CUSO was formed in 1961 from the belief that international volunteers passing on their expertise help people contribute to their own communities. Volunteers come from both the developed and the developing nations and are placed solely at the request of their host country. They work with overseas groups on locally and nationally managed projects and this collaborative effort means benefits continue to be felt by local people long after volunteers have shared skills and returned home.
So is it worth it? Well, for what it is worth, you have to go to the fundraising site – see the Donate page – and you will realize that volunteering ain’t so cheap! But Tony feels that the effort is well worth the benefits to the farmers he will work with in Tanzania and of course he feels that the benefit to himself will far exceed whatever he can give: therefore his desire to give back.
Whenever one volunteers for an expedition such as this, one has to weigh all of the pros and cons. CUSO volunteers are often bright-eyed and bushy-tailed young things who hardly have time to turn around and wave as they bound onto the plane that will take them on an unforgettable journey. For Tony, who is solidly white-haired and has established himself in a community with friends and colleagues, a home and an orchard, he must plan and consider all the ramifications of his adventure. That being said he has decided to take the plunge and will step boldly into Africa knowing that his dear friends are behind him – pushing and pulling but always encouraging. My prediction is that he will find it well worth it!
And, of course, is the project worth all of this effort? As has been stated in the first paragraph, CUSO was established in 1961 – over 50 years ago! They must be doing something right!
Tony thanks you for your support. We hope you enjoy his adventure through this blog.
. . . . just a final note . . . . the observations of this blog are just that, observations – they are the sole responsibility of this observer, not those of CUSO-International.