Turnbull Tech Training College

In September 2020, I visited Iringa for two weeks. Daudi, the owner and CEO of Turnbull Tech Training College, invited me to volunteer and teach English, German and computer skills.

Teachers and Me at the College

I applied for a new Worldpackers host in Iringa, Tanzania, in September. At that time, I was in Moshi for leisure. I met friends through the app Couchsurfing for hiking and living local life. I had a short Zoom Meeting with Daudi, the director of the Turnbull Tech College. He approved my inquiry and on the following day, I took a bus from Moshi to Arusha. I stayed one day in Arusha, where I met Upendo from Couchsurfing. She showed me around in the city and assisted me in buying a bus ticket to Iringa. I introduced her to Worldpackers and explained how she could sign up with her organization.

I got up early to catch the bus at 05:00 AM the next day. The journey to Iringa was about twelve hours. In Dodoma, I bought chips for lunch. At 06:00 PM, I arrived in Iringa, where I called Daudi to pick me up. Together we went to the Neema Craft Guest House, where I got my private room for the upcoming two weeks! After a quick shower, we went for dinner nearby—chicken with ugali and a cold soda. At 09:00 PM, I was back in my room and prepared for my first day at the college.

Daily routine:

I stayed at Neema Craft Guest House and took my breakfast every morning at 07:00 AM. Around 08:00 AM, I took a Bajaji to Majembe, located at the college. Together with the local teachers, we prepared the classes. I did English and German sessions at 11:00 AM for an hour.

For lunch, I went with Daudi and Castory, the teacher for tourism, to a nearby restaurant. Back at 01:00 PM, I did an activity with the students and teachers. The goal was to have a website for the college at the end of my stay. First, we used my camera equipment to take pictures and clips. Then, I taught students and Daudi how to build their website.

In the evening I went with Daudi and a student for dinner. Then, at 09:00 PM, I was back at the Guest House to rest.

On weekends I visited famous locations with the teachers and students in Iringa town.

Overview volunteering expenses from 20th until 4th October.

  • Bus from Arusha to Iringa $16
  • SIM Card (Vodacom) and Data package $15
  • Bajaji each morning to the College $0.25
  • Volunteer Fee at your own discretion $50
  • Total $81.25

The host provides a private room in a hotel, guest house or dormitory with a mosquito net and electricity. There is a heater for warm water or you can boil the water in a pot. For a small fee, laundry is available. I took my clothes to the college and washed them together with the students. Wi-Fi is not provided, but you should buy a SIM card and other necessities together with the students. The college paid all expenses for the room and food during my stay. Daudi asks for a volunteer fee at your discretion. This was one of the best hospitalities I have ever had.

Students in Turnball

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