About Health Education in Tanzania
Tanzania faces a number of public health challenges, with an ongoing threat of malaria and one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world. World Endeavors Health Education volunteers aim to improve public health in Tanzania, primarily by spreading information about disease prevention. Volunteers partner with local nonprofit organizations to assist with outreach activities such as visiting HIV-positive community members in their homes, providing basic medical care, and leading educational programs about HIV/AIDS prevention for individuals and school groups. By assisting with these outreach efforts, volunteers make a difference to community members, to local educators, and to healthcare workers whose resources are often stretched thin.
A Typical Day in the Life of a Volunteer in Tanzania
World Endeavors volunteers in Tanzania can expect their days to be a combination of meaningful volunteer work, cultural experiences, and free time for relaxation and reflection. The sample schedule below represents a typical day for a volunteer in Tanzania. Keep in mind that when volunteering abroad, a typical day can be anything but typical!
7:30 am – 8:00 am: Breakfast with your host family or at the volunteer apartment. Breakfast in Tanzania often consists of fruit, freshly baked bread, eggs, and a cup of locally-grown coffee or spiced milk tea.
8:00 am – 8:45 am: Walk or catch the local bus to travel to your volunteer project site.
8:45 am – 12:30 pm: Work at volunteer placement.
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch with your host family, at the project site, or at a local affordable restaurant. Lunch in Tanzania often includes a combination of wali (rice), beans, ndizi kanga (fried bananas or plantains), spinach or other greens, maandazi (bread rolls), sambusas (triangular pastries deep-fried and filled with vegetables or meat), or nyama choma (a piece of goat meat, chicken or beef grilled on an open fire).
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Work at your volunteer project.
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Free time to stop by the market, hang out with other volunteers, visit the internet café, watch a rugby or soccer game, or play soccer with the local children.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Dinner with your host family or at the volunteer apartment. Dinners in Tanzania often include beans, meat, or fish with rice, ugali (a porridge made of cornmeal) or chapatti (fried flatbread).
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Relax at home, practice Swahili and watch a movie with your host family, prepare for the next day’s volunteering, or plan a weekend excursion to go hiking, go on a safari, or visit Lake Victoria, Mount Kilimanjaro, the coast, or one of Tanzania’s beautiful national parks.
Project and class schedules, meals, and free time activities may vary depending on the details of your placement.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Tanzanian culture.
Living in a very different place teaches you what you actually need, opposed to all the things you think you need but so many go without.
-Kathryn, Volunteer in Tanzania
Neo is from San Diego, California, and studied History and Anthropology in college. He volunteered teaching children in Ghana through World Endeavors.