My time volunteering

Through my employer randstad I got the opportunity to apply for jobs in Tanzania in Livelihood projects. During eight months (september 2018 until may 2019) I worked in Tanzania. Four months as Private sector engagement adviser in Mtwara and four months as Career guidance adviser in Zanzibar. My job in Mtwara was to help youth find, apply and maintain  a job or internship. During my time in Zanzibar I mainly focussed on training for tutors so they could facilitate students in finding and applying for a job. 

The impact of my placement

In Mtwara the biggest changes were graduates getting a job and develop a better relationship with companies and the school with whom we were working. Especially the last part will help making this project sustainable. In Zanzibar I noticed that the tutors never heard of career guidance before. So basically our training was an introduction to the subject. This made them realize that they are not only tutors but guides for the students within career guidance. 

My unforgettable moments

During the trainings in Zanzibar we had a lot of discussions with the tutors. They didn't understand everything, the language barriere gave us some difficulties how ever when the tutors spoke from the heart we got the most beautiful quotes. The best example was our discussion on 'passion'. We asked them for a definition of passion and one of the tutors said 'passion is a force from the heart'. How true! Beautiful words and definitions like those are not commonly used any more but so true! 

The impact my placement has had on me

For me it was very intense to come back home. I didn't have a nice job waiting for me or any other steady factors in my life. I felt like I wanted to leave the country as soon as possible again. However I learnt that you really need to take your time to land in the western world again. Take some days off...don't wait to long to take a vacation and talk to people who know what you are going through. Looking back on the experience I can honestly say that I am even more relaxed as a person and realize that there is more to life than work. I value everything outside work way more. 

Mtwara and Zanzibar


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