The University of Dar es Salaam through the Directorate of Internationalization, Convocation, and Advancement invites applications from UDSM continuing students to participate in the buddy program for the 2023/2024 academic year.
I: What is a Buddy Program?
It is a volunteer-based program that pairs continuing host students (Tanzanian) with newly admitted foreign students at the University of Dar es Salaam. It aims to integrate international students into the UDSM/Tanzania way of life. The program provides a great opportunity for local and international students to share experiences and create an ever-lasting bond.
II: Who is eligible to participate?
Any continuing UDSM student is eligible to participate in this buddy program.
- Full-time enrolled UDSM undergraduate student (be in second, third/final year)
- Excellent written and verbal communication (In both English and Kiswahili)
- An open mind with the ability to respond to student questions in a timely manner and provide relevant transition information to incoming international students
- Cultural sensitivity (awareness of the international perspective and willingness to work with a diverse group of international students)
- Enthusiastic and committed
III: Volunteer’s responsibilities
- Complete mandatory training for intercultural competence before the beginning of the semester.
- Contact and interact with an assigned buddy through the contact information they provide, both before they arrive and in person, once they are here.
- Fully participate during the Orientation Week (Monday 30th October – Saturday 04th November 2023)
- Keep in touch with your buddy for the entire semester.
IV: Benefits to volunteers
- Reasonable food & transport allowance (For all 6 days during Orientation Week)
- An opportunity to improve your foreign language skills
- International contacts and intercultural experiences
- Connection to Volunteering & Internship Opportunities
- A certificate for your voluntary support
- End of Semester Award (for best performers)
V: How to apply
If you wish to apply, please follow the link below to access the application form and submit your application online: https://surveys.udsm.ac.tz/buddy2023
VI: Application deadline
The application deadline will be on 12th October 2023