Whether you have a gap year coming up before uni or the kids have left home and you find yourself with more time on your hands, Cedar Tanzania can always use an extra pair of hands. Meet Jamie, 19 yrs old, from Switzerland and currently volunteering with us here in Tanzania.
1. So Jamie, what inspired you to volunteer with the Cedar Foundation?
"Having known the O’Sullivan’s since Bulgaria, I was very excited to hear about their new venture here in Mwanza. As I had decided to take a gap year, before going to university, I thought that this would be the perfect time to come to Tanzania, see a bit of the world and spend some time doing something worthwhile."
2. What is your role?
"I’m currently working as a Volunteer Funding and Research Coordinator, which means that I focus primarily on writing grant applications."
3. How long is your volunteer placement?
"I’ve been volunteering part time from Switzerland since January and will spend 7 weeks in the office in Tanzania."
4. What things have you found surprising?
"How long everything takes here! You just have to sit back and let things happen when they want to happen."
5. What things have you enjoyed?
"I particularly enjoy working with the team out here. They’ve been a huge help, supporting me and teaching me the ropes of working with an NGO."
6. What things have challenged you so far?
"The biggest challenge for me is dealing with the extreme poverty and need that I observe on a daily basis."
7. Would you recommend this volunteer scheme to others?
"Definitely! Whilst living here is not easy, it is extremely rewarding to work with an organisation that’s trying to help."
8. What would you say to anyone who said that they could not volunteer because they didn't have a skill to offer.
"I’m sure everybody has something to offer and even if you don’t know what that is, the team here are used to working with volunteers and can find something meaningful for you to do."
So contact us and let’s see what we can achieve together!