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Tanzania Environmental, Health and Disability Services Organization

Tanzania Environmental, Health and Disability Services Organization

Mwanza, Tanzania

1.0       WHY VOLUNTEER/INTERN WITH TEHDSO?

By volunteering or becoming an Intern with TEHDSO, you will be able to make a positive and significant difference and you will have an experience out of the ordinary. You will be exposed to a completely different culture and practice from your own, which will change your world's perspective. By living with an African family and by working alongside local community members, you will have the chance to experience the country as a local and not as a tourist and to discover new ways of living, working, thinking and sharing. The opportunities for picking up new skills and information, which will be extremely helpful in your future, are almost limitless so make the most of your chance to learn and experience what you wish. Be sure to confront yourself with new and formative situations, often quite different from what you might have envisioned before arriving to Tanzania.

 2.0 WHAT ARE OUR VOLUNTEER/INTERN PROGRAM?

TEHDSO runs a flexible volunteer/ intern program with assignments built around the specific interests of the prospective volunteer/intern. Placements available include:

 2.1 Health Program

2.1.1 Activities conducted include:

     i.Conduct health training in churches, schools, colleges and community centers through “Prepare people on health for future and productive community program” that focus on communicable and non-communicable diseases.

    ii.Visiting the disabled and severely or terminally ill patients and provision of support. These include but not limited to counselling, clothes, food, medicine and nutrition supplements.

   iii.Conduct health education and counseling to people facing psychological and physical problems.

   iv.Promote voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), HIV testing and counseling.

    v. Create awareness to schooling youth concerning reproductive health, puberty and the likely dangers including sexual behavior, drug abuse, female genital mutilation and the use of family planning to prevent un-intended pregnancies and prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD).

 2.1.2   Purpose of the program

Communities understand what life is on communicable and non-communicable disease.

2.1.3   Age group involved in this program.

The program involves different age groups (children and adults including young female adolescents and women).

 2.1.4   What would be the duties of volunteers/interns under this program?

Under this program, the volunteers/interns are responsible to take the following duties

             i.Prepare teaching materials/topics on communicable and non-communicable diseases.

           ii. Conduct training on communicable and non-communicable diseases.

          iii.Conduct home visit and serve to severely or terminally ill patients, disabled and mentally handicapped children/youths.

          iv.Conduct diagnosis and treatment to some of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

           v.Research available opportunities, looking for foundations and businesses that

routinely provide support (both financial and in-kind)

 2.1.5   Hours of work per day / week

All TEHDSO staff is expected to work 40 hours a week (Monday - Friday). Office hours being 0800 hours to 1700 hours (from Monday - Friday), with one (1) hour lunch breaks between 1300 hours and 1400 hours.

 2.1.6   Seasonal or ongoing program?

This is an ongoing program.

 2.2 Environmental Conservation Program

 

2.2.1 Activities conducted include:-

     i.Tree planting campaign (tree nursery raising and distribution to the communities)

    ii.Participating in cleanliness campaign programs into cities.

 2.2.2   Purpose of the program

Promote awareness for the communities on tree planting for carbon offset and environmental conservation so as to enhance good health (physical and mental) and reduce governmental cost on provision of health services.

 2.2.3 Age group involved in this program.

The program involves school children and the communities in general.

 2.2.4 What would be the duties of volunteers under this program?

Under this program, the volunteers are responsible to take the following duties

             i.Participate in tree nursery raising and distribution to the communities.

           ii.Conduct training on environmental conservation.

          iii.Research available opportunities, looking for foundations and businesses that

routinely provide support (both financial and in-kind)

 2.2.5 Hours of work per day / week

All TEHDSO staff is expected to work 40 hours a week (Monday - Friday). Office hours being 0800 hours to 1700 hours (from Monday - Friday), with one (1) hour lunch breaks between 1300 hours and 1400 hours.

 2.2.6 Seasonal or ongoing program

This is a seasonal program.

2.3 Vocational training and job creation program.

2.3.1 Activities conducted include:-

             i.Training the youth on entrepreneurship skills (children and adults including young female adolescents and women)

           ii.Provision of credit services/ revolving fund for entrepreneurial activities

          iii.Conducting the ICT training

          iv.Conduct youth awareness meeting under the facilitation of professional, inspirational speakers and experienced trainers.

