Volunteers from three different corners of the world

MSABI has recently welcomed three volunteers to the team, Katie Ryland, Kate Hyland and Tom Elliott. While Kate and Katie have similar names, they have traveled from different ends of the worlds to bring diverse experience and knowledge to MSABI. Additionally Tom brings a wealth of experience to share with MSABI over the coming year.  

Katie Ryland came from Britain in August to join MSABI, for a three month internship. She just graduated from university, with a degree in History, and was awarded a Scott-Stone Scholarship to facilitate this placement. For the last four years, she has been involved with a student-run WASH charity, and has volunteered in Nepal. For the past month, Katie has been focused upon the water kiosk project, working closely with staff to develop a marketing strategy and a timeline for implementation. She will continue to be involved with kiosk project, as well as assisting with policy reviews and building capacity for a general coordinator role.

“With a background in WASH charities, albeit at a student level, it seemed natural to explore the WASH sector further, and gain a deeper understanding of how projects run in country. I’m enjoying working with the MSABI team, and look forward to my next two months here.” Katie Ryland

Kate Hyland is a Groundwater Scientist who was recruited through Australians Volunteers International (AVI) to work with MSABI for the next year.  Since completing her Bachelor of Environmental Science


Honours in Hydrogeology, she has worked doing similar WASH work in the Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga and across Australia. Kate’s role is to help expand and improve MSABI's water quality testing and WASH research methodology through staff capacity building.

"I have always sort rewarding but challenging job opportunities and I look forward to collaborating with MSABI to help current and future programs WASH through sharing technical and research experience." Kate Hyland

Tom Elliott is a writer and communications specialist with experience in nonprofit marketing. He recently moved to Ifakara from Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., and was put in touch with MSABI. After meeting the team, he volunteered to help with reporting, grant writing, and marketing over the next year.  Tom is a graduate of Wabash College and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He’s previously freelanced in web design and online communications for a mix of clients, and worked in online and print communications for a US nonprofit with national reach. 

“I’m excited to work with MSABI, I am very impressed with their WASH programming and their business-incubation goals, which impact the community far beyond their initial work.”  Tom Elliott