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Girl Empowerment, Moshi, Tanzania
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Girl Empowerment, Moshi, Tanzania

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Girl Impact, Moshi Tanzania

What an incredible experience. The secondary school activities were a great opportunity to spread awareness about gender equality. The WaKipa women also demonstrated progress in terms of women generating their own income and creating a life for themselves by working together and alongside African Impact. I hope to see more activities and lessons regarding female empowerment, particularly in secondary schools and primary schools. Girls need to know at a young age that they can aspire to become whatever they want to achieve and that gender should not be considered a barrier for their dreams or goals. Thank you African Impact for making progress and continue doing what you're doing!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    7

A Career Break That Changed My Story

I am a 35 year old woman from New York City who was climbing the corporate ladder at a Fortune 500 male dominated company, working constantly, always stressed out, and had reached a point where I felt unfulfilled and burnt out. Throughout my career I had mentored and coached women, and when I decided to take a career break, I knew helping girls and women is what I wanted to focus on. I believe within every woman is the power to write her story - she just needs to find it.
Coming here, I had to step outside of my comfort zone. I worked on a variety of projects from teaching nursery school and creating gender equality in the classroom, to educating and building confidence in teenage girls at NAFGEM and in secondary school, to leading seminars for the community to create awareness of women's issues, to working with a women's group to help them generate income. The projects have been unlike anything I've ever done, and I'm integrating into a local culture and learning so much about myself and what I am capable of.
Being here has opened my mind to thinking in new ways and inspired my imagination. So much of my previous life in this arena of empowering women has been reacting to and creating a plan to combat women's issues and gender inequality. Being here it is about thinking outside the box to change it, or even more powerful, to prevent it from starting. You really have to deconstruct how issues in society are created, and then rewind the clock and try to change the behavior and see how the result is impacted. It's such an empowering feeling to think that these projects could change the future of girls and women. The work is more rewarding than I thought possible.
I feel like one of the biggest gifts is getting to see the girls and women grow throughout the time on project, and know that you were able to help shape some of their story. In my own life, African Impact Moshi has written a major catalyst into my story, and I can't wait to see how it unfolds...

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

First experience, exceptional experience

This experience changed my point of view, my perspective in what really matters and taught me not to be afraid of new situations.
I will feel more confident in handling new topics and culturally aware that there are more paths that lead to happiness and success.

Overall Rating

5/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    6

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    4

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Engaging Moshi

This experience was overwhelming in both positive and negative ways. The Moshi community is beautiful and the volunteers are kind and exceptional. However, being on this trip has caused me to think critically about the fine line between community engagement and voluntourism. I learned how easy it is to turn what could be a phenomenal opportunity to expand the global community into allowing uneducated students, admittedly like myself, to seize employment opportunities without the proper qualifications. African Impact is doing very cool stuff, but I would recommend to the administration that more attention be paid to the ethics behind swarms of young white adults flooding a foreign community in hopes of making a difference. While the intentions are pure and awesome, the impact may be somewhat damaging.

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World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confederation