TANZANIA: Community Volunteer Program

Tanzania Community Volunteer program
Tanzania Community Volunteer program

The aim of Tanzania Community Volunteer program is to provide support for a wide range of capacity building initiatives within the local communities being implemented by our affiliate NGOs.  Tanzania is a known as a very popular volunteer travel destination in the Africa. Many volunteers concentrate on Arusha, Moshi and Dar-es-Salaam or Zanzibar. However Go Volunteer Africa  from our base in Arusha, offers unique destinations in Tanzania for a full culture immersion experience.

The Tanzania community volunteer program has a number of projects aimed at improving on healthcare, education, environment conservation practices, improving the standards of living, building community schools, or helping youth with their ventures and so many other initiatives aimed at improving the communities in need.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Community education (Outreaches & Sensitization seminars)
  • Environmental/Wildlife Conservation & awareness workshops
  • Community healthcare outreach
  • Education (Teaching nursery, primary and high schools)
  • Improving village infrastructure and facilities
  • Arranging extracurricular childcare activities
  • Youth/Women Development Initiatives

Go Volunteer Africa volunteers in Tanzania make a meaningful contribution to local communities through a community-focused volunteer project, all while experiencing immersion in authentic Tanzanian culture. This a very unique volunteering experience that will provide you with an opportunity to learn new skills from a range of varied and rewarding projects is community development work.

PROJECT LOCATION:

Our Community volunteer projects are spread across Tanzania but you are most likely to use our bases in Arusha or Moshi (2hrs drive from Arusha) as starting point.

Arusha is a city in north eastern Tanzania and the capital of the Arusha Region, located at the base of volcanic Mt. Meru. It’s a gateway to safari destinations and to Africa’s highest peak, 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro, lying some 100 kilometers northeast. To the west lies Serengeti National Park, home to wildlife including lions, rhinoceros, giraffes and leopards.

Moshi is a town in northern Tanzania, near the Kenyan border. It’s known as a gateway to Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Trails run up the mountain’s cloud-ringed, snow-capped dome, through alpine forests and meadows home to elephants and leopards. One of Tanzania’s major coffee-producing hubs, Moshi is known for its coffee farms and auctions.

ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP:

After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha City. A member of staff from our local partner organization from Arusha or Moshi will meet you on arrival at Airport. This airport services numerous international carriers. Tanzania has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.

ORIENTATION:

Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Tanzania you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.

PROJECT DETAILS:

Community volunteer projects are diverse and each brings a unique, exciting experience. The overall aim of the projects is one of improving the community infrastructure, encouraging sustainable activities and capacity building. The people are hard working and appreciative of our contribution to their community and will be incredibly responsive to your presence on the project.

No matter which project you chose in which to volunteer in Tanzania, you will have an important role to play and your efforts will be greatly appreciated. School children will benefit from the knowledge you impart, your conservation efforts will contribute towards protecting local wildlife, and you will be part of preserving some of the extraordinary ways of life in this country.

These volunteering placements offer you the chance to join a building, childcare, sports and/or women’s empowerment project. Bring your enthusiasm, team spirit and flexibility to work where needed while volunteering and living at the heart of a community. Although the work may occasionally be arduous, it will be rewarding and fulfilling, giving you an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to make a real difference!

Your day to day involvement will depend upon the main focus of the program at the time of your visit, however, volunteers can typically expect to be involved within a range of activities which could include child care, after school homework clubs, NGO admin work, editing and contributing towards the NGO’s monthly magazine, fundraising activities, family outreach work and health awareness. We also coordinate a number of school construction programs which you may have the opportunity to help coordinate and get involved with, depending on the work program going on at the time of your stay.

You will have the opportunity to try different roles and projects, dependent on your interests and skills. These volunteer opportunities do not require specialized skills (although these would be an advantage), and we accept volunteers for both short and long-term placements, all the year round.

The first few days of your placement will be orientation and adjusting to Tanzanian life. After this initial period, your placement work will begin. The type of work you are involved with will be dependent on your interests, abilities, level of experience as well as your comfort levels.

GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS:

Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Tanzania volunteering program.

LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:

Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteer work in Tanzania. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.

VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION:

Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.

The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.

AGE REQUIREMENT:

Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!

VISAS:

Visitors to Tanzania must obtain a visa from one of the Tanzanian diplomatic missions or online unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens can obtain a visa on arrival. All other nationalities, that are not visa exempt may obtain a visa on arrival. Visa must be paid with notes of USD 50 or USD 100. The length of stay is determined at ports of entry. Tanzania introduced an eVisa system on 26 November 2018. You can either enter with a prearranged Tanzania eVisa or get a visa on arrival.

INSURANCE:

You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won’t be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you’re covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.

WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:

Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Tanzania has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!

PROJECT FACTS:

Availability:  Project open all year round
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older
Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Duration: Minimum 1 week commitment
Arrival: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Airport: —————–
Accommodation: Volunteer house or host family
Meals:
Daily Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-5 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Location: Across Tanzania
Language: English
Support:  Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7

PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)

1 Week
$260
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals Daily
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop Off (Can be arranged on reuqest)
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2 Weeks
$360
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a day
Airport pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now
Any Extra Week
$100
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now

APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:

Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us