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Early childhood education program
Mbande, Temeke              May 11 - May 30, 2015
Mbande, Temeke              July 25 - August 15, 2015
Mbande, Temeke              August 31 - September 19, 2015

Volunteer project: Early childhood education refers to the formal teaching of young children by people outside the family or in settings outside the home. "Early childhood" is usually defined as before the age of normal schooling, before 5 years in most countries. In recent years, the importance of early childhood education has significantly increased, as it strongly benefits the children. The main goal of an early childhood education program is to help children develop cognitively and socially, introduce them to the school setting and prepare them for Primary school. Through early childhood education, children gain long-lasting academic and social skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. In responding to the needs in Temeke communities, various private and public institutions have started or integrate early childhood education in their institutions, especially Primary Schools. Some programs are also run independently by private nursery schools.

This project is therefore aiming to improve early childhood education in the Mbande community to meet the stated objectives:
- Academic skills development: Assisting children to develop academic skills in literacy, mathematics, science and even social studies.
- Physical Development: Learning about moving, basic gross motor skills and fine motor skills.
- Cognitive Development: Learning about the world - sustained attention, understanding how objects can be used, beginning understanding of cause and effect, beginning understanding that things can be grouped, using problem solving strategies, engaging in play.
- Social development: Learning about self and others, trust, caring, controlling one's own behaviour, playing with other children, learning to be a member of a group, and using personal care skills.
- Language development: Learning about communication, developing receptive language, developing expressive language, participating in conversations, understanding and using words, enjoying books and being read to, showing an awareness of pictures and print, experimenting with drawing and writing.

The project activities will be carried out around the community including the nursery school. Activities will be also organized at the botanical garden every evening.

Volunteers will be involved in the following activities:
- Assisting local teachers in supervising the children in class as well as teaching basic math, reading, art work, etc.
- Preparing materials for school activities, organizing activities such as music, singing, and introduction of basic English as a foreign language.
- Capacity building for Nursery school teachers by assisting them in improving their language skills.
- Organizing outdoor and recreational activities for children from the community to be held at the botanical garden
Note: We are expecting so many children, especially in the afternoon, to participate in the project, so please bring a lot of energy, team spirit and smiles. Working with children is always fun, however flexibility is required.

Study theme: Early Childhood Education: Challenges & Opportunities

Volunteer profile: The volunteers are encouraged to be creative, flexible, and patient, open minded and independent, interested to work with children and youth, able to work with limited resources and less supervision. The volunteers are also very welcome to create new ideas and methods to assist in teaching children, especially for the English teaching program.

Free time: The volunteers will have free time on the weekends to enjoy the landscape, nature, culture and historical attractions of the region. Some of the closest attractions you can see are the historical town of Bagamoyo, Zanzibar and Mikumi National Park.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a Youth Center located in the community.

Orientation: On arrival, all volunteers will attend an orientation session. The aim of this session is to help the volunteers build a team and also to share with them some practical information about the country, the host community and their volunteer project. The group will travel together from the orientation site to the community.

Location: Mbande, Temeke

Terminal: Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Airport (Dar es Salaam International Airport)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Tree planting and environmental education in Temeke
Vigoa, Temeke          May 25 - June 6, 2015
Vigoa, Temeke          September 7 - September 19, 2015
Vigoa, Temeke          November 19 - November 28, 2015

Volunteer project: International volunteers will take part in an Environmental sustainability project in the Temeke District of Tanzania.

Volunteers' main tasks include:
- Establishment and management of a community tree nursery
- Tree planting: Depending on the weather, volunteers will participate in tree planting activities aiming to conserve water sources and the local biodiversity.
- Environmental education and awareness: The volunteers will organize and coordinate environmental educational activities for the children and youth after school hours. The group will also organize public events in the community including workshops, meetings and other creative activities to raise the public's awareness on environmental issues.

Volunteer profile: Volunteers are expected to be interested in nature and outdoor activities, creative, flexible, and patient, open minded and independent, interested to work within a team, able to work with limited resources and less supervision.

