Volunteer

Teaching

Volunteers on the Teaching project in Tanzania work in Orphanages schools, English-medium schools or government schools, where the presence of volunteers is beneficial in opening the minds and broadening the horizons of the students, along with exposing them to native spoken English. Children in Tanzania love to attend school, often starting as young as 3 years old, and wherever possible, children hope to stay in school until at least 14 years old, as education is highly valued in Tanzanian society. Teaching volunteers work by themselves or alongside local teachers and other volunteers, teaching subjects such as, English, Math, Science, Social Studies (Geography and History), Art ,Physical Education and games and sports. There can be between 30 and 80 children in each class and volunteers are required to assist the local teachers with daily lessons, providing one-on-one attention to the students and sometimes relieving the teacher of a class or two per day. English-medium schools run throughout the year and have holidays for the entire months of April, August and December. Government schools have holidays for the entire months of June and December. These schools also take week-long holidays during Easter and September. Orphanage schools do not have set holiday schedules, but take shorter breaks of 1 to 2 weeks at different times of the year. During school holidays, volunteers can take a break, travel, engage in tourist activities such as safari, take tutorials for senior students, or volunteer at another placement. As each school-type has holidays at different times, there is Teaching work available for volunteers throughout the year.

Medical/Nursing

Healthcare is neither easily accessible nor affordable for many Tanzanians in rural villages and poor urban areas. Volunteers on the Medical project help to provide care in these areas and work alongside local medical professionals, gaining an understanding of the healthcare system in Tanzania. Volunteers work in medical clinics and hospitals and are placed according to previous experience and training. Some hospitals and clinics include departments, such as Laboratory Testing, Pharmacy, Maternity and Family Planning, Radiology, Ultrasound and Dentistry, and volunteers who have an interest in any of these areas are asked to make a note in their application. The key attributes for a successful Medical volunteer are initiative, enthusiasm and readiness to work in basic facilities with limited resources. It is important that volunteers have realistic expectations with regards to the activities that they will be involved in on the Medical project. Volunteers generally shadow local doctors and provide basic patient care, as procedures must comply with the Tanzania Healthcare System and most volunteers cannot communicate directly with patients due to language barriers. Volunteers need to understand that a key role on this project is simple observation and it is unlikely that you will be involved in operations or independent tasks. Volunteers on this project must be trained and qualified in a relevant medical field. Paramedics, EMTs, and other healthcare professionals are welcome to join the Medical project in Tanzania, however it is important to note that volunteers are placed within a general practice clinic or hospital, rather than working within their specialized roles.

Orphanage

Due to the high rate of HIV/AIDS and other illnesses prevalent in Sub-Saharan African countries, there are a large number of children left orphaned in Tanzania. In addition, there are many children who have been abandoned by their parents, as they are unable to provide for them. Given the family-oriented culture of Tanzania, orphaned and abandoned children tend to be taken in by extended family or neighbors, however these children put a considerable strain on the families who take them in and they are often sent to orphanages for certain hours of the day to receive education, interaction and food. As the children do not usually live at these orphanages and are only there for a few hours each day, volunteers on this project are often required to teach the children. In addition to teaching, volunteers are also required to help with the general running of the orphanage and daily chores. Volunteer tasks include teaching, cooking and cleaning, farm work, caring for children and babies, and assisting with feeding programs.