St. Justine’s School

In October 2020, I visited Kidatu for ten days. Jema, the owner of St. Justine’s School in Kidatu, invited me to volunteer and do activities with the teachers and children.

St. Justine's School in Kidatu

I took a bus at 07:00 AM in Iringa Town. Together with teacher Castory from Turnbull Tech College, we bought my ticket to Kidatu in district Kilombero. It was a journey of approximately eight hours. Fifteen minutes before my arrival, I called Jema, my next Worldpackers host.  He picked me up in town and we drove to his house. At 06 PM we had dinner and I moved into the new bedroom. Together with his son Justin who is twelve years old and attends secondary school, we spent the evening in the living room. At 09:00 PM, I went to rest.

Daily routine:

Every morning, I got up before 07:00 AM and went with Justin to the primary school that Jema built with Future Chances Project’s help in 2017.

Website: Future Chances

It is a twenty minutes walk that leads along with farms and neighborhoods. At 08:00 AM, about two hundred kids and orphans have arrived. There are two buildings and each is divided into two classrooms. One facility has attached a library and the director’s head office. Jema let me use it to prepare my classes and activities with the teachers and children. At 10:00 AM, the nearby kitchen, operated by two women, cooked breakfast for me and porridge for the children. Then, from 10:30 AM until noon, I took the kids together with one teacher to learn English in the classrooms. After lunch at 01:00 PM, I taught Justin and one teacher how to fly the drone and edit footage on their Windows 7 laptop for their new website.

Website: St. Justine School

Usually, around 04:00 PM, we went back to the house for dinner and spent the rest of the evening at a local bar or restaurant until 09:00 PM. Sometimes we stayed until sunset at the school where the kids play football.

Overview travel expenses from 06th until 16th October.

  • Bus from Iringa to Kilombero $4
  • Volunteer Fee $0
  • Total $4

The host provides a private room with a mosquito net and electricity in his house. The bathroom is African style without warm water. For a small fee, laundry is available. Wi-Fi is not provided, but you should buy a SIM card and other necessities with Justin. There is no volunteer fee needed.

Teachers and Children of St. Justine's School

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