What will I be doing as a Micro-finance intern in Tanzania?
During your Micro-finance internship in Tanzania, you can expect to:
- Run weekly workshops to provide general business guidance and support
- Do house visits and interviews to see if women can apply for the loans
- Manage loan accounts and monitor targeted individuals who have already received loans
- Develop marketing strategies based on the business plans of local entrepreneurs
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Along with your fellow interns, you will run weekly workshops for the entrepreneurs.
During these workshops, you will be able to share your own insights and knowledge of business. You will also teach the women basic English, literacy, and numeracy.
Do house visits
During house visits, you will interview women to see if they qualify for the loans. If so, you will create profiles for them on our database.
Manage loan accounts
The central aspect of this project is the fact that we help local entrepreneurs build their small businesses through interest-free loans. As their businesses start taking off, they are required to pay us back in small instalments.
You will get the opportunity to manage and monitor various loan accounts. You will do this with the guidance of your local supervisor, who is a qualified loan officer. You will mostly do this after workshops.
Develop marketing strategies
The work you do will be focused on helping entrepreneurs build small businesses. You will help them put together their business plans and develop marketing strategies.
Recent small businesses that interns have been working with include rearing chickens and making and selling jewellery.
Where in Tanzania will I be working?
You will be based in the city of Arusha. It’s located in the north east of Tanzania, close to the border of Kenya. The city serves as a gateway to a variety of popular tourist attractions, including the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Because of this, you will find an interesting mix of locals and tourists. This also makes Arusha a good city for small businesses to flourish.
You will be working in the Projects Abroad Micro-finance office in Arusha alongside a dedicated local team. Your time is split between the office, and doing house visits and running workshops in local communities.
Your work will be guided by an experienced loan officer. Together, you will help ensure that the individuals and groups taking part are given the chance to secure financial independence.
Volunteering for professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa. There’s plenty to see and do here during your free time on your project.
A project in Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a safari! This is a chance to see the beautiful wildlife of this country, like elephants, rhinos, and lions.
What’s more, Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Hiking around the base through lush vegetation is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon.
Browsing through a vibrant, local market is a must while you’re there. You can also spend time in a Maasai village, getting to know a completely different way of life.
There will likely be many other volunteers in Tanzania with you. This means you have the option to explore the country independently or with a group of like-minded volunteers from different projects.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
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