Name: Adelina Michael
Position with World Unite: Country Coordinator Tanzania
Languages: English, Swedish, German, Swahili, Iraqw
Adelina is from the village of Katesh near Tarangire National Park and belongs to the Iraqw tribe. She has studied international finance in Arusha, then worked with Tanzania's largest tour operator before joining World Unite. Since 2009, she is World Unite! Tanzania main country coordinator.
What is your role at World Unite!?
I am the Tanzania Coordinator for World Unite! and safari Operations Manager! I am responsible for local administration, keeping track of finances, supporting participants, including arranging their pick-ups and drop-offs at the airport. Also I take the participants through cultural orientation, site orientation, and I introduce the participants to their respective placements and meeting them from time to time to discuss the experiences they make at work and in the local environment discussing some interesting cultural experiences and lifestyle in comparison to their culture. I'm also managing and coordinating the safari/trekking/cultural tours in Tanzania.
What do you enjoy the most about working at World Unite!?
I enjoy the nature of the work, it is always exciting meeting different people from different parts of the world, and introducing them to our culture. Also I learn a lot from them and it is an amazing intercultural learning opportunity to work at World Unite! Also, I enjoy very much the feeling of being free to work from anywhere, I can work while in a bus, ferry, plane going somewhere, and I can travel to another continent and work from there - it is just great.
World Unite! has the best director (The founding director of World Unite!). He is our guide to self empowerment, a true leader and inspiration! Moreover, World Unite! has the best team of colleagues from different parts of the world that make work exciting, and we learn a lot from each other.
What place in Moshi do you find most enjoyable to spend your leisure time at?
Moshi has so much to offer. The nature is amazing. I enjoy being in the nature especially on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. Materuni waterfalls is my favorite place. It is always green around these highest waterfalls. Sitting in front of the waterfalls on a stone, closing my eyes, and just listening the amazing works of nature – that is something I enjoy!
In Moshi town I enjoy to sit at Maembe lounge, which is an outdoor restaurant where you sit under mango trees. They also have delicious meals and drinks.
What is your favourite local food, and where can it be found?
My favourite local food is Chapati Choroko Nazi (Chapati is similar to Indian Roti, Choroko nazi is Green lentils cooked in coconut cream). It can be found at two places in Moshi, but the best one is at Maembe café.
What should participants coming to Moshi make sure not to miss?
There are many interesting things to see, to do, and taste in Moshi. Cooked bananas, banana soup, banana beer, and wine are a specialty from Moshi, so one should not miss to taste these.
For exclusive experiences from the native tribe from Moshi, Chagga land tour would be the best over the weekend. It is a full day trip and it is explained in detail on the budget safari website. Other things not to miss out on is a day trek, or full trek, to outstanding Kilimanjaro. 2,3,4 or 5 days safari to the Northern of Tanzania to Ngorongoro crater, Serengeti, Tarangire, and Lake Manyara, or a daytrip to Arusha National park, or a Camel riding safari with a local Maasai guide, and a lot more.
Do you have any hobbies or special interests, and where can you do your hobbies in Moshi?
My hobbies are to play volleyball, do aerobics, learn languages, and watch movies.
What is the most memorable experience with a World Unite! participant you can recall ?
I have lots of wonderful memories with World Unite! Participants! I see World Unite! as one big worldwide family and friends! I have made lots of friends and we have shared so much and kept contact for many years and moreover we have been visiting each other. Most of the former participants coming back to Tanzania for a visit would always write us so we can meet or even stay with us in our homes.
The few times I have travelled to Europe I have met the participants. Some even travelled from the neighboring countries so we can meet. I have shared so much with the participants from cooking together, playing games, doing trips together and hiking together. It’s just wonderful being part of all these. I also particularly enjoyed that many participants attended my wedding.