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Girl Empowerment in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Contribute towards empowerment initiatives for young women, building support networks within the local community and assisting them to make informed decisions as they progress into adulthood.

Program Code: TZKM0845P

Program Information

This program aims to explore cultural and social issues facing young women in Tanzania, focusing on empowering them through education and skills development initiatives. It is designed to assist women with confidence building, learning new skills and boosting their self esteem. Tanzania contains the highest mountain (Kilimanjaro) and the deepest lake (Lake Tanganyika) in Africa, which you will get to experience first hand while participating on this program, providing you with a once in a lifetime opportunity.

United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals

Overview

Tanzania has a large number of young single mothers and widows, which often creates an environment where uneducated women are required to take sole responsibility for the financial wellbeing of their families. In order to provide basic needs for their families, these women seek employment, but in a country where a nearly half of the adolescent population isn’t formally educated, they may be further marginalised in their quest to provide for their families.

Taking part in this program may involve working on literacy, social development and women’s empowerment workshops, education and entrepreneurship classes, advanced English, or even participating in nursery teaching. After more than a decade of community development work in the region, this project has seen hundreds of young women who missed out on basic education learn the skills necessary to better be able to provide for their families.

During your time off from the program, you will be provided with the opportunity to see the rest of Tanzania, a top safari destination on the planet. From the plains of the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater and Hikes in Kilimanjaro National Park, this is a wildlife experience like no other. Also, discover the broader Moshi on one of the various cultural tours.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain practical community development experience, designing and leading workshops making a direct impact on the local community;

  • Contribute to multiple projects, such as  Maasai Literacy, Adult English, Early Home Outreach or Women’s Group education;

  • Meet fellow participants from all over the world, growing your network in your field of interest;

  • Empower young women through education in the heart of rural Tanzania and play an important role in supporting them in human rights and health awareness;

  • Contribute to UN SDG #3, Good Health & Wellbeing, as well as #5, Gender Equality;

  • Spend weekends hiking in the foothills of Kilimanjaro and swimming under plunging waterfalls.

Program Details

Select a Start Date

  • 2019
  • 2020

Select a Duration

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Life On Base

Kilimanjaro is one of the most recognised tourist destinations in the world. It is the highest mountain on the African continent, spanning roughly 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) from its base, and 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level. Moshi is a buzzing tourist town at the foothills of the mountain, providing the perfect setting for a volunteer program or internship. The town is packed with cafes, restaurants, bars and local amenities as well as many hotel lodges with swimming pools where you can spend the weekend relaxing, all within walking distance of the volunteer house.


Accommodation Tour

ACCOMMODATION


Housing is basic, yet comfortable and amenities you require are provided on base. While participating on a program, you will be sharing en-suite dorm room facilities with a maximum of three other volunteers. Hot water, towels, pillows, bedding and mosquito nets are provided as are shelves to store your things. A laundry service is available as well as a safe on location, should you wish to store your valuables while out on a project.


MEALS


In-house chefs on base will cook three meals a day during the week, as well as over weekends. Most types of dietary needs will be catered for. Drinking water, tea and coffee is available throughout your stay, and soft drinks can be purchased directly from base.


COMMUNICATION


It’s relatively easy to purchase a SIM card in town once you arrive in Moshi. This will allow you to use a local Tanzanian number during your stay, but be mindful that your phone will need to be tri-band unlocked from your home network: speak to your provider about this ahead of travelling). Cell phone coverage isn’t generally a problem in the areas you will be in. Wifi is available at local internet cafes in town, but not at the volunteer house.


TRANSPORTATION


Airport transfers are included in your program fee, andransport from base to specific project locations will be provided. Any additional travelling during free time will be at your own expense.


CLIMATE


Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountain creates its own weather. It is extremely variable and impossible to predict. Make sure you do some research around the time that you will be on base, but pack keeping the temperamental nature of the climate in mind.


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Your Impact

All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or UN SDGs. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualise their contribution to the UN SDGs.


Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.


Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.


The programs in Kilimanjaro are geared towards educational and community development, as well as women’s empowerment. Working directly with the local community and in collaboration with established partners, each program aims to provide support for growing the economic viability of the region, as well as an opportunity to empower the local community to lead more sustainable lives.


