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Social work in Tanzania

Praktikum und Volunteering möglich
Internships and volunteering related to Social Work are possible in Moshi/Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania. The organization "Good Hope" carries out Social Work Outreach Programs for HIV orphans, elderly people, sick people, disabled and other people in need, and furthermore supports communities through activities including music and sports projects with children and youth, school support and education of children, youth, women and men. Also manual building work is possible.

Project Details

The Good Hope Support Organization was founded in 2011 and is located in Majengo kwa Mtei, a rather poor urban district in the east of Moshi.
Besides a Community Centre where an informal school is run, where interns and volunteers can teach (you will find details in the project description "Schools in Moshi/Kilimanjaro"), the Good Hope Support Organization has a Social Work Outreach Program in place, supporting people in need. Furthermore, there are various leisure activities for children and youth in difficult life circumstances, which have the aim to foster their talents and to keep them away from dangers such as drug abuse. Depending on your interests or the requirements of your university you can participate in the wide range of subject areas of the work of Good Hope. Qualified social workers can supervise your internship. A further area is fundraising, where you can write reports to apply for funding through institutionalized national and international programs.
In the field of social work, Good Hope supports about 15 families through home visits. Most of the persons cared for are HIV-positive, empoverished, don't have family support and therefore need assistance in their daily lives. During the visits, the social workers of Good Hope inquire about the current health of the patients, give them advice on how to cope with everyday life and encourage them. In some patients, the visits are also used to carry out physiotherapy exercises at the same time. Home visits help prevent them feeling excluded from society. Good Hope is an important point of contact for all kinds of problems that they might face.
During the home visits, as a volunteer/intern you will always be accompanied by an experienced social worker of Good Hope who will give you explanations and tasks. Basic knowledge in Swahili here is extremely useful in order to actively participate in the exchange with the patients.
If you are interested, you can also join simple construction work, to improve the housing of families supported by the Social Work outreach program.
In the field of leisure activities for children and youth, the idea is to discover and foster their talents. At the moment, there are music and sports activities.
A music teacher regularly gives workshops to a small group of children and youth. First, basics of music theory are taught, then a song is written, which will be recorded in a studio. Here you can listen to one of such recordings.
In sports, the focus is on football (soccer) and endurance training. Every year, the children and youth of Good Hope participate in the Kilimanjaro Marathon and in a football tournament, where they play against children and youth of other organizations.
Depending on your interests and skills you can assist with such music or sports activities or you can also direct workshops on your own, for instance about theater, dance, music, sports, arts etc.
There are more organizations in Moshi and Zanzibar, where Social Work internships and volunteering are possible. We are happy to assist you finding the right option!
Info Box
Location: Moshi, Tanzania
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Week
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Swahili
Shared Accommodation, Host Family, Hotel
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Social Worker
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
No formal qualification required
Further Contribution To Project: No
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: No
Further Contribution To Project: None
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