GENERATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE
In the society where we live now, differences of opinions, tastes, believe, other social and cultural norms between older and younger generation are obvious. To date due to the technology and globalization the gaps has been even wider leading to serious issues like discrimination, loosing social values and traditional education, connection to the nature among many others. This project is aiming to explore, understand, challenge and act on the cross-generational issues leading to enhancing peace, solidarity and sustainable development. The project is implemented in cooperation with education institutions, faith-based organizations, and Elders, Youth and Women groups.
Volunteers will participate in a number of activities in the community including; Walking and exploration of indigenous communities living on the sloops of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. (Introduction to issues around globalization, environment and tourism and its impact on local economy and cultures); Intensive Kiswahili Language study, arts and music; Home stay and cultural experience; (Be a grandchild, child, sister or brother), Kiswahili Working with senior citizen, orphans and vulnerable children (storytelling, excursions, sports and gatherings events,, hygiene and cleaning, provide hands-on on their daily activities) to make them feeling valued, included and supported.
Educational tours to various destinations, workshops, debates and other social events involving generations of the community will be organized with the purpose of learning the difference and connect the society. Topics for discussion will include rites of passage, modern & traditional religion and its impact on social and economic aspects of the community. Volunteers are encouraged to study the reality in their own local context and bring information for sharing.
Accommodation and meals
Volunteers will share simple rooms at the communal house in the community. There are running water and electricity. The facility in located in a very strategic point to view highest Mountain in Africa- Kilimanjaro. Meals are mostly organic both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
Dates of the projects
from 13.03.2017 to 29.03.2017
from 10.04.2017 to 26.04.2017
from 15.05.2017 to 30.05.2017
from 12.06.2017 to 28.06.2017
from 10.07.2017 to 26.07.2017
from 14.08.2017 to 30.08.2017
from 11.09.2017 to 27.09.2017
from 09.10.2017 to 25.10.2017
from 13.11.2017 to 28.11.2017
from 11.12.2017 to 28.12.2017
Location of the Project
Mwika is a fast grown community in the sloops of Mt. Kilimanjaro and along the high way from Moshi town to Tarakea boarder. The community is featured by various schools, University, Open local market among many other facilities. Majority of the community members are engaged in coffee and Banana farming, dairy farming and business. Mwika is located about 45km from the town center (Moshi) and accessible by private and public transport.
Free time activities
Possibilities are hiking to Kilimanjaro gate, eco and cultural tourism in Chagga and Masai community, Swimming & Relaxing at Lake Chala and Wildlife safari. (Ngorongoro Creator, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National parks). More details can be provided on request.
Volunteers should be comfortable working outdoors, social and interested to work with elders, Youth and Children, willing to share leadership roles, and having a sense of adventure. Volunteers are expected as well to be open minded, flexible and working under minimum supervision.
The official languages of the project are English and Kiswahili. You do not have to be fluently.
Volunteers will be picked up at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Bus station within Moshi town.