TAYONEHO Volunteer Placement Program offers so many opportunities for voluntary work. To get you started and acclimated with your new environment, we offer orientation in the beginning of your trip to help you understand your chosen voluntary area, culture and language in Tanzania. The minimum length of volunteering period is two weeks.
You can get involved in various projects such as Teaching, Childcare, HIV/AIDS Support, Medical and Health care, Animal welfare, Sport coaching, Art& Music &Culture, Environment and sustainable development.
If you don’t find suitable volunteering placement from our list it is easy to find new placements according to your education, occupation or work experience.
TAYONEHO offers interesting opportunities for teachers to come to different Tanzanian schools and companies to teach and instruct local workers and students. Teachers can work directly in a classroom or as consultants for various organizations and social groups, such as women groups. The minimum length for the teacher exchange period is one month and working language is English.
Volunteers on the Teaching programme work in English-medium schools, government schools or orphanage schools, where the presence of volunteers is beneficial in opening the minds and broadening the horizons of the students, along with exposing them to native spoken English. Children in Tanzania love to attend school, often starting as young as 3 years old, and wherever possible, children hope to stay in school until at least 14 years old, as education is highly valued in Tanzanian society. Teaching volunteers work by themselves or alongside local teachers and other volunteers, teaching subjects such as, English, Math, Science, Social Studies (Geography and History), Art and Physical Education.
Government schools have holidays for the entire months of June and December. These schools also take week-long holidays during Easter and September. English-medium schools run throughout the year and have holidays for the entire months of April, August and December.
During school holidays, volunteers can take a break, travel; engage in tourist activities such as safari, take tutorials for senior students, or volunteer at another placement. As each school-type has holidays at different times, there is Teaching work available for volunteers throughout the year.
There is also an opportunity for volunteers to work in a special needs school in Mwanza. Volunteers at this school work with students with a range of mental and physical disabilities. These students require a great deal of attention and support in their studies and if you have experience in working with special needs children, or are interested in volunteering at the school, please make a note in your application.
The orphanage volunteer program in Tanzania is dedicated and focused on working for the welfare and development of underprivileged children in Tanzania. Volunteers interested in working for the orphanage program get placements in different orphanages and street children projects in and around the region of Mwanza. Due to the widespread disease of HIV/ AIDS, many children have become homeless in Tanzania and other African countries. The extended families of these children are forced to send the children to such orphanages. Volunteering with children in an orphanage is the most rewarding experience for gap year travelers. If you choose to do volunteer work in orphanages, you need to be adaptable, flexible and prepared to face and hear heartbreaking stories of the children’s backgrounds.
The tasks and daily work of volunteers under the orphanage volunteering program in Tanzania varies and depends on the requirements at the center. This may include, but not limited to;
- Work alongside the existing staff to care for the children in orphanages.
- Help in feeding, dressing and keeping the children active within the homes.
- Help the children in their homework
- Play games with them to engage them in playful activities.
- Assist in the office of the orphanage if you think you can contribute to make them more organized and run in a more efficient manner.
- Teach the kids, play with them, prepare their daily records, get involved in preparing their dishes, help in washing their cloth and some administrative work also.
Like many other African countries, there is a severe and widespread HIV/AIDS epidemic in Tanzania. HIV/AIDS is a serious challenge and if left uncontrolled complications from HIV/AIDS will get worse and claim thousands more. Many hospitals, clinics and local NGOs facilitate HIV/AIDS testing, counseling and awareness campaigns in Tanzania. Volunteers’ help is needed to support ongoing activities and programs.
Collaboration with local groups and organizations to help foster awareness among local communities. Tayoneho’s volunteers, hospitals, NGOs and local groups are helping to prevent loss of life and are improving the lives of those already infected. As a volunteer in our Tanzania HIV/AIDS project you can support the ongoing efforts to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and provide the manpower needed to comfort HIV/AIDS patients in Tanzania.
HIV/AIDS support programs are focused on three areas:-
First focus area includes treatment, psychological counseling and support to whose people infected with HIV/AIDS. Volunteers within the scope of the first focus area generally visit with HIV/AIDS patients (along with a local worker) and distribute food, clothes, medicine and give mental counseling and support. Volunteers may provide basic but valuable tips to patients on health, nutrition and sanitation and may be involved in patient record keeping.
