Support for International Change

OUR MISSION

To limit the impact of HIV/AIDS in underserved communities and to train future leaders in global health and development.

 

OUR VISION

SIC believes that the HIV/AIDS crisis creates both an imperative to act and an opportunity to learn. We envision a world where HIV/AIDS no longer limits length or quality of life or reduces the social or economic development of communities, and where young people learn the skills to address the health crises of future generations.

OUR APPROACH

SIC was founded in August 2002 with the dual goals of limiting the impact of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania and training future leaders for global health and development. In the rural communities where we work, poor infrastructure and widespread poverty limit access to HIV testing and prevention services, and leave people living with HIV socially and physically isolated from care. Public clinics provide VCT and antiretroviral medications in urban centers, but lack of information, stigma and the costs of transportation all represent barriers to access and leave these services beyond the reach of Tanzania’s rural majority. As a result, HIV transmission continues, few people are tested in the villages and many of those living with AIDS die without accessing treatment.

In response to this crisis, SIC currently works in rural villages in northern Tanzania, offering a comprehensive set of community based services to combat HIV/AIDS. SIC supports a Community Health Worker (CHW) Program, a Peer Educators (PE) Program in secondary schools, community-based health awareness campaigns, and mobile Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT). We are now launching an SIC Mobile Care and Treatment Center.

In addition to these community level interventions, SIC offers structured service-learning programs for international and Tanzanian volunteers. During our eight and twelve week programs, volunteers add capacity to our work, primarily by serving as teachers in our awareness campaigns. Hundreds of student volunteers have passed through our programs since 2003. Many have gone on to graduate or professional training in related fields, to found other organizations, or to other leadership positions in global health and development.

 

[APPLICATION DEADLINES]

Click here to download the application (.doc)

We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis.  Please send to: apply@sichange.org

There are just a few spots left for VP3 and VP4.  APPLY NOW!

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SIC offers structured 8 and 12 week service-learning programs open to students and recent alumni of our participating schools. Students from other universities are also welcome to apply!

Each program begins with an intensive, expert-led orientation. A week into orientation, volunteers move into a homestay with a host Tanzanian family. After orientation, your primary work as a volunteer will be to run an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign within your partner community. The majority of your time will be spent teaching, lesson planning, and training peer educators, and you will also be involved in community assessment work within your village. In addition to these responsibilities, we urge volunteers to take the lead on other projects related to our work.

[VOLUNTEER PROGRAM DATES 2013]

  • VP1: May 23rd to July 18th (FULL)
  • VP2: June 18th to August 13th (FULL)
  • VP3: June 25th to August 20th (limited space available)
  • VP4: September 12th to December 5th (SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE: click here for more information)

 

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