Programs are coordinated keeping the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in mind, and our programs in Kilimanjaro promote a host of these, including #1 (No Poverty), #4 (Quality Education), #5 Gender Equality and #12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).


Project Objectives

 


Kilimanjaro’s Long-term Objectives:


1. Grow the landscape for quality education in Tanzania;


2. Improve basic literacy skills to multiple generations within the local community;


3. Educate adolescents about important health and gender issues;


4. Create an interactive learning environment, whether through workshops, classes or presentations;


5. Promote gender equality in the region, in order to assist in order to assist with facilitating a more balance societal structure.


Exploration

Joining a program not only allows participants to collaborate with communities or work toward preserving unique ecosystems but it also offers plenty of opportunities to explore the surrounding area or travel further to see what other parts of the region have to offer.


Long term field staff are a great source of advice, and have helped us put together the following information on local travel options. Many decide to travel before or after their experience (subject to immigration restrictions), solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program. Please note that the below suggestions are not included in the program fee, and are for the individual to organise at their own expense.


Weekend Trips

Zanzibar

A tropical island paradise, Zanzibar is a top tourist destination and only a short flight away from Kilimanjaro.

Cultural Tours

Discover more about Moshi by planning a cultural tour, to grow your knowledge of local heritage.

Hikes in Kilimanjaro National Park

If getting out in nature is something you enjoy doing in your free time, you’re going to love visiting the national park.

Ngorongoro Crater

This conservation area also includes the Olduvai Gorge, which, astonishingly, is nearly three million years old.

Local travel

Tanzania boasts one of the top rated safari destinations on earth, including the plains of the Serengeti. Plan a trip with your fellow volunteers when you arrive on base.

Further Travels

South Africa

One of the most beautiful countries on the African continent, South Africa is a mere three hour flight away from Tanzania. Plan a trip to Cape Town after your program should you wish to experience the vast beauty of the region.

Zambia, Malawi & Mozambique

These growing economies can be found to the south of Tanzania, each with their own unique offerings to explore.

Rwanda & Democratic Republic of Congo

These countries can be found to the South of Kilimanjaro. Rwanda has a turbulent but fascinating cultural heritage. The DRC represents over 200 ethnic groups, with nearly 250 languages and dialects spoken throughout the country.

Kenya & Uganda

Tanzania is bordered by Kenya & Uganda in the North. Kenya has an incredibly rich variety of cuisine, while Uganda is an agriculturally driven country, made up of breathtaking mountains, savannas and lakes.

Cultural Immersion

Engaging intimately with a new context teaches not only global awareness but adaptability and critical thinking, skills highly valued in the modern marketplace. Local and cultural immersion is encouraged on all our programs around the world, and is also one of the most enjoyable aspects of your experience. Luckily, there are many activities you can get involved with in your free time, or before and after your program. On our community programs the focus is on cultural topics, while on marine or wildlife programs the emphasis is more on the environmental element. Use your evenings and weekends to explore diverse and eclectic topics like Theravada Buddhism in Laos or how plastic pollution and climate change affects Indian Ocean coral.


Local Cuisine

Tanzania is the home of the coconut crab. This crab, the largest crab in the world (and reportedly one of the most delicious), can be found on Chumbe Island of Zanzibar.

Wildlife

Tanzania has the largest concentration of wildlife animals per square kilometer, with more than 4 million wild animals and representatives of 430 species and subspecies.

Holidays, Celebrations & Festivals

Tanzania hosts a variety of holidays, celebrations and festivals throughout the year, the most notable being Christmas, Eid ul-Fitr, Navratri and Diwali. The region caters to a diverse range of religious backgrounds.

Languages

The official language of Tanzania is Swahili, though English is widely spoken in the region too. Over 120 languages are spoken in Tanzania, most of which are Bantu languages.

Our Ethics

Below is a list of core ethics and best practices we believe are essential to the operation of high quality, ethical volunteer and sustainable development programs. We believe that all responsible volunteer and sustainable development operations should focus upon these principles. If you are considering volunteering, these are some of the key considerations you should question, to ensure that your time and money contributes towards positive change.


 


We want to constantly develop our own understanding of ethical best practice. In so doing, we aim to provide an exemplary industry standard for other education institutions, international development organisations, and social enterprises. Our Badge of Ethics stands for the drive to always do good, better. Find out more, click on the Badge below.


