INVYT stands for International Voluntary Year in Tanzania. In the context of this programme, Slezská Diakonie has the status of sending organization and also ensures the coordination of the sending procedure. INVYT volunteers spend 8 - 9 months in Tanzania. Young people aged 20 - 30 from the Czech Republic and Slovakia may participate in this long-term programme.
The programme is aimed at providing volunteers with a chance to learn and grow personally while improving the quality of life within local school and community.
Voluntary service is implemented at Yeddidias Secondary School in Marethad and LEA Pre-, Primary and Secondary School in Dongobesh. Volunteers help to provide assistance in education, development, presentation and implementation of innovative school subjects and after-school activities, organization of free-time activities and administration work. Both organizations are based in the country where many local inhabitants live in poverty.
The first group of volunteers started their service in Tanzania in 2014. Since then, Slezská Diakonie has sent nine INVYT volunteers. You can follow their activities in Tanzania on the following blogs:
Before the departure and after the return from the host country, volunteers take part in pre-departure and evaluation seminars in order to consciously reflect on the learning process.
In the host organization, volunteers are supported and lead by a supervisor who regularly evaluates the course of the service. Volunteers also have their mentor who is available to them also outside the framework of their volunteer activities.
Another key role is played by the voluntary service coordinator. In addition to coordinating the INVYT programme, he/she also organizes supervision sessions with the volunteer and supports the learning of both the volunteer and the supervisor. You will gain much new knowledge and experience during your voluntary service. You are welcome to share this precious experience and you have our full support in this field.
Practical information in a nutshell:
- Volunteers work 6 hours a day and 5 days a week (i.e. 30 hours a week).
- 2 days off each week.
- 2 additional days off each month.
- Monthly pocket money (2 000 CZK) and food allowance (2 900 CZK).
- Accommodation provided.
- Internet connection provided.
- Swahili course: 90 minutes per week.
- Visa and residence permit expenses.
- Travel costs related to arrival to host country and departure back home, participation in seminars and other activities are specified.
Costs related to the organization of INVYT programme are covered by partner organizations and by the volunteers themselves.
INVYT partner organizations:
- Slezská Diakonie
- Děti Afriky, SCEAV Church Confederation in Třinec
- Deti Afriky SK
- SEM (Evangelical Youth Union)
- Yeddidias Secondary School in Marethad (Yofe Ministry)
- LEA Organization in Dongobesh (Lea Ministry International Tanzania)
Would you like to volunteer within INVYT programme?
We are currently looking for two motivated volunteers who will take part in the long-term volunteer service INVYT5 for 8 months. Their place of work will be the village of Dongobesh, where they will work together in the local kindergarten, elementary and high school LEA and the Lutheran Church.
The costs of the volunteer in INVYT5 program are the costs of mandatory and recommended vaccination (approx. 10 000 CZK), travel insurance costs (approx. 700 CZK) and a mandatory participation fee of 5 000 CZK. The estimated cost of the volunteer is 15 700 CZK.
The specific date of departure for the service depends on the issuance of the necessary visas, and the expected period of issuance is 3 months from the confirmation of selected candidates to participate in the service. The estimated departure date is summer/autumn 2020.
If you think INVYT is the right program for you and you are motivated to become a new volunteer, feel free to fill in and send us the required documents:
Watch the video below to get some idea about Yeddidias Secondary School in Marethad. The video was made by our partner organization Deti Afriky SK.
Watch the video here: