Program Details

Despite global concerns and efforts, this deadly disease is still epidemic in Africa. HIV/AIDS prevention and counseling projects in Tanzania are an attempt to prevent further transmission through education. The projects also provide moral support to thos
Location:
Arusha, Tanzania, United Republic of; Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Health
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
Volunteers help with the following activities Care for and encourage HIV/AIDS patients. Counseling and education in hospitals and communities. Encourage young men and women by involving them to actively participate in HIV/AIDS preventive education in the district Help various HIV/AIDS organizations in their community outreach programs such as hospice care, recreational and educational programs, voluntary HIV counseling and testing, seminars and conferences on the virus within the community. Counseling for the caretakers and distributing medication and food supplies. Assist with homecare visits to HIV positive people. Medical training is not necessary for all aspects of the pro-gram, but a background in HIV/AIDS and basic health care is preferred.

Despite global concerns and efforts, this deadly disease is still epidemic in Africa. HIV/AIDS prevention and counseling projects in Tanzania are an attempt to prevent further transmission through education. The projects also provide moral support to those affected and help them to build self-esteem and hope in life. Volunteers in this program will care for HIV/AIDS infected children and adults and get them involved in educational ac-tivities, with focus on safe sex. Educational materials are provided.

It is a big challenge to live and work in a poor country. It de-mands courage, some experience and the ability to adapt. It can be overwhelming, especially at first, to have to adjust to completely new conditions, communicate in a foreign lan-guage etc. Things are not as you are used to, the climate, the food, the atmosphere – everything is different. During your work you will be faced with a harsh social reality and experience things a tourist would never see. To take part in the voluntary work program, maturity, flex-ibility, independence and the desire to do social work are ne-cessary. Your stay is an experience you will never forget. Volunteering in Tanzania enables you to experience this great country up close and personal.
Setting Description:
Arusha is one of the bigger cities in the north of Tanzania at the base of Mt. Meru, not far from the border with Kenya. It is well known as an African congress center containing the site for the International Tribunal for the Rwandan Genocide. Climate The climate varies from tropical along the coast to temperate in the highlands. The coastal region is tropical with relatively high humidity. The average temperature is moderated by the sea breeze, especially on the islands, and ranges between 27 and 29 degrees Celsius. In the mountainous areas of the Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Mara regions the temperature occasionally drops below 15 degrees Celsius at night during the months of June and July. There are two rainy seasons - from mid March through May and in November – December, when it rains only a few hours during the day.

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