My friend, Helene and I arrived in Harare in September 2018, working on an international project concerning reduction of the prevalence of HIV among adolescents in Zimbabwe. We want to get a broad perspective on the issues of HIV, and how it affect the society and the children and adolescents living in it.
Zimbabwe has more types of wild fruits than even the natives are aware of. Different parts of this small country are known for different fruits, so no matter where you go, you’ll be sure to find something that will pleasantly surprise your taste buds and your body because they are all organic
Rhino and Elephant Awareness Day by AWARE Trust. Tiritose was invited to help with the fundraising initiative for the endangered Rhino and Elephant, an event held at Old Georgians Sports Club. Tiritose helped with marketing the event, rounding up volunteers and carried out flash mobs with dancers from the Tamba Africa Ensemble at several shopping malls.
Fourth-year medical students at Ohio State University can spend 4-weeks completing a global health elective. With an MPH degree in Global Health, I knew ahead of time that I wanted to travel abroad. After hearing about Tiritose through a colleague of mine (Necrisha Roach), I knew spending my time in Zimbabwe with Tiritose was where I wanted to go for my 4-week clinical rotation in 2017.
Many Zimbabwean students drop out of school because their families can no longer afford tuition and the associated educational costs. This is an issue one American medical intern affiliated with Tiritose wanted to see change.
So, when you first arrive, particularly if it’s your first trip to Africa, everything is very different. The roads, the heat, the people, the environment and general ambience is a sense sensation. I felt quite disarmed being in Zimbabwe initially. I felt very different and a little disconcerted at the daunting venture that lay ahead.
Meet Necrisha – a medical student who came to Zimbabwe to do a global health internship. She spent 4 weeks in Harare and she shares her experience of Zimbabwe with us. Here is what she had to say:
Selfies, Facebook Likes, or a local girlfriend are quite tempting reasons to volunteer abroad. If any of these are your reasons for volunteering abroad, then I advise you to stay in your home country and have a cookie. A little harsh? Maybe! But I am quite the blunt guy.