 

Our 10 Ethical Commitments

 

Locally Driven, Collaborative Projects

We aim to design all our projects in collaboration with local organizations and communities and ensure that they are locally driven.


 

Clear Objectives & Sustainable Outcomes

We aim to clearly define short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects.


 

Impact Reporting

We aim to track, record, and publish the impact of each of our projects.


 

Working Against Dependency

We aim to build in-country capacity by assisting local organizations in becoming self-sustaining.


 

Responsible Exit Strategies

For each local organization we work with, we aim to have a plan in place for withdrawing support responsibly.


 

Clear Roles & Specialized Training

We aim to ensure that ever participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work by specialized staff.


 

Respect for all

In all our actions we aim to respect the skills and efforts of all and seek to protect the rights, culture and dignity of everyone who engages with GVI.


 

Local Ownership

We work to ensure that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conducted, or Intellectual Property developed, remains the property of local organizations.


 

Transitioning from the Orphanage Model

We do not condone and aim to withdraw support of orphanages and residential care centers.


 

Child and Vulnerable adult policies

We will live by our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policies.


Continual Development

As an organization, GVI is committed to striving toward best practice, and to educating both our potential participants, our partners, and the world at large about them. Both the volunteering and sustainable development sectors are increasingly, and rightly, under scrutiny. Many recent local and global articles highlight poor practices and questionable ethics. GVI is widely recognized for striving to apply global best practice in the volunteering, education and sustainable development sectors throughout our operations by reputable organizations such as ChildSafe.


However, global best practice is always evolving and we dedicate both time and resources to engage with internationally respected experts and learn from the latest research to ensure our programs both fulfil their potential to create maximum positive impact, and minimise their potential to create unintentional negative impact. Along with and as part of the sustainable development and volunteering community, we are constantly learning and applying this learning to practice. We do not always get everything right, but we seek feedback from our community members, partners, participants and our staff, and react accordingly. We know are already doing a great job, and feedback we have received confirms this, but we aim to do even better and are continuously refining our operations to improve upon our already excellent reputation.


Support & Safety

We won’t sugarcoat it — traveling abroad is usually a complex process that carries an element of risk. But this is exactly why we’re passionate about providing extensive support throughout the process as well as the highest safety standards during the in-country phase. We believe that volunteering abroad should not only be impactful, but an enjoyable experience that carries as little risk as possible. This is exactly how we’ve been able to maintain our reputation as the most highly respected volunteering organisations in the sector over the past two decades.


Support

Once a participant books, they will be assigned a personal support coordinator who will oversee their pre-departure journey. The support coordinator helps to bridge the gap between program enrolment and arrival at one of our field bases. Your personal support coordinator will ensure that you are provided with all the necessary information required to apply for visas, background checks, and any other documentation.


Safety

Upon arrival at the airport, participants will be greeted by a GVI staff member. All GVI staff are our own and all our programs around the world are run by our staff. All GVI field staff are background checked, Emergency First Response and safety trained. The minimum staff to participant ratio on GVI’s programs is one to six, although on several bases we have a ratio of one to three. When finishing the experience, participants will provide feedback on all aspects of their program.


Health & Safety Case Studies

19 Nov

HOW GVI UPHOLDS HEALTH AND SAFETY

It takes courage to book a GVI program, get on a flight, and head off to somewhere new. Volunteering offers a level of cultural immersion that typical backpacking or holidays just can’t achieve. This is why thousands of people around the world participate in paid GVI programs.


1 Nov

GVI’S COMMITMENT TO SAFETY AND SECURITY

As the saying goes: ‘Expect the best, plan for the worst’. Cliched or not, we take it to heart. This tenet is at the core of how GVI operates when it comes to promoting the health and safety of our participants, staff, and local community members at all of our 20+ bases around the world.


6 Nov

HOW GVI REMAINS PREPARED FOR NATURAL DISASTERS

The weather isn’t just a topic for polite small-talk here at GVI. We have emergency action plans in place for all scenarios. So when the weather, or other natural forces, takes a nasty turn, we are prepared to respond to stormy situations.


5 Nov

HOW GVI MANAGES PARTICIPANTS EXPECTATIONS

Once GVI has matched a participant to a program that suits their passions and goals, our team aims to set the right expectations for them. In the event that false expectations around a program are created, the GVI team takes immediate action to ensure that the situation rectified.


What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)