Empowering girls and women through improved educational facilities
Nampula, Mozambique & Dodoma, Tanzania July 20 - August 26, 2017
Volunteer project: This project takes place in two countries: Mozambique and Tanzania. The first two weeks of the program will be spent in Mozambique and the second half in Tanzania. This project aims to contribute to the empowerment of girls and women through improved educational facilities. Poor education facilities including the learning environment has been one of the factors contributing to poor performance hence hinder the possibility of managing development challenges like unequal rights, a lack of awareness of rights, low literacy rates, dependency, limited access to education and opportunities to earn a living, and poverty. Participants’ time, skills, and ideas are expected to help in building solidarity and support for young women and men in their pursuit of healthy and sustainable livelihoods.
In the first two weeks in Mozambique, participants will be involved in the following activities:
- Renovating a primary school;
- Environmental activities in collaboration with the local authorities.
In the last two weeks in Tanzania, participants will be involved in the following activities:
- Renovation and painting of school buildings;
- Participating in greening school campaign through provision of garbage separation facilities and composting;
- Tree planting and environmental beautification activities.
The first part of the program in Mozambique will be from July 20th to August 5th. The second part of the program in Tanzania will be from August 10th to 26th. Between the two parts, from August 5th to 10th, the volunteers will have free time for road travel and break.
Study part: Participants in this project will have an opportunity to experience life with local communities in Tanzania and Mozambique. Various discussions and educational visits will be organized involving volunteers and community members. The major topic will be Youth volunteers for development.
Special requirements: No special or particular expertise/skills required. However a potential participant for this project should be open minded and independent, interested in outdoor activities, manual work, construction, painting, plants and nature. Volunteer should be able to work with limited resources.
Leisure activities: The project is organized in a way that provides opportunity for the volunteers to utilize their free time by enjoying what the region offers in terms of cultural and natural attractions.
In Mozambique, possibilities include a visit to the Island of Mozambique, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. Among the monuments of value on the island is the Chapel of Our Lady of the Baluarte built in 1522, now considered the oldest European building in the Southern Hemisphere. At the north end of the island is the Fortress of San Sebastian, the oldest complete fort still standing in sub-Saharan Africa, fully erected between 1588 and 1620, with ballast stones of the ships, some of which can still be found on the nearest beach.
In Tanzania, we will have opportunity to see wild animals at Ngorongoro crater & Lake Manyara National Park, and enjoy cultural activities in Masai communities and the rock paintings of Kondoa Irangi.
Accommodation: Accommodation will vary in each country. Volunteers will stay in a student hostel, tents and school classrooms.
Orientation: On arrival, all volunteers will attend an orientation session. The aim of this session is to help the volunteers build a team and also to share with them some practical information about the countries, the host communities and their volunteer project.
Location: The volunteers in this project are privileged to be at the heart of most famous cultural and natural attractions in Africa.
In Mozambique, the project will be located in Nampula province in northern Mozambique. Its capital, the city of Nampula is located about 2150 km north of the country’s capital Maputo.
In Tanzania, the project will be hosted in Dodoma. Dodoma means “sunk” in Gogo, the language of the indigenous people of the region. It is officially the national capital of Tanzania with a population of approximately 411,000. The town is 453km west of the former capital Dar es Salaam and 441km south of Arusha City.
Terminal: Volunteers will be picked up at Nampula Airport (Mozambique) or any of the bus stations or railway stations in Nampula, Mozambique.
Participants may wish to arrange their departure from Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro or Zanzibar International airports in Tanzania.
Age range: 18 and over
Extra fee: 400 Euros
Airport pickup is included. The cost of transport between the countries is not covered.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.