After 20 years of service in East Africa, GSC has concluded our work there and will be taking the best practices learned to our programs in Cuba. We are now offering a Conversational English Training Program in Cuba, with Sustainable Agriculture and Public Health programs to likely follow later in 2016. If you would like to learn more about our Cuba program, follow the link here
We’ve decided to leave our Tanzania web pages up so visitors to our site can get an idea of the kind of work that we have done. Information can be found below on best practices lessons learned from our Tanzania program that will be carried over to our Cuba program.
GSC-TZ (Global Service Corps - Tanzania) has been selected to help a Washington, D.C. based NGO, with a three-year United States Department of Agriculture contract to implement the food security
component of a larger rural development project in 24 communities in northern Tanzania. GSC-TZ has also been awarded additional funding from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank for another
three-year project which will similarly address food security issues in an additional 24 communities.
With a predominantly Tanzanian staff of 34 professionals, GSC-TZ's role is to improve food security and HIV/AIDS prevention among 4,000 households located in areas with low agricultural potential. GSC is incorporating international volunteers in the project areas to support and enhance this work. The overall project promotes a variety of innovations including home gardens, water catchments, poultry vaccination, appropriate irrigation, such as drip or home-made waterers, food drying/preserving, improved grain stores, and cattle immunization against East Coast Fever. GSC-TZ is promoting Biointensive Agriculture and Newcastle Disease Control as the main entry-points, with nutrition and HIV/AIDS education, drip/alternative irrigation, and food drying as secondary activities. GSC-TZ implements these interventions in conjunction with other strong local partners.
The following are potential long-term volunteer project opportunities that will assist in accomplishing this work. All long-term projects are intended for volunteers staying at least 13 weeks. The specific project work would begin after an initial 4-6 week HIV/AIDS or Sustainable Agriculture Service Learning short-term program. Please note that the following project descriptions are only a sample list of possible options. The projects available to participants will depend on the in-country needs at the time of the program and may be altered as needed. Sustainable Agriculture Curriculum Development.
Explore the possibility of innovation in Farmer Field Schools (FFS) methodology, a curriculum to educate farmer groups in appropriate Conservation Agriculture methods. Conservation Agriculture would enable farmers to train other farmers and scale up activities with these groups. This project would follow an initial four-week Sustainable Agriculture (SA) Service Learning program and would require a minimum stay of six months. Volunteers with agricultural or community development backgrounds would be best suited for this option. Participants in this project would be involved in researching appropriate interventions, which can be scaled up to field level, working alongside GSC-TZ staff and government extensionists to facilitate the creation of FFS training plans and materials, testing different innovations, and designing evaluation of the test training. HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum Development.
Test and revise the current GCS-TZ primary school age HIV/AIDS and life skills curriculum for children (4th - 7th grades). This project involves research on simple learning games and skills, which can be understood and implemented by youth, specifically targeting orphan-headed households. The new curriculum would be implemented by long-term volunteers and introduced in primary schools in GSC-TZ target rural areas, as well as in urban schools in Arusha town. Short-term volunteers could assist and work under the tutelage of long-term volunteers. This option would be particularly suited to volunteers with education, curriculum development, or community development backgrounds.Food Preservation Training Support.
Test and revise the current GCS-TZ extension messages on traditional foods and food preservation techniques, identifying highly nutritious foods and methods to preserve their value throughout the year. This involves continued research on traditional and appropriate technologies for food preservation utilizing what the rural people already have on hand. It would include documenting these findings and creating a handout for dissemination detailing the more viable methods of sustaining the nutritive value of traditional foods. Pest Control Training Support.
Test and revise the current GCS-TZ extension messages on traditional methods of protecting food crops from pests, vermin and insects. This involves researching traditional and appropriate technologies for food storage techniques and seeking highly effective and low-cost methods to protect foods from post-harvest losses, thus sustaining food stores throughout the year. Responsibilities would include documenting these findings, creating a handout for dissemination of the more viable methods and testing these technologies in trainings. Local Market Research and Development.
Explore the mobilization of 'hawkers' as informal market links between organic vegetable producers and niche markets in Arusha or other main district towns. Activities would involve building upon earlier market research about which types of produce have a potential market and helping hawkers to determine quantities. Participants in this project would also assist with the development of arrangements, either through weekly farmers' markets, town kiosks or direct provision to hotels/urban consumers. GSC would work in conjunction with local community institutions, specializing in enterprise development and contracting to provide training to hawkers on quality control, marketing skills, managing volumes of appropriate scale and negotiating skills. This project would be dependent upon securing finance for small business training and start-up capital for hawkers. This option would be particularly suited to volunteers with marketing, economic, business, or community development backgrounds.Water Harvesting Training Support.
Test and revise the current GCS-TZ extension messages on water harvesting and utilization at the home level. This would involve improving handouts on water purification, hygiene, drip irrigation technologies, and alternative methods to harvest water for garden and field use. Project needs would entail continued research of traditional and appropriate technologies for water harvesting and purifying, which those in rural areas can adopt with the resources they already have on hand.