“It seems strange that I’ve been in Africa for two weeks now. The customs and cultures were hard to get used to but now seem second nature. I’m staying in Arusha, Tanzania for three months to work as an Intern at Arusha Women Legal Aid and Human Rights Organization. So far, I have been kept very busy; I have completed applications for grants, strategic plans, guidebooks and I have visited court to watch some of the cases involving our clients.
The legal process is so different over here, but already I feel as though my work with the organization is making a huge difference. Women are often disadvantaged in Eastern Africa because of underlying patriarchy and tribal views, but organizations such as AWLAHURIO are working hard to try to change this.
I am so excited to see what the organization can achieve over the next three months and cannot wait to meet women from all walks of life. I am amazed by their passion and determination despite being ostracized, abused and neglected in the eyes of the law.
Tanzania has proven a perfect place for me to volunteer, the people are friendly, the atmosphere lively and there are plenty of things to do on my days off. From visiting Masai tribes, exploring the waterfalls on Mt Meru or discovering wonderful crafts at the markets, the Arusha region is definitely feeding my wanderlust!”