KEDA and CEDE are seeking academic or skilled volunteers and interns who would help them research into any of these topics or any other topic that might assist them. Volunteers will be able to live and research within a Tanzanian community.


The Directors of KEDA and CEDE are available in Tanzania to provide their experience and knowledge on particular projects as well as to act as translators.


Volunteers can also gain valuable experience by helping the charity to write funding proposals both their time in Tanzania and when they return home. Volunteers will gain hands on experience of helping the grass roots charities to develop further. The type of work and role that the volunteer might be involved with depends on the volunteers experience and interests.


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Below are a list of potential research topics which are of interest to KEDA and CEDE.


KEDA especially requires:

CEDE are seeking academic or skilled volunteers and interns who would help them research into any of these topics or any other topic that might assist them.

Research Topics:
Broad-based research topics include:
~ Relationship between greater levels of medical examination and frequency of HIV
~ Impact of donor aid on the community
~ Further education opportunities (or lack thereof) available after secondary school or university
~ Extension of indigenous food crops, including studies of the different regional foods and known health benefits of particular crops
~ The difference in life expectancy between higher and lower educated families.
~ Gender abuse and discrimination in job seeking, and management of family resources by gender
~ Cultural impacts of female circumcision
~ Food processing and storage



Practical Arrangements

Time of Year / Length of Stay : Volunteering opportunities are offered all year round, and length of stay can vary greatly. This will be catered to each individual volunteer, and are highly flexible. It is recommended that volunteers spend at least 1 month with the charity to get the most from the placement.


Accommodation and Food: Accommodation will be provided within the community. Boarding and lodging prices, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are £35 per night per person for stays of up to 14 days. Every subsequent day after 14 days, the price is £15 per night per person. Volunteers can also buy food locally.


Arrival and Transport: Volunteers would be expected to make their own way to Moshi in Tanzania and then get a dalla dalla (local bus) to Himo where the charity is based. Volunteers will be in direct contact with the charity team in Tanzania prior to their departure. Volunteers will have to pay for their own transport while they are volunteering.


Cost: If volunteers would like the help of the charities to complete research for their degree, masters or PhD they are asked to donate $300 (USD) to the charities to cover the time, transport and associated costs of the research. This should be donated at the start of the placement. Volunteers are also expected to make meaningful contributions to KEDA and CEDE, in whichever aspect the volunteer has the skills and ability to contribute. Volunteers are required to pay for their own food, accommodation, flights, visas and other travel costs.


Visas: The UK volunteer coordinator (Gemma) will give you visa advice before your placement.


Volunteering will grant you the opportunity to learn both a local language and Kiswahili.

If you feel you can contribute to any of these topics, or if you feel you could suggest another relevant topic of research, please do not hesitate to get in touch. CEDE welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, as long as they feel they can contribute meaningfully.


We can put you in touch with past volunteers who have conducted research with KEDA and CEDE.


Past Volunteers:


Matt: "My time in Himo definitely satisfied my academic/research requirements thanks to the help of the directors and especially Mr Nyange and Mr Shirima. Thanks to their help I was able to interview a wide range of different people in different areas. The directors were extremely honest and open during certain interviews when it was found that the goats had no impact on assisting households in the lowlands due to the fact taht the recipients couldn’t breed them. This openness by the directors enabled me to do my research easily and find out a number of points on KEDA’s goat distribution programme. The most rewarding aspect of my trip was the fact that I was able to contribute to KEDAs efforts rather than conduct my research for my own purposes and then leave. The directors were extremely energetic and very helpful. During the first week we had an induction week and they showed us around the area so we could become familiarized with the places, the bus system and were the different places to buy food items and internet cafe could be found. They were also very hospitable and kind and invited us to their homes on many occasions and Mr Shirima invited us to his daughters send off party so from the beginning of our stay in Himo we felt welcomed."


Pallavi: "My KEDA experience was great. All of the directors were extremely welcoming and i couldn't have asked for anything more. I worked with the farmers in Matala which is just outside Himo. We planted banana trees, beans and spinach as well as dug compost pits and picked spinach. I also went up to Mr Sabbas's farm for 2 nights. we ashed potatoes, planted banana trees, and picked coffee. I had a great time. "