Name: Joseph Lucas Mweri
Role with World Unite!: Support of participants
Languages: English, Swahili, Mbugu
Joseph is a coordinator for our participants in Moshi and also often picks up our participants from Kilimanjaro Airport.
What did you do before starting your work at World Unite!?
Before starting with World Unite! I was doing my Bachelor Degree. In between my studies I was a trainee at Tanzania Airport Authority (TAA) for three months, and then in 2016 I did an internship at SUMATRA (surface and marine regulatory authority) also for three months. I graduated in August 2017, and then I started working for World Unite! as a part time worker for several activities as far as supports of participant is concerned.
What is your role at World Unite!?
My roles are to be responsible of airport transfers (Pick up and drop offs), other transfers (to and from Arusha, to and from Mto wa mbu for safaris, also I am a driver for daytrips, I offer town orientations and city tours to volunteers and clients, and I assist in the finance department.
What do you enjoy the most about working at World Unite!?
There are many things I enjoy working with World Unite!.
For the team it is openness and transparency, working hard, helping each other, hospitality and so forth which unite us all as a family. We enjoy the time at work and have a working spirit and not tiresome moments. About the participants I enjoy to meet up with people from different countries, with different cultures, as its an opportunity to learn different things from every corner of the world. Also the unforgettable moments with participants as they come as the clients and leave as friends.
What place in Moshi do you find most enjoyable to spend your leisure time at?
I enjoy spending my leisure time in Moshi district, which is in the Kilimanjaro region. Most of my enjoyable places are: Playing and football grounds, the Red stone night club, Home (east or west home is the best), coffee union, and gym.
What is your favorite local food, and where can it be found?
My favourite local foods are Ugali (also known as Fufu in Nigeria and Ghana), Wali (rice) & beans, and the brown rice known as Pilau. These foods can be found in all of Moshi's local restaurants, for example at the Fresh Coach restaurant near the clock tower, Taj maal near kindoroko hotel, and in Bush and Town restaurant.
What should participants coming to Moshi make sure not to miss?
Water falls, chagga land, the local beer from chagga people known as Mbege, the good view of mount Kilimanjaro, the beer, the friendly and hospitality of the people from Moshi, Red Stone which is one among the best night club in Moshi, the local food which is super delicious and last but not least the African culture.
Do you have any hobbies or special interests, and where can you do your hobbies in Moshi?
Playing football (home and sometimes at the Ushirika playing grounds), watch movies, reading books and magazines, listening to music, dancing (at Red Stone), doing some exercise work out, making new friends, telling stories, traveling around the world.
What is the most memorable episode that you have experienced with a World Unite! participant?
We are living with World Unite! participant as a family in which we share life experiences, have fun, tell stories, do some exercise and sports together – those are all unforgettable moments.