I Dreamed of Working in Tourism

Hassan Mpanda volunteers as a tour operator through AVC at Rau Eco & Cultural Tourism Enterprise: a community-based, sustainable tourism enterprise that offers farming and market tours, forest hikes and village visits. Their goal is to promote eco-friendly tourism by involving local people, raising awareness about environmental conservation and supporting community projects. My uncle is […]

Inspiring Families to Improve Their Own Lives

Esther Kimathy volunteers as a social worker at the Salama Center, a community center located in the Majengo neighborhood of Moshi, Tanzania. The center provides resources to children and their families, such as: school uniforms and school fees, after-school programs, monthly food allowances, vocational training, health services and loans. Before I started working at the […]

Helping to Employ My Neighbors

Peter Mwita volunteers through AVC at Kilimanjaro VICOBA Network (KIVINET) – a non-governmental organization that provides capacity building and advancement of VICOBA (Village Community Bank) groups in the Kilimanjaro region. He started volunteering in January 2015. In university, I decided to study entrepreneurship and microfinance because I knew I wanted to start my own business […]

Teaching Kids to Care About Their Communities

My name is Jackline Bonaventura Ngowi. Since January of 2014, I have been volunteering through AVC at Amka Center in Njoro, Moshi. At Amka Center, we teach children. I teach 28 kids between ages 3 years to 5 years old. I have been volunteering for about a year and I have seen the children learn […]

Local Volunteers Make Sense

Pauline is currently working as an accountant at the Brilliant Youth Foundation in Moshi, Tanzania. The below post was written during her time volunteering with AVC. My name is Pauline Gregory and I am volunteering at an organization in Moshi through Africa Volunteer Corps. My placement is a center that helps youth from different backgrounds by […]

Is ‘Voluntourism’ the Answer?

This post is authored by Kirsten Huntley Goode, AVC Board of Advisors member.  After graduating from university, I traveled to Moshi, Tanzania for a month of “voluntourism” at Kigongoni nursery school, and it absolutely changed my life for the better. My daily walk was past Martin’s house, and every day he ran up and walked […]

Doing Development Differently

This post is authored by Ilunga Kalala, AVC Board of Advisors.  When people ask me why and how I became involved with Africa Volunteer Corps, I usually start by describing the first time I met Caitlin Kelley, one of the organization’s founders. I had recently returned to New York from the Congo and my return […]

Helping Students at El-Shaddai

My name is Catherine Saria and through Africa Volunteer Corps I volunteer with an organization called the El-Shaddai Center. El-Shaddai provides help to 300 students who are living in poverty. The center provides students with school fees, clothes, food, spiritual guidance, and other things they need. All of the money to fund the center comes […]

Ending Poverty Through Community Development

I am James Kirima. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Community Economic Development (BA-CED) from Moshi University College of Cooperative and Business Studies. I decided to join AVC because I want to use my skills, knowledge and experience to help my community identify challenges and find ways to address them. In my future, I […]

Why is Volunteering Important?

As a mother, it seems unlikely that I would be able to take time out of my busy schedule to volunteer, but I truly believe that volunteering is a part of my civic duty. In 2012, I joined AVC as a Volunteer. I wanted to work with people living with HIV/AIDS because I knew they were […]