"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
Program On Hold: Currently the Tanzania program is on hold for at least the remainder of this year and possibly longer. If an afro-centric country is of interest, GSC is excited to have under development a new service-learning program in Cuba, and the timing couldn't be better due to recent advances in the relationship between the United States and Cuba. We will have more information about this new Cuba program later this summer with service-learning opportunities likely starting this coming winter. Click cuba@globalservicecorps.org to notify us if you would like us to keep you updated on all the new developments.

The GSC Community Development Program in Tanzania is designed for individuals who are interested in acquiring in-depth knowledge of international development through first-hand experience working with community organizations and their projects.

The first part of the 13-week (minimum) Community Development Program in Tanzania consists of participation in the four-week short-term program in either HIV/AIDS Prevention and Nutrition Education Program or Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security. This Community Development Program includes one or two weeks of orientation and technical training, followed by two to three weeks of community training. Beginning with week five, program participants are assigned to work with a community organization to assist with its program implementation.

GSC Community Development assignment options for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Nutrition participants include assisting in-country staff with AIDS education and prevention program development, supporting GSC’s Peer Education Health Clubs with HIV/AIDS prevention training and materials, working with a local community organization like Women In Action, and working with local orphanages. Community Development project assignments in the Tanzania Sustainable Agriculture Program includes activities such as improving and expanding GSC’s sustainable agricultural program and demonstration plot, working with local farmer groups on their own plots and marketing programs, and working with GSC’s Peer Education Health Clubs to develop family subsistence gardens. Other community development assignment options may be available, since GSC is continually being contacted by community groups requesting assistance.

It should be noted that the needs of the community will dictate what partnership projects may be available for Community Development Program participants in Tanzania at any given time. The successful Tanzania volunteer participant will be flexible and available to what the community needs are while in-country.