Posts Tagged ‘winnipeg

I know I haven’t written on here in a long time, but I am writing with a plea!! Cradle of Love is running low on funds, and is strictly run by donations only. After they pay the Mamas this month, there will be no more money. They need money to pay the Mamas who work 12 hour shifts and are the main caregivers for the babies. On top of paying the Mamas, COL is going through legal issues, so they need money to cover those costs as well!

Why give material objects this Holiday season when a child’s basic human right is being compromised?!

You can donate here
(As much as they need material objects like clothes and diapers… right now they need money donations)

Asante Sana

If you aren’t convinced, then look at these pictures:




This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:

Chik Fever

Posted on: June 15, 2011

Chik fever… also known as Chikungunya fever originated in the lovely country of Tanzania. Does this mean I am more susceptible to contracting it?! I hope not! Although not life threatening, it seems like a pain to deal with, it is one of the many illnesses one can contract from those pesky little mosquitoes.

Anyways…… Today I met with the travel nurse (which was stupidly expensive, by the way) to learn about Chik fever and all of the other fun things I can contract. I went in knowing I needed my Yellow Fever shot, but apparently one needle=an hour speech. I guess it is important to know what to be careful of. I am not worried though, I have all my shots, I am not stupid….. although mosquitoes do have an affinity for my blood.

I go in 29 days (pretty much 28) and I couldn’t be more excited. I ordered a Kindle online, and it came in the mail yesterday, so that is exciting because instead of lugging books upon books, I can lug around this little toy. I also got a cover for it that makes it seem like I am holding a book, so whoever thinks that the Kindle ruins this experience… think again my friends! Journey’s travel has so many fun travel accessories, I will most definitely be going back before I leave.


p.s. I go out of town for 10 days next Friday, so that is going to make time go by extremely fast, yay!



Posted on: June 7, 2011

Since I posted about Arusha, I should probably write about the organization I will be going with, and why I chose them.

IVHQ, or International Volunteer HQ, is an organization based out of New Zealand (quite the distance from Winnipeg) created in 2007 by Daniel Radcliffe (not Harry Potter). Their statement of intent is

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) aims to provide volunteer travellers with quality, flexible, safe and highly affordable volunteering placements in developing countries. In addition to providing aid and assistance to these countries, IVHQ endeavors to increase education and heighten awareness through not only the skills and expertise taken by volunteers to their host communities and institutions, but also through the experiences and lessons volunteers will in turn take back to their own countries and cultures.

The reason I chose to volunteer with IVHQ, or more importantly, inquire more about the program, was because how affordable it was. I understand that it costs money to volunteer overseas, but the prices I found through other companies were just ridiculous. IVHQ had a per-week scale, and a deposit amount to reserve a spot. Another reason that solidified my interest with them was because they responded almost immediately to my email, and it was not a standardized email that one usually receives from an organization. The fees that a volunteer does pay, is strictly for boarding/food and money for where each volunteer, volunteers. IVHQ primary interest is not in making a profit, which was intriguing!

For more information


36 days 🙂

Arusha is where I will be volunteering! But more importantly, according to Wikipedia Arusha is:

  • city in northern Tanzania- capital of its region (Arusha region)  has a population of 1,288,088
  • situated below Mount Meru- close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge etc…
  • the de-facto capital of East Africa
  • hosted the ICTRs since 1994 (as a student, this excites me)
  • founded by German colonialists when the territory was part of “German East Africa”
  • named after the coal tribe “Wa-Arusha”
37 days!

Today it hit me that I have a lot to do, eek! I feel that if I post what I need to do here, than I won’t forget (or at least hope to not forget).

To Do:

1. Yellow Fever shot ( the one shot that I actually need is the only one I do not have)

2. Bag- figure out if I am taking a suitcase, or a duffle (probably a duffle so I can fit more in!)

3. School supplies- I heard that the quality of pencils/sharpeners are not the best in Tanzania so I want to gather some Canadian pencils/sharpeners before I go and bring them over- if any of you have pencils/sharpeners/school supplies that you no longer need/want, pass them over!

4. Other gifts- For some reason my house has a weird amount of children’s toothbrushes… so I will bring those over as well, and some books/colouring books.

5. Travel essentials (no detail necessary)

Pretty much… if anyone has any supplies that they want to donate to a needing/deserving orphanage in Tanzania, then pass the stuff over to me and I will bring it! I only plan on bringing like a weeks worth of clothing because I can rinse my clothes there, and so I should have lots of room!


PS this is someones video I stole off of youtube that I guess went to Tanzania via IVHQ… my computer is really slow so I haven’t watched the video….I hope its appropriate!!

I thought I should probably start a blog for when I go to Tanzania in July, as a way to document what I will be experiencing. Although I may bring an old fashioned journal (haha) as well, I am going to try and limit my time on the internet, so having a blog is much easier, and whoever wants to read it, can! I go to Arusha, Tanzania July 13th and come back August 13th, and I already regret not extending my time… but I have responsibilities here to attend to. I am volunteering in an orphanage (to be determined where a couple of weeks before I go) through International Volunteer HQ (still unsure as to what the HQ stands for- headquarters? high quality?). I fly from Winnipeg-Montreal-Amsterdam-Kilimanjaro and on the way back I go Kilimanjaro- Dar es Salaam- Amsterdam- Calgary- Winnipeg. Long Journey!

I have been wanting to volunteer overseas somewhere since high school, but only now do I feel mature enough to go and actually do so. I was choosing between Tanzania and Ecuador (Ecuador for selfish reasons- Galapagos Islands), but ultimately decided on Tanzania after reading about others’ experiences.

I will try and update 1-2 times a week while I am there and before that, update when I receive information about where I am volunteering! I don’t know how to make this blog look nice or anything, but this will make do 🙂


PS. a little daily motivation:

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 7 other followers

Kind Readers!

  • 978 people who care :)

ma’ tweets!