Health and Hygiene Volunteer

Youth In Action Against Poverty - Moshi, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-749 Location: Moshi, Tanzania Sector: Health Care Category: Public Health Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

YAAPHA exists in order to minimize transmission and impact of HIV/AIDS through capacity building, advocacy, information, education, communication, care and support in the municipality of Moshi.

Youth In Action Against Poverty and HIV/AIDS needs volunteers to help them in their daily activities in their various projects regarding HIV/AIDS. A HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer at this placement would be required to help out with raising awareness about the causes, effects and prevention of HIV/AIDS and the transmission and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Volunteers would assist with the education, as well as the care of youth who are affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic through, "Home Based Care" and conducting public youth group educational sessions.

A HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer would be expected to provide support, (for the most vulnerable children (MVC) who have been affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic) through the organization's foster parent programs, sponsorship for schools, counselling, tutoring and assisting to obtain monetary funds for basic needs. Volunteers may be asked to assist in the organization's endeavours to educate citizens on important issues such as human rights and gender based violence. YAAPHA also offers legal counselling for people experiencing human rights violations.

A HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer does not need to have had previous experience related to this illness but they must have good communication skills and a sincere desire to help in the fight against AIDS. Volunteers should have previously researched and educated themselves in respect to the different aspects of the illness so that they can make a meaningful contribution during their volunteering commitment, at this placement. Volunteers must be mature individuals who have the emotional fortitude to be able to work in sometimes stressful situations and project a positive attitude.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Counselling

Counselling is one of the tasks that a HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer would be expected to participate in with the assistance of staff. Therefore, all volunteers for this placement must have educated themselves in regards to all aspects of HIV/AIDS. This should include knowledge about current medications and treatments available.

Outreach Program

A HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer may be asked to assist in the outreach work, where the organizational staff with a volunteer would conduct trips to the streets and schools, reaching out to youth who are infected and/or who are at risk of being infected with HIV/AIDS.

Sports & Events

A HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer would be required to help in organizing sports and events for the youth groups that they work with. This is an important endeavour as it provides for these young people an enjoyable outlet to their often stressful situations.

Document of Projects

After a HIV/AIDS project has been completed (or perhaps during the said project) a HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer may be asked to assist the local staff in all necessary documentation. The data is filed in the organization's office for future reference, if or when required.

Host Organization Details

Youth In Action Against Poverty

The role of Youth In Action Against Poverty and HIV/AIDS (YAAPHA) is to make changes to the community by providing formal and non-formal education, entrepreneurship skills, life skills and HIV/AIDS prevention and intervention. They also promote child's rights and advocacy, youth drug abuse and drug abstention, plus support orphans and at risk children with educational expenses, as well as, environment conservation issues.

The core competency of YAAPHA is all about poverty reduction programs among youth, children, people living with HIV/AIDS and the general community population. They also work towards the realization of sustainable development in the community, as well as, contribute to the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals.

YAAPHA exists in order to minimize transmission and impact of HIV/AIDS through capacity building, advocacy, information, education, communication, care and support in the municipality of Moshi.

Their Current Goals Are: Youth HIV/AIDS prevention programs Support for the most vulnerable children, people living with HIV/AIDS and orphans Sensitization on youth drug abuse abstaining Environmental conservation

YAAPHA’s current areas of concentration are in 8 wards of the municipality of Moshi. They are based in the Soweto Ward with a rented office on Lower Soweto Street, but project activities also take place in other wards. The 8 wards have a total population of 55,454.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

NO

When They Were Founded

YAAPHA was founded in 2010 and registered as a non-profit organization in 2011. YAAPHA was established as a response to the problem of HIV/AIDS infections, drug abuse and the effects of AIDS in their community. They are registered to provide HIV/AIDS prevention and education, counselling, care and support in the municipality of Moshi.

How Are They Funded

At YAAPHA they have their own income generating activities. These include a fine art shop and an agriculture program where they cultivate tomatoes, onions and green peppers.

Donation Requests

Computers - laptops and desktops Projector Printer Photocopier Digital camera School equipment such as - exercise books, pens, pencils, nursery learning supplies Sports equipment - jerseys, balls and whistles Money to support and sponsor orphans and vulnerable children with their school fees, uniforms and shoes

Placement Location Information

Moshi, Tanzania

The Youth in Action Organization has two office buildings at the center. There is one classroom for baby class, as well as one room used to provide counseling for youth seminars. They have most of the office/classroom supplies available in the center.

The centre is located in the Soweto area, a few minutes from Moshi town. This area offers all the services that are available in Moshi city, from internet cafes, restaurants, min supermarkets, small shops and public transports. The area is fairly safe for foreigners to freely move around and live.

