VP4 – 2013

now accepting VP4 applications

Service Learning Program: Fall 2013

Overview [Click here for a video!]
SIC offers an 8 week service-learning program in rural villages in Tanzania.  You will be immersed in your community, and trained to provide meaningful, evidence-based HIV prevention education. The program provides a structured classroom and field learning experience for students, recent grads, or mid-career professionals who want to gain hands-on experience in global health and community development.  Together with Tanzanian university students and graduates, you will have countless opportunities to connect with and learn from local people and work to support SIC’s year-round community-based HIV interventions including: mobile HIV testing, mobile care and treatment centers, and social support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Your program will begin with a 10-day orientation led by a university professor or established development career professional.  Orientation sessions include: Swahili language instruction, the HIV epidemic, HIV progression in the body, reproductive health, infection prevention, transmission of HIV, voluntary counseling and testing, living and caring for people with HIV, life skills and behavior change.  Teaching practice and feedback will prepare you for effective community-based health education.

Fieldwork & Host Family
Along with your Tanzanian counterparts, you will run awareness campaigns in rural villages.  Campaigns begin with an assessment of local HIV knowledge, attitude, and behavior of the community.  You will partner with community members and teach HIV prevention education in local primary and secondary schools, organize community teachings with the church, women’s groups, and support groups.  You will also work with SIC’s mobile voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) staff to organize HIV testing and link people to our mobile care and treatment centers.  A local family will host you during your campaign, giving you an even deeper connection with the community you are serving.

Guest Speakers and Site Visits
Between campaigns, a 4-day refresher training provides participants with an opportunity to see other organizations and meet with different international development professionals.  You will have time to debrief your first campaign and plan the next.

Extra Travel Opportunities
You will have a break in the middle of the program where you will be free to see the sights of Tanzania.  Our staff can help you plan a safari, a trip to Zanzibar, or even a two-day white water rafting trip on the Nile!

School Credit
Many former participants have worked with their professors to earn internship or practicum credit for their participation.  The requirements and process are different for each school, and SIC staff is happy to assist with letter of support, setting goals and objectives, and other relevant paperwork.  We suggest discussing this early with your professor or advisor.

Fee: $3300 for 8 weeks, $3950 for 12 weeks

Program fees include: Airport transfers, residency permit or visa, 10 day orientation and language training materials, cell phone, family homestay with all meals provided, drinking water, transport to project sites, ongoing SIC staff support, in-country program activities and logistics

Program fees do not include: Airfare (usually $1500-2000), independent travel or extra activities, immunizations, travel insurance


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