Googlers volunteer in Tanzania

3rd July 2017

Googlers have travelled to Tanzania to help Raleigh International entrepreneurs build their skills and improve their businesses.

24 Google employees will work across four remote communities in the Mbeya and Songwe regions. They will provide two weeks of intensive expert training, ranging from finance and cash flow training, to marketing, communications and market research.

Entrepreneurs have already graduated from the Raleigh ICS livelihoods programme – a 10 week course where young volunteers from the UK and Tanzania work with rural youth who have aspirations of setting up and developing their own small enterprises.

The skills-based volunteering programme with Google was set up after requests from the new enterprise owners for further support to iron out initial problems and maximise their chances of success.

Driven by Raleigh alumni and Google staff Rick van Woudenbergh and Adam Nosalek, this is the fourth year of the partnership. You can watch the film from last year’s programme below:

For young people in rural areas of Tanzania, self-employment and setting-up micro-enterprises offer a route out of poverty and poor working conditions. Support from the Googlers can give these young entrepreneurs confidence, skills and knowledge about additional financing options, to make their enterprises a success and generate increased, reliable and sustainable incomes.

Googlers will be involved in delivering employability training with Raleigh Tanzania alumni, as well as develop their own knowledge about sustainable development and teach skills around alternative approaches to tasks, development of cultural awareness, while also strengthening leadership, teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Google employee Dina Dakik, who volunteered with Raleigh in 2016, said: “This has been one of the best experiences in my life and by far the most immersive eye-opening learning experience I’ve had. It was a chance to not only educate others but learn a lot of from others.”