Types of Volunteering Projects
Depending on your skills, the type of experience you are looking for and your own interests, there are a variety of different volunteering opportunities available as you travel.
Keep in mind, volunteering isn’t just about traveling abroad or getting your hands dirty either. Many non-profit organizations need administrative, fundraising, marketing and legal help more than anything, which people can volunteer their time from remotely.
For those looking to volunteer their time and energy abroad, here are some examples of volunteer roles to explore:
1. Women Empowerment
It is a fact that in some parts of the world, women still suffer from patriarchy and discrimination. Although equality should be self-evident and part of the law, they are facing challenges every day of their lives. Women’s empowerment work is one of the most important causes in Tanzania you can work towards. In this project, you get the chance to volunteer with great female personalities, give them a voice, and encourage them to fight for their own rights.
Health is one of the most popular volunteer projects in Tanzania for foreigners. Hospitals and healthcare centers can be really different from what you might know from your home country. As health insurance is not common in Tanzania, the access to health care usually depends on a person’s income. Many people cannot afford any health care which is why they are dependent on the help of the government or volunteer communities.
Working with children in a kindergarten or primary school in the northern part of Tanzania not only brings you new experiences but also helps the kids build a foundation for education and a better future. In kindergartens and pre-schools, volunteers are often asked to play, read, and sing with the students, as well as teach them basic English and mathematics.
4. Special Needs
Volunteers can gain an insight into the daily struggles of children with special needs. In Tanzanian society, there are many prejudices against people with disabilities, no matter whether they have physical or mental special needs. And even if the parents or the local community accept these children, there are basically no facilities where these children can get adequate support.
5. Environmental Conservation
One of the major areas of need in Tanzania is environmental conservation. Climate change affects all of us, but especially poor communities face the consequences of floods, storms, crop failure, or the lack of rain the most. Working in environmental conservation projects is a great way to help maintain the ecosystem of our planet.
6. Youth Empowerment
Join youth empowerment volunteer projects in Tanzania and have the best time of your life! Work with the youth of the Northern part of Tanzania. Gain different experience by supporting marginalized youth groups—most of them are former street kids. Whether volunteers work on a farm, teach sewing, English, or life skills, there is a lot to do! Previous volunteers have also taken street kids out for lunch, which was always a great experience for both sides. Take your time and go back to your teenage life, give them the understanding they need, and you will get a lot back from them.
7. Animal welfare
Become a part of an animal shelter project in Tanzania. Work with abandoned cats and dogs, give them a better life, and make them your lifetime friends!
Your daily routine can involve feeding, training and walking the dogs, cleaning their kennels, doing marketing, and fundraising. You may also visit schools and educate children about rabies, animal welfare, and all other related topics.
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