After working in international development for the last 3 years with The Hunger Project, in the summer of 2010 I had a vision about working in Africa. In October 2010 I visited my brother in Tanzania and an idea started to take shape. I applied to VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) in January, got accepted in March and found a suitable placement in July. On 2nd October 2011 I arrived in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania for 24 months. After working with an advocacy organisation supporting private sector development for six months, I’ve changed placements.
I’m now working for UN Women. My role is Livelihoods and Environment Advisor. What this means in practice is supporting a number of partners to run projects that enable women’s economic empowerment.
After being a volunteer for two years, I now have a paid contract and have been in Tanzania for nearly three years.