Adult Education and Training Service Learning Program, Tanzania - African Impact
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Adult Education and Training Service Learning Program, Tanzania

Join us in a warm and welcoming village in Tanzania and work on a 4-week program that will impact the quality and provision of education and training programs for adults in rural communities. You will be involved in researching and mapping out the availability, accessibility and quality of education and vocational training programs for adults, particularly more vulnerable adults, in the Kilimanjaro region. You will also work on our current adult education projects and have time with education professionals to gain a deeper understanding of education in a developing country.

This project takes a holistic approach to researching adult education and training services, using a wide range of methods involving education professionals and community focus groups. At the end of your program, you will write up a summary report of your methods, findings and recommendations, as well as what you personally have learned from your time in Kilimanjaro.

HIGHLIGHTS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THIS PROGRAM INCLUDE:

  • Living and working in a rural Tanzanian village, in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Gaining deeper understanding of the adult education and training landscape in Tanzania, focusing on challenges and opportunities
  • Working alongside adults from diverse backgrounds, exploring the impact of our current adult education and training programs
  • Getting exposure to social research methodology skills and learning how to apply them in a practical sense
  • Feeling comfortable analyzing your data and information and extracting recommendations from your findings
  • Having your research used to inform recommendations for African Impact to further develop and improve our own adult education program, as well as for the local government to take into consideration
  • Learning conversational Swahili and experiencing the traditional culture and way of life in Tanzania

About the Destination

Your home during your placement will be Moshi, a small town situated below the majestic Kilimanjaro mountain range. One of the most iconic attractions in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is the continent’s highest peak, and an incredible sight. Blessed with this view, the busy tourist town of Moshi is a bustling network of food markets and restaurants, with an impressive array of colors, smells, and sounds. Undoubtedly, the most iconic inhabitants of Moshi are the Maasai, a traditional warrior tribe who will impress you with their vibrant culture and warm nature.

The area is also rich in wildlife. With monkeys in the trees and lizards sunning themselves on the rocks in your garden, living here is a perfect balance between integrating with the Tanzanians and enjoying the incredible natural setting. During time off, you’ll have the opportunity to visit some of the nearby national parks for spectacular game viewing. You could, for instance, venture to the famous Serengeti and encounter lions, elephants, and rhinos – and, if you’re lucky, you might even witness the hugely impressive Great Wildebeest Migration.

Living just a short drive away from Moshi, you will spend your time living and working in the rural village of Mdawi, in an exclusive fully furnished house with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy nights spent under the stars (and trust us, you’ve never seen so many!) and opportunities for you to interact with and bond with the local villagers. The house is very comfortable, with shared en-suite bedrooms, hot showers and Wi-Fi. The on-site chef and program coordinators will ensure that you have everything you need for a fantastic stay during your placement.

There are five core components of this 4-week program, namely service, reflection, communication, research and course work. On arrival in Kilimanjaro, you will undergo a thorough orientation and induction program to gain an overview of life in the village and of the program itself. You will then embark on your service learning journey, working on the projects, carrying out your research and learning about the culture and education landscape in Tanzania. The program will finish with personal and group reflections, as well as presentations on your research and findings.

You will be fully supported throughout your program by our project staff. They will help you design your research methodology, shape your program, assist you in preparing for your service elements and guide you with infinite amounts of local knowledge. All logistics will be arranged for you.

Dates & Rates

Dates: Available February to November Only

Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact volunteer home in the village of Mdawi – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
  • 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
  • Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
  • A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
  • All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
Our project fee excludes:
  • Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry
  • WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!

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