"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
Since its inception, Global Service Corps has endeavored to not only provide meaningful volunteer experiences abroad, but to also develop and implement sustainable and appropriate community service projects in local areas in which our volunteers serve.

Working in collaboration with respected international non governmental organizations (NGOs) and multi-lateral organizations, GSC has developed well respected and effective Community Training Programs. As a result of this longstanding collaborative approach and success, GSC has gained NGO status in both Tanzania and Thailand in recognition of the organization’s international development work in these countries. GSC projects have regularly been recognized for excellence by the communities they serve.

GSC International Development Projects in Tanzania

Global Service Corps is involved in various community development projects in the city of Arusha and the surrounding Arusha and Meru Districts.

•  The HIV/AIDS Prevention and Nutrition Education Program trains volunteers to work with rural people in prevention activities. Eighty percent of participants in the rural trainings during 2007 elected to receive voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) at the final training session. In 2007, local partners funded a program to improve training methods for peer educators, teachers and GSC volunteers. GSC provided a comprehensive training that has increased its capacity to further serve Tanzanian youth. A pilot project has been initiated to assist hospital staff to introduce computerized records and telemedicine in rural hospitals. In secondary schools, short-term day camps have been introduced in which peer educators teach HIV/AIDS prevention techniques and life skills to their fellow students. GSC volunteers will participate in follow-up training during the current school year.

•  The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Program in Tanzania provided extensive training to over 40 farmer groups in 2007 and has provided introductory trainings to hundreds of groups since 2001. Efforts are being made to obtain organic certification for some of the farmers so they may have greater access to local markets. In addition, a new emphasis is being placed on promoting high output “sack gardens” for HIV positive families to improve their diet and ensure food security. In 2008, the Sustainable Agriculture Program expanded its activities to include poultry vaccination to prevent the spread of avian flu. GSC program expansion activities in Tanzania also included recruiting more long-term volunteers, interns and fellows to ensure project sustainability and initiating a program in which GSC volunteers/apprentices assist local NGOs in their on-going community development work.