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  1. 1. Volunteering in Orphanages in TanzaniaTanzania and all the sub-Saharan African countries are badly affected by the epidemics of poverty andHIV/AIDS. The number of orphans and street children is growing. Efforts have been made by variouslocal organizations to protect these children by offering much-needed education as well as skill-development training. Thousands of orphaned children who suffer from extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS andhopelessness leave their villages and travel to Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Moshi and other cities, where theymost often end up worse off on the street.Most orphanages in Tanzania lack resources and are under-staffed. Some are extremely poor, andstruggle just to feed the children. Not all of the children can attend school, as they lack sponsors to payfor uniforms, books and so on. Other orphanages are more fortunate and even have their own schoolclose to their premises. All of them, however, rely on volunteer workers and donations of all kinds in orderto be able to run the orphanage and maintain an everyday, secure environment for the children.Some orphanages are in rural areas andvolunteeers will have to take one of the local minibuses (called“Dala Dala”) to get there, a cheap way of transportation. There, a cheap way of transportation. You canbuy a weekly pass for a "dala dala" minibus. Cost approx. $ 5.Volunteer tasks usually are: In the morning help with breakfast and prepare the children for school. Volunteers accompany thechildren to and from school. Teach English 3-4 hours a day in the local school Small children (ages 2-6 years) remain in their orphanages. Volunteers who choose not to teachin schools play with these children: sport, art, games, picture books, music. You are welcome tosuggest all sorts of activities. Organize activities when the children return from school and help with homework. Skill-training and leisure activities for the children, who are too old to go to school. After dinner help the children wash, brush teeth and take care of themselves. Keeping the orphanage clean and tidy. Help with daily chores such as washing the children’sclothes, repairing and maintaining the premises etc.This is just a general picture of daily tasks. Each orphanage has its own routine. You will receive detailedinformation about your work place before travelling.
  2. 2. Volunteer teaching in TanzaniaChildren represent over 50% of the population, but in terms of budget allocations, children welfare is stillrelegated to the private sphere of the family, community and NGOs and remains politically marginalizedfrom the mainstream concerns of the governance and economic policy.There is significant economic growth in some sectors, particularly mining and tourism but very little growthin Agriculture sector on which most children and their families depend.Opportunities missed in childhood, such as good nutrition and education, can cause irreversible harm andtrap children in long term poverty. Poverty at household level and very low level of investment in basicinfrastructure such as schools and health care facilities or transport for economic activities makes life hardfor children in Tanzania.The only way out of poverty is through education. This goes of course even more for orphans. Childrenare very much aware that being able to speak English is essential to their future prospects and they areeager to learn.English is a common language in Tanzania because the country once was a British colony. However,there is a lack of quality English education. If you choose to teach, don’t expect Western standards withpremade educational materials, tight schedules and so on. You must make it up as you go. You may alsoassist with sports, music, drawing lessons, games and other activities.Public schools close during the following periods:June 15th – July 27thSep 19th – Oct 10thDec 15th – Jan 1stDuring these periods it is possible to teach at a private school or at an orphanage instead.
  3. 3. Medical/Healthcare Programme in TanzaniaMost clinics and hospitals only accept certified professionals in the medical/healthcare sector, or interns.If you are looking for valuable hands-on medical experience, there are possibilities in the hospitals inArusha. You will also be able to work at rural health posts and community clinics. Participants spend themajority of their internship/work period working as an assistant to a doctor/healthcare professional. Workresponsibilities vary with your education, skills, and previous experience. Interns must have health carecertification, such as an ID as a medical student, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physicianscredentials.Medical interns without credentials are not allowed to work in this programme because of the potentialliability risk. Job responsibilities of interns vary with education, skills, experience and qualifications.Interns measure blood pressure, temperature, height, weight, as well as assist doctors. Interns may alsohelp in health camps, distribute medication, advise patients about health, nutrition and sanitation as wellas counsel patients and possibly participate in the treatment of minor injuries and wounds or maintainjournals.Work is from 20-30 hours per week. On the first working day you will meet a coordinator, who will explainyour role as a volunteer/intern. An individual timetable will be worked out for you based on how much timeyou want to commit.Please note: the programme supervisor DOES NOT DEVELOP internships; instead you will select aparticular area of interest and explore the issue further with the help of an assigned supervisor. It is up tothe interns to get as much as possible out of their stay.
  4. 4. Women Legal Aid and Human Rights CentreInternational human rights include the right to work, to an adequate standard of living, toparticipate in cultural and political life, to education and to freedom of religion. Eventhough Tanzania has ratified some human rights conventions, they are far fromcomplying with them all in practice.This Human Rights Centre in Arusha is run by a small, private NGO that aims to providelegal aid and counseling services to poor and disadvantaged women and children in bothrural and urban areas. It operates by conducting seminars, workshops, camps andconferences, organizes legal aid, socio-economic support and Human Rights education,both at the centre and in the media. The Centre strives to help as many people aspossible but focuses primarily on women.If you have a relevant academic background and wish to volunteer or be an Intern, youcan work in this Centre for Human Rights. Depending on your experience, education andinterests, you will be involved in different activities like Visiting widows and get a better understanding of the legal and human rights problemsthey have to deal with Conducting research on policies and laws affecting women and children with the aim ofusing the findings as a basis for lobbying and advocating to advance gender equality Encouraging and supporting poor women in establishing self-help groups or projects thatwill help them to generate an income Building a joint network with other NGOs and government bodies with activities relating tothe Centres’ aims, within and outside TanzaniaAs a volunteer you will work on grass root level alongside experienced people to make adifference in the local community.The longer you stay, the more interesting your task will be.We recommend you prepare your volunteer work by studying for example the followinghomepage: http://www.humanrights.dk/human+rights