During your CCS Gap Year in Tanzania with the Chagga community in Moshi, you'll work in a landscape full of waterfalls, coffee plantations, and banana fields. You will live in the small village of Karanga, which is nestled in the shadow of Africa's most epic peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. This topographical giant is just one of the incredible wonders of nature that you'll find in the region.
Among the most prevalent issues that local people in Moshi deal with are those presented by the lack of resources, residual effects of a colonial past, and the impact of HIV/AIDS. Over your Gap Year Tanzania volunteer program, you'll have a chance to work side by side with local communities as they work to address these social issues and work toward a more economically independent and sustainable future.
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Once enrolled, you will have the chance to select the volunteer opportunity that's most interesting to you. Volunteers will always receive their first preference. The only exception to this will be when there are national or school holidays, or there are exceptional circumstances.
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. Work with The CCS Education & Literacy Project and you'll support schools where the teaching staff is highly under-resourced and often unavailable. Help inspire children to foster a lifetime love of learning by introducing engaging new techniques, games, and enthusiasm. Be a part of the transformation; turning 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. These children are often abused or abandoned as 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 work with The CCS Child Development Project. 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. The CCS Support for People with Disabilities Project works to provide a safe and nurturing space where a community of educators and nurturers join 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 The CCS HIV/AIDS Project, 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 encourage understanding and care for those impacted by HIV/AIDS.
When you educate a woman, you also educate a family and a community. In Tanzania, your work to empower women through education will impact academic success, school attendance rates, and strengthen economic opportunities. Whether you’re teaching English, math, and computer skills to young girls in a child care center, or working with women on small-scale agricultural microfinance activities, your work with The CCS Girls' & Women’s Empowerment Project will strengthen the role of women in communities, while improving the self-esteem and self-reliance of individual women and girls.
Education is essential for communities, particularly when health issues such as malaria and HIV/AIDS are prominent. As part of The CCS Global Health Project, your efforts to provide education and outreach surrounding important health topics, and support women and communities in factors that impact the social determinants of health will improve the health of entire communities. By connecting and sharing resources and information, communities are better prepared to take charge of their own healthcare needs.
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