Volunteers are expected to bring their creativity, ideas and drive and participate in this Arts and designing for Livelihood in the community. Participating in this project will be helping local artisans and business owners to develop their products and to promote them. In return the local artisans and small business owners will share with you their own inspiration which may reflect on your own future creations and ideas.
Over the course of this program volunteers will work with local business owner to help to improve and develop the range of products and how they are marketed at a social enterprises. Based on the volunteers’ individual skills and interest, below listed activities will take place.
i) Research new techniques and generation of ideas for new products in the particular business
ii) Deliver training sessions on new techniques or designs for local artisans and small business owners
iii) Development of marketing strategies to promote sales and/or raise awareness of art products and the social enterprise
iv) Assist with production and sale of local arts and crafts products
v) Deliver training on business plan development and business management.
Accomodation and food
Volunteers will be accommodated in the host families located in an eco-village. There are standard houses with three bedrooms, living room and kitchen. The houses are surrounded by nature and green vegetation. Basic accommodation facilities will be provided, and you should expect to share room with either host family members or other volunteers from the same or other projects. Depending on the availability of host families; volunteers shall expect to stay as well at the Youth accommodation in the community.
Three meals will be provided to the volunteers either at the accommodation or work placement. Vegetarian meals will be available.
Location and leisure
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays will be free for volunteers to do their personal activities including exploring what the region offer in terms of cultural and natural attractions. Possibilities are:-
i) Exploring Zanzibar historical, natural and cultural sites. These include museums, local markets, stone town etc. Enjoy wildlife and marine life. Jozani forest National Park, Blue safaris swimming, tour to small islands, variety of water sports, spice tour among many other options.
ii) Near Dar es Salam possibilities could be; wildlife safari trips, Marine excursions (Mingoyo Islands) eco and cultural tourism activities, Bagamoyo or Kilwa, Dar es Salaam tour (Beach, Museums, and Markets).
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Livelihood is a means of making a living. It encompasses people’s capabilities, assets, income and activities required to secure the necessities of life. Obtaining a livelihood has been a struggle for a good number of people especially in urban settlements in Tanzania due to the high rate of unemployment. Initiatives has been taken to form women, Youth and cooperative and micro-finance groups to address the issue hence achieve Livelihood. These initiatives are aiming to enable urban families construct a diverse portfolio of activities and social support capabilities in order to survive and to improve their standards of living.
Arts and designing for Livelihood is project that aim aims to support local small business initiatives that specialize in a variety of different products such as tailoring, decorative items, drawing, jewelry, mat woven, food etc. The small business owners on which most of are women and young people already have a market for their goods and services but are in need of support in helping them to extend their product range, designing display them physically or in a brochure to attract more sales and also to look at branding and quality.
Volunteers will be picked at one of the above listed points on the dates described as “arrival dates on this project” at 14:00 hrs. Local time. (Please let us know if you can’t be there on time).
i) Availability and duration: This project is open and available throughout the year for the minimum duration of one month and three months maximum.
ii) Arrival: Volunteers can only arrive in the project on the first Sunday of the month.
iii) Departure: In any case, volunteer should plan to depart on the Saturday of their last week in the program before 09.00am.
Volunteers are expected to be creative and studying either an arts based course, designing, tailoring, marketing, sustainable development or just interested to experience those topics and activities. You should be as well open minded, flexible, ability to work under less supervision and limited resources. Kindly bring a positive attitude, lots of ideas, and a willingness to work as part of a team to make the most out of this project.