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Trip of a lifetime to Tanzania

I had the chance to meet Steven and Irene, two wonderful children sponsored by the diligent and generous fundraising efforts of Mrs Goldston’s Grade 7 class at RGS.
I had the chance to meet Steven and Irene, two wonderful children sponsored by the diligent and generous fundraising efforts of Mrs Goldston’s Grade 7 class at RGS.

‘Jambo’!

‘Poa’, sang a choir of delightful Tanzanian children, cheeky smiles from ear to ear, bustling shyly for the attention o f this unknowing ‘mzungu’. 

In December 2013, I travelled to Tanzania with Global Immersion, a company dedicated to uniting the youth of the world.

Founder Bernie Kelly resonates enthusiasm, dedication and passion through his wonderful ways, creating an extraordinary experience that takes its place among my most worthwhile and unforgettable memories.

I signed up to the journey with zero expectations, returning home with a wealth of cultural knowledge, much self-discovery, many treasured Tanzanian rafikis and a deeply ingrained confidence in humanity.

In 2002, Australian Gemma Sisia established the fully charity funded School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania. She grasped an opportunity to improve the quality of others’ lives, and twelve years later her once small scale school has had a magnificent impact upon 1600 of the most disadvantaged African children and their families.

To make sure parcels arrive and incur no expenses for the school

  • Please do NOT register or insure any mail as it costs the school at least USD $25 in taxes at our end.
  • Mark all parcels as being “second-hand goods” or “personal gifts”.
  • Ensure the description of goods written on the parcel matches the actual items inside as customs and postal staff frequently inspect contents of parcels.
  • Please label all parcels clearly with the first and last name of the recipient and your full name.
  • Please put the value of the package at no more than US$10 (the lower the better).
  • Ensure that your parcel is LESS THAN 2KG. We have been advised that parcels less than 2KG are technically tax-free regardless of content, but this is not guaranteed by all postal workers.
 

Tax-free items include books, personal goods and anything that is not new. Used goods, used clothes, etc…(please remove labels and packaging from all items before sending them)

Keep in mind that parcels sent by airmail can take up to four months to get here (sea mail is even longer – often 12+ months!), so don’t worry if it takes a while for us to let you know the parcel has arrived.