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Promoting energy saving stoves for better health and environment in Kilimanjaro
Moshi, Kilimanjaro              September 5 - September 26, 2014
Moshi, Kilimanjaro              November 7 - November 21, 2014

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 actual tree planting around the conservation area, along water sources and in the community.
- Public events: Public events 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 part: “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 crator 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. Transport from the orientation point to the community will be organized collectively.

Location: Moshi, Kilimanjaro

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

Age range: 19 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Early childhood education program
Mbande, Temeke              September 5 - September 26, 2014
Mbande, Temeke              September 27 - October 17, 2014
Mbande, Temeke              October 18 - November 7, 2014
Mbande, Temeke              November 8 - November 28, 2014

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 Chamazi Community, various private & 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 Chamazi 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 material 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. Transport from the orientation point to the community will be organized collectively.

Location: Mbande, Temeke

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

Age range: 19 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Promote environmental awareness and healthy lifestyle to children and youth in Temeke eco-village
Magole, Temeke          September 12 - September 26, 2014
Magole, Temeke          October 4 - October 17, 2014
Magole, Temeke          October 25 - November 7, 2014
Magole, Temeke          November 15 - November 28, 2014

Volunteer project: Environment and health are one of the most important factors for human well-being. Our actions affect the environment positively and negatively, and the impact will always reflect on our health. This project will contribute significantly to the existing initiative for developing an eco-village in Temeke. Groups of international volunteers will contribute for the realization of the project's objective which is to promote youth and community participation in environmental conservation work through sustainable planning and practices and to promote and enhance youth and community participation in physical activities for better health.

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. In the community, a botanical garden and fitness facility have been established to provide education on plant species as well as a safe place for young people and children to spend their free time. A good number of children and youth including students are visiting the place on week days as well as weekends to do various activities.

Volunteers will participate in the following activities at the botanical garden and fitness center:
- Tree planting: Depending on the weather, volunteers will participate in tree planting activities aiming to conserve water sources and the local biodiversity. This will also include management of the existing tree nursery.
- Botanical garden maintenance & management: This will include watering plants, planting and cleaning the compound.
- Educational activities: Organize and coordinate environmental educational activities for the children and youth after school hours.
- Public events: These include workshops, meetings and other creative activities to raise the community's awareness on environmental issues
- Sport and fitness activities: Coordinate sport and fitness activities for children, youth and other community members.

Study part: The Study part will include series of workshops and visits. The main topic will be “Sustainable Living”. Volunteers are encouraged to bring information from their home countries on the subject for sharing. Please note that you might be requested to facilitate some of the workshops.

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. Transport from the orientation point to the community will be organized collectively.

Location: Magole, Temeke

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

Age range: 19 and over

Extra fee: Euro 210

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
Chamazi, Temeke          September 20 - October 17, 2014
Chamazi, Temeke          October 18 - November 14, 2014
Chamazi, Temeke          November 15 - December 5, 2014

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:
• Intensive Swahili language classes (at least 2 hours every day)
• Classes on traditional African dances, art and music (singing, drumming)
• Batik & Tie-die: Learning how to do tie-die and batik with local people
• Khanga/clothes workshop: A workshop/demonstration on various uses of some African fabrics and their meaning.
• Workshops, Presentations & Debates: Participation in various workshops on African culture and history, making presentation of your own culture to 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

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, etc.

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

Location: Chamazi, Temeke.
Kiswahili is the national language spoken by most Tanzanians. Knowing a few words and phrases of Kiswahili is highly appreciated by the locals. The project language is English. A large number of people in Tanzania are able to conduct a basic conversation in English.

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

Age range: 19 and over

Extra fee: Euro 400

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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