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Tanzania

84.4% of Tanzania's working poor live on US$2 or less a day.

ICS run numerous projects in Tanzania addressing a number of issues. These include supporting people to access a regular source of income, improving access to water and sanitation, supporting health initiatives and addressing social issues. 

The experience of working in Tanzania made me question so much of the existing knowledge and understanding that I had. It provided me with a different lens through which to view the world, the people in it and my place within it."
Rowena Gerrett
VSO ICS Team Leader
Rowena Gerrett, VSO ICS Team Leader

Helping people to provide for themselves and their families

We run a number of projects in Tanzania aimed at improving peoples’ livelihoods and future prospects.

Volunteers with Restless Development work in Iringa and Mbeya. On these projects they focus on supporting young people to improve employability skills such as ICT, writing and workplace behaviour.  They also work with employers to better understand the skills they need and promote the benefits of employing young people.

 35% of graduates from training courses securing an offer of employment (or establishing their own enterprise) within 12 months of completing the programme

Restless Development volunteers also manage careers fairs to introduce employers to potential young employees and help develop relationships leading to improved employment opportunities.

ICS volunteers visiting Upendo enterprise, a local garment making company
© Andrew Aitchison
ICS volunteers visiting Upendo Enterprise, a local garment making company

VSO volunteers work in Lindi region and on the island of Zanzibar

Separate projects support young people improve employability skills and poor farmers to improve agricultural knowledge and business skills in order to increase their income.

To support young people volunteers link students to potential employers, visiting different companies and improving young people’s understanding of the work place. They also support entrepreneurs develop business skills and run awareness sessions on employability and the value of education.

Volunteers with Raleigh work in rural villages in the central region of Tanzania.

Due to lack of employment opportunities in rural areas, young people migrate to cities to find work. Raleigh projects aim to deal with this issue by encouraging entrepreneurship and supporting businesses in rural areas.

Volunteers work with young entrepreneurs to support them to build their businesses. As a volunteer you’ll be helping young people create business plans, cases for support, marketing resources, and helping with product development.  By working together and helping entrepreneurs test their business ideas, your placement as a volunteer will enable their enterprises grow.  

Volunteers on these projects also support entrepreneurs through connecting them with local mentors and helping them to access finance.

Mazo Juma demonstrating how to use a tippy tap in Endagikot school built by the Raleigh ICS volunteers
© ICS / Raleigh / Andrew Aitchison
Mazo Juma demonstrating how to use a tippy tap in Endagikot school built by the Raleigh ICS volunteers

Supporting health initiatives

Raleigh volunteers support projects improving access to safe water and sanitation services.

The approach focuses on improving health and hygiene in communities, whilst contributing to positive change around gender equality, school attendance and environmental awareness.

Volunteers conduct research to help identify community needs before taking a course of action that will address specific issues. They raise awareness about community health issues, such as water contamination, hygiene, and sanitation through interactive activities. Volunteers also set up Tippy Taps to demonstrate good hygiene practices.

VSO ICS volunteer Rebecca Hastie sitting on her bed in her host home.
© Andrew Aitchison
VSO ICS volunteer Rebecca Hastie sitting on her bed in her host home.

Living in Tanzania

Living with host families enables volunteers to fully experience Tanzanian life. Volunteers will be expected to join in with the family and eat the local food. Food provided may vary depending on placement and region.

Your ICS placement is about more than what you do while you're overseas.

ICS partners working in Tanzania:

Raleigh International

Restless Development

VSO