2.3.2   Purpose of the program

To reduce poverty and unemployment for youths (male and female) to strengthen their economic status for poverty reduction.

2.3.3 Age group involved in this program.

The program involves youths aged 13-25 years

2.3.4What would be the duties of volunteers under this program?

Under this program, the volunteers are responsible to take the following duties

             i.Prepare teaching materials on vocational training and job creation programs.

           ii.Conduct training on vocational training and job creation programs.

          iii.Research available opportunities, looking for foundations and businesses that

routinely provide support (both financial and in-kind)

2.3.5 Hours of work per day / week

All staff is expected to work 40 hours a week (Monday - Friday). Office hours being 0800 hours to 1700 hours (from Monday - Friday), with one (1) hour lunch breaks between 1300 hours and 1400 hours.

 2.3.6   Seasonal or ongoing program?

This is ongoing program.

2.4 Women’s empowerment program

2.4.1 Activities conducted include:-

             i.Conduct training on Women empowerment programs.eg. Group formation, Management, Financial records and management etc.

           ii.Provision of credit services/ revolving fund for income generating activities.

2.4.2   Purpose of the program

Promote income generating activities for economic sustainability and self-reliance for women.

2.4.3   Age group involved in this program.

The program involves women groups.

 2.4.4   What would the duties be of volunteers under each this program?

Under this program, the volunteers are responsible to take the following duties

             i.Prepare teaching materials on Women empowerment programs.

           ii.Conduct training on Women empowerment programs.eg. Group formation, Management, Financial records etc.

          iii.Accessing women group resources for empowerment.

          iv.Research available opportunities, looking for foundations and businesses that

routinely provide support (both financial and in-kind)

 2.4.5   Hours of work per day / week

All TEHDSO staff is expected to work 40 hours a week (Monday - Friday). Office hours being 0800 hours to 1700 hours (from Monday - Friday), with one (1) hour lunch breaks between 1300 hours and 1400 hours.

 2.4.6   Seasonal or ongoing program?

This is ongoing program.      

2.5 Orphans and Vulnerable Children support program. 

Through “Watoto wetu Program” (Our children program), the organization provides support to the children’s into the areas of education and health care. Activities conducted include:-

     i.Distribution of school uniforms, shoes and supplies (exercise books, pen, pencils)

    ii.Payment for medical cost.

   iii.Conduct training on psychosocial problem.

   iv.Conduct counseling on youth behavior change and communicable diseases eg. HIV/AIDS, Sexual Transmitted diseases, early pregnancy etc.

 2.5.1   Purpose of the program

To empower Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) and Children Living with HIV/ AIDS (CHAs) with education and life skills for the better future.

 2.5.2   Age group involved in this program.

The program involves children aged 6-13 years.

 2.5.3   What would be the duties of volunteers under this program?

Under this program, the volunteers are responsible to take the following duties

             i.Prepare teaching materials on development of children.

           ii.Help children establish the skills they’ll need to succeed in school and in life

             i.Conduct training on children behaviour change.

           ii.Conduct home visit for children’s

          iii.Conduct training on psychosocial problem.

          iv. Research available opportunities, looking for foundations and businesses that

routinely provide support (both financial and in-kind)

2.5.4   Hours of work per day / week

All TEHDSO staff is expected to work 40 hours a week (Monday - Friday). Office hours being 0800 hours to 1700 hours (from Monday - Friday), with one (1) hour lunch breaks between 1300 hours and 1400 hours.

2.5.5   Seasonal or ongoing program?

This is ongoing program.

2.6 Program for the disabled, sick people and people living with HIV/AIDS

2.6.1 Activities conducted include:-

     i.Conduct local fundraising in churches (monetary and in-kind contribution eg. clothes, sheets, shoes etc) and distribute to the people of needy especially disabled, sick people and people living with HIV/AIDS.

    ii.        Distribution of derivable contributions for the targeted group

   iii.        Support with wheelchairs and tricycles for disabled.

