Girls are a powerful force for change in Africa, but their potential is often constrained. This project aims to empower, educate, and uplift adolescent girls aged between 11 and 18, while also supporting adult women in the community. Get ready to learn about the challenges facing girls in Tanzania and work as part of a team to ensure their potential is unlocked and utilised.
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most iconic attractions in the whole of Africa, the Continent’s highest peak and nestled at its base is the busy tourist town of Moshi; a colorful town known for its lively streets, Swahili food, local markets, and coffee plantations. Seeing coffee roasted and brewed on an open fire is an unusual but truly mesmerizing experience. As well as being in awe of the different colors, smells, and sounds in Moshi, you can’t help but notice the incredible variety of cultures and specifically that of the Maasai people, colorfully dressed in their traditional ‘Warrior’ clothing and brandishing some of the most impressive jewelry. The Maasai are gentle people who live very traditional lives and you will have the opportunity to spend time with these tribes, dancing, drumming, tasting their food, and begin to understand the vibrant culture of these unique people. Encounters with the Maasai are one of the best experiences you can have in Tanzania.
A short distance away, is the authentic rural town of Mdawi, a humble little place where everyone knows each other, and you cannot help but get seduced by the relaxed rhythm of rural life. This will be your home during your stay in Tanzania.
You’ll be accommodated in an exclusive fully furnished volunteer house with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy nights spent under the stars (and trust us, you’ve never seen so many!) and opportunities for you to interact with and bond with the your fellow volunteers and the local villagers. There are dormitory rooms with shared bathroom facilities and communal living areas and we provide housekeeping services for your comfort. There are always fun things going on at the volunteer house, including games evenings, quizzes, or movie nights.
You will receive three fresh and delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community. Breakfast is typically fresh fruit, eggs and toast with a selection of toppings while lunch and dinner are a mixture of local Swahili and international cuisine. You can expect to eat anything from burgers, pizzas and pasta dishes to stews, chapatis and curries. Vegetarian options are available and we can cater to many other dietary requirements, please just let us know your requirements in advance. At weekends, you’re welcome to explore Moshi and visit the many delicious restaurants.
There is free WiFi available at the volunteer accommodation which has good reception.
Moshi lies 805m above sea level and has a tropical climate. In winter (May-August), there is much less rainfall than in summer and temperatures are generally cooler, falling between 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) and 25 degrees Celsius (77°F). From May to September you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures. Summer is from November to February and these tend to be the warmest and wettest months of the year.
PROJECT IMPACT AREAS
VOCATIONAL SKILLS TRAINING
We offer girls from poor communities the opportunity to study vocational skills for the booming tourism sector in the Kilimanjaro Region. Volunteers aim to increase the level of English of these girls, as well as facilitating workshops that look at building confidence, computer literacy, CV and resume writing, as well as setting career goals.
We facilitate a women’s support group that consists of widows and single mothers. You’ll support our women’s group by leading sessions that look at social issues that affect girls and women in the local community. We aim to empower these women through education so they can be role models and agents of change for other girls in their community.
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT CLUBS
Volunteers assist fun and active sessions for young girls and boys in after-school clubs and teach English when the students are on school holidays. Many of the girls have escaped female genital mutilation and/or forced marriage and this extra language support encourages the girls to stay in school for longer and get a good education that can open up so many possibilities when they’re older. Volunteers also hold workshops that look at life skills such as career planning, health, nutrition, and family planning, as well as issues that plague the community such as crime and unemployment. These topics and themes are explored through healthy debates, presentations, and role-plays to ensure the students are engaged.
You’ll work alongside project staff to conduct group discussions and surveys on issues affecting girls in the local community. The outcomes of these group discussions and surveys will contribute to the growth of the Girl Impact project in Mdawi. Areas of research will address issues such as, education, health, early pregnancy, safety, income generation, and confidence.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Gender Equality Tanzania
What are the challenges for gender equality in Tanzania?
There are several issues related to gender equality for women and girls in Tanzania. While the Government has adopted policies to advance gender equality and youth inclusion, the framework and sector-specific policies of government ministries have not aligned with the policies. As well, the amending of the Age of Marriage Act, which will increase the minimum age of marriage for females to 18, has not yet occurred. Other challenges for gender equality for women and girls include the need for well-trained researchers, policy analysts, and civil society organizations to ensure successful policies and reforms.
What is the impact of gender inequality in Tanzania?
There have been several efforts in promoting gender equality in Tanzania. Some of these efforts include programs focused on empowering out-of-school girls to set and achieve goals for their future and overcome social and economic barriers to constrain their ability to be successful in school. Women in Law and Development in Africa has provided legal aid, gender-based violence services, and improved referral systems. Women participation in political parties and electoral processes has also increased. Other programs and efforts have helped launch activities of economic growth and created an enabling environment where women can pursue productive livelihoods, find employment, develop skills, and access various business services and resources.
What can be done to improve gender equality in Tanzania?
Additional efforts can be made in promoting gender equality for girls and women in Tanzania. Community programs can focus on helping change attitudes surrounding 'conventional' roles of men and women, raising awareness of gender inequality and women's empowerment, and encouraging education and professional business skills.
Where is Tanzania and how can I help improve gender equality?
Tanzania is located in East Africa and is bordered by eight countries including Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, and Mozambique. Our programs in Tanzania are located in small rural communities on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. When you participate in our projects, you will have the opportunity to raise awareness on gender inequality, provide support in local communities to strengthen families, mitigate gender-based violence, support economic development, help inspire youth to learn key skills for employment, enhance education, and promote women's empowerment.
What is the political system in Tanzania?
The political system in Tanzania uses the framework of a unitary presidential democratic republic. This means the President of Tanzania is both the head of state and government. Executive power is exercised by government, legislative power is exercised by both the government and parliament, and the judiciary is independent of both the executive and the legislative.
Tanzania is home to some of the most famous national parks in the world and one of the best places on the continent to experience an African safari. You will encounter the iconic Big 5, and if you are around at the right time, the Great Wildebeest Migration. An estimated two million wildebeest cross the Serengeti and Maasai Mara in Kenya in what is called ‘the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth’. You can view this spectacular seasonal event by land, air, or both!
Tanzania is home to the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro, which stands at a whopping 5895 meters. For the very fit and brave at heart, you can embark on a journey to the peak of Africa. There are also Day Hikes for those who may be short of time and just want to get a taste of the climb. You won’t reach the peak but will climb to the first camp at 2720 meters. Hot spring camping trips are also a big adventure at Lake Chala where you can go camping beside some natural hot springs or at the lake shores.
Every day on this project will expose you to local life, but if you want an even deeper look into the culture of Tanzania, you can set out on a full day Marangu Cultural Tour. The tour will take you to the Chagga Tribe Museum, gorgeous waterfalls, a coffee plantation, and end off with a traditional Swahili meal and banana beer. During certain months, you can venture into the heart of the Maasai home and spend the weekend camping, listening to legends, and sharing meals in a Maasai boma homestead.
For some sun, sea, and sand take a trip to the tropical island paradise of Zanzibar, just off the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar offers endless opportunities for marvelous snorkeling experiences, forest excursions, and sipping cocktails while relaxing to some reggae beats. It is only one hour’s flight from Mount Kilimanjaro.
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Specialist will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.