Mariana will be moving to Tanzania for a 3 month placement with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
Stantec's UK Graduate Wastewater Modeller Mariana Goncalves will be moving to Tanzania in September 2018 for a 3 month placement with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). VSO works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. The volunteers' skills, knowledge and sheer enthusiasm make lasting and far reaching change in the world's poorest communities.
Mariana will be assisting volunteers supporting a project being delivered by VSO Tanzania called Enhancing Employability through Vocational Training (EEVT). This project aims to improve the employability of young people in the regions of Mtwara and Lindi in Southern Tanzania. Part of VSO’s role in this project is coordination, deployment of advisors (volunteers) and management of the project which includes facilitating access to employment upon students’ graduation.
The main focus of EEVT is producing a steady stream of qualified craftsmen and teachers to supply for the growing demand for skilled labour due to the increase in exploration activities by various gas companies in the area. Mariana believes that the training received will also work towards improving the employability of young people in Mtwara through teaching them basic skills and competences to assist them in gaining employment in any industry.
To raise money for VSO, Mariana is running to fight poverty and has challenged herself to run a half marathon every month until she departs to Tanzania, that’s four half marathons in four months!
Running has never been Mariana’s favourite physical activity, but she is determined to do something challenging to contribute towards a cause she really believes in.
Mariana finished the first half marathon in Leeds in two hours eleven minutes and has recently completed the Bolton half marathon, which is known as one of the toughest in the UK due to its total ascent of 640m through trail and country roads.