2016 Volunteer Highlights

August 30, 2016 2:31 pm Published by

JBFC’s COO in Tanzania, Seth Diemond, Administrative Director, Melinda Wulf, and Logistics Coordinator, Paula Casimiro, represent our international staff on our flagship campus in Tanzania. They welcomed nearly 100 volunteers, both returning and new, to our 70-acre campus on the shores of Lake Victoria. While these volunteers have made hundreds, if not thousands, of memories with our girls, students and workers on our campus, here’s a sample of some of our team’s favorite moments from the past three months.

Community service

Watching the success of all of the community service and peer-to-peer projects this year was outstanding and will have a lasting impact on our campus and our community. From Sarah Lawrence College’s help with family literacy to Steamboat and Deerfield’s work with permaculture to trash pick-up and Malaria awareness, our visitors this summer helped launch community service and outreach programs with long-term impacts and benefits for our community. 

One of our favorite days on campus this summer was the Olympics Day that Lawrenceville helped organize with our Dean of Students, Mr. Samo and some of the JBFC girls. We invited Mavuno Village, a nearby organization, to participate. It was all-around fun during the school break. 

 Returning volunteers/interns/chaperones

One of our favorite things every summer is to see both the way our returning volunteers/interns/chaperones have grown and changed since their last visit as well as seeing the pure joy of our staff, students, and girls when a familiar face pulls up in the car from the airport. Just more proof of how special these friendships are!
Work with our younger students 
We loved seeing the Holland Hall chaperones and students work with our youngest kids at primary school. Our kids loved it and we think it was a great and rewarding experience for the students from the U.S. 
Prayer Time

Brunswick singing “12 Days of Christmas” at their last prayer time will not be forgotten any time in the near future!

Children of Africa Day

The entire day’s luau-themed celebration and the ensuing water fight (that claimed Seth’s phone) was one to remember. Holland Hall students as well as Molly and Anna Sokolosky did a wonderful job planning what turned out to be a super fun day, and a great way to celebrate all of our girls! Click here to see more photos from Children of Africa Day 2016.

We would like to say a big “THANK YOU” to all of our volunteers this summer for the wonderful memories! Please come back soon!

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