Monday, May 4, 2015

Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania ,Athletics Program Coordinator Volunteer Opportunity in Tanzania

Volunteer Opportunity description

The Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT) is looking for a qualified candidate to coordinate and manage the athletics programs at a rural secondary school in Tanzania, including recreational and competitive sports teams and programs, participation in local sports and athletics organizations, and participation in the International Schools athletics association.

This is an incredible opportunity for a self-starter excited to manage a high-quality athletics program as part of the holistic education model that makes Orkeeswa School unique. IEFT is a non-profit, community-collaborative organization that provides quality, affordable educational opportunities to an underserved population of youth in rural Tanzania.
IEFT operates the Orkeeswa School, a secondary school populated by motivated students and a welcoming and dedicated team of international volunteers and local staff. Join our incredible team and empower students to make a real difference for themselves and their communities.
Job Description:
As the Athletics Coordinator, you will work closely with the Student Coordinator to create dynamic, impactful sports and athletics experiences for Orkeeswa's students. Specifically, expectations include:
  • Intramural and recreational sports – Coordinate daily recreational sports activities as well as ongoing intramural sports competitions for the students of Orkeeswa School.
  • Competitive school teams – Coordinate the coaches, team practices, scheduling of competitions and hosting of competitions for the school's competitive teams.
  • Sports Office – Manage the school's Sport's Office with the local sports manager and elected student sports leaders. This included checking in and out of sports equipment, managing equipment and uniforms for competitions and maintaining records of all sports gear for the school.
  • International Schools Athletics Association – serve as the Orkeeswa representative for all International School Athletics Association meetings, coordinate Orkeeswa's involvement in International School sporting events and build relationships with the International Schools' coaches and sports leaders.
In addition to these specific responsibilities, the Athletics Coordinator is expected to be part of a dynamic team of Tanzanian and western staff, being involved in school events, activities and projects throughout their term with Orkeeswa School.
The Athletics Coordinator must have the ability to build and maintain relationships with a diverse group of people, be effective and flexible under pressure, and represent IEFT, its mission and initiatives. It is a position in which you can use your creativity and develop your skills while gaining experience with an emerging grassroots program. It is very important that you are able to work independently and take initiative and ownership, as well collaborate as a strong team member.
In addition to the responsibilities of the position, it is important that you have the willingness and ability to be flexible and to cope with challenging living and working conditions in a developing country. Applicants must be able to live and work with little or no running water, unreliable electricity and a lack of Western amenities.
  • Relevant Bachelor's degree in Sports Education, Organizational Leadership or other relevant degree or experience
  • Experience playing on, coaching and/or managing sports teams
  • Experience as a competitive athlete
  • Ability to multi-task and organize people and things well
  • A minimum 1-year commitment is preferred, starting as soon as possible.
Important personal qualities:
  • Flexibility
  • Autonomy
  • Motivation
  • Ability to work independently
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to take initiative
By working together with IEFT staff and volunteers, you will benefit from a real sense of global solidarity, lasting friendships, and the life changing impact of such a unique and meaningful experience.
You will gain a deeper insight into a different culture and experience things that broaden your perspectives. Many volunteers and staff choose to spend their free time exploring some of East Africa's treasures, including safaris on the Serengeti Plain, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, hiking the Ngorongoro Crater, or relaxing on the beaches of Zanzibar Island. Experience Tanzania's diverse indigenous cultures and traditions, distinct wildlife and breathtaking scenery!
There is no program fee to volunteer with IEFT, however candidates are required to cover their own expenses to get to Tanzania and while living in Tanzania, including round-trip airfare, the required Visa and processing fees ($1100 USD) and regular living expenses (food, travel, etc.). Volunteers that commit to at least one year are eligible for our stipend program; please inquire for more details. All volunteers are provided with shared housing.
IEFT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community-collaborative organization that provides quality, affordable secondary education to under-served indigenous children in rural Tanzania. IEFT empowers children to positively transform their own lives, and improve their communities.

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