 2.6.2   Purpose of the program

Provision of emotional and material support for the disabled, sick people and people living with HIV/AIDS for their better life.

 2.6.3   Age group involved in this program.

The program involves disabled, sick people and people living with HIV/AIDS (children and adults).

 2.6.4   What would be the duties of volunteers under this program?

Under this program, the volunteers are responsible to take the following duties

             i.Participate in distribution of support.

           ii.Conduct psychosocial training for the group.

          iii.Conduct home visit to severely or terminally ill patients.

          iv.Research available opportunities, looking for foundations and businesses that

routinely provide support (both financial and in-kind)

 2.6.5   Hours of work per day / week

All TEHDSO staff is expected to work 40 hours a week (Monday - Friday). Office hours being 0800 hours to 1700 hours (from Monday - Friday), with one (1) hour lunch breaks between 1300 hours and 1400 hours.

 2.6.6   Seasonal or ongoing program?

This is ongoing program.

2.7 Nursery and Day Care center Program

2.7.1 Activities conducted include:-

     i.Teaching children living with HIV/ AIDS(CHAs) and OVCs

    ii.Counseling, treatment and guidance

   iii.Computer skills training, creativity and innovation.

   iv.Music dance, Drama, sports

    v.Art work eg. Drawing, colouring etc.

2.7.2   Purpose of the program

Enhance the life of Orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) and children living with HIV/AIDS (CHAs) through parental care, guidance and education.

 2.7.3   Age group involved in this program.

The program involves children aged 3-6 years.

 2.7.4   What would be the duties of volunteers under this program?

Under this program, the volunteers are responsible to take the following duties

             i.Help a teacher prepare materials /topic for class.

           ii.Help children establish the skills they’ll need to succeed in school and in life.

          iii.Help foster children’s love for language and reading by sharing stories and books with him/her.

          iv.Help children access materials, oversee the use of those materials, and encourage children to think and play creatively.

v. Research available opportunities, looking for foundations and businesses that

routinely provide support (both financial and in-kind)

 2.7.5   Hours of work per day / week

All TEHDSO staff is expected to work 40 hours a week (Monday - Friday). Office hours being 0800 hours to 1700 hours (from Monday - Friday), with one (1) hour lunch breaks between 1300 hours and 1400 hours.

 2.7.6   Seasonal or ongoing program?

This is an ongoing program.

3.0 HOW LONG IS OUR VOLUNTEER/INTERN PROGRAM?

Our program runs from a minimum of 2 weeks to a maximum of 1 year. The most common length of volunteering is 3 months, as this amount of time will allow you to get comfortable with your new life and have a deeper understanding of what it means to live and serve in Tanzania. We have experienced that long-term trips can be more challenging but at the same time can make a significant and long-lasting change in your life. If they wish, long-term volunteers can choose to work at multiple placements during their stay.

 4.0 WHAT WILL BE VOLUNTEERS/INTERNS ACCOMMODATION DURING FIELD WORK?

In order to effectively experience the local life in Tanzania, you will be placed in a local African family into the village or near township depending on the location of our program implemented. You will be considered as part of the family, and as such you will have to follow the rules that the family sets. These rules are also put in place to ensure your maximum safety during your stay. As part of the fee that you will pay prior to your arrival, the CBO/family will provide you shelter and meals. Although we do not recommend it, there is also the option of staying in the village lodge or volunteer house which will be found by TEHDSO.

 5.0 WHAT HAPPENS ONCE VOLUNTEERS/INTERNS ARRIVE?

After being picked up at the airport by our TEHDSO staff, you will spend your first two nights at the hotel, so you can rest after the long journey and adjust to the new environment. The next step is for the volunteer/Intern receives two days of orientation, that will include an overview of the organizations structure and leadership, resources, day-to-day office operations, expectations/outcomes and introduction to Government officials, be given basic knowledge of Swahili and of the country habits and rules. This orientation provides an opportunity for volunteers/Interns to get to know one another and meet with TEHDSO staff and Governmental officials. Finally, the volunteers/interns will be ready to start his/her adventure! If you are volunteering at the village, the program coordinator will bring you to your host CBO/family and will show you your program and meet by a member of your program at your destination.