The second focus area includes HIV/AIDS awareness or outreach programs to increase the community’s understanding of HIV/AIDS. This program educates about ways to prevent the spread of the disease and how citizens can protect themselves from contracting the disease. Volunteers supporting the second focus area normally participate in HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns and/or community outreach. Volunteers focused on outreach and awareness programs often visit schools, villages and churches to present information, media, posters, distribute pamphlets and distribute condoms etc.
The third focus area includes economic strengthening to women and youth living with HIV/AIDS, supporting them in becoming more self- sufficient. Volunteers assist the women and youth living with HIV/AIDS in various economic projects like crafting Maasai beaded art, leather goods, tailoring clothes, and other crafts, which they can then sell in order to earn an income. Volunteers also help to market these items to tourists who are visiting Mwanza. In addition, this project provides volunteers with the opportunity to assist with teaching English to the women and youth as well as basic crop farming as part of an agriculture project aiming to assist the women to become self-sufficient.
MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE
Healthcare is neither easily accessible nor affordable for many Tanzanians in poor urban areas and rural villages. Volunteers on the Medical and health care project help to provide care in these areas and work alongside local medical professionals, gaining an understanding of the healthcare system in Tanzania.
Volunteers work in medical clinics and hospitals and are placed according to previous experience and training. Some hospitals and clinics include departments, such as Laboratory Testing, Pharmacy, Maternity and Family Planning, Radiology, Ultrasound and Dentistry, and volunteers who have an interest in any of these areas are asked to make a note in their application. The key attributes for a successful Medical volunteer are initiative, enthusiasm and readiness to work in basic facilities with limited resources. It is important that volunteers have realistic expectations with regards to the activities that they will be involved in on the Medical project. Volunteers generally shadow local doctors and provide basic patient care, as procedures must comply with the Tanzania Healthcare System and most volunteers cannot communicate directly with patients due to language barriers. Volunteers need to understand that a key role on this project is simple observation and it is unlikely that you will be involved in operations or independent tasks.
Please note, all medical placements require a one off placement fee of US$80 regardless of your placement duration. This fee goes directly to the medical center where you are placed and is payable in Tanzania directly to the local staff.
Volunteer tasks under the medical and healthcare program in Tanzania may vary and depend on the level of experience, qualifications, medical training etc. If you have experience in the medical or health profession you might do tasks and activities which include the following:
- Wound dressing under direct supervision of nursing staff.
- Blood pressure, pulse and temperature measurements (if competent).
- Assist patients with activities such as getting them from one service point to another.
- Weighing patients, holding babies/adults to be weighed.
- General assistance to the medical staff wherever required, and wherever experience and expertise allow.
- Pre Medical students assist the local doctors and staff in doing basic tasks such as checking weight and temperature of the patients, cleaning wounds and also doing administrative tasks in the placement.
- Shadow the Doctors on critical surgeries and operations.
- Being involved in the daily procedures of the hospital.
- Conducting hospital rounds with the doctors.
The Animal Welfare project offers volunteers the opportunity to support the welfare of a variety of animals, in a diverse range of settings. The work on this project is divided into three different components and volunteers are required to select the area of work which they would most like to work in. The first option for volunteers is the examination of different types of domestic and wild animals. Volunteers that choose this area of work will be studying animal diseases, taking samples and analysing these using lab equipment. Animals being examined tend to include wild dogs as well as sheep and cows that have been separated from their herd or farm. Volunteers will also assist in comparing the different living conditions for animals in various areas of Mwanza to see how the conditions for the animals can be improved. This option involves a large amount of fieldwork in rural areas and therefore volunteers should be prepared to work longer days. The second option for volunteers is assisting with treating animals that require veterinary attention. In addition to treatments at the clinic, volunteers will also assist with home visits to farmers in the community to attend to any animals or livestock that need attention or treatment. Volunteers interested in this option can also assist/observe operations on dogs and cats which take place on Saturday mornings. The final option for volunteers is to assist with serving and treating animals on heat and assisting in the artificial insemination of farm animals. The animals being treated in this process are generally goats and cows to assist local farmers in generating more income. This project provides laboratory services and free visits to farmers based in rural locations, who would otherwise be unable to benefit from this service as they are unable to bring their animals into town. When applying for this project, you will need to note the area of work that you prefer to work in. In order to volunteer on the Animal Welfare project, volunteers must have a background in veterinary care, be studying towards a degree involving animals, or have experience working in a professional setting with animals. All volunteers on the Animal Welfare project arealsorequired to pay a one off placement fee of US$80 regardless of your placement duration. This fee goes directly to the government clinic where you are placed and is payable in Tanzania directly to the local team.
