Description: HIV/AIDS epidemic is continuing to grow despite initial optimism that prevention strategies implemented several years ago were beginning to have a positive impact. According to UNAIDS and WHO, stigma and discrimination, whether actual or feared, remain perhaps the most difficult obstacles to prevention of HIV. This project is organized in cooperation with the department of Youth development to increase awareness of prevention, transmission and infection of HIV/AIDS amongst key groups and also to try and remove some of the stigma attached to people living with HIV and AIDS. Sports will be used as a major tool to reach out the wider community.
Type of Work: Participants will be involved in series of activities leading to exploration, understanding, challenge and act on issues around HIV-AIDS in the community. These include mobilization for free HIV counseling and testing, field visits to HIV/AIDS facilities and service providers. Other activities will include awareness of how to prevent transmission and infection of HIV/AIDS, and issue around stigma attached to people living with HIV and AIDS. These will be conducted in a form of workshops, debates, arts and music, sports bonanza/Tournaments, etc. Participants will participate as well in painting of one of the health facility in the community.
Study Theme: Participants of this project will have an opportunity to experience life with local communities in Zanzibar. Various Discussions and educational visits will be organized involving participants of the project, community members and visited places. The major topic will be Volunteerism against HIV-AIDS. Please bring information from your home community for sharing.
Accommodation: Participants will be accommodated in the communal house located in the host community. Clean water and electricity will be available. Pay attention on the information sheet for things to bring with you.
Language: The official languages of this project are English and Kiswahili. You do not have to be fluent.
Requirements: No special or particular expertise/skills required; however a potential Participant for this project should be open minded, flexible, interested in culture and meeting people from other cultures.
Approximate Location: Kibele is a village with a very small population in Central Part of Zanzibar. It is located about 15km from stone town and the place can be accessible by both public and private transport. It is a rural community close to the state University of Zanzibar, Tunguu and Kigongoni communities. Its isolation from the city makes it very quiet, relaxing and people can enjoy ever green coconut plantations.
Notes: Note: For now, Tanzanian authorities require volunteers to get a business visa.
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