About Me

Leybato

Me, happy on the beach in Fajara, The Gambia, where horses and rugby games appear before your eyes

For the next two years, I will be working as a VSO (Volunteer Services Overseas) volunteer in the village of Kamachumu, in the Kagera region of Tanzania, which actually comes up on Google Maps.  The Canadian division of VSO, CUSO-VSO, sends volunteers to developing countries to fill professional positions.  In this case, my position is “Livestock and Agribusiness Development Advisor” with the Tanzanian NGO KAVIPE (Kamachumu Vision for Poverty Eradication).  I get to mix my education in agriculture, my love of animals and farming, my passion for community, my hunger for learning and my sense of social responsibility into a two year rollercoaster ride. My father has been known to describe my love of a good challenge as beating myself over the head with a large stick. Personally, I like to describe that as “being engaged” or “working hard”; essentially, I thrive on challenges, and I think this will be one worth recording.

Last year, I spent six months as a CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) intern in West Africa, through the Montreal-based NGO REAP (Resource Efficient Agricultural Production)-Canada. We worked mostly with two local organisations in the Gambia, sometimes crossing the border to a third in Senegal. My experience there was an important element in my decision to pursue a second placement in Africa, and I expect to write about West Africa as I interpret my experiences here in Tanzania. Thus far, the Gambia and Senegal months have remained roughly transcribed in stories told to friends and scribbled journal entries. I’m excited to have a forum for them, as well.

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  1. Meghan Miller

     /  October 19, 2011

    I love your dad’s comment! it made me laugh out lound. Thank you for emailing me your blog page. I will try to check it out once a week so I can get an update from you. Miss you much! i think about you often and wonder how you are doing. I think your blog page is an awesome idea to keep us involved in the new challange you have taken on.
    Love Meeghan

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  2. meeghan

     /  October 16, 2012

    In need of a new updated blog post!!! Please?! I want to know what you’ve been doing. 🙂

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