Travel Programs

Volunteer Trip

Creating Connections, Transforming Lives

Do you have specialized training or education? Access to higher education and specialized training is very limited in Tanzania and your expertise is quite valuable. Medicine and nursing, education, horticulture, and engineering are just a few fields in which your knowledge can provide meaningful benefit to developing communities.

Every two years, in conjunction with an NIU Study Abroad Program, TDS leads a volunteer trip to Nyegina, Tanzania. TDS volunteers join students in completing construction projects that help support development in Tanzania communities. TDS volunteers can also attend seminars with local NGOs working on various aspects of community development. These seminars are led by TDS President and NIU Professor of Public Administration Kurt Thurmaier and volunteers will receive an optional reading list as background for meeting the Tanzanian NGO leaders in these seminars.

In 2009 and 2011, TDS volunteers worked on completing a new girls’ dormitory at Nyegina Secondary School near Musoma. TDS volunteers connected with Nyegina students and faculty, as well as UMABU board members and other community members, as we passed bricks, painted walls, and hauled away debris. In the process, we have been transformed into an intercontinental community with a shared purpose. The dorm was completed in the spring of 2012 and girls have begun to enjoy living in this new facility. The 2013 work-study group began work on the Nyegina community’s first library and community resource center (LCRC), which will serve primary and secondary students and surrounding communities. TDS looks forward to making more progress on the LCRC with the 2015 work-study trip.