Girls are a powerful force for change in Africa, but their potential is often constrained. This project aims to empower, educate, and uplift adolescent girls aged between 11 and 18, while also supporting adult women in the community. Get ready to learn about the challenges facing girls in Tanzania and work as part of a team to ensure their potential is unlocked and utilised.
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most iconic attractions in the whole of Africa, the Continent’s highest peak and nestled at its base is the busy tourist town of Moshi; a colorful town known for its lively streets, Swahili food, local markets, and coffee plantations. Seeing coffee roasted and brewed on an open fire is an unusual but truly mesmerizing experience. As well as being in awe of the different colors, smells, and sounds in Moshi, you can’t help but notice the incredible variety of cultures and specifically that of the Maasai people, colorfully dressed in their traditional ‘Warrior’ clothing and brandishing some of the most impressive jewelry. The Maasai are gentle people who live very traditional lives and you will have the opportunity to spend time with these tribes, dancing, drumming, tasting their food, and begin to understand the vibrant culture of these unique people. Encounters with the Maasai are one of the best experiences you can have in Tanzania.
A short distance away, is the authentic rural town of Mdawi, a humble little place where everyone knows each other, and you cannot help but get seduced by the relaxed rhythm of rural life. This will be your home during your stay in Tanzania.
We offer girls from poor communities the opportunity to study vocational skills for the booming tourism sector in the Kilimanjaro Region. Volunteers aim to increase the level of English of these girls, as well as facilitating workshops that look at building confidence, computer literacy, CV and resume writing, as well as setting career goals.
We facilitate a women’s support group that consists of widows and single mothers. You’ll support our women’s group by leading sessions that look at social issues that affect girls and women in the local community. We aim to empower these women through education so they can be role models and agents of change for other girls in their community.
Volunteers assist fun and active sessions for young girls and boys in after-school clubs and teach English when the students are on school holidays. Many of the girls have escaped female genital mutilation and/or forced marriage and this extra language support encourages the girls to stay in school for longer and get a good education that can open up so many possibilities when they’re older. Volunteers also hold workshops that look at life skills such as career planning, health, nutrition, and family planning, as well as issues that plague the community such as crime and unemployment. These topics and themes are explored through healthy debates, presentations, and role-plays to ensure the students are engaged.
You’ll work alongside project staff to conduct group discussions and surveys on issues affecting girls in the local community. The outcomes of these group discussions and surveys will contribute to the growth of the Girl Impact project in Mdawi. Areas of research will address issues such as, education, health, early pregnancy, safety, income generation, and confidence.
“African Impact helped me to realise my dream. My experience was unbelievable. Everything was so great: food, accommodation, and people… the people gave me part of their hearts. If you want to be a great volunteer, choose the African Impact team to discover the real vibe of African nations and to feel that you are a very important character in making people happy.“
“Best experience of my life. This project is extremely well organised by the African Impact staff who make you feel safe and supported throughout your whole volunteer experience. One of the nicest aspects of this project is that the work you do is very respected and appreciated so the community welcomes you with open arms allowing you to make lots of new friends with your students and other people you work with on the project. Basically, it’s a beautifully inspiring project and I wish I could go back!”
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Manager will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.
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