Gender Empowerment Project – Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Big Beyond’s gender empowerment project uses your skills and experiences to creatively engage our community on gender equality. You’ll help us carry out our work empowering women’s support groups and engaging youth in gender issues. This project seeks to use education, workshops and support groups engaging men and women to empower communities and foster gender equality.

Volunteering in Tanzania with Big Beyond:

As a volunteer on this project, you will be involved in the following activities:

  • Engaging in after-school clubs that focus on health, education and life skills
  • Facilitating vocational skills training
  • Assisting Big Beyond staff with development of support groups with sustainable income initiatives
  • Helping develop information for discussion topics in the support groups
  • Engaging men and women in the community on gender issues

Please contact us below for more information or to arrange your place to help us make an impact.

Highlights

  • Helping to foster gender equality in Tanzania
  • Helping Big Beyond to empower marginalised women
  • Teaching teenagers and adults about relevant gender issues
  • Supporting the development of sustainable income groups
  • Being Immersed in Tanzanian culture

Quick Facts

  • Where Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • When All year
  • Price $1,297
  • Who Anyone interested in getting involved in gender empowerment

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LOCATION

You’ll be located in Mdwai which is outside of Moshi town on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. You’ll fly into Kilimanjaro International airport where you’ll be met by someone from Big Beyond and it takes about an hour to get to the project base. The Big Beyond team will orientate you on your arrival, so you’ll feel right at home in next to no time!

Volunteering in Tanzania with Big Beyond means you’ll be living and working closely with the our community in Moshi. There are many ethnic groups such as the Chagga and Maasai who have very different cultural identities in Tanzania. Living here means you’ll experience the real and genuinely friendly side of Tanzania without the strange relationship gap a tourist sometimes has to endure. The language spoken is Kiswahili and we’ll be teaching you the basics once you arrive so that you feel comfortable speaking with people.

CLIMATE

The climate in Tanzania is very comfortable and it’s normally warm and dry outside of rain season. The long rains fall in March, April and May and the short rains in November. As we’re close to the equator the sun is strong and sunscreen is important. It’s generally best to wear light and breathable clothing for your trip with warmer clothes for the night time if needed. A light rain jacket, and hiking boots or gumboots are useful during rain season for walking around.

ACCOMMODATION

Your accommodation in Mdawi and all your meals are included in the Big Beyond volunteer fee, so you won’t need to worry about organising anything. During your stay with the Big Beyond Tanzania team, you’ll stay in our volunteer house in shared accommodation with up to two other people with an en-suite bathroom. You’ll be fully catered for, with three meals a day and filtered water at camp. Big Beyond provides a menu with a mix of local and international dishes to accommodate all tastes.

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Gender Empowerment Project

Girls and women in Tanzania often do not have the same opportunities as boys and men, including access to education, training and employment. Education is the main stumbling block, with girls missing out on school for a number of reasons, including menstruation, being kept at home to help with house work or families not being able to afford to send all their children to school. As a result, girls often fail their exams and cannot complete high school, which in turn limits their opportunities for further training or future employment.

This project seeks to overcome the traditional barriers facing girls in education through a range of various projects, including after-school clubs that focus on health, education and life skills and vocational skills training. We also seek to empower women to develop themselves vocationally by providing various education programmes and training initiatives focusing on income generation.

The projects

Girl Empowerment Clubs

We run after-school clubs for teenage girls focusing on areas identified by teachers as in need of support. As part of this, we run health workshops that look at a variety of topics relevant to teenage girls in Tanzania, such as sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, the ability to make healthy choices in relation to alcohol, drugs and peer pressure. We also support them in general education, running extra English language programmes which helps them in all subjects as education is through English in all secondary schools.

As a volunteer, you will work with these girls, developing lesson plans and teaching materials and resources to support the clubs. The clubs are high energy and the girls are always so engaged as it is a different model of teaching them, focusing on participation, interaction and games.

Community Research and Analysis

All our programmes are needs-based, which means they are developed in line with an identified need within the community. They are also culturally sensitive, with all content tailored for the local culture. In order to achieve both of these things, we need to undertake community-based research.

Volunteers play a big role in this, working alongside project staff to develop surveys and research methods to better inform the projects. They also work with staff to carry out this research and analyse the data.

Vocational Skills Training live.apn

We work with both teenage girls and women to teach vocational skills to increase their employment opportunities. For some of these programmes, we partner with other organizations to assist in their projects. Volunteers work with the girls and women, teaching basic skills as well as more diverse skills that are transferrable to any role.

