Africa Volunteer Corps’ mission is to nurture a generation of African leaders dedicated to strengthening homegrown development by providing opportunities for practical training and job placement.
The overarching goal of Africa Volunteer Corps is to harness the power of motivated, educated Africans and put it to use for locally-initiated development projects in Africa, opening doors for Africans to leverage their own resources and strengthening grassroots development efforts.
Creating a springboard for leaders and bolstering ground-up social change efforts, we position Africans to control development on their own continent.
After studying African history at Northwestern University, Caitlin came to Tanzania to learn Swahili and to find a way to “help without hurting.” Before coming to Tanzania she worked at the Centre d’études africaines at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France, and translated for Africans seeking asylum in the United States. She is also a writer, photographer, and visual artist.
Jafari combines passion for working with grassroots charitable projects with expertise in the international community. He worked with several NGOs in Moshi, primarily with orphans and the elderly, and helped found the Moshi Disabled Network. Before helping found AVC, he worked for several years as a tour operator in the safari business.
Sadiki has extensive experience in education, grassroots development work, as well as accounting and business management. He trained as both a primary and early childhood education teacher, after which he worked as a nursery school teacher trainer and a caregiver at an orphanage in Moshi. In addition to his work with children and young people, he worked as a manager and accountant for a peanut and honey company in Arusha.
Board of Advisors, Tanzania
Founder and Managing Director, Kilimanjaro Women’s Development Association
Program Officer, Cross-Cultural Solutions
Founder of Social Vision, former President of Moshi NGO Network
Assistant WID/GAD Coordinator, Catholic Diocese of Same
Board of Advisors, United States
Ilunga grew up in the Bronx in New York City. His parents are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which influenced his personal interest in Africa early on. Ilunga holds a B.A. in History, with a focus on Africa and the African diaspora, from Williams College and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. He has lived in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and speaks English and French. Prior to joining the board at AVC, Ilunga served as a Board Member of Achieving Leadership’s Purpose in Harlem, NY. Ilunga became interested in AVC because of his interested in Africa and youth leadership. Ilunga was inspired by AVC’s vision and wanted get involved.
Kirsten Huntley Goode
Kirsten has always felt at home and in touch while venturing abroad. Kirsten is half Danish, half South African and has lived in 4 countries across 3 continent. Kirsten was drawn to explore her African roots in Tanzania and while volunteering at a nursery school in the foothills of Kilimanjaro in 2007, she was lucky enough to meet AVC Director Caitlin Kelley. Kirsten’s desire to help support others to strive to be their best and her love for Africa is what inspired her to join the AVC team. As a board member she supports Experience Africa Tours, fundraises through teaching yoga classes, and researches the UK charitable environment.
Lori is currently a Global Law and Development Fellow with Tetra Tech DPK, a position which leads the M&E department of USAID’s Iraq Access to Justice program in Baghdad and has provided programming support to the Department of State’s Mitigating Land Disputes Liberia program. Previously, Lori conducted thematic and donor research for the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund, an NGO which builds and rehabilitates markets across Liberia. Lori has also interned with the Federation of Women Lawyers in Mombasa, UN-Habitat in Nairobi and Equality Now, a women’s rights advocacy organization. Lori is interested in the intersections between gender, power, discrimination, poverty, human rights and development. She holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from The New School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Film from the University of Colorado.
Stephen has worked with “mission-driven” international relief and community service organizations as a development professional for over 15 years, including the American Jewish World Service, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and the AIDS Service Center of New York City. His strong interest in Africa stems from a visit to Ethiopia he made during his years in college. More recently he participated in a volunteer program working at a small community-based organization Uganda where he experienced first-hand the impact of an African NGO in shaping its county’s future. A resident of Jersey City, NJ and Townshend, Vermont Stephen earned his Master’s Degree in International Administration at the SIT Graduate Institute.