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Tomas Kello


Home country

Slovakia

Internship city and country

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Internship employer

OUT - The Open University of Tanzania

University study field

Computer Science

Year of internship

2019

Internship length

7 weeks


Work

My internship started one week later than my colleague from Poland. We met at our accomondation on Sunday. So we went to the university on Monday together. I met my IAESTE coordinator and supervisor. All programmes I saw were online application in PHP. My first task was to copy Koha system and after that make changes to main page. Second task was to implement Google Analytics. So during my internship I made 2 courses of Google analytics and after that I implemented it.

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Experience

Accommodation was close to university in local family. Just few of them could speak english, but we had opportunity to see their daily life. We were sleeping three in one room sharing shower, kitchen and living room with everyone. (It was better then I expected the accommondation before I came). We made trips on our own, I was in Zanzibar, watching football in the national stadium, hiking in Morogoro and climbing Kilimanjaro during the internship. After my internship I made also safari. University is based on distance learning, so students are studying mostly at home. But everyone are very friendly. I found friends at university and neighbours also. About food, I love street-food, spicy and different. There are a lot of local restaurants and streets with food. Usually rice, chips, eggs, fish, meat, ugali, ...

Discover

Coming to Africa was my dream for a long time. I like to explore simple life. In Europe we have a lot of dreams, activities, knowledge. But here I saw people at small shops working every day. Most of them doesn't know how to swim even they though they live close to sea, but their life is full of happiness. Every day they were playing football in front of university on the big parking area. So first everyone had to go away with the car and then a lot of people around were also looking. I tried few times to play with them. But I was afraid of injures. They are very good and generally football in Tanzania contains more tackles. In combination with hard surface.