 6. WHAT IS OUR PROGRAM FEE?

All TEHDSO programs are designed to be immersive, authentic and comprehensive and to provide volunteers/interns with everything he/she will need to succeed. Our goal is to grant a positive and safe experience for all volunteers/interns; this is why we guarantee constant support from our team and host CBO/ family. You can choose between three different programs – volunteer, internship or volunteer & travel program. All internship and volunteer programs have the same cost, which increases by the length of stay.

ALL PROGRAMS include airport pick up and drop off, two nights in the hotel/lodge on arrival, two days orientation, Swahili language class, placement in the host CBO/family (including three meals a day), in-country transport, Up-TZ support before and during your stay and a program contribution.

The VOLUNTEER & TRAVEL PROGRAM additionally includes a unique and personalized travel experience suited to your budget, organized by TEHDSO. You can decide to combine multiple itineraries and the price will depend on the type of accommodation chosen - budget, mid-range or luxury - and the number of people travelling.

Volunteers/Interns are responsible for covering the payment of their flight, travel insurance and visa.

 7.0 OUR PROGRAM FEE

NUMBER OF

WEEKS

VOLUNTEER OR

INTERNSHIP

PROGRAM

VOLUNTEER

TRAVEL 

PROGRAM

2 weeks                       

$428                        

$639

3 weeks

$581

$792

4 weeks (1 month)

$734

$945

5 weeks

$888

$1,099

6 weeks

$1,041

$1,252

7 weeks

$1,194

$1,405

8 weeks (2 months)

$1,347

$1,558

9 weeks

$1,501

$1,712

10 weeks

$1,654

$1,865

11 weeks

$1,807

$2,018

12 weeks

$1,960

$2,171

13 weeks (3 months)

$2,114

$2,325

14 weeks

$2,267

$2,478

15 weeks

$2,420

$2,631

16 weeks

$2,573

$2,784

17 weeks (4 months)

$2,727

$2,938

18 weeks

$2,880

$3,091

19 weeks

$3,033

$3,244

20 weeks

$3,186

$3,397

21 weeks

$3,340

$3,551

22 weeks (5 months)

$3,493

$3,704

23 weeks

$3,646

$3,857

24 weeks

$3,799

$4,010

25 weeks

$3,953

$4,164

26 weeks (6 months)

$4,106

$4,317

27 weeks

$4,259

$4,470

28 weeks

$4,412

$4,623

29 weeks

$4,565

$4,776

30 weeks (7 months)

$4,719

$4,930

31 weeks

$4,872

$5,083

32 weeks

$5,025

$5,236

33 weeks

$5,178

$5,389

34 weeks

$5,332

$5,543

35 weeks (8 months)

$5,485

$5,696

36 weeks

$5,638

$5,849

37 weeks

$5,791

$6,002

38 weeks

$5,945

$6,156

39 weeks (9 months)

$6,098

$6,309

40 weeks

$6,251

$6,462

41 weeks

$6,404

$6,615

42 weeks

$6,558

$6,769

43 weeks (10 months)

$6,711

$6,922

44 weeks

$6,864

$7,075

45 weeks

$7,017

$7,228

46 weeks

$7,171

$7,382

47 weeks

$7,324

$7,535

48 weeks (11 months)

$7,477

$7,688

49 weeks

$7,630

$7,841

50 weeks

$7,784

$7,995

51 weeks

$7,937

$8,148

52 weeks

$8,090

$8,301

53 weeks (1 year)

$8,243

$8,454

Note: The rate mentioned above can change depending on the need of the organization to cover the expenses.

 8.0 WHERE DOES VOLUNTEER/INTERNSHIP MONEY GO?

As a non-profit organization, TEHDSO aims to keep costs down in order to make it easier for volunteers/interns to join our programs. We include in our fee everything you will need in order to have an authentic, immersive and safe experience. Drinks (alcohol) , cigarette and other personal expenses are not included into the cost.

