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As week 1 in Zanzibar winds down, unofficial ambassadors reflect on the week that passed and get ready for the week ahead. Kitty Thuermer is the AUA Team Leader in Zanzibar and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Mali. Check out photos from the volunteers below!
Who knew that Mango Gelati ice-cream would be so popular on the island?
“Mwalimu” is a Kiswahili term of respect given to teachers. Here, in the AUA apartment in Stone Town, Mwalimu Joseph Mwamba teaches unofficial ambassadors to serve with pride, in Kiswahili.
Dazzling starfish are easily spotted in the clear aqua waters of Prison Island.
Prison Island guide Ibrahim Hammis Hamad acquaints Katrina Marks with one of the ancient tortoises who find their home there. Some of them are almost 200 years old.
In the evening glow of a seaside sunset, AUA Zanzibar Volunteers reflect on their week’s work.
Camila Linneman is delighted with the stunning starfish whose beaches the group shared on Prison Island.
School children of all ages and sporting a variety of uniforms spill out onto the narrow labyrinthine streets of Stone Town.
JAWS CORNER is a Stone Town hub where Zanzibaris can drink strong black coffee and loudly debate the upcoming elections.AUA Volunteers Katrina Marks and Brieanna Griffin — here with Director Ulrica de Silva — had to assure their parents there were no Great Whites lurking offshore.