Life Skills Programme

Many teenage girls do not feel empowered to make their own decisions or do not have the knowledge necessary to do so. Our life skills programme focuses on empowering the girls to build their confidence and knowledge necessary to develop themselves both personally and professionally.

Volunteers working on this programme work alongside our project staff to develop the training sessions, developing key resources and teaching the girls.

Women’s Education and Income Generation Programme

There are high numbers of both young single mothers and widows in Tanzania, which often means young, uneducated women become head of their household and must feed and take care of their families. This can put a real burden on them as employment opportunities are limited for girls and women who have not completed formal education and have no qualifications.

This project seeks to address this immediate need by providing education and training for girls and women that allows them to develop both personally and professionally. The income generation section allows them to learn new skills as well as earn money to provide for their families.

Volunteers working on this programme participate in all aspects of the women’s training, from developing and teaching the education side to assisting with the income generation element too.

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Dates:
January 2nd, 16th & 30th | February 13th & 27th | March 3rd & 27th | April 10th & 24th | May 8th & 22nd | June 5th & 19th | July 3rd, 17th & 31st | August 14th & 28th | September 11th & 25th | October 9th & 23rd | November 6th & 23rd | December 4th

Project participation fees

2 WEEKS USD 1297 GBP 777 EUR 1004 AUD 1423
3 WEEKS USD 1646 GBP 986 EUR 1275 AUD 1806
4 WEEKS USD 1995 GBP 1195 EUR 1545 AUD 2189
5 WEEKS USD 2524 GBP 1512 EUR 1954 AUD 2769
6 WEEKS USD 2853 GBP 1709 EUR 2209 AUD 3130
7 WEEKS USD 3182 GBP 1906 EUR 2464 AUD 3491
8 WEEKS USD 3511 GBP 2103 EUR 2719 AUD 3853

OUR PRICES INCLUDE:

  • All airport collection and returns with a Big Beyond representative
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day (weekends included)
  • 24 hour support with a Big Beyond staff member living on-site at the volunteer accommodation
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

OUR PRICES EXCLUDE:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

HOW YOUR PROJECT FEE IS USED:

Big Beyond projects make long-term sustainable impacts within the communities they work. You’re project fee goes towards your direct expenses on project, supporting our longterm staff who ensure our projects are sustainable and towards the running of Big Beyond to ensure the organisation itself is sustainable. By volunteering with Big Beyond you not only make an impact during your time but help us ensure that everything we do make a sustainable and lasting change.

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ON YOUR DOORSTEP

Volunteering with us on the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro offers you an incredible variety of day trips and activities to fill your weekends. From Chaga cultural tours, traditional coffee tours and trips to beautiful waterfalls and secluded hot springs. As Kilimanjaro is primarily a coffee region if you’d like to explore the local coffee and cuisine there’s no better place than to take a trip into Moshi town.

Tanzania has some of the best wildlife experiences in Africa as the parks are not fenced you get a chance to see all of the animals in their natural environment. Apart from being an ideal place to see the ‘Big 5’ African animals. One of the most incredible things to experience is the annual migration of an estimated two million wildebeest between the Serengeti in the south of Tanzania and the Masai Mara in the north of Kenya. If you’d like to spend a weekend or longer on safari we can help you to arrange the trip along with your volunteering.

For anyone interested in climbing the mountain we’re conveniently based about 40 minutes away from some of the main entry gates onto Mt. Kilimanjaro. We normally suggest arranging to climb it at the end of your volunteer stay with us as it gives you more time to acclimatise to the heat and environment here. We’re also more than happy to advise you and help you organise your climb with a reputable company.

FURTHER AFIELD

For something different volunteers can also visit the historical Zanzibar Island off the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar is culturally deep as it was the melting pot between Arab and African culture. Its main city Stone Town is a World Heritage site with winding streets rich in history the island is surrounded by the picturesque Indean Ocean and white sandy beaches in the North and South East of the Island. You’ll have no shortage of things to do, with cultural and history tours, snorkeling and diving and other day trips.

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This project seeks to overcome the traditional barriers facing girls in education through a range of various projects, including after-school clubs that focus on health, education and life skills and vocational skills training. We also seek to empower women to develop themselves vocationally by providing various education programmes and training initiatives focusing on income generation.

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