Can you remember your life before computers? Unless you’re over 40, probably not. The concept of not having at least one laptop or desktop in your home is probably foreign to you. In rural villages in Africa, that’s not the case. Having a computer is a luxury. Most people aren’t exposed to computers until later in life. The Women’s Empowerment (Computer Education) Volunteering in Tanzania project gives you the opportunity to open the door to using computers to a group of women who have had little to no exposure to them previously.
Disclaimer: I (Justin) have not yet had the opportunity to spend time volunteering with this NGO. They approached me via social media and asked for a partnership. Based on my conversations with the team, and reviewing their program; I’m confident that this is an ethical organization and have decided to pursue the partnership.
In the interim, as it falls outside of the normal GOAT standards in terms of me (Justin) visiting / volunteering with the local NGO prior to representing them, the normal application fee is reduced from $250 to only $150 for the first 2 volunteers. These trail-blazing volunteers will be asked to provide GOAT with a review of the project as well as photos/videos for use on this website & social media to help encourage future volunteers. With a wide array of projects, this is an organization that can help Tanzania in a variety of ways with the help of motivated and intrepid volunteers!
Women’s Empowerment (Computer Education) Volunteering in Tanzania
About 70 percent of all Tanzanians rely on agriculture as their primary source of income. Most have little to no computer training. The Women’s Empowerment – Computer Education project gives groups of women the opportunity to see how computer education can help them learn how to improve their current agricultural practices and open up new possibilities. Female volunteers with teaching and technological backgrounds with a desire to teach basic computer skills are needed!
You don’t have to be an IT or computer science professional to teach the children about computers. As long as you have a basic understanding of PCs and how they’re used, you can make a difference here. Explaining basic concepts like the pieces of hardware that make up a computer, different types of software and their uses, and simple computer use will give the women more of an insight into how technology can help them now and in the future.
Room & Board
Your project fee for projects in Tanzania covers your room and full board in the NGO’s volunteer hostel or with a local host family.
- Shared, single-sex dorm rooms (2-4 volunteers per room) with shared washroom
- 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, & dinner)
- Hot water is usually available (not guaranteed in host family homes)
- Orientation and 24/7 local support
As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.
|Additional weeks (each)||$150|
Included: Airport arrival transport • Orientation on arrival • Shared accommodation in the volunteer hostel / home-stay • 3 meals per day • 24/7 local staff support • Project Donation
NOT Included: Flights • Visas • Vaccinations • Travel insurance • Local transport • Return airport transfer • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees • WiFi / Internet access
Tanzania projects incur a discounted $150 application fee. Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.
Special Considerations | Volunteer Teaching in Tanzania
For special considerations regarding the project in Tanzania, please visit the Tanzania page.
Criminal Record Check
GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children. Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee). U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.
The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.