Mozambique

Associacio Juvenil para o Desenvolvimiento do Voluntariado em Mozambique” (AJUDE)

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Ajude is a youth non-governmental and non-profit organization founded in 1993, with its main office in Maputo. Ajude joined the ICYE Federation in 2001. Ajude is recognized as an organization of young leaders that provide opportunities for them to become active and engaged citizens who share responsibility for the well being of people worldwide through volunteer work.

Volunteers stay with host families or with their voluntary work placement. Voluntary work placements are mainly in the field of social work, i.e working in boarding schools for disabled children, children in rehabilitation centres, children homes, refugee centres, homes for the elderly, HIV/AIDS and gender equality.

Mozambique

Mozambique is a country in South Eastern Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest. The area was explored by Vasco da Gama in 1498 and colonized by Portugal in 1505. Mozambique became independent in 1975, and became the People’s Republic of Mozambique shortly thereafter.

It was the scene of an intense civil war lasting from 1977 to 1992, when a UN-negotiated peace agreement between the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO) and rebel Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO) forces ended the fighting. Now, Maputo is the capital city where the old colonial ways exist harmoniously with indigenous cultural traditions and modern life.

Mozambique’s life expectancy and infant mortality rates are both among the worst ranked in the world due to the excessive malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Its Human Development Index is one of the lowest on earth. Currently, 70% of the population lives below the poverty line; Mozambique is still trying to resolve many of the social problems exacerbated since independence in 1975. However, presently, young Mozambicans are trying to be a part of developing the country. At most schools there are youth groups dealing with issues like AIDS, cultural activities. Outside the school structure youth organisations are also found.

Projects available

In Mozambique you can volunteer in the areas of Education, Youth Work, Human Rights, Community Development, Health Care & HIV/AIDS awareness, Disability Support.

Read our volunteer case studies to find out more.