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WAPSAM Community Foundation

WAPSAM Community Foundation

Musoma, Tanzania

VOLUNTEERS/INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FOR CITIZEN AND INTERNATIONAL

WAPSAM Community Foundation runs a flexible volunteer intern program with assignments built around the specific interests of the prospective volunteer.  Placements available includes:

                      WHY VOLUNTEER/INTERN WITH WCF?

By volunteering or becoming an Intern with WAPSAM Community Foundation (WCF), 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.

 1. Orphan's and Vulnerable Children support Project: Through "Watoto wetu Project, the organization provide support to the children’s into the areas of education, health care and nutritional support.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.

 Purpose of the project

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

Age group involved in this project. 

The project involves children aged 6-13 years.

  What would be the duties of volunteers under this project?

Under this project, 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) 

Hours of work per day / week

All WCF 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.

 Seasonal or ongoing project?

This is ongoing project.


2.Environmental Conservation Project

Through Okoa Mazingira Project, the organization deals with the following:

  • Tree nursery raising for different varieties and distribution to the communities.
  • Sustainable agriculture and food security (Organic farming and application).
  • Poultry keeping project as an Income Generating Activity

Activities conducted include:-

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

    ii.        Participating in cleanliness campaign programs into cities.

Purpose of the project

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.

Age group involved in this project.

The project involves school children and the communities in general.

What would be the duties of volunteers under this project?

Under this project, 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)

Hours of work per day / week

All WCF 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.

Seasonal or ongoing project

This is a seasonal project.

 

3.Health Program

Activities conducted include:-

 i.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.

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

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

 iv.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).

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

 Purpose of the project

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

Age group involved in this project.

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

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

Under this project, 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)

Hours of work per day / week

All WCF 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.

 Seasonal or ongoing project?

This is an ongoing project.

 

4.Vocational training and job creation project/Education

Provision of school sundries, vocational training, job creation programs and women’s empowerment programs

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.

 Purpose of the project

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

Age group involved in this project.

The project involves youths aged 13-25 years

 What would be the duties of volunteers under this project?

Under this project, 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)

Hours of work per day / week

All WCF 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.

Seasonal or ongoing project?

This is ongoing program.

Information Communication and Technology(ICT)

Through Rural Youth Computer Centre Project, the organization deals with soliciting used computers and install at various village centre to prepare youth in vocational training entering into productive self-employment and transforming the attitudes of youth towards vocational trainings for entrepreneurship. 

5.Women’s empowerment project

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.

 Purpose of the project

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

 Age group involved in this project.

The project involves women groups.

 What would the duties be of volunteers under each this project?

Under this project, 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)

  Hours of work per day / week

All WCF 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.

 Seasonal or ongoing project?

This is ongoing project.

6.Project for the disabled, sick people and people living with HIV/AIDS

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.

 Purpose of the project

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

 Age group involved in this project.

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

 What would be the duties of volunteers under this project?

Under this project, 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)

 Hours of work per day / week

All WCF 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.

 Seasonal or ongoing project?

This is ongoing project.

7.Nursery and Day Care center Project

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.

Purpose of the project

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

Age group involved in this project.

The project involves children aged 3-6 years.

What would be the duties of volunteers under this project?

Under this project, 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.

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

              routinely provide support (both financial and in-kind)

 Hours of work per day / week

All WCF 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.

 Seasonal or ongoing project?

This is an ongoing project.

 

                   PROGRAM LENGTHS AND ROLES

WAPSAM Community Foundation volunteer programs are hands-on learning experiences that vary in length. We encourage volunteers to stay for at least three weeks, but volunteers are welcome to sign up for any length of time. Long-term stays of over six months are welcome and negotiable.

Many volunteers combine their stay with time spent doing more traditional tourist activities elsewhere in Tanzania - such as safaris, climbing and beach holidays. No matter how long you decide to volunteer, you will have a remarkable experience and will gain a firsthand understanding of how Tanzanians live their daily lives.

