How It Feels to Volunteer at a School in Africa

An experience that will live in our hearts forever.

In Tanzania, we spent mornings teaching English and afternoons refurbishing a classroom.

Each of these tasks offered unexpected rewards and challenges and resulted in emotions and memories that will last our lifetimes… CONTINUE READING >>

An experience that will live in our hearts forever.

In Tanzania, we spent mornings teaching English and afternoons refurbishing a classroom.

Each of these tasks offered unexpected rewards and challenges and resulted in emotions and memories that will last our lifetimes… CONTINUE READING >>

Charms of the Chagga People of Tanzania

The Chagga family philosophy extends beyond their borders; they believe that all of humankind is family.

Our stay in the tiny village of Rau, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, immersed us in a culture that welcomed us as next of kin.

Follow your GypsyNesters as we travel deep into Tanzania, learning from the Chagga about dance and music, farming and playing, family and friendship… CONTINUE READING >>

The Chagga family philosophy extends beyond their borders; they believe that all of humankind is family.

Our stay in the tiny village of Rau, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, immersed us in a culture that welcomed us as next of kin.

Follow your GypsyNesters as we travel deep into Tanzania, learning from the Chagga about dance and music, farming and playing, family and friendship… CONTINUE READING >>

We Climbed Kilimanjaro! Well, Sort Of

We’re talking about the biggest freestanding mountain in the world, rising over nineteen thousand feet!

Fantastic waterfalls, wonderful people, fascinating legends, vile brew, an unusual apology and a very amicable Plan B awaited us on the slopes of Kilimanjaro… CONTINUE READING >>

We’re talking about the biggest freestanding mountain in the world, rising over nineteen thousand feet!

Fantastic waterfalls, wonderful people, fascinating legends, vile brew, an unusual apology and a very amicable Plan B awaited us on the slopes of Kilimanjaro… CONTINUE READING >>

Our Top Instagram Photos of 2015! Happy 2016!

Wow – what a year! We’re so grateful for tons of travel, the release of Going Gypsy, new friends from all
over the world (that includes YOU!), and a spectacular wedding!

Our most liked photos on Instagram included our African photo safaris in Tanzania and South Africa, our river cruise through Holland and Belgium, and our bike tour in Sicily.

Cheers to 2016 everyone – let’s make it shine!

Leave us a message here

Follow us on Instagram – don’t miss a single pic in 2016!

Wow – what a year! We’re so grateful for tons of travel, the release of Going Gypsy, new friends from all
over the world (that includes YOU!), and a spectacular wedding!

Our most liked photos on Instagram included our African photo safaris in Tanzania and South Africa, our river cruise through Holland and Belgium, and our bike tour in Sicily.

Cheers to 2016 everyone – let’s make it shine!

Leave us a message here

Follow us on Instagram – don’t miss a single pic in 2016!

How the Stunning African Batik Silhouettes are Made

Ever wonder how the beautiful silhouette scenes of Africa make it on to fabric?

We did and, as part of our Discover Corps experience in Tanzania, we learned the secret.

We even got to try our hand at making our own.
The method is called batik and the process uses colorful dyes — controlled by… CONTINUE READING >>

Ever wonder how the beautiful silhouette scenes of Africa make it on to fabric?

We did and, as part of our Discover Corps experience in Tanzania, we learned the secret.

We even got to try our hand at making our own.
The method is called batik and the process uses colorful dyes — controlled by… CONTINUE READING >>

How to Get Trapped in a Giant Crater with Wild Animals – and Love it!

Ngorongoro Crater is a funny name no doubt, but it just might be the best place on the planet to see exotic animals up close in the wild.

The crater formed a few million years ago when a massive volcano collapsed onto itself leaving the largest intact caldera in the world.

The collapse also created… CONTINUE READING >>

Ngorongoro Crater is a funny name no doubt, but it just might be the best place on the planet to see exotic animals up close in the wild.

The crater formed a few million years ago when a massive volcano collapsed onto itself leaving the largest intact caldera in the world.

The collapse also created… CONTINUE READING >>

Meeting Africa’s Mysterious Maasai Across Culture and Time

In the Great Rift Valley of Tanzania, Africa we took a journey of a hundreds of miles, and a thousand years. 

Join us as we discover a world of the seldom seen and meet a people who live in an area so remote there is little communication with the outside world.

We visit a family with eleven wives in a terrain so harsh and dry that drinking blood provides much needed nourishment and hydration.

And yet… CONTINUE READING >>

In the Great Rift Valley of Tanzania, Africa we took a journey of a hundreds of miles, and a thousand years. 

Join us as we discover a world of the seldom seen and meet a people who live in an area so remote there is little communication with the outside world.

We visit a family with eleven wives in a terrain so harsh and dry that drinking blood provides much needed nourishment and hydration.

And yet… CONTINUE READING >>

Hunting the Big 5 with our Camera – Safari South African Style


As luck would have it.

The phrase doesn’t necessarily refer to good luck; sometimes it can preface a lament of ill fortune.

In the case of our photo safari in South Africa, as luck would have it, we were about as (good) lucky as anyone could get… CONTINUE READING >>


As luck would have it.

The phrase doesn’t necessarily refer to good luck; sometimes it can preface a lament of ill fortune.

In the case of our photo safari in South Africa, as luck would have it, we were about as (good) lucky as anyone could get… CONTINUE READING >>

East Africa Unveiled: A Live Blog

Our volunteer vacation continues as we explore East Africa…

We’ve completely fallen in love with our students at our school!

Check out how our service projects are progressing and join us on an incredible photo safari in beautiful Tanzania… CONTINUE READING >>

Our volunteer vacation continues as we explore East Africa…

We’ve completely fallen in love with our students at our school!

Check out how our service projects are progressing and join us on an incredible photo safari in beautiful Tanzania… CONTINUE READING >>

Our Voluntourism Adventure in Tanzania: A Live Blog

Our volunteer vacation continues as we explore Tanzania…

Your GypsyNesters continue to explore Africa in the best way possible – by helping as we go!

We’re continuing our service project to village children by teaching and fixing up their school,  meeting the colorful Chagga people, and going deep into seldom seen Massai lands where we’ll encounter a world we’d never dreamed we’d experience… CONTINUE READING >> 

Our volunteer vacation continues as we explore Tanzania…

Your GypsyNesters continue to explore Africa in the best way possible – by helping as we go!

We’re continuing our service project to village children by teaching and fixing up their school,  meeting the colorful Chagga people, and going deep into seldom seen Massai lands where we’ll encounter a world we’d never dreamed we’d experience… CONTINUE READING >> 

Our Journey into Africa: A Live Blog

Join us LIVE as we journey into Africa for the first time…

So happy to be bringing you along on our first voluntourism experience!

We are honored that we will be teaching children and making structural improvements to their school, but we will be learning too! Learning about the customs and traditions of the people of Tanzania.

In our free time, we’ll be photographing the incredible wildlife and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (well, a little bit)… CONTINUE READING >>

Join us LIVE as we journey into Africa for the first time…

So happy to be bringing you along on our first voluntourism experience!

We are honored that we will be teaching children and making structural improvements to their school, but we will be learning too! Learning about the customs and traditions of the people of Tanzania.

In our free time, we’ll be photographing the incredible wildlife and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (well, a little bit)… CONTINUE READING >>