Soweto is considered to be the most peaceful and quiet area in Moshi town.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp center walk down to the main road, catch a daladala to the city center and walk to the bus station. When you get there ask for the bus that runs Arusha - Moshi and this ride will take about an hour to get to Moshi town and when you get to Moshi catch another public transport to Soweto area, from there the staff from the organization will meet you and transfer you to the center.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 85 Km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:30

Weather in the Area

Moshi's climate is classified as tropical wet and dry, but due to the altitude the temperatures are often lower than those of the surrounding cities. Nighttime temperatures are fairly consistent year round, hovering around 15 to 17 degrees celsius. October through March sees daytime temperatures over 30 degrees celsius, whereas May through August will reach highs of only 25 to 26 degrees celsius. Moshi sees over 70% of its rainfall from March until May.

City/Village Description

The town of Moshi is located at the base of Mount Kilimanjro, the highest peak in Africa and the worlds highest freestanding mountain. Due to this, much of the tourism in Moshi is generated from those attempting to climb the mountain. Due to the amount of tourists, the central area of Moshi offers easily accessible internet cafes, hotels, call centers as well as shops carrying western amenities.

Moshi also has a large, open-air market known as Kiboriloni, that operates four days a week. The market, which is loosely structured, has been the place to go to get commodities such as clothing, merchandise, fresh food, and household items for decades.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center
Moshi
Moshi
TEL 1: +255 27 2754377
TEL 2: +255 2754383

Placement Address

Youth In Action Against Poverty
Soweto
Moshi
Tanzania

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Tanzania at our BaseCamp Center in Ngaramtoni - Arusha. Given that this placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers here will be living with a host family after your orientation. Living with a host family is an awesome experience for a person looking to really experience Tanzania and its culture.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Tanzania.

If you think that living with a host family is not for you, then this placement might not be the best fit with what you are looking for. You should try completing our application. It's totally free and will allow our team in Tanzania to come up with a list of exactly which placements they would reccommend for you based on your personal preferences, background, skills and interests.

BaseCamp Tanzania

BaseCamp Tanzania
BaseCamp Tanzania Address

Nelson Mandela Road
Kijenge Ya Chini Mt. Meru Gas Station
Ngaramtoni - Arusha, Tanzania

BaseCamp Tanzania Contact Details

Tel: 255 719 177 084
Mobile: 255 754 683 347

BaseCamp Tanzania is located in the Kijenge area of Arusha. The centre is located just a few minutes from the famous Clock-Tower and many amenities such as banks, internet cafes and international calling centres. You can also find some great local markets selling everything from fresh fruit and fish, to beautiful wooden carvings and amazing East African paintings! Arusha is a comfortable place to live with many of the conveniences of home, while still allowing travellers to experience the African way of life.

BaseCamp Tanzania is set up with a number of dormitory style rooms. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. The house has a large covered balcony on the main floor with a spectacular view! There is also a large common room on the lower level with a small resource centre containing books, magazines, movies, games and other African publications. Outside is a beautiful lawn and garden that overlooks the city and is an ideal setting to catch up on email, review some Swahili or just enjoy a quiet afternoon. Wireless internet access is available throughout the house, making it easy to stay in touch with friends and family back home.

The meal plan at BaseCamp is a 14 day rotating schedule of a variety of traditional dishes from around the country. This allows volunteers to try a wide range of Tanzanian dishes and to gain some knowledge of the food served and meal etiquette before living with a host family. For those who stay on in BaseCamp, the 14 day schedule allows for lots of variety.

BaseCamp Tanzania is also the training and orientation centre. Each day volunteers will spend part of the day in lectures or workshops at BaseCamp and part of the day exploring the city and learning how to get around comfortably on their own.

Living With a Host Family in Tanzania

Living with a host family in Tanzania is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Tanzania.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Tanzania

  Registration Fee
250
 
  1 Week
395
 
  2 Weeks
505
 
  3 Weeks
615
 
  4 Weeks
725
 
  5 Weeks
830
 
  6 Weeks
935
 
  7 Weeks
1,040
 
  8 Weeks
1,145
 
 
 
  Additional Weeks
100
 
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried


Program Dates


Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Jul 05, 2019 Aug 02, 2019 Sep 06, 2019
Oct 04, 2019 Nov 01, 2019 Dec 06, 2019
Jan 03, 2020 Feb 07, 2020 Mar 06, 2020
Apr 03, 2020 May 01, 2020 Jun 05, 2020
Jul 03, 2020 Aug 07, 2020 Sep 04, 2020
Oct 02, 2020 Nov 06, 2020 Dec 04, 2020
Jan 01, 2021 Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021
Apr 02, 2021 May 07, 2021 Jun 04, 2021

PLEASE NOTE:

These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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