Here is a breakdown of how the money you pay for your volunteer or internship program is spent:

 8.1 Host CBOs/ family

TEHDSO works in collaboration with various CBOs or groups for implementation of our programs which located in rural villages. These partnering CBO/groups don’t have a reliable source of funding and often have extremely limited infrastructures. In order to facilitate this, TEHDSO pays a weekly allowance to the host CBO/family you will be living with. The CBO/family will provide you shelter and 3 meals a day.

 8.2 In-country transport

This includes airport pickup and drop-off as well as transfers to and from the program site. This does not include any transport you will need during your free time.

 8.3 UPTZ's Support

The salaries that our employees receive ensure that we can provide high quality personal assistance prior to the volunteers'/interns arrivals and 24/7 support once they are in the country.

8.4 Program Contribution

All TEHDSO partner programs are completely independent non-profit CBOs, which don’t have a reliable source of funding and often have extremely limited infrastructures. TEHDSO include a contribution to the placement chosen by the volunteer/intern, which can help it to continue growing and developing.

 8.5 Volunteer/Intern arrival and orientation

In order for the volunteer/intern to adjust to the new environment, he/she will spend the first two nights at a hotel near our office. During the first week of volunteer/intern arrival, he/she will receive two days of orientation that will include an overview of the organizations structure and leadership, resources, day-to-day office operations, expectations/outcome and introduction to Government officials, given basic knowledge of Swahili including a grammar book and of the country habits and rules. Finally, the volunteers/interns will be ready to start his/her adventure! If you are volunteering at the village, the program coordinator will bring you to your host CBO/family and will show you your program and meet by a member of your program at your destination.

The volunteer/intern will also be taken to exchange his/her money and buy a Tanzanian phone SIM card. Meals during these two days are included in the price.

 9.0.VOLUNTEER/INTERN ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

Tanzania Environmental, Health and Disability Services Organization (TEHDSO) provides a two days orientation for volunteers/Interns that includes an overview of the organizations structure and leadership, resources, day-to-day office operations, expectations and introduction to Government officials. This orientation provides an opportunity for volunteers/Interns to get to know one another and meet with TEHDSO staff and Governmental officials. This usually done as scheduled below:-

Upon volunteer arrival – Pick up the volunteer/Interns to the airport and drop off to the selected hotels/lodges or rented house (for the long term volunteer/Intern)

Day one

Time

Scheduled activity

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Volunteer/Intern arrival to the office or pick up to the lodges/hotels.

8:30 am- 4:30 pm

Introduction to the immigration officials and finalize legal issues including processing of working permit.

Introduction to governmental officials-at regional level

Introduction to governmental officials-at district level

Introduction to governmental officials-at ward level

 

 

Day two

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Staff arrival to the office

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Welcoming volunteer/Intern and brief overview of the organizations structure and leadership, resources, day-to-day office operations and expectations by the Executive Director.

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Tea Break

10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Continue with brief overview of the organizations structure and leadership, resources, day-to-day office operations and expectations by the Executive Director.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch Break

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Open staff discussion with volunteer/intern + Q&A

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Refreshment Break + AOB

4:00 pm

ADJOURN

***AOB...... (Any Other Business)

Q&A ...... (Question & Answers)

9.1       A typical day’s schedule

Weekday Schedule(Monday – Friday)

Time     

Scheduled Activity

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Volunteer/Intern Staff arrival to the office

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Staff feedback for implementation of past various program activities.

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Breakfast

9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Staff disperses for implementation of scheduled program activities.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

LUNCH

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Office work and compilation of day implementation short report

5:00 pm

OFFICE CLOSURE

 

 

Weekend Schedule(Saturday – Sunday)

Saturday

Volunteer/intern Rest /attend the church for Christian volunteer.

Sunday (8:00 am – 12:20 pm)

Conduct health training in church through “Prepare people on health for future and productive community program” focuses on communicable and non-communicable diseases and running local fundraising to support disabled, People living with HIV/AIDS, OVCs, CHAs and sick people. Optionally volunteer/intern to participate at his/her “Will"

Sunday (4:00 pm – 06:00 pm)

Evening walk to villages to explore and observe local dances, customs or participate in Cultural Tourism programs that provide a unique look at village life.