Free time: The volunteers will have free time on the weekends to enjoy the landscape, nature, culture and historical attractions of the region. Some of the closest attractions you can see are the historical town of Bagamoyo, Zanzibar and Mikumi National Park.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted at the Youth Center in the community.

Orientation: On arrival, all volunteers will attend an orientation session. The aim of this session is to help the volunteers build a team and also to share with them some practical information about the country, the host community and their volunteer project. The group will travel together from the orientation site to the community.

Location: Vigoa, Temeke

Terminal: Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Airport (Dar es Salaam International Airport)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Sports for youth development
Chamazi, Temeke          June 28 - July 17, 2015

Volunteer project: Development through sports is a project aiming at providing opportunity for children and young people to gain various skills, experience and knowledge and to become aware of development issues affecting their lives. The project sees sports as an ideal tool for involving children and youths. Sport enables and occupies otherwise idle young people. Also, it provides extra-curricular activities for children after school for their physical growth. The project uses the values of sports as a vehicle for leadership, development, empowerment, stopping gender inequalities, improving education successes, enhancing economic opportunities and social inclusion of marginalized groups such as girls, disabled and youths. These values include team work, respect, decision making, volunteerism, integrity, self esteem, conflict management, and communication skills as vital life skills. The project involves young people of the 10-18 age group, mostly from primary and secondary schools.

Volunteers will participate in the following activities:
- Coaching various sports (football, netball, volleyball, basketball, etc.)
- Organizing sport tournaments
- Involving young people in workshops, discussions and activities on various global development issues
- Renovating classrooms in the local community school

Free time: The volunteers will have free time on the weekends to enjoy the landscape, nature, culture and historical attractions of the region. Some of the closest attractions you can see are the historical town of Bagamoyo, Zanzibar and Mikumi National Park.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a youth centre.

Orientation: On arrival, all volunteers will attend an orientation session. The aim of this session is to help the volunteers build a team and also to share with them some practical information about the country, the host community and their volunteer project. The group will travel together from the orientation site to the community.

Location: The project will take place in Chamazi, Temeke District, about 25 km from the center of Dar es Salaam. The community was once rural but now is a fast growing urban center. The urbanization process has made Chamazi very diverse in terms of culture since people of different tribes and religions have settled in the community.

Terminal: Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Airport (Dar es Salaam International Airport)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Language and cultural immersion program in Tanzania
Vigoa, Temeke          June 29 - July 17, 2015

Volunteer project: This project is organized as a result of the desire expressed by many international volunteers from different countries throughout the years to have the opportunity to discover, learn and share the Tanzanian culture. The project is
quite different from the typical workcamps, since it involves learning, experiencing and participating in various cultural aspects, rather than physical work. The main goal of this project is to establish and understand how people from different cultures communicate with each other and the culture of a society comprises the shared values, understandings, assumptions, and goals that are learned from earlier generations, imposed by the members of the present day society and passed on to the succeeding generations.

The volunteers will participate in the following activities during their stay in Tanzania:
• Swahili language classes (at least 2 hours every day)
• Classes on traditional African dances, art and music (singing, drumming)
• Classes on traditional arts and crafts such as Batik, Tie-die, Khanga
• Workshops, Presentations & Debates: Participation in various workshops on African culture and history, giving presentation of your own culture to local people.
• Experiencing home stay and cooking with local people

Study theme: The role of Culture in promoting peace, solidarity and sustainable development

Volunteer profile: Patient and interested in culture and arts; Creative and flexible; Able to work with little supervision and limited resources; Good team player; Quick to learn and to adapt to a new culture and to the local language.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in the Youth Center located in the community.

Orientation: On arrival, the volunteers will receive an orientation to come to understand the various program policies, share their fears and expectations, participate in team building activities, and get familiar with the culture of the community.

