Join our mailing
list to receive
news about
TAFCOM
THE EXPERIENCES OF EX-VOLUNTEERS...
Erin, 2009

"I volunteered with TAFCOM in April 2009 for 6 weeks.  During this
time I spent much time meeting and talking with individuals and
families affected by HIV/AIDs.  I spent time at the Children's Centre
and fell in love with the Children there.  At the end of my six week
volunteer placement, I organized and held a fundraiser in the Moshi
community.  Together with local business owners and artists, we raised
over 900,000 TSH for the families supported by TAFCOM."
Megan, 2008/2010

"Tanzania and TAFCOM showed me what life is really about and I am so happy to share that
with anyone who will listen.  Tanzania and TAFCOM changed my life for the better.  I first
traveled to Tanzania in the summer of 2008.  I was teaching at a local nursery school and a
friend, who was volunteering with TAFCOM, invited me to come with her one day.  I was excited
to see another part of Moshi and by the end of the day we had completed 5 home visits, shed
many tears, and I had adopted a family.

My love for the country and my little African family convinced me to return in the summer of
2010. I taught nursery school and spent most of my other time with my girls I had adopted,
making home and hospital visits with Nie, helping organize and execute a fundraiser for
TAFCOM, and becoming more and more attached to my "African Family", Nie and Jonas, and
the work TAFCOM was completing. After 9 weeks I had to return home and on my last tearful
visit my family presented me with a Kanga but the greatest gift of all was when I heard the next 3
words. "Nakupenda Dada Megan"-I love you sister Megan.  

I have never met more selfless people as Nie and Jonas who are willing to sell their only car to
give a home to orphans, or share their lives and love with other families.  TAFCOM doesn't just
support these families....they give these people a sense of purpose and self worth which allow so
many families to become self sufficient. "
Jamie, 2009

"In September 2009, I traveled to Moshi to
volunteer with TAFCOM because I wanted the
opportunity to serve the HIV/AIDS population. Nie
and Jonas welcomed me with open arms and I
immediately felt at ease in their company. The depth
of my personal learning and growth went far beyond
anything I ever expected. With each family I met
and child I played with, my heart was filled with
deeper gratitude and compassion. To participate in a
different culture on this level is an experience I will
carry with me for the rest of my life. I have visited
Moshi two more times since my first visit and I
continue to support their efforts from home. I am
currently working on a webstore in which I will sell
the items made by TAFCOM's tailoring group."
Kathryn, 2009

"TAFCOM completely changed me.  Nie and
Jonas are the most amazing people with huge
hearts, who truly want to make a change.  I had
always heard the stories about how people live in
these unimaginable circumstances, but  it never
really hit home with me until I worked with
TAFCOM.  I felt like while working for this
program I was actually making a change in these
people's lives.  We organized a fundraiser while I
was there.  We sold skirts and purses that the
women's tailoring group made, drawings that the
children's school made, and vendors sold art and
jewelery.  We made house calls to the sick,
bringing food, soap and anything else that they
may need.  I felt like this was the most rewarding
part, seeing how grateful people are for the little
things that I take for granted everyday.  I went to
TAFCOM school a few days.  We brought sidewalk
chalk and the kids went crazy over it.  Working
for TAFCOM was truly a life altering experience
that I will value the rest of my life!"
Giulia, 2011

"My experience at TAFCOM has been extremely
revealing: I learned a lot about the workings of
community-based NGOs, about the social and
economic conditions of Tanzania and about the
practicalities of urgent issues such as poverty and
HIV/AIDS. The thing I appreciated most in
working for TAFCOM is the freedom of choosing
the project you are more interested in. My month
at TAFCOM, for example, has been particularly
intense: I collaborated to the organisation of a
Fund-raiser event, I did research for my future
academic career, I designed and collaborated with
the tailoring center to the realisation of bags
which I will be able to sell back home. Particularly
touching and valuable is the experience of home
visits through which you can get a glimpse of what
the real problems of Tanzania are and of the
strength and dignity of Tanzanian people in facing
them."
Moe, 2011

"Working with TAFCOM was a great
opportunity for me to put my theoretical
knowledge about development and related
issues in perspective by being exposed to the
reality. Being able to see the difficulties people
in dire poverty face - for instance on home
visits - with my own eyes was an invaluable
experience.

Generally I worked on various different
projects, the main one being researching and
organising a fundraising project in my own
country; I also enjoyed painting the TAFCOM
centre and playing with the children.

Overall, it has been an enlightening experience
to see the realities of NGOs and the challenges
facing development workers and 'developing
countries'."