Founded in 1961, Tanzania is one of the Peace Corps' oldest programs and is truly appreciated by the government and people of Tanzania.
A vast country, with diverse but united people and astounding natural resources, Tanzania faces many development challenges. The government and its partners have set goals to address these challenges, which include:
- eradicating extreme poverty and hunger;
- achieving universal primary education;
- promoting gender equality;
- reducing child mortality;
- improving maternal health;
- combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; and
- ensuring environmental sustainability
Peace Corps Tanzania is proud to consider itself among the partners working to address obstacles to well-being. We currently have about 200 Volunteers working in three sectors: Secondary Education, Community Health, and Sustainable Agriculture.
Education Volunteers improve student academic achievement in math, science, and English in secondary school communities. Together with their co-teacher counterparts, they plan and conduct activities to achieve the major goals of the Education sector:
- Improved achievement in math, science, and English proficiency and comprehension
- Improved content-based, student-centered teaching technique
Health Volunteers focus on the promotion of health education and disease prevention, especially surrounding HIV/AIDS. Together with their rural community, they work on projects related to the major goals of the Health sector:
- HIV prevention and mitigation
- Maternal, neonatal and child health
- Community health
Agriculture Volunteers focus on building local food production capacity and accessibility, utilizing local natural resources in a sustainable manner. Together with their community, they work on projects related to the major goals of the Agriculture sector:
- Improved food availability
- Improved food access and livelihoods
- Sustainable natural resource management
Peace Corps Response (PCR)
Peace Corps Response (originally called Crisis Corps) began in 1996 as a means for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to quickly respond to disasters, making use of their cross-cultural skills and adaptability. In 2012, the program was opened to professionals who have not previously served with Peace Corps but have at least 10 years of professional experience.
Volunteers serve short-term, high-impact assignments anywhere from three months to one year in length.