Did you ever wonder what an ETI volunteer does on a visit to Tanzania? Here is a peek into some of the things we did on the last visit. Who knows, maybe this could be you!
Our three volunteers on this visit were Dr. Jeff Carithers, who manages the Improving Women’s Health Program (IWHP), Carol Putz, who was on her 5th trip, and is also involved in many activities in the Lutheran Church companionship, and Jean Morgan, who is an RN, and was there visiting for the first time. In addition, ETI volunteer Justin Rewerts led a trip with his co-worker George Dugan to do some work repairing wells, and meet with Rotary about a potential water project. This is Justin’s second ETI trip, and George’s first.
Justin (left) and George (right) arrived a week before we did, and got right to work.
The whole gang: left to right, Eli Kisimbo, Phil Latessa, Jean Morgan, Sheri Krumm, Jeff Carithers, Elias Leasa, and Carol Putz
Dr. Jeff, Phil and Efrancia discuss the IWHP Training Workshop
Jean got to do a little hand’s on work at a local clinic
Ah, the Community Health Educators do love their Dr. Jeff!!
Jean was able to collect some supplies from the Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa, where she works. She brought them over and presented them at the Same Hospital to some VERY grateful nurses
Yes, we use this too!
Carol and Jean did some traveling around to learn more about this part of Tanzania. The day included seeing this waterfall, which they drove up to after this pic was taken.
One thing our volunteers love about this trip is how much exposure they get to everyday life. We get WAY off the beaten path, sometimes, and it allows a glimpse into something the tourists just never see. Reality.
Visiting a local market is always a favorite
Until you have been presented with a kanga, and are the object of all the singing and dancing, you simply cannot imagine how much fun it is!
Getting to know women in a totally different culture, like the Maasai, was a big part of Jean’s experience. This visit to the Pangaro Women’s Health Clinic included way more than just seeing a clinic. It was also about making new friends.
You haven’t traveled in Tanzania until you’ve been packed like sardines inside a Land Cruiser. We decided this one could have held at least 6 more people and a goat!
Carol was extremely helpful in our visits to Palliative Care sites and our discussions about how things were going, and what could be improved. She also participated in conversations re: gender based violence, where her background as a family counselor really made a difference.
Seriously? Would we even think of bringing volunteers to Tanzania without visiting a game park? I don’t think so!
Who doesn’t love a bibi (grandmother)? Apparently not Pendo…she adored hanging out with bibi Jean.
I think they had a good time!
If you are interested in getting involved, just contact Sheri Krumm at firstname.lastname@example.org.