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.