12 million Tanzanians live below the poverty line, a number almost unchanged over the last decade. A significant proportion of the population also hover just above the poverty line, and have very limited access to healthcare, quality education, and a decent standard of living. Under-nutrition remains one of the largest threats to human development in Tanzania and hits children the hardest by hindering their long-term physical and intellectual development.
Join us in Tanzania as we work to ensure children can reach their full potential. Universal primary education has drastically increased enrollment with more than 80% of primary school-age children attending, yet the quality of education offered and the increasing student dropout rates are a huge concern. With just 33% of children enrolling in secondary school, our volunteer work focuses on girls and boys from preschool to teenage years to maximize their education as a pathway out of poverty.
Where you’ll stay in Tanzania
Your home-base in Bagamoyo is located on a safe, quiet street in a residential neighborhood that is close to the beach, a health center, internet cafe, post office, and a market. Plenty of volunteers take a pre-breakfast stroll on the sand and spend their afternoons relaxing by the Indian Ocean.
Another nearby destination worth checking out is the Bagamoyo Arts University and local craft market, a great place to find the perfect memento of your time in East Africa. Many volunteers take advantage of the university’s proximity by taking classes in drumming, dance, painting, or sculpture.
Your accommodations offer a common area perfect for getting to know your fellow volunteers or curling up with a good book, and living areas are communal with more than enough space to store your personal belongings. With no shortage of mouthwatering fresh fruit juices, ndizi (bananas), ugali (a doughy and delicious way to soak up any sauce or stew), and Tanzanian coffee, the kitchen will likely become a favorite hangout! And you’ll never be too far from the superstar Bagamoyo staff who are available to offer support.
Who will support you
Born in the Kilimanjaro region, Thea Mushi came to the program after serving as Country Director for eight years at the Irish Agency for Personal Service Overseas (APSO). She’s been involved with the program since 2003, and has plenty of experience working with international volunteers like you. She is a trained accountant and social and community development worker, and is particularly passionate about the power of education on her community’s youth. Mama Thea, as she is called, loves to dance and has a huge, warm smile. She’s known for her contagious laughter and beautiful singing voice.