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Pavel Čermák, CTU Prague,ročník 2
About the country
Location of the place
I lived in a hostel next to the institute, so it was really close to work. It was a quite small town and quite far from the other big cities and other trainees.
Lushoto is a small city located in Usambaras mountains, people there are really friendly and you can do a lot of trips around to discover surroundings area like waterfalls, rainforest etc. In the town, you can find everything you need, from clothes, food to electronics.
Surroundings (possible trips, ...)
Around the city there is a lot of mountains, views, waterfalls, and rainforests, so feel free to just walk around, almost every place there is really beautiful.
All employers in the institute were friendly and if I needed something they were happy to help me. Also, all of them was really happy if they can learn something new and also they listen and try to apply my ideas. It was really motivating to work with them.
Mostly time in the institute I developed and configure a library system, on few last days I designed a database for their student management system. Also sometimes if somebody have some problem with computer I helped them to repair it, but it was rare.
Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)
I had accommodation from IAESTE so I did not have to pay for it, so the salary was sufficient to get food or to grab some beer sometimes or go for some small day trip around.
Almost everybody (in the whole country) speaks English, so it is not so hard to find someone to communicate with if you need something. I think that middle English level is ok to be able to work there and easily communicate.
Accommodation (price, who provided it)
I had accommodation in a hostel next to the institute and local IAESTE paid for it so I don't know the price.
Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organised events...)
IAESTE members will pick you at the airport and help you to get to the accommodation. Also they organize some events, but I was about 6 hours bus drive from other trainees and IAESTE members, so I did not participate.
Meeting other foreign students
As I said, I was only one trainee in the Lushoto and all other trainees were in Dar es Salaam which is about 6 hours bus drive, so I meet only a few of them last few days before my departure.
Sport and culture
In the institute you can join their jogging club or in the city you can visit some local pubs and clubs.
Food, local specialties
Street food is really good and cheap.
Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic
I had an internet in the institute and also in the hostel, so I can communicate easily with people from Czech.
Recommendations for students who will go to the same place
Take some books or movies with you, evening in Lushoto could be quite boring sometimes. Don't forget some warm clothes, Lushoto is in the mountains so during the day there is usually 20 degrees and during the night it can drop to 12 degrees.
What not to forget with you
Movies, books, games.
Benefits of the internship
Tanzania is a lot of about communication and negotiating the price. Also, it is quite a long time, where everything you need, you need to settle up or ask for it or you will not get, so it will give you some confidence and after all of that you will not have a problem to talk to people or to ask for anything.
Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country
When I needed anything they were happy to help me.
Overall experience with IAESTE
It was a really good experience at all.
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