Contact Information - June 26th, 2013

In a little over 24 hours, students will start heading to OHARE International to meet with the study abroad group and catch the first of three flights to Kilimanjaro Airport in Arusha, Tanzania. Below, friends and family can find contact information of key members of the leadership team for the 2013 Experiential Learning with NGOs in Tanzania Program.

We ask that you please be patient with our communications from Tanzania. It is a Third World country, and sometimes the electricity is out, sometimes the server is down, sometimes the phone exchange is overloaded. And sometimes we are just going to be having so much fun that we are not going to pause to tell you what is happening! So……don’t worry if you don’t hear from us every day. We will do our best to post to the Twitter feed and Blog.

Tanzanian mobile numbers will be updated upon arrival in Arusha. Please note the time difference: Musoma is 8 hours AHEAD of Chicago time. So 8am in Chicago is 4pm (afternoon) in Musoma.

KT & Brandi

The Countdown Begins! - June 25th, 2013

The countdown for the 2013 Tanzania Work-Study Program is racing ahead. The NIU and UW-Lacrosse students will leave for Tanzania with Prof. Thurmaier on Thursday, June 27. The students are busy writing their first papers and reflection letters.

The clock is ticking down but the fundraising by the Work-Study volunteers (and a few students!) is ticking up! As of today, their friends and family members have already contributed more than $7000. All of these gifts are applied directly to the library building costs. (The volunteers pay their own way to Tanzania.)

We had the final pre-flight SKYPE session with UMABU staff on Thursday, June 20th and excavation begins on Monday, June 24th! The rock wall that will hold the foundation and floor will be built before the volunteers begin “pouring the floor” on July 9!

Now is a great time for you to visit the Library Build page http://tdsnfp.org/library-build to meet the volunteers and choose someone to support with a generous donation.

Be sure to bookmark this page to follow the progress of the student and volunteer groups as they work together on the  Library and Community Resource Center.

Countdown to Kili Climb - June 2nd, 2012

Our group of intrepid volunteers will depart today, June 2, for Tanzania to begin their journey to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain. They will head to Kilimanjaro International Airport and arrive in Moshi on Sunday evening. The next day, after breakfast on the morning of June 11, they begin their ascent.

Supported by their friends and family, this group has raised over $24,000, which will be used to kick off construction of a Library and Community Resource Center in Nygeina village, Tanzania. This project is a partnership between Tanzania Development Support, Architecture for Humanity Chicago, and UMABU, a Tanzanian grassroots organization.

Meeting the group in Tanzania are Lucy and Isaack, two students from Nyegina Secondary School and one of their teachers. They are also climbing with the group and hope to raise $5,895—one dollar for each meter of the mountain they will climb. So far they’ve raised $2,310.

Be sure to check back with this blog for more updates from the climb.

Mt. Kilimanjaro

Mt. Kilimanjaro

- June 27th, 2011

Jambo!
We had a great first day of language training today (Monday). The 9 of us are split into 2 class sections. We have 3 instructors who rotate between the two. THen in the afternoon the three of them presented cultural training on greetings and being invited into homes. It was very intense and all of us are really pleased with the day.

BTW: I have a phone number correction for Tanzania. I had to get a new SIM.

The correct number for my Tanzania Phone is 011.255.785.9888.49 .

Friends and family and travelers should make that correction on the contact sheet we sent.

Electricity was not available in the city of Musoma most of today, so internet is now back this evening.

Here is a picture of our visit to the water filter family business in Arusha. This is connected to NIU because Dr. Manny Hernandez helped set up the factory with the family that runs it. We are hoping that we can set up a similar operation in Musoma to provide safe, clean water with no energy requirement of the family.

The TZ2011 students visited the NIU connected Arusha Water Filter Factory.

We also stopped at Old Duvai Gorge en route from Arusha to Musoma on Sunday, 26 June. This is a picture of us at the site where Mary Leakey discovered early hominid fossils that began to change our knowledge of where we came from…

Not an Africa story…. - June 29th, 2009

OK, we left Nairobi on Sunday night, headed to home.

Little did we know that we were diverted to Bunjubura, Burundi to deliver a critical part for a Brussels airliner that hit an antelope either landing or taking off. So we left 2 hours late from NBO becase the incoming flight was delayed getting the part to be delivered to Burundi. Then there were all the people that had been stranded in Bunjubura , Burundi since Friday waiting to get to Brussels.

So we ended up missing all of our connections in Brussels, and are spending the night in Brussels, courtesy of Belgium Airlines. After getting checked into the Sheraton, we all had a nice afternoon walking around the city (broken up in different groups). The youngsters are headed back into the city for samples of Belgian beer and night life. We old timers are going to try the beer at the hotel and get 8+ hours of sleep.

About half of us are getting home via Toronto, arriving ORD about 15:15 via United on Tuesday afternoon.

The rest of us don’t arrive until 17:25 via Newark on American Airlines.

Sorry, don’t have pics of this…..

Dr. Bagaka’s telephone number in Tanzania - May 30th, 2009

Here’s the updated contact information for
Dr. Obuya Bagaka tel: (011.254.727.498.760)