How even a jobless millennial can be busy

It’s crazy and I hardly believe it myself, but I’ve been so busy the last few days! The official training program for the entrepreneurs is over now and last week we had the graduation ceremony. So nice to see how proud everyone was when they received their certificate. They all dressed up so nicely and they all looked gorgeous. I only joined the last few weeks of the program, so I didn’t know all the students, but they were all very motivated and determined to make the best of their business as possible. A nice surprise of the evening: I received a certificate as well! A certificate of appreciation that I volunteer at YEP Tanzania: #lifegoals!

Last week I started to think about what I should do when the program was over and I wouldn’t have that many appointments and meetings anymore. I even considered to change my flights and leave earlier. But I’m happy I didn’t. The days flew by and I don’t even think I will have enough time to do everything I would still like to do. To answer the question what I’m doing:

  • I helped Warren making his CV and we’re working on a business plan for sports supplements;

  • I supported the coffee tour guys to make a financial plan and personal budget

  • I’m working on a promotional video for a local gym

  • I worked on a new safari booking for Christopher

  • I helped another entrepreneur to help her with a sales overview

  • I visited a shop owner to help to reduce the number of products

  • I spent a weekend the Maasai Lodge to assist during a promotional weekend with 15 tour operators who all stayed overnight

  • I am busy to prepare my own #socialimpact project to end this journey for now with a social project before the end of the year

  • I am working on the new business plan which I will share later with you

Some time back, I completed a questionnaire for alumni of the university, in which I had to say that I'm unemployed at the moment. But really, I am so happy to be jobless now! Doing this great variety of things is so incredibly inspiring and I learn more than ever. My days are filled with meetings, company visits and many hours behind the laptop in the beautiful garden of my house. And since it’s Africa also a lot of waiting. When you expect someone to be at your place at 10, they will come at 10.30 when you’re lucky, but I get very much used to this.

Another thing that takes up some time is travelling around. You have the daladala system here, which are mini buses driving from A to B and these are always full of people and you will most likely be squeezed between two big mamas. Sounds uncomfortable, but again: you get used to it and it’s only 600 TZS, which is not even €0,25. Another mode of transportation is the bodaboda, something I used a lot in Uganda, but not my favourite here. They drive very careless, ignore the red traffic lights and just don’t really care. That this can go wrong is something I, unfortunately, experienced from very close. A very bad accident happened right next to me while I was waiting for the traffic light last week. One boda with two people ignored the traffic lights, got hit by a truck and they died instantly. Very sad for everyone and again an eye-opener for me to avoid these motors as much a possible! That is also one of the reasons I walk a lot when David (the guy from YEP I’m sharing a house with) is not around. Walking to town takes about 50 minutes, so a good exercise and much safer!

Tonight we have been invited to a wedding, very random, but we will definitely go! They say the wedding is blessed when there’re mzungu’s and for us, it’s of course a very nice experience!


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