Tanzania has a high poverty rate, low infrastructure, low levels of educations and the impacts of that on the community is massive. There is a huge psychosocial and health impact of poverty and deprivation on the population. The government has introduced formal and informal social workers that work in affiliated social services agencies for those needing social assistance. The social welfare system does not exist as one unified standardised system, rather a network of agencies and institutions that work towards similar goals of social assistance.
Socio economic and political changes in Tanzania since the late 1970s and more particularly in the 1980s have set in motion new and complex social problems and challenges affecting both urban and rural populations. These include high levels of urbanisation, poverty, breakdown of family relationships, poor health, rising rate of crime, alcohol and drug abuse and problems related to HIV/AIDS. In the last decade, Tanzania has enacted numerous policies and guidelines to respond to these challenges. However poverty and serious social issues persist at high rates. Social welfare (SW) services fall under the supervision and guidance of the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW). Many institutions provide social welfare services including hospitals, prisons, schools, training institutions, faith based organizations, homes and select non-governmental organizations (NGOs) among others.
"It takes a village..."-African Proverb
Volunteer your professional skills, time and compassion to a complex area that requires dedication and compassion. Boost the morale of local staff and aid in exchanging ideas and assessing complex social issues within the local community.
Your main objectives will be:
Assist the Social Welfare team in assessments of complex cases
Assist the team in creating a care plan and plan of action for each case
Understand the impact of poverty on psychosocial health and wellbeing
Assist in drug & alcohol, poverty, homelessness, domestic abuse and orphanage cases
Visit cases in the community and in government departments i.e schools, hospitals etc
You will work alongside experienced and qualified community social worker to help tackle complex cases within a vulnerable population of the community. Most of the people you will be working with will be socially disadvantaged, struggling with poverty or come from abusive or dysfunctional family backgrounds.
In order to successfully contribute in this program you will need to be a mentally resilient individual with professionalism to be able to work with such a vulnerable group. You will need to have great compassion, the ability to empathise and show great cultural respect and understanding.
You will stay in a newly refurbished volunteer house. Providing safe, clean and comfortable accommodation, comfortable bedding, excellent breakfast and dinner and housekeeping. This will be a quiet and friendly neighbourhood only 10 minutes from the main hustle and bustle of town. You will have 24 hour gated security, a domestic/cook (who will happily do your laundry for a small fee) and a coordinator who will ensure you settle in quickly and comfortably into your new town. This is a shared home where you will be staying with other volunteers and guests from across the world, so you will never be on your own in your new environment. The house is impeccably clean, well kept, modern and spacious.
What should I wear to placement?
Loose casual clothing are a great option as they will be kind to you in the warm weather, easily identify you as a clinical volunteer and can be discarded if damaged or contaminated. Uniform that covers your arms /egs and comfortable shoes that protect and cover your feet.
Should I bring any gloves, personal protective equipment or working equipment?
Remember you're going into poorly resourced area, they will not have access to the same equipment you would at home. So depending on your area we encourage you to think about what may be needed to be used day to day or fundraise to buy equipment once you arrive.
Due to ongoing health crisis of COVID-19 we encourage volunteers to bring a box of gloves for personal use and to share with colleagues, hand sanitiser and reusable masks. Secondhand books/information you may want to leave behind (teaching workbooks etc) is also a simple but great resource to share with your colleagues and refer to together on placement.
Background Education: To lead any projects at your placement, teach or get involved in curriculum development work a minimum university level education or relevant experience in children's education is required.
To volunteer as an assistant you will be working under the supervision of experienced staff.
Minimum Duration: 4 weeks minimum
$50 registration fee
$125 per week placement fee