There are many ways in which our volunteers choose to spend their time and contribute towards WAPSAM Community Foundation . Most volunteers spend a proportion of their time with planning activities, outings and projects.

Whilst specific job roles and activities are flexible, according to your talents and preferences (and WAPSAM Community Foundation needs), volunteers often adopt one of the following job roles during their stay with us.

In practice, each volunteer brings their own skills, interests and experience, and can offer their own personal contribution and fresh ideas.

It is ultimately up to the volunteer to decide what they would like to do for WAPSAM Community Foundation, and most end up having multiple roles and projects. Volunteers are welcome at any time of our projects.

WHAT ELSE CAN VOLUNTEER DO?

Most of your volunteer work will be conducted during the day, Monday through Friday, and volunteers are encouraged to explore Tanzania and its nightlife during the evening and       weekends.Musoma is another starting point for visiting many of Tanzania's national parks and volunteers can easily arrange safaris to famous parks such as the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater as well as many others.Musoma also has reasonably-priced air links to most destinations in Tanzania, including Zanzibar.

You may want to visit the Julius Nyerere (Tanzania’s first president) Museum on the outskirts of Musoma town where you can observe local dances and customs, or participate in cultural tourism programs that provide a unique look at village life. However, you may also refresh your mind visiting Lukuba Island at Lake Victoria where you will involve into swimming and canoeing. Mwanza is located a few hours by bus or flight from Musoma. Located on the shores of Lake Victoria, Mwanza is the second largest city in Tanzania.

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/town depending on the location of our project 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 WCF.

 WHAT HAPPENS ONCE VOLUNTEERS/INTERNS ARRIVE?

After being picked up at the airport by our WCF 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(International volunteer/Intern only). 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 WCF staff and Governmental officials. Finally, the volunteers/interns will be ready to start his/her adventure! If you are volunteering at the village, the project coordinator will bring you to your host CBO/family and will show you your project and meet by a member of your project at your destination. All cost regarding the field work will be covered by WCF.

HOW TO VOLUNTEER

 WAPSAM Community Foundation has the ability to create a customized volunteer program that matches your interests, skills and time.Volunteers are responsible for obtaining a return ticket, health insurance, and the appropriate visa before their departure to Tanzania.

 If you are interested in becoming a WAPSAM Community Foundation  volunteer intern, contact us by stating:

  •  Your age and Interests,
  •  A brief summary (or CV) of your relevant education and experience,
  •  A description of the types of projects that interest you, and
  •  The time estimates that you would be available.

 

WHAT IS OUR PROGRAM FEE?

All WCF 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.

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

 OUR PROGRAM FEE

The following are our charges. All costs are in USD$/TZS for International/Citizen and will be valid since the date of signing of the agreement with the volunteer/intern.

International

Citizen

Duration

 Cost in USD        $

Cost in TZS

1 week

   100

0

2 weeks 

   200

0

3 weeks

   300

0

4 weeks

   400

0

Any add week         

   100

0

Airport pickup

    50

0

 

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

WHERE DOES VOLUNTEER/INTERNSHIP MONEY GO?

As a non-profit organization, WCF 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:

Host CBOs/ family

WCF works in collaboration with various CBOs or groups for implementation of our projects 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, WCF 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.

 In-country transport

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

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.

Project Contribution

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

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. This orientation provides an opportunity for volunteers/Interns to get to know each other and meet with WCF staff and Governmental officials. Finally, the volunteers/interns will be ready to start his/her adventure! If you are volunteering at the village, the project coordinator will bring you to your host CBO/family and will show you your project and meet by a member of your project 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.

 We look forward to hearing from you!

For further information contact:

The Executive Director,

WAPSAM Community Foundation

P.O. Box 1018,

Musoma,Mara-Tanzania.

Mob: +255 657 213630 / +255 757 196238

         wcf02020@gmail.com 

Or visit our Offices at:

Mulima Mukendo Street,

Old Musoma Rural District Council Buildings,

Opposite Musoma Airport,

P. O. Box 1018

Musoma,Mara-Tanzania.

Come and Volunteer

with Us!