After 8 months spent in Tanzania, it will be soon the time to say goodbye, pack my stuff, come back to France and continue my studies but it is also the time to do the assessment of this amazing experience.
This internship was a really good experience. I could meet some interesting people, and a very welcoming country. It was the first time that I left my family for 9 months because I already lived with my parents.
I researched an internship which permitted to discover another culture, and I am not disappointed. I meet a lot of persons with different cultures. I discovered some amazing landscapes. For the New Year, I assisted at massai dance. It was a spectacular experience.
I could discover the country. For example, during 5 days, I did a photo safari. I spent two days in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where I saw a lot of animals (Lion, cheetah, leopard, gnu, giraffe, and gazelle). I slept in our camps in the middle of the bush. The night, I could hear the roaring of the lion and the cackle of hyena. Then I went to the park of Manyara and Tarangire. I could integrate myself at this new country and at this new culture in order to live a fully experience.
I worked during more than 8 months in Tanzania and the way of work is very different compared to France. I managed different kinds of jobs (Waiter, Tent Attendant, Camp manager, Tailors, Carpenters) Do you know a lot of young person like me who manage more than 40 persons? I don’t think so… It was a great opportunity to improve my skills in management and in Logistics. I lived some moments more difficult like in July and in August where I worked 7 days/7 from 8am to 7pm. I was very tired but I had to be available for the managers of the different camps (5 camps in July and August) and for the drivers all the time. It is a reality!!!! Managing in tourism is 24hours/24 – 7days/7 in order to satisfy the dreams of the clients! It was the challenge chosen and I think I succeed it.
To conclude, I will finish my internship in 1 week, I lived great moments, and I will not forget this experience, the persons that I met and the employees of Corto Safaris. In 2 weeks, I will come back to France, I will meet again my family and my friends that I have not seen since 9 months and I will continue my studies at ITEEM. It will be a big change, I will not have responsibilities like that and I will find again a civilized country with the running water and without electricity cut.
I leave you with some pictures of animals.
photo taken by Alban WATINE