Sports and physical education are proven to have an amazing positive effect on the development of not only kids, but everyone in the community. Physical education brings many health benefits and helps kids develop important team work and communication skills, but sports opportunities are limited so requires a lot of creativity and enthusiasm.
Put your passion for sport to good use as you provide sports coaching to children at Mwanza schools and sports clubs. Sports resources are limited in Mwanza and while there is a lack of skilled trainers, the enthusiasm for physical exercise is high. As a volunteer, you’ll coach children of different age groups and help them develop important skills. In addition, you’ll get to know and assist the school community through a variety of building, farming, and education initiatives.
Provide much-needed sports coaching to children in Mwanza Town’s townships. As a volunteer, you’ll help teach physical education sessions and coach children in various sports.
- Assist coaches in teaching physical education sessions at schools.
- Help design sports classes at schools, which can include new games, fitness tests, and competitions.
- Teach sports at aftercare programs, where you can organize fun games, set up obstacle courses, and coach sports such as football and basketball.
- Bring fresh ideas and motivation to disadvantaged children through physical activity.
- Choose from full time Sports Coaching and Development volunteering or combine this with another volunteer activity to broaden your volunteer experience, whether this is working with orphaned and vulnerable children, teaching and youth development, assisting in a healthcare programme or joining our gender empowerment project.
- Teach lessons on physical health and general life skills at schools, focusing on issues like hygiene, nutrition, exercise and teamwork.
- Offer children enriching stimulation through extra-curricular reading, math and art clubs.
- Assist with rewarding construction work by refurbishing, building or painting classrooms.
- Get your hands dirty at our organic farms, which offer community members education on growing food and becoming more self-sustainable.
- Work and live in a welcoming Mwanza community, and immerse yourself in the local culture.
ART & MUSIC & CULTURE
If art, drama or music is your thing then consider sharing your creative talents on a volunteering. A chance to learn about music, drama, art and dance in different cultures and languages and be inspired!
Music – Prior experience of working with musicians, music production, composing, PA engineering is a benefit. You will be working at music recording studio, the D-Classic Studio. You will attend shows and rehearsals of our artists, produce music videos and teach music in the schools as well as for our Tanzanian artists.
Dance – Work with our traditional African dancers, create choreography, teach dancing in the schools and participate the Community Arts Programs.
Photography – Document the current community programs for the marketing team and for to produce Social Media articles.
Theatre & Performance – Join the existing Tanzanian performance groups of the traditional drum – dance drama telling.
Movie Making & Editing – Prior experience using Final Cut Pro and Adobe editing software as professional movie cameras and passion for making movies needed. Our local partners produce full movies, documentaries and music videos. We have a local Tanzanian team who is eager to learn more and yourself you can get great experience about movie industry in Africa. Tanzania is presently the second after Nigeria in African Movie business.
ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Conservation – There are several opportunities to help develop conservation efforts in Tanzania from practical work in tree nurseries, gardening, composting, recycling, beach and neighborhood cleaning as well as helping our organization to plan and develop more demanding environmental programs.
Eco-tourism – our organization is developing new eco-tourism opportunities together with forest reserves, national parks and local communities. Participants can help with planning, designing tours, practical operations, marketing and fund raising.
Environmental education and awareness– participants in this part of the program can help to develop and conduct environmental clubs in primary and secondary schools, organize environmental events and work together with women’s groups.
Research – There are good opportunities to do research on environmental and conservation or eco-tourism topics. We are in need of basic designing surveys, data collection, analysis and report writing