In the end of June 2014, I left Oslo to Tanzania for my field work. I remember when the day of departure came, I couldn’t believe that I was going to rejoin my family again after 10 months stays in Norway. Yes, I can tell you, Ihave enjoyed my stay in Tanzania especially being closer to my wife Faraja and beloved daughters Alice-Elizabeth, Jane-rose and Doreen-Faith. I have also enjoyed the whole process of data collection here in Tanzania and I am still working on my data collection. I have learned many things so far and through this engagement, I have pointed out several challenges that one need to understand and try to see how he/she can overcome especially when doing field work in the home country.
- Finding out research participants
- Distraction from family-social issues around the community which may cause loose in focus
- Time management especially from the study participants (Late arrivals) due to many factors including traffic jam etc
- Long wait of clearance from the ethical committees in developing countries
- Telephone Communication with study participants (Wrong numbers or using relatives ‘phone number)
- Distance from where the study participants come from to the study sites