Location: Vigoa, Temeke

Terminal: Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Airport (Dar es Salaam International Airport)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Promoting energy saving stoves for better health and environment in Kilimanjaro
Moshi, Kilimanjaro              July 5 - July 24, 2015

Volunteer project: As part of this project, volunteers will assist with the promotion and construction of energy saving stoves in the community. Traditional stoves are linked to pulmonary diseases from smoke inhalation and higher consumption of wood leading to deforestation. By promoting an alternative technology that is more environmentally-friendly and appropriate, volunteers’ actions will also have an impact on the health of the community members, particularly women, children and senior citizens.

Variety of activities will be organized:
- Study visits: Volunteers will have an opportunity to visit some families in the community to learn about and share experience on the impact of traditional stoves on the health and the environment. This will include also visiting the health center and the forest.
- Training: Volunteers will receive a training prior to starting the project to equip them with skills and knowledge on how to construct the energy saving stoves.
- Tree planting: Volunteers will participate in the development and management of a tree nursery in the community.
- Environmental education and awareness activities: These will include sports, workshops, home visits in the community, presentation in public areas like schools, markets, etc. using creative means to raise the community's awareness about Health & Environment.

Study theme: “Community Health & Environment”. Volunteers are encouraged to bring information from their home countries on the subject matter for sharing. During the project, international volunteers and community members will have an opportunity to discuss and exchange knowledge on various topics such as community health, food security, conservation of natural resources, development of appropriate and environmentally friendly technologies. Please note that you might be requested to facilitate some of the workshops or other public events.

Volunteer profile: Volunteers coming to this project are expected to be interested in nature and outdoor activities, creative, flexible, and patient, open-minded and independent, interested to work in a team and able to work with limited resources and less supervision.

Free time: The volunteers will have free time on the weekends to enjoy the landscape, nature, culture and historical attractions of the region. Some of the closest attractions you can see are Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks, Ngorongoro crater conservation area, variety of eco and cultural tourism activities.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a local residential house.

Orientation: On arrival, all volunteers will attend an orientation session. The aim of this session is to help the volunteers build a team and also to share with them some practical information about the country, the host community and their volunteer project. The group will travel together from the orientation site to the community.

Location: Moshi, Kilimanjaro

Terminal: Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Airport (Dar es Salaam International Airport)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Conservation, management and promotion of medicinal plants in Kilimanjaro
Moshi, Kilimanjaro              July 6 - July 25, 2015

Volunteer project: Today the use of plants in treating diseases and illnesses has gained popularity worldwide. Considering the importance of herbal and medicinal plants in our lives, it is important to propagate and popularize them more. It is recorded that older generations used herbal and medicinal plants much more than the current generation as a result of modernization. Various types of herbal and medicinal plants have disappeared or remain unknown. In this regard, there is a need to make everyone, including the young generation, aware of the various kinds of herbs and their importance in our lives.

Series of activities will be carried out as part of this project. Volunteers should expect to work on all listed activities or some of them depending on the weather and time of the project. Flexibility is highly appreciated.

Volunteers will participate in the following activities:
- Identification of indigenous medicinal plants and their uses: With the support of senior community members and knowledgeable people, volunteers will work on the identification of various types of herbs in and outside the local community by name, usage and how to grow them. The information collected will be used to develop a catalogue for future reference.
- Development and management of medicinal plant nursery: This will include clearing the site, mixing soil, potting etc. for planting herbs and seedling preparation. This site will be used in the future as a demonstration plot for educational purposes as well as for distribution of various herb seeds in and outside the community. Volunteers will participate in the actual planting of the herbs or seedlings, and take care of them including watering, weeding, etc.
- Awareness activities: These activities include sports, workshops, home visits in the community, presentations for the public in schools, markets, etc. using interactive means to raise awareness of the community about the importance and use of medicinal plants and best practices in healthy living.

Volunteer profile: Volunteers are expected to be interested in nature and outdoor activities, creative, flexible, and patient, open-minded and independent, interested to work in a team and able to work with limited resources and less supervision.

Free time: The volunteers will have free time on the weekends to enjoy the landscape, nature, culture and historical attractions of the region. Some of the closest attractions you can see are Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks, Ngorongoro crater conservation area, variety of eco and cultural tourism activities.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a local residential house in the community.

