Across Tanzania, a lack of access to basic services like education and healthcare, and high rates of HIV, means that many of Tanzania’s population live in poverty. Despite some economic growth, 28 percent of people there live on less than one pound per day.
In the Geita region of Tanzania, African Inland Church Tanzania (AICT) is working to change this. In everything they do, AICT aim to transform lives by empowering people to lift themselves out of poverty. Their work includes partnering with local schools to help provide higher levels of education, running health and hygiene training in schools and villages, and supporting those living with HIV. Alongside their other projects they have also built wells, which are maintained by local churches in each village, to provide sustainable access to clean water for local people.
Two weeks living and learning alongside AICT will give you the opportunity to take part in their work, sharing God’s love in practical ways and seeing lives transformed.
What will you be doing?
What can you bring?
Volunteering in Tanzania you will be supporting our partners as they tackle poverty in Geita. You’ll be keen to get involved with visiting and working with schools, and invite the opportunity to grow in faith and confidence. You’ll need to be flexible, adaptable, and ready to work as part of a team of volunteers, while building relationships with the staff and locals.
The cost mentioned above includes pre-departure training, insurance, debrief, a medical package, administrative costs and in-country travel, accommodation and food.
For information on additional costs, check out our FAQ section below.
When we first meet you at an interview day or at pre-departure training, we will give you some ideas about fundraising. If you would like more inspiration, check out Tearfund's fundraising webzone and Nia’s blog with eight fundraising tips.
We don’t ask you to pay the whole cost all at once!
When you apply you are required to send in a non-refundable deposit. The deposit covers the administrative costs of processing your application, interviewing and/or assigning you to a team.
After we have confirmed your place and selected you, we will ask you to send in a further deposit. This is for administrative, preparatory, in-country and other costs that have to be paid in advance, and again, this is non-refundable.
You will need to pay the final balance a month before you travel.
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In India: Tearfund’s partners have invited prayer teams to join them for two weeks. Volunteers bring their fresh enthusiasm and commitment to prayer, coming alongside partners and beneficiaries, often resulting in a fresh awakening of God’s power at work.
This totally varies from team to team, but we can guarantee that you will have a mattress under you and a roof over you! You may be sleeping in a church, house, school, or simple guesthouse. Two-week teams tend to live in a guesthouse with running water. Food will usually be a mixture of local food and English food. It's hard to predict what you will encounter so you need to expect the unexpected. Our most common complaint from teams is that they are treated too well!
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