries at the two different schools, we had a three day break, which we took on Safari at Tarangire National Park. We camped overnight in tents where elephants and giraffes wandered near us during the night. The tranquil atmosphere, the animals in their natural untouched habitats and the excitement of lions at prey only a few metres away kept us entertained all day long.
I'd highly recommend anyone to give volunteering in a third world country a go. If you have a passion, a dream or just a will to get out there and help out - do it. It's an unforgettable experience: the daily rewards greatly outweigh any challenges you may face, there are elements that are simply indescribable and once you conquer your own fears or challenges, you are empowered in a whole new light.
You can view a digital version of the printed book I made of this experience here >
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