"I'm sure when I ponder my life experiences, during the twilight of my years, I will regard my six weeks in Thailand as six of the most sensational weeks of my life... I traveled to Thailand hoping for an enriching experience. What I found exceeded my wildest expectations."
Chris Cox, International Health Program, Thailand
GSC offers long-term volunteer abroad assignments and international internship programs for volunteer participants who want to gain first-hand experience of international development work through hands-on service-learning. These longer volunteer programs are available in all GSC Program areas in Cambodia and Cuba, in both long-term and internship formats.

GSC’s International Internship Programs are scheduled to meet the minimum duration requirements of academic institutions (nine weeks); however, long-term GSC Overseas Volunteer Programs can be arranged for any length of time from nine weeks or more. GSC’s International Internships Program is ideal for students looking to gain academic credit or fulfill university internship/service requirements. Academic credit can be arranged through UAlbany (SUNY) or through your own college or university.

All participants go through our Training of Trainers (TOT) Program, which includes language skill-building, education about local culture, and development training. Once they are trained as trainers, volunteer participants work with GSC staff and partner development professionals who share technical expertise on community training and GSC’s service projects. These volunteer community training and service projects have grown and evolved over the years, earning GSC its current recognition as a leading community development organization.

Tanzania Long-Term Volunteer Abroad Assignments: 9 weeks or more

PROGRAM UPDATE: After 20 years of service in East Africa, GSC has concluded our work there and will be taking the best practices learned to our programs in Cuba. We are now offering a Conversational English Training Program in Cuba, with Sustainable Agriculture and Public Health programs to likely follow later in 2016. If you would like to learn more about our Cuba program, follow the link here.

We’ve decided to leave our Tanzania web pages up so visitors to our site can get an idea of the kind of work that we have done. Information can be found below on best practices lessons learned from our Tanzania program that will be carried over to our Cuba program.

In Tanzania, GSC’s Long-Term Volunteer Abroad Program is offered for the following Tanzania programs:

Community Training Program (9 week minimum)

The Community Training Program is designed for individuals who are specifically interested in working with and training community groups.  Community Training participants may choose to focus on either HIV/AIDS Prevention and Nutrition Education or Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security. These volunteers are also encouraged, although not required, to take on an additional volunteer project in their extra time. Participants will have the opportunity to work with a local orphanage, support home-based care projects, and when appropriate, assist GSC’s Community Development volunteers with on-going development projects with local organizations. By the end of the Tanzania Long-Term Community Training Program, participants will have provided life-saving information to the community.  They will have gained valuable training experience in their chosen field, as well as a greater understanding of project monitoring and evaluation. The minimum time commitment to this GSC program is at least nine weeks.

Community Development Program (3 month minimum)

The Tanzania Community Development Program is designed for individuals who are interested in an in-depth experience of international development work. Participants explore the intricacies of international development by assisting with sustainable community development projects, implemented by GSC or one of its partners. This program requires a minimum three-month commitment. Community Development volunteers may choose to focus on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Nutrition Education, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, or on both areas in a six-month program. Community Development participants receive one to two weeks of orientation and training, participate in three to four weeks of community training, and spend the remainder of their program time supporting a local community development organization.

International Health Program (9 week minimum)

The Tanzania International Health Program is a great option for health professionals, but it is also designed to accommodate individuals interested in medicine or international or public health. After completing the one-week orientation and training, volunteers spend the next eight weeks or more providing HIV/AIDS prevention training to community members, shadowing medical staff at local healthcare facilities and supporting a community health project. Project assignments will be determined based on the needs of the community during the volunteers' program.

HIV/AIDS and Food Security Integrated Program (9 week minimum)

Designed for individuals with multiple programmatic interests, the HIV/AIDS and Food Security Integrated Program allows volunteers to participate in both the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Nutrition Education and the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security short-term or longer programs offered in Tanzania. The Integrated Program requires a nine-week minimum commitment.

Cambodia Long-Term Volunteer Abroad Assignments: 9 weeks or more

In Cambodia, GSC’s Long-Term Volunteer Abroad Program is offered for the following Cambodia programs:

The Cambodia International Health Program combines the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education Program and the Orphanage Care Program, giving participants a unique opportunity to not only see firsthand how HIV/AIDS is affecting youth in Cambodia, but also to help educate to ensure healthy, positive futures for the most vulnerable children.

Designed for individuals with multiple programmatic interests, the Cambodia Integrated Program allows volunteers to participate in more than one of GSC’s Short-Term Programs offered in Cambodia. Integrated options include the combinations of the Buddhist Immersion Program, Orphanage Care Program, HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention Program, and Teach English Abroad Program. The Integrated Program requires a nine week minimum commitment, with one of those weeks for orientation and training.