Give a Heart To Africa

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Many of life’s best adventures are not meticulously planned far in advance. Thirty days after I retired from thirty years’ of teaching, I arrived in Tanzania in June, 2010, to volunteer at GHTA for the first time. I taught English to a fabulous group of men and women who were eager to learn. It stunned me that they would thank me every day for teaching them. I lived in the house that is attached to the classrooms in a secure compound in a neighborhood near the university. Our translators were so encouraging and helpful; Margaret sang as she cooked our dinner daily, and other volunteers quickly became my friends for the next two months. Although I have a teaching background, this is not a requirement; a willingness to help these students gain skills so they can discover opportunities for success and employment to provide for their families is vital. Though I loved my daily interaction with the classes, I loved our Friday home visits which gave us a chance to interact one-on-one and to meet the family (or, sometimes, the whole compound). It was the home visit that informed us clearly about each individual.
As you read other reviews on this page, you will find plenty of details about the basics of the school, the lovely town of Moshi, and the serendipitous array of weekend adventures. Though I thoroughly enjoyed my safaris, the coffee tour, the visit to Lake Chala, trips to Arusha, the Usambara Mountains, what I loved was the people. If you are reading this review trying to decide where to volunteer and how long to stay, let me be clear. At the end of two months, I was wishing I could stay longer. You also should know that I have returned twice, in October, 2011, and May, 2014, each time for two months. It was wonderful to share a home with other volunteers of varied backgrounds, languages, ages, occupations and travel experiences. We helped plan lessons and activities together and sought ways to help our students who struggled as well as challenge those who excelled.
One of the absolute highlights was celebrating the 5th anniversary of GHTA and meeting students and volunteers from the classes I had taught in 2010 and 2011 to see how their lives had been positively impacted by their time in our school. The very fact that Monika would seek to find them and invite them to come tells you that this is a community effort, not just a quick field trip into another country. What an absolute joy to come alongside them as they work in the co-op, run a spa, maintain a food stall in Uhuru Park, actively supporting one another. It is astounding that these mamas came as strangers to one another as they entered GHTA. If you are seeking to expand your horizons while making a true difference in the lives of women in the Moshi area, this is the place for you. It bears repeating that this NGO uses 100% of the fees to live and board in the house to support GHTA. No fees are divided by an umbrella organization; your placement as a teacher is established clearly when you are accepted. Former volunteers and board members are available to answer questions you might have. You will be independent, you can learn some Kiswahili, you will bond with these women very quickly and invest your time and energy in their educational experiences. You will come to love the neighborhood children in the bi-weekly after-school program. You will make some lifelong friendships with other volunteers. You will not leave GHTA unchanged; my perspective on life has not been the same.

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Posted: December 17, 2015
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10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
68

This is a review of my three weeks volunteering with Give Your Heart To Africa [GHTA] in Moshi Tanzania.

It was an excellent volunteer experience from the beginning to end. I was met at the Kilimanjaro Airport by the founder and coordinator Monika Fox. The 10 month program itself is for women wanting further education in order to set up a business and become independent. The program has three aspects - English, Vocational Training and Business. It is very well organized with excellent teaching/learning resources. I was involved in teaching English. The woman are enthusiastic, hard working and a joy to teach.

The classes are taught on-site in the mornings from Monday to Thursday. The accommodation for the six volunteers is good and secure. In terms of meals - volunteers are responsible for preparing breakfast and lunch while dinner is prepared every evening.

Overall the founder and coordinator, Monika Fox ensures a well organized and smooth running non-profit volunteer experience.
I would highly recommend GHTA as a meaningful and excellent volunteer experience in Tanzania

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Posted: March 27, 2015
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10
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10
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I spent 4 weeks with Give a Heart to Africa and it wasn’t long enough for me! GHTA is a such special organisation. Being small and grass-roots means that the experience feels so personal and means that you can make a real difference. I met such amazing people (students and fellow volunteers) and would love to go back! I recommend GHTA extremely highly.

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Posted: August 6, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Rebecca H
Age:
19

I have just returned from volunteering with Give a Heart to Africa after six weeks. I can honestly say it has been the best experience of my life!
This grassroots organization gives power and encouragement to hundreds of women to enrich and advance their lives. I consider myself blessed to have discovered such an honest and worthwhile organization run by an amazing woman, Monica, who is genuinely committed to the work.
GHTA offers a year-long study programme free of charge to local women in order to improve their opportunities in life. The subjects they study are, English, Math, Business Studies and Vocational Studies. The students are hard working and truly grateful for the chance to be educated.
GHTA is situated in Moshi, a large town close to the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The local people are extremely friendly and welcoming. If you are considering volunteering in Africa, I would highly recommend that you contact Monica. The impact that GHTA has on the women of this area is wonderful and impressive.
My only regret is that I couldn't stay longer!

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Posted: August 1, 2014
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10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
54

GHTA is a well-thought out program that provides a free educational opportunity for adult women looking to upgrade their current skills and plan for future employment opportunities in Moshi, Tanzania. The volunteer program is well-supported through a provided curriculum and structured jobs for each volunteer. It also provides weekly opportunities for volunteers to interact with students in their home environment and lean more about how the average person lives in Tanzania. The children's program at the GHTA house is also a great time to learn more about what it is like growing up in Tanzania and provides immediate feedback on the difference just a few hours of your time can make to a child's everyday experience.

Moshi is a great base to travel around Tanzania to see all the amazing tourist destinations such as Mt. Kilimanjaro, the five major game parks, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. It is also big enough to experience some local flavour while small enough that most things are within walking distance (n.b. 'within walking distance' does take on a slightly different meaning in Tanzania!).

The real inspiration at GHTA are the students who will make you feel welcome and help you through your teaching experience. They are patient, persistent and will inspire you to keep working harder, regardless of your previous teaching experience. You will walk away richer after working with these amazing people trying to better their lives through this program.

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Posted: October 31, 2013
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
10
Age:
35

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