Reaching Childrens Potential Program Details

Volunteer in Tanzania

Children are the future – help them reach their full potential. Since 1987, we’ve worked with community partners in the Iringa Region of Tanzania to help provide essential services to children and their families. Short-term volunteers, working through Global Volunteers’ comprehensive Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) program, provide the knowledge, technology and encouragement parents need to change the arc of their children’s lives.

  • FOOD AND NUTRITION

    Use the unique, patented EarthBox system to help assemble, plant and harvest household container gardens (“bustani za containa”) to provide families essential micro-nutrients.  Work in the greenhouse nurturing seedlings for seasonal plantings. Conduct a workshop for village women on nutrition, or help parents improve their family’s nutrition by demonstrating how to use garden produce for the most nutritious meals. Help construct chicken coops, or teach the basics of raising poultry.

  • PARENT WORKSHOPS

    Share your professional knowledge in health, nutrition, early childhood development, education, or psychology. Conduct interactive workshops with pregnant women, mothers and grandmothers, or fathers and grandfathers. Choose from one of 37 topics using prepared outlines and PowerPoints.  Follow the outline and incorporate your specific education, experience, and stories.  Transferring your knowledge to village parents greatly enhances their ability to raise healthier children.

  • REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE

    Help paint, repair, and maintain classrooms and community centers. Construct chicken coops, install household hand washing stations,  build fuel efficient stoves, or promote solar energy systems. We need your carpentry, painting, masonry, solar energy, wind power or plumbing skills here!

  • CHILDCARE

    Each village has an emerging preschool (kindergarten) program, but too often, there are not enough teachers for all the children.  Help establish the foundation for life-long learning for three- to six-year-olds.  Teach colors and numbers, read children’s books aloud, and play games.  Prepare and distribute meals to little ones at school.  Watch over infants and toddlers while parents are at workshops. Share smiles, laughter, hugs and love!

  • HEALTH CARE *

    Provide patient care, health screenings, and dental and eye exams at Global Volunteers’ Ipalamwa General Clinic.  Care for pregnant women, and help ensure thriving pregnancies and healthy deliveries. Work along side Tanzanian physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and lab techs.  Help the clinic manager and administrative staff improve clinic procedures.  Teach basic health care using the text, “Where There is No Doctor.”

  • CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH

    Teach English, the language of instruction in Tanzania secondary schools and the international language of opportunity, to students of all ages year-round. Enjoy the time of your life volunteering with children 5 to 12 during two-week English Language Camps in June, September and December.

  • CLASSROOM TEACHING

    Tutor primary school students in math or English. Teach secondary students math, science, English or physical geography. Utilize your professional experience, resources from home, and creative imagination to bring subjects to life.

  • HOME VISITS

    Accompany our staff during family home visits to reinforce lessons learned during workshops. Demonstrate effective child stimulation exercises or show proper hand washing with soap and water techniques.  Help install/deliver appropriate technologies, e.g., household hand washing stations, container gardens, chicken coops, or fuel efficient stoves.  Offer support to dads and moms who are working hard to improve the lives of their children.  Note: Home visits are limited to volunteer professionals; however, every volunteer who chooses may participate on home visits for one-half day to gain a first-hand perspective on village life.

In order to be able to perform invasive medical procedures on Global Volunteers service program in Tanzania, volunteers need to submit the following documents to the Volunteer Preparation Department (at dsalazar@globalvolunteers.org) so we can share them with our Tanzania partner:

  1. Resume.
  2. Copy of your university diploma.
  3. Copy of your professional license.
  4.  Proof of malpractice insurance.

Program Snapshot:

Volunteer in Tanzania
Volunteer in Ipalamwa, Tanzania

1, 2, 3 weeks year-round

Tax-deductible Contributions From:
$1,862* – $2,495

* with qualifying discounts.

Note: Beginning with the October 19, 2019 service program, your contribution includes the first night lodging in Dar es Salaam at an airport hotel and round-trip flights from Dar es Salaam to Iringa.

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Food and Lodging

Your safety as a volunteer is our highest priority. You are lodged in a new comfortable guesthouse in Ipalamwa, built by Global Volunteers specifically for volunteers. The spacious rooms are double-occupancy with western-style private bathrooms, showers, hot and cold running water, electricity, and bed nets. Solar electricity is backed up with standby generators. A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional fee. The guesthouse overlooks a spectacular verdant valley and is walking distance to the secondary school.

Delicious meals are prepared by our trained staff cooks and include local cuisine and American favorites. Fresh fruits and vegetables, drinking water, coffee and tea are always available. Vegetarian diets can generally be accommodated.

“I’ve never met happier, more welcoming people. The children run up to us, hold our hands and walk wherever we’re going. People invite us for tea and generously share what little food they have.”

Kathryn BertolozziTanzania Volunteer

“I attempted to read a few paragraphs of gratitude in Swahili, and had a terribly hard time holding back tears. Every child in my class smiled, listened intently and responded with their own thanks, and came up for hugs. It was the most memorable event of the week.”

Adam VavrekTanzania Volunteer

“Tanzania was amazing, and hands down the best trip I’ve been on!! I can’t wait to go back!”

Mindy LullTanzania Volunteer

“I was surprised by how appreciative and eager the students are to learn. Their respect for the teachers is something I’ve never before witnessed. I learned so much from them about their lives and the village. I have a great deal of respect for Tanzanians.”

Jake RothTanzania Volunteer

“The experience allowed me to re-assess what’s truly important. These people may not have material wealth, but they have a cultural richness and a closeness that could never be bought or owned. I taught children who barely had clothes covering their bodies who were happy and laughing.”

Dana Starace-NastasiTanzania Volunteer

“I have worked with the Tanzanians, sang and danced with them and together we have discovered that the world is the same and that life is not always easy and that we cannot give up and we can succeed and we can follow our dreams and aim for the stars because everything is possible if we focus, work and persevere.”

Connie XuerebTanzania Volunteer

“The music at the church service left me speechless. Though words cannot do justice to all we felt, I heard murmured after the service, ‘resonant, inspirational, mesmerizing, tears- and chill-provoking’. It was a beautiful experience… I will be forever grateful.”

Katheryn CoyTanzania Volunteer

Be The Change.

Volunteering in Africa gives you a broad perspective on the resiliency of the human spirit. Through daily assignments, cultural activities and time for personal adventures, you’ll learn about Tanzania and remain forever invested. Our time-tested and proven philosophy of service ensures your personal efforts help advance local people’s development vision and goals. Long-term community projects enable you, in just a short time, to serve as a critical link in a chain of continuous volunteering in Africa.