May 29, 2012
Each spring, four staff members from the Arusha office visit the United States for an all-expense paid, two-week trip, courtesy of Rick and Judi. We are always so excited to welcome our friends and share a little bit of our lives with them. It is truly a treat for us! This year, we welcomed our Senior Guides, Freddie and Mustafa, Trip Manager, Shamim and Nyumba Camp Chef, Herriel.
Boston staff and Tanzanian guests gather for a logistics meeting in our conference room
During their stay in Boston, we talked shop, explored major attractions like the New England Aquarium, went bowling and had a taste of a variety of cuisines from both local restaurants and Rick & Judi’s backyard grill.
Then, they were off! Past Thomson guests from all over the country heard about the annual staff visit and extended all-expenses-paid invitations for the staff to visit places like Arizona, New York, California, Vermont, Pennsylvania and Colorado. Old friendships were rekindled and new ones were made. Needless to say, everyone had a great time exploring America!
May 22, 2012
Thomson Safaris sponsored a group of Maasai women from several villages in Loliondo to participate in Arusha’s International Women’s Day activities in March.
International Women’s Day celebrates the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present and future. The events, which are held annually across the world, range from seminars, conferences, and to political rallies and networking events. Women from all over Tanzania gathered for this multi-day conference under the theme of “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures.”
Over the course of a few days, the Maasai women attended seminars on topics such as domestic violence, entrepreneurship, human rights, HIV/AIDS and Female Genital Cutting (FGC). The seminars not only increased their awareness about these issues relevant to their daily lives, but also supplied the women with strategies and knowledge to work on these issues and to improve their quality of life.
Maasai women rally at International Women`s Day
Selling Maasai beadwork
Selling Maasai beadwork
Maasai women attending International Women`s Day seminars
The Loliondo women not only enjoyed learning the valuable information covered at the Women’s Day events but also found modern life in Arusha to be a learning experience in itself. Most of these women have never left their remote villages, which made Arusha’s busy streets and crowds, along with things we take for granted, like electricity, an eye-opening experience.
The women intend to share their newly-gained knowledge about women’s rights, violence prevention, and the importance of better access to education for girls with their communities.