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Volunteer Abroad in Mwanza Tanzania: Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer Abroad in Mwanza Tanzania: is Tanzania's second largest town and the economic heart of the Lake Region. Mwanza is located in the extreme northern part of Tanzania dominated by Africa's largest lake - Lake Victoria. Mwanza is the place where the earliest 18th century's explorers visited in their quest to find the source of River Nile.

The town is dominated by agriculture farming employing 85% of the region's population, as well as fishing. The region is known as Tanzania's main producing areas for cotton.

For the past two decades cotton production has declined basically due to low profitability and inefficient marketing arrangements.

The town looks onto the lake, which includes dramatic views of the Bismarck Rock - a massive outcrop of granite rocks. Mwanza is off the tourist route but is an important crossroad of the region - with a railroad connecting Tabora, Dodoma and Dar es Salaam, a busy port with ferries to Ukerewe Island, Kamanga and Bukoba. Mwanza is well-linked via bus route to Kisumu in Kenya and Kampala Uganda.

There is an airport in Mwanza located about 3 miles from the city center. There are daily flights to Mwanza from Dar es Salaam Airport and Arusha (Kilimanjaro). Volunteers should book their flights to Mwanza where our project coordinator will meet you.

Volunteers work alongside a local grassroots organization assisting needy children in the surrounding rural community. HIV/ AIDS has swept through rural areas, targeting adults ages 30-40 years old.

Cultural and social conditions have created an environment where this disease has spread at an uncontrollable rate. This result is the elimination of the parent age of the core society. Parentless children and aging grandparents now compose many communities, unbalancing the socio-economic structure of the region

The volunteer program goal is to give real hope to as many needy children as possible.

With our volunteer programs we allow you to discover the wonders of East Africa, while doing meaningful and rewarding community work.

This is a great opportunity to explore life in rural Tanzania, live and work amongst the locals and realize one person can make a difference.

We offer the following programs in Mwanza:

Program Length: 1-24 weeks
Program Date: Flexible Start & End Date
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 hour per day
Accommodations: Shared volunteer residence Meals: Yes, 3 meals a day
Requirements: 17 years , open-mindedness to new adventures.

Child Care Assistance

Volunteer at a orphanage in Buswelu village home to about 50 children. Located outside of the Mwanza city center, the orphanage is a simple structure in a beautiful setting surrounded by lush greenery. Here you will experience typical African village life, where schedules are non existent, the pace of life is much slower and the children's smiling faces light up your day. As a volunteer, you will primarily assist with the daily care of the kids; including preparing meals and teaching Basic English. You can play games, arrange activities, create arts & crafts projects and share your time and caring with these wonderful children. Prior experience not necessary, volunteers should have a lot of patience, an open mind and a sense of adventure. We do recommend you learn a few words and phrases of Swahili, which will be very helpful with the children.

Teaching/Education Program

Volunteers needed for primary level education (ages 5yrs-10yrs) to teach English, math and other subjects. The teaching program provides supplementary lessons at the orphanage for its children as well as children from the local community.

The primary role of volunteers is to teach supplementary lessons twice a day to orphanage and community children. Additionally, volunteers provide activities and teach pre-school children aged 2 to 6. As a result of these lessons, the orphanage children tend to do better than their peers in the national examinations. Class size varies 5-15 children, depending on the volunteers. The reality is that all the children are desperate to learn, and anyone who has completed their education at school or college in a developed country can make a valuable contribution.. Prior teaching experience is not required; volunteer simply need an open mind, caring spirit and a compassionate nature. We do recommend you learn a few words and phrases of Swahili, which will be very helpful with the children.

Program Includes:

Accommodations based in shared volunteer housing with private room including bedding and mosquito netting. Private compound is within walking distance to the orphanage and school. Three meals a day are included and on-site housing staff. Airport transfers on arrival and departure in Mwanza. Our local Project Coordinator will provide orientation tour on arrival, project briefing, an introduction to work placement. Percentage of the fee is donated to the project site.

Tel: 1-215-780-1845 / Toll Free: 1-866-423-3258 / Fax: 1-215-887-0915

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