Volunteering in a Tanzanian Orphanage
I just completed a two week volunteer abroad program via IFRE and had the pleasure of staying at Deo's in Moshi. A friend of mine and myself worked two weeks at a hospital in the area, and during that same time period we were able to join some other volunteers staying at Deo's house to go play with children at the local orphanage (which is about ~5 minute walk away). The experience has easily been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had while volunteering abroad. From the beginning, Deo and the people he has helping him out at the house make you feel like you are right at home. The bedding is comfortable, the bathrooms are clean (with hot water), and anything you need they will make the effort to produce. Currently there are two individuals who help Deo out at the house, and they take the time to help cook up 3 meals a day, and clean up your rooms regularly. In the short period of time that we have been here, they have already become like family to us. It's convenient to walk into town, there are a few local corner-mart like places right next door, and a great little bar about two blocks over. Additionally it's on a main road that you can catch the public transportation at to be in town in about 5 minutes. Deo himself will stop by fairly regularly, and he has friends throughout town that can drive you wherever you need to be. He himself is a very sociable individual who is always happy to help you out. Kilimanjaro is literally visible from the yard, and if you have a few days in the area there are innumerable opportunities to partake in various activities. Don't hesitate to work in Moshi while staying at Deo's place. It will be an experience that will stick with you indefinitely.