Orientation: On arrival, all volunteers will attend an orientation session. The aim of this session is to help the volunteers build a team and also to share with them some practical information about the country, the host community and their volunteer project. The group will travel together from the orientation site to the community.

Location: The project will be hosted in Moshi District, Kilimanjaro region, in the Northern part of Tanzania. The site, located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, covered with banana and coffee plantations, has beautiful landscapes.

Terminal: Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Airport (Dar es Salaam International Airport)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Youth development program in Chamazi
Chamazi, Temeke          August 17 - August 29, 2015

Volunteer project: The Youth development program intends to provide an opportunity for children and young people of the Chamazi community to gain various skills and to become aware of development issues affecting them. The project is expected to stimulate growth, understanding, knowledge and individual development and expose volunteers and the community members to the diversity of the world around them and the power of the individual. The aim is to help young Tanzanians acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes to become social change agents and global citizens.

The international volunteers will be involved in the following activities:
- Organizing creative activities aiming to stimulate discussions and reflection on participation of Youth in local and international development.
- Renovation of classrooms in the local community school.

Volunteer profile: The volunteers are expected to be creative, flexible, open minded and independent, interested in development issues and in working with local youth.

Free time: The volunteers will have free time on the weekends to enjoy the landscape, nature, culture and historical attractions of the region. Some of the closest attractions you can see are the historical town of Bagamoyo, Zanzibar and Mikumi National Park.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a Youth Center located in the community.

Orientation: On arrival, all volunteers will attend an orientation session. The aim of this session is to help the volunteers build a team and also to share with them some practical information about the country, the host community and their volunteer project. The group will travel together from the orientation site to the community.

Location: Chamazi, Temeke District, about 25 km from the center of Dar es Salaam. The community was once rural but now is a fast growing urban center. The urbanization process has made Chamazi very diverse in terms of culture since people of different tribes and religions have settled in the community.

Terminal: Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Airport (Dar es Salaam International Airport)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Social skills program for children
Msufini, Temeke              November 30 - December 19, 2015

Volunteer project: Social skill is any skill facilitating interaction and communication with others. It is an ability to communicate, persuade, and interact with other members of the society without undue conflict or disharmony. Urbanisation and globalisation processes have significantly contributed to the migration of people from various regions of the country to urban areas. As a result, more and more multicultural communities are formed, including in Temeke. Although most of the population are African Tanzanians, yet the differences in some aspects of culture have to be taken into consideration to promote peace and solidarity. Absence of social skills is not only caused by the mixture of culture but also because parents spend less time with their kids. Most children experience occasional rejection and are sometimes socially clumsy, insensitive, or even unkind. Signs that a child may need some social coaching include: lack of at least one or two close mutual friends, having trouble losing or winning gracefully, not showing empathy when others are hurt or rejected, acting bossy or insisting on their own way a lot, inability to start or maintain a conversation, using a louder voice than most children, seeming constantly ignored or victimized by other children or constantly teasing or annoying other children.

This project in particular is aiming to promote and teach social skills to children which will enable them to interact and communicate in a school environment and in the community. The age range of the children will be between 5-12 years old.

During the project, the volunteers will organise various activities indoor and outdoor like sports, workshops, role plays, etc. to support children to gain social skills useful for their education performance as well as in interacting with people of various cultural backgrounds like: manners and positive interaction with others, appropriate classroom behaviour, better ways to handle frustration/anger, acceptable ways to resolve conflicts with others.

Study theme: Children’s social skills

Volunteer profile: The volunteers are expected to be creative, flexible, sociable and patient, open minded and independent. The volunteers are also very welcome to propose new ideas and methods to assist in facilitating the social skills project.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a Youth Center located in the community.

Orientation: On arrival, all volunteers will attend an orientation session. The aim of this session is to help the volunteers build a team and also to share with them some practical information about the country, the host community and their volunteer project. The group will travel together from the orientation site to the community.

Location: Msufini, Temeke

Terminal: Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Airport (Dar es Salaam International Airport)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

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