**** OVCs……Orphans and Vulnerable children

     CHAs…….Children living with HIV/AIDS

 10.0 SOME INTERESTING PLACES VOLUNTEER/INTERN COULD VISIT 

 10.1    Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park, in northern Tanzania, is known for its massive annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. Seeking new pasture, the herds move north from their breeding grounds in the grassy southern plains. Many cross the marshy western corridor’s crocodile-infested Grumeti River. Others veer northeast to the Lobo Hills, home to black eagles. Black rhinos inhabit the granite outcrops of the Moru Kopjes. The Serengeti ecosystem is a world-renowned natural landscape. The Great Migration of the wildebeest, zebras and Thomson's gazelles is the largest ungulate migration on earth. With resilient populations of predators and iconic wildlife such as elephants, giraffes and rhinos, that make the Park listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 10.2    Saanane Island National Park

Saanane Island National Park is a Tanzanian national park in Mwanza. The park is located on an island in Lake Victoria and can be reached by boat in about 10 minutes, from the TANAPA offices on Capri Point in Mwanza town . Saanane makes for an excellent day trip in Mwanza if you have the time. It is the smallest of the national parks. If you want a fun walking safari with some excellent up close photography opportunities this is a good choice. Here you will see all the animals on the island: zebras, wildebeests, vervets, gazelle, and crocodiles and lions in an enclosure. If you want a nice walking safari that last about 3-4 hours, this is a good choice!.

 10.3    Sukuma Museum, Bujora Cultural Centre-Kisesa Mwanza Tanzania

Exercising the “self-enclosure” and classification of the museum institution, the Sukuma Museum provides the visitor with a representation of Sukuma life. As you move through the museum, you are able to walk past and inside structures of traditional Sukuma history. The installations of the Museum are thematically organized with all facets of “traditional” Sukuma life represented: the royal, the sacred and the quotidian. The museum visitor is able to visit a representation of a traditional Sukuma house and compound, the thatched dwellings of a Sukuma blacksmith, a replica of a traditional doctor’s house and a Royal Pavilion for Sukuma royal history and Dance Society Pavilion for the history of Sukuma dance. Prominently situated at the far end of the compound, the Bujora Church is placed on the crest of the hill that overlooks the entire grounds and surrounding area of Lake Victoria.

 10.4 Mwalimu J.K Nyerere Museum- Butiama village Mara Tanzania

Julius Nyerere, the first President of Tanzania, was born in the otherwise insignificant little town of Butiama. This small museum inside the family compound celebrates his life and work. It contains a few stools, shields and other gifts he was given. Boxes of Nyerere’s personal effects, including his diaries, a handwritten Swahili translation of part of Plato’s Republic and collections of his poetry, are also here. Although these are not on display, you can ask the staff to see them. In the family compound next to the museum you can see his two homes, still occupied by his wife and son; his father’s house; and the graves of Nyerere and his parents. His mother’s house, where he was born, along with the houses of his father’s 21 other wives no longer exist.

The museum itself is only really worth a visit for dedicated Nyerere fans, but the journey to the town and the interest your presence will generate is fun. You can spend the night and immerse yourself in the culture of the local tribes with singing, dancing, a trip to the market and a visit to a traditional healer. The place can be reachable through dalla-dallas(Communal transport) to Butiama (Tsh2500, two hours) from Musoma at Price museum of Tsh 6500, homes Tsh4000 from Hours 8am-5.30pm

10.5    Lukuba Island- Mara Tanzania

While at Musoma, don’t forget to arrange a trip to a small island –Lukuba Island “tropical natural paradise” in Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake in the world (1134 meters asl), about 45 minutes to the west Musoma. The place where you can make your trip unforgettable. 

 Can you help us change a little life today!!!!! 

For further information contact:

Executive Director,

TEHDSO

P.O. Box 401,

Mwanza, Tanzania.

Mob: +255 768 402 996

           +255 785 924 890

Email: tanzaniaenvirohealthdisability@gmail.com

 Or visit our Offices at:

Usagara Village,

Misungwi District

Mwanza, Tanzania.

 

Come and Volunteer with Us!!!