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BEFORE ARRIVING IN TANZANIA:

Tanzania Volunteer Guidelines: Volunteering is a great way to gain personal and professional experience while making positive changes in your community. The vast array of volunteer options provide opportunities for people of all ages to get involved and develop technical skills and educational insights not taught in the classroom. Volunteering creates lasting impacts on the health and well-being of communities, and betters the lives of all involved—including the volunteer.

This guide aims to inform you how to find a volunteer opportunity that best fits your comfort, abilities, and interests to create a positive and productive volunteering experience.

 

How to Act When You Volunteer

No matter your age, the relationships you build through volunteering can impact your professional future. With this in mind, it is important to approach your volunteering opportunity thoughtfully. The volunteer work you do demonstrates characteristics often sought after by potential employers and colleges. Any amount of volunteering can cause positive change, but you should go into the process with some “rules.”

The “Rules” of Volunteering

These rules are meant to be followed as general guidelines to ensure you are creating a positive effect and having a successful volunteer experience. Talk with your volunteer leader about any specific “rules.”

DO’S OF BEING A VOLUNTEER

  • Do select an organization to volunteer with that appeals to your personal interests.
  • Do be willing to try new tasks outside of your previous experience.
  • Do show up on time to all commitments.
  • Do complete all necessary trainings.
  • Do follow directions and guidelines set by the organization.
  • Do think about how to continuously improve in your position to better your skillset and further the organization.
  • Do provide any constructive feedback in a professional manner.
  • Do have an optimistic and open attitude when working under different circumstances.
  • Do express appreciation for other volunteers as well as those you may be helping.
  • Do have patience during difficult situations.
  • Do navigate ambiguity with thoughtfulness.
  • Do respect the privacy of those you work with.

 

DON’TS OF BEING A VOLUNTEER

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Don’t select a volunteer opportunity that does not work with your schedule.
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes as you learn how to do your job.
  • Don’t forget to keep track of your hours.
  • Don’t assume all processes and people operate the same; adapt to varying circumstances.
  • Don’t show disdain or negativity while volunteering.
  • Don’t be scared of sharing constructive feedback to your organization in a professional, thoughtful manner.
  • Don’t forget to contact your organization in advance if you are going to be late or miss a commitment.
  • Don’t be unsure of what is expected of you.
  • Don’t force help on people or be intrusive.
  • Don’t give false promises or hope.

 

Important Questions to Ask Before Volunteering

 

Logistical Questions

  • Are there any age requirements for this volunteer position?
  • Am I able to commit enough time to this volunteer position?
  • How will I get to the volunteer site? Is there parking?
  • How many volunteers will I be working with at a time?
  • What should I wear? Tanzania Volunteer Guidelines
  • Do I need to bring ID?
  • Do I need to be able to lift or carry things?
  • Is the volunteer event weather dependent? Will it cancel if it rains?
  • How will my time be tracked as a volunteer?
  • How is this volunteering program funded?

 

Professional Questions

  • Is there an orientation or training for this volunteer position?
  • What skills will I learn through this volunteer position?
  • Does this volunteer position further my professional development?
  • What sort of duties will I be performing as a volunteer?
  • Does the organization I’m volunteering with align with my academic pursuits?
  • What education level is required to participate in this volunteering opportunity?

 

Personal Questions

  • Am I excited about this volunteer opportunity? Tanzania Volunteer Guidelines
  • Do my personal beliefs align with the organization I am volunteering with?
  • Do I feel motivated to commit to this volunteer position?
  • Are there any privacy agreements or rules I must follow while volunteering with this organization?

 

ARRIVING IN TANZANIA:

General Health Tips for Volunteer in Tanzania

  • #1. Drink only bottled we don’t provide boiled-water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles.
  • #2. Buy bottled water from proper outlets.
  • #3. Avoid eating food from road-side stalls.
  • #4. If you require any prescription drugs, bring enough for the duration of your stay in Tanzania.
  • #5. Please carry a small health kit.

 

Recommended Vaccinations and Preventive Medications

The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to Africa including Kenya. Discuss your travel plans and personal health with a health-care provider to determine which vaccines you will need.

  • #1. Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG).
  • #2. Hepatitis B: especially if you might be exposed to blood or body fluids.
  • #3. Malaria: if you are traveling to a malaria-risk area in this region.
  • #4. Rabies
  • #5. Typhoid vaccine.
  • #6. As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria, measles , and a one-time dose of polio vaccine.
  • #7. Precaution against Malaria

 


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