Volunteering to achieve gender equality
This gender equality program is breaking barriers in rural Tanzania working primarily with women and girls, who we help to educate, inspire and nurture, promoting positive female role models, through the involvement and invaluable assistance of our volunteers.
Through educational programs, youth clubs and women’s entrepreneurial groups, volunteers get to help girls and women realize their potential while reducing poverty and developing the local community.
I spent 4 weeks in Moshi on the girl impact project. There was lots of variety within the programmes which were great as I experienced everything from working with children as young as 5 up to people aged 60+. The staff at Moshi are friendly and welcoming. The volunteer house is amazing and the food here is INCREDIBLE!
Gender Equality Volunteer
Gender inequality is one of the biggest problems of the modern world and although we have collectively made huge progress in this area; there are lots of communities and countries facing terrible issues where girls are clearly at a disadvantage and with fewer opportunities. For instance, out of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70% are girls, and half of all first births in the developing world are to adolescent girls. In Sub Saharan Africa 75% of all HIV infected people aged 15 – 24, are young women! And worldwide 50% of sexual assaults are against girls aged 15 years and younger.
Unfortunately, things in Tanzania are no different and adolescence, for instance, is a critical period when a girl’s potential and future opportunities can flourish through education, skills training and social support, or alternatively, that potential can be stunted and stifled by the irreversible effects of child marriage, early pregnancy, HIV and other preventable hardships.
Fulfilling the right of girls to health, education and protection from violence and abuse, ensures they have a chance to achieve their potential and can become empowered women who can support their families, communities and countries.
In Tanzania, there is a high number of young single mothers and widows, which often means that young, uneducated women become head of their household and must feed and take care of their families. We aim to work with these women and girls, as they often have no formal education and no qualifications, which results in few opportunities for income generation.
This project aims to explore cultural and social issues within the community, focusing primarily on empowering girls and young women through education and skills development initiatives, as well as through engaging all members of the community.
This is your opportunity to get a unique in depth look at the life in rural East Africa and play a huge role in the life of girls and help them find their own voice so to speak up for themselves and their rights!
A Day In Your Life
You will be working Monday to Friday both in the morning and afternoon in different communities and projects. You will break for lunch and come back to your accommodation for a relaxing time before heading back on the project.
Evenings and weekends are free for you to explore this amazing tourist destination that has so much to offer to anyone who visits it.
- Join a sustainable and impactful project on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro that is looking to uplift a whole community by working side by side with all of its members, from children to youth, adults and elders!
- Enjoy a true cultural exchange experience while spending time living on the lands of the iconic Maasai Tribe and learn from their culture and traditions.
- You will work with teenage boys and girls in secondary schools, helping to bridge the gender gap and include both sexes in the conversation around gender equality. You may get involved in English language programs, or health workshops that cover adolescent, menstrual, sexual, reproductive or HIV health issues, as well as family planning. This ensures children are more informed and able to make better choices as they grow up. By discussing how these issues affect both girls and boys in this under-resourced community.
- We work with different women’s groups in the community providing education and training that allow them to learn new skills and generate an income to provide for their families. Volunteers are essential not only in delivering the lessons but also in planning new income generation schemes for the group that will allow them to grow and become role models and agents of change for other girls and women in their community.
- Volunteers will also be involved in our literacy and social development program which focuses on empowering the community through improving literacy and exploring social issues to build self-confidence. We also aim to improve their level of Enligh, CV writing and interview training so to help them land a job in the booming tourism sector in the Kilimanjaro Region.
- At certain times throughout the year, you will be involved with NAFGEM – The Network Against Female Genital Mutilation – which is an award-winning Tanzanian NGO that aims to end the harmful practice of FGM and childhood marriage. You will help conduct programs that focus on English language, gender equality, sexual and general health issues and run fun discussion forums and workshops.
- Spend your free time enjoying one of the world’s most renowned safari destinations, surrounded by Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Mount Kilimanjaro! There’s a lot to do and explore and we´ll help you organize it!
→ Prices start from $1284 or £1046 for 10 days.
Our start dates for 2019 are:
- 7, 14 & 28 January
- 11 & 25 February
- 11 & 25 March
- 8 & 22 April
- 6 & 20 May
- 3 & 17 June
- 1, 15 & 29 July
- 12 & 26 August
- 9 & 23 September
- 7 & 21 October
- 4 & 18 November
- 2, 16 & 30 December
Project Closes 16th December 2019
During school holidays, activities may differ from the usual schedule but the work will be equally engaging and rewarding.
We ask volunteers to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport on Monday your project starts and we’ll pick you up from there. You can volunteer from 10 days up to 12 weeks. Project ́s last day is on Monday when we’ll drop you back at the airport.