School goup, volunteer project, Tanzania
Schools & Universities

This school group from Northern Ireland built four water tanks and four goat sheds in two weeks 

Schools & Universities
  • Many teams from schools in the UK have travelled with us to experience life in a less-developed country over the last four years
     

  • We have a long-term commitment to Tanzania with a vast amount of experience in the area
     

  • Go MAD projects are ideal for students and schools who are looking to make a practical difference to the people of Tanzania and get involved in a wide range of different and exciting projects
     

  • All of the students who have experienced our projects say that their own lives are changed for the better because of their experience with Go MAD
     

  • We can provide references upon request to any school who is interested in finding out more
     

  • We are flexible and can tailor trips to what you, your school or university are looking for

Improving sanitation and access to water
St Bede's School, Redhill

This school has joined us for the past two years and has already booked again to come next summer. Over the past two years, they have been involved in building five water tanks, six goat sheds, a house for a single mother of two and a pit latrine with a changing room for the girls.

With over 30 tanks built this year so far, it’s great to see a tank (built by this school in 2016) still providing such clean water! And as the Bibi (grandma) of the household said “The sickness in our household has massively reduced since we've received this tank!” 

University placements
Student field research as part of degree course

Over the past five years, we have had a number of students join us; student doctors, nurses, pharmacists, engineers, development students...

 

Two students from the University of East Anglia joined us as part of their degree in International Development. Grace focussed on women’s menstrual health and access to women’s health services, whereas Claire was looking at paternalism within our farmer’s co-operative group. They spent most of their time in the field, gathering information for their assignments as well as getting involved with the wider team’s projects. 

Income generating schemes, Tanzania
The importance of goats

Often, schools enjoy getting involved in our Goat Programme. Students help build the goat sheds and then deliver an Irish dairy goat. Goats not only provide milk for a family but we have also set up a breeding programme to enable families to gain an income by selling their goat kids. Goat sheds are raised off the ground to protect them against snakes and are closed in by roof sheeting to reduce the risk of pneumonia. Students love this project as they can be involved from start to finish. A goat shed can be built in about a day and a half! You do not need any experience as we can teach you all the skills required in Tanzania.

Land Rover enthusiasts
Students teach rugby in local school
Students teach rugby in local school

Go MAD work in amongst the community; getting to know people, going out into the villages, visiting their homes and seeing how others live their lives. Volunteers become very involved within the community. Go MAD encourages volunteers to get involved in a midweek youth group where they play games and sing songs with the children. Most teams say this was one of their trip highlights.

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St Bede's School, Redhill
St Bede's School, Redhill

Sanitation is a big problem in Tanzania. Thirty million people in Tanzania don’t have access to a toilet. Many girls miss about one week of school during their menstrual cycle due to not having adequate sanitation facilities. This school team was involved in building a girl’s toilet at a primary school near Musoma. There were lots of tasks involved including designing the changing room for the girls, carpentry work, mixing concrete for the foundation and making the doors and door frames.

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Redland Group, water access project
Redland Group, water access project

Access to safe, clean drinking water is a massive problem in Tanzania. Thirty-three million people in Tanzania live without clean water. Students walk miles to and from a dirty water source before and after school to collect water. They then use this water for drinking, cooking and washing. We build 15,000 litre water tanks at schools. This team built the steel framework cage for the water tank and mixed the first two layers of concrete before employing local tradesmen to finish it off.

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Students teach rugby in local school
Students teach rugby in local school

Go MAD work in amongst the community; getting to know people, going out into the villages, visiting their homes and seeing how others live their lives. Volunteers become very involved within the community. Go MAD encourages volunteers to get involved in a midweek youth group where they play games and sing songs with the children. Most teams say this was one of their trip highlights.

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