New database puts US volunteers in touch with Tanzanian charities
Washington D.C. – 4.18.11 - The Bricks + Books Foundation, a youth-led 501(c)3 organization, has announced the release of a new web-based tool that helps connect prospective volunteers with charities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) throughout the East African nation of Tanzania.
The Path Less Traveled database (www.bricksandbooks.org/path) allows potential volunteers to identify projects they might like to volunteer for by category, general area or by NGO name. Once the volunteer has entered the information, the database will present them with a list of projects which match their criteria. Selecting a project will give the volunteer a detailed overview, contact information and profile of the NGO, which they can print and keep for future reference.
“We believe that A Path Less Traveled is a valuable resource for volunteers who wish to travel to Tanzania, independent of a large volunteer organization,” said Ashley Speyer, 19, one of the founders of Bricks + Books.
Each of the 45+ organizations currently listed in the Path Less Traveled database has already been visited and verified by a member of the Bricks + Books Foundation. It is a perfect tool for those adventurers seeking an authentic experience while volunteering their help in Tanzania and avoiding the exorbitant fees associated with some volunteer companies.
“Whether you are planning a family trip to Tanzania and want to volunteer for a week, or you are traveling independently for more than a month, you will be able to find an NGO that resonates with your interests and needs. We hope you will take a look and help spread the word,” explained Jessica Schwartz, 22, co-founder of Bricks + Books.
Businesses and individuals that may be interested in donating time, money, or resources should contact Bricks + Books directly at: 202.657.3296
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Founded in 2007 by a group of inspired American high school and college students, Bricks + Books has raised more than $25,000 for educational infrastructure projects in Tanzania, helping to ensure that future generations of this impoverished country receive a quality education.
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