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Nestled in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's most epic peak, you'll find the small town of Moshi. And this topographical giant is just one of the incredible wonders of nature that you'll find in the region. During your time as a volunteer in Tanzania with the Chagga community, the people of Moshi, you'll be working in a landscape full of waterfalls, coffee plantations, and banana fields.
Among the most prevalent issues in Tanzania are those presented by the lack of resources, residual effects of a colonial past, and the impact of HIV/AIDS. Only a little over half of children attend school, and high levels of infant and child mortality prevail. With Mount Kilimanjaro as a stunning backdrop for your volunteer work in Tanzania, you'll have a chance to work side by side with vulnerable people to build better, healthier futures.
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Education is highly valued in Tanzania, where you’ll find children with a true love of learning. But sadly, many children are only able to attend school until age 14. In schools where teaching staff is highly under-resourced and often unavailable, inspire children to foster a lifetime love of learning when you improve education for children. By introducing engaging new techniques, games, and enthusiasm, you’ll transform an educational system based on rote memorization into a vibrant setting where children can learn and develop on their road to maximizing their human potential.
In Kilimanjaro, many children have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS. Many have been abused or abandoned, and their families struggle to provide for their most basic needs. The youngest generations are forced to grow up too quickly. Recapture and share the joy of childhood when you assist with the growth and development of children. As a role model, you’ll challenge a child’s imagination and open it to new possibilities. Your love and attention may be the only opportunity for one-on-one interaction in a child’s day, sparking newfound interest for both learning and play, and contributing to often-needed self-esteem.
In the Kilimanjaro region, where families sometimes struggle to provide 3 meals a day, children with disabilities often don’t receive the tools and resources needed to realize their full potential. Individual attention is much needed as children with a range of physical, cognitive, and learning disabilities are placed side-by-side in the same classrooms or care centers. Your work to improve the quality of care for people with disabilities provides a safe and nurturing space where a community of educators and nurturers work together to support children and their families, while also breaking down harmful community stereotypes.
The impacts of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania are felt across the Kilimanjaro community. Children may be orphaned or even become the primary caregiver in their home. Individuals and families struggle to find support and information to cope with the day-to-day challenges of this serious disease. When you support those affected by HIV/AIDS, you’ll work with the community to promote education, awareness, and fight stigmas. Join hands in solidarity with women, children, and families in Tanzania to promote awareness and care for those impacted by HIV/AIDS.
"One-to-one tutoring works extremely well for our disadvantaged kids. All of the volunteers give a lot of attention and love to the kids. Lot's of our students come from large, rigid families that may not pay enough attention to them. When they come to school and CCS volunteers are here, they get individual attention."
"For people in our community, not understanding basic English is the same as being illiterate. CCS volunteers do an excellent job of practicing English with our students, giving them a greater chance of future success."
"When volunteers visit the families of children impacted by HIV/AIDS, the families feel a sense of relief and solidarity."
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