First on the agenda for the new team leaders was learning about the work Raleigh International does in Tanzania and their focus on young people. Raleigh works with, through and for youth to bring about sustainable, positive change in rural Tanzania. The group discussed why working with young people is so important, with many commenting on the energy they bring to a project and the belief in the power of young people to achieve sustainable development in the present, and as future leaders. They agreed that focusing on young people now will help to create a generation of active citizens creating positive change in their communities.
The team leaders were also given an overview of the two ICS projects – Livelihoods and WASH. They learned that working with a number of partners including the Tanzanian Forestry Group, East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) and Save the Children, the Livelihoods project aims to equip rural Tanzanians with the skills necessary to start their own SMEs. COM Owen then outlined the goals of the WASH project, including improving access to adequate sanitation facilities and educating rural communities on the necessity of proper hand washing. WASH is focused on schools, with the aim of educating students who will bring the knowledge back to their families and communities.
They were also taken through risk assessment, health and safety and given medical training including basic life support. The team leaders will continue their training this week with sessions on culture and diversity after which they will join up with the previous cycles’ team leaders. Together they will be working with the DOMs and permanent Raleigh staff to deliver training when the volunteers arrive for induction at the end of June.
The new team leaders have been settling into life on ICS and are looking forward to meeting the existing team leaders, finding out which projects they will be working on and welcoming the volunteers.
Tuesday 13th June: Team leaders find out their project allocation
Thursday 15th June: Team Leaders head off on their project planning visits
Sunday 25th June: Venturers arrive for induction
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Words Alice, photos Hilary.