Help women in Tanzania reach their full potential on our gender equality and women’s empowerment project in Africa. You’ll encourage and provide training to groups of women in order to improve their futures.
For many sub-Saharan countries, poverty has created a vicious cycle that leaves many groups of people feeling vulnerable, undervalued and underheard, most notably women. Girls and women are marginalised and typically don’t live a life in which they can speak up and make the most of what they are capable of. Empowering women and promoting gender equality is crucial to the future growth and progress of Tanzania.
You’ll help target specific groups so they can secure a sustainable future for themselves. You’ll also raise awareness and promote women’s rights in Tanzanian schools and communities in the area.
During your stay, you’ll live with a local host family in the city of Arusha. By living with the locals, you can get to know their culture and traditions, as well as sample homemade local cuisine! Over the weekend, you can travel beyond the city. You can plan a hike near Mount Kilimanjaro or take a safari to see the wildlife.
When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01273 007 230 to see if we can offer a discount.
Flexi Trips - Aged 16+, wanting flexible dates, independence, and a volunteer project or internship tailored exactly to your needs
Tanzania > Women's Empowerment
Completely flexible dates
Arusha (Read More)
Host family Read More
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Run skill development classes for local women
Your work will focus mainly on training and building up the skill set of local women. These group classes will focus on - for example - bookkeeping and entrepreneurship. By developing their skills and education, you’ll empower women and provide them with the means to improve their futures and the futures of their families.
The women are selected from a variety of communities, with each group working according to a 12-month plan. This plan is designed specifically for them and covers the various areas that they are looking to focus on. You’ll work according to this plan, building on the work of the interns before you.
Promote gender equality among children at schools and in the community
As well as empowering women, promoting gender equality ensures a brighter future for communities. To do so, you’ll help run classes and presentations surrounding gender equality issues in schools and in the community.
Raise awareness about the importance of women’s rights and gender equality
While talking to communities, you’ll give paramount importance to the elimination of poverty, illiteracy and ill health among women. We want to reduce the number of women’s rights issues in Tanzania. The key is to invite conversation and discussion to ensure a thorough understanding of the topics and why they’re important.
As more people become educated on these matters, they’ll be accepting of the fact that women are typically treated unfairly and that something needs to change.
Where in Tanzania will I be working?
You’ll be based in the city of Arusha in the North East of Tanzania. The city is located at the base of Mount Meru, not far from Mount Kilimanjaro, and attracts people from far and wide. You’ll see many people from all walks of life, including young Maasai or farmers looking for new opportunities in the city, or tourists flying in to go on safari in the Serengeti.
You’ll work with a local women’s organisation in the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office (PAHRO), alongside our Human Rights and Micro-Finance interns. However, when you aren't in the office, you’ll work with groups of women in various locations around Arusha. These locations are usually rural communities on the outskirts of the city or clustered communities closer to the city centre.
A typical day on the Women’s Empowerment Project abroad
On a typical day, you’ll wake in your host families home. You’ll then have breakfast before heading to the human rights office at 9 am. Most mornings will begin by writing up notes from the previous day or planning the group activities for later in the afternoon.
The rest of the day you’ll run training sessions for the women’s groups, talk to children at schools or raise awareness about women’s rights and gender equality in Tanzania. Your day will finish up at 4 pm.
In the evenings and on the weekends, you’ll be free to explore Arusha and the wider country. You can spend time bartering at a local market, enjoying a tasty meal with your host family or getting to know your fellow volunteers. Over the weekend, we recommend one of the many safari’s exploring the wildlife in Tanzania.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
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.
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