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 the Pamoja Tunaweza Boys and Girls Club through Africa Volunteer Corps. Pamoja is a center that helps youth from […]

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 […]

We Have The Resources: Village Empowerment Through Community Banks

My name is Laurent Fanuel. I am a Volunteer at Africa Volunteer Corps. I volunteer at KIVINET a local organization that was established for the purpose of monitoring and coordinating Village Community Banks (VICOBA) in the Kilimanjaro region. KIVINET provides capacity building support to different groups of entrepreneurs by providing the groups with skills training […]

Service and Solidarity

My name is Daniel John. In 2013 I interned with AVC as an assistant to the Program Officer and in 2014 I joined AVC as a Program Officer. I wanted to work with AVC because I was attracted to AVC’s vision of working directly with the community and local grassroots NGOs. I like working with […]

Happy International Youth Day!

International Youth Day “is an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, as well as an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and hardships facing the world’s youth.” To celebrate International Youth Day the AVC Volunteers discussed the challenges facing youth today and what people should […]

Paradigm Shift: Talking about possibilities instead of problems

AVC Founding Director Caitlin Kelley reflects on her time at the 2014 New York Forum Africa.  I recently got back from Libreville, Gabon, where I attended the New York Forum Africa, an annual conference for business, political, and thought leaders to discuss African issues and the future of the continent. It was an honor to […]