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Tanzania

 

Volunteer in Tanzania in the north near Mt. Kilimanjaro and Arusha Volunteer opportunities in sports, dance, orphanages, women' empowerment, microfinance, HIV/AIDS and public health, teaching reforestation, and cultural tourism with the Maasai are all available.

Sports

Give a ball to kids anywhere in the world and they will immediately know what to do with it. Join international volunteers in a unique program that engages and educates through soccer. Founded in 2012, the organization uses “the beautiful game” as a tool for building teamwork, discipline, skills and self-esteem. More than a hundred underprivileged boys and girls take part, and volunteers are needed for everything from coaching and offering support, to refereeing and organizing tournaments. Volunteers will also help organizers with fundraising, website translation and program development. Do you know and love the game? Join in and help their efforts! <<Read more>>

Dance

Dance inspires, exhilarates and unites. When you volunteer with this unusual NGO, you’ll join a group of professional dancers and the children learning under them. You’ll share your love and knowledge of the art -- whether it be classical, modern, jazz or even hip hop -- and in turn learn about the thriving, ancient culture of East African dance. Volunteers will also help organize shows and exhibits, office administration and online fundraising efforts for the building of an arts center in Arusha. Here is a unique opportunity not only to share your skills and knowledge of dance, but also to LEARN from another culture. <<Read more>>

Orphanages

In 2007, UNICEF estimated the population of orphaned children in Tanzania to be around 2.6 million. Almost a million children have been orphaned due to AIDS alone. Other diseases such as TB, Malaria, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever have left over a million children with no one to turn to. Join the staff at a small, locally run Arusha orphanage which is currently home to about 25 children. The facility is constantly facing shortages of funds, necessary items, and support for the youngsters. As a volunteer, you’ll work in the main office helping to manage the facility as well as take part in the children’s schooling and activities. This is an ideal opportunity for educators, evaluators, therapists, counselors and just for those who enjoy working with children. Because this is a small and still young organization (founded in 2006) you can have enormous impact on the facility and its young charges: it’s truly meaningful, and much needed, work.

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Women

Temporary housing, counseling, legal protection and education are just some of the services offered by a Tanzanian NGO looking for volunteers interested in the heartbreaking problems facing poor single mothers and their children. Many of these women are victims of domestic or sexual abuse, arranged marriages or trafficking. Among the many opportunities for volunteers: teaching, working with babies and children in the nursery or preschool, and helping with marketing and fundraising efforts.

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HIV/AIDS

Kilimanjaro Program:
Like other countries in East Africa, Tanzania has been seriously affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Thousands of orphans and widows are left to rebuild their lives in the wake of the disease. We work with several grassroots organizations focused on providing services for people directly affected by the epidemic. The organizations provide health education within the communities, vocational training, counseling, and support services for families who have either lost members or who have HIV+ members. Volunteers assist with a wide variety of projects within the organization. In the past, participants have presented seminars on HIV prevention, initiated community garden projects, established income generation projects, and assisted with adult education projects.

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Education

Teaching volunteers are welcome - and much needed - at elementary and secondary schools in Arusha, many of them serving underprivileged children. Depending on your skills, we can place you in a classroom tutoring in English, French, history, geography, math, physics, chemistry, biology or IT. Some of the children and older students speak English, so teaching won’t be difficult -- just gratifying, and very much appreciated. Tell us what you’d like to teach, and your preferred age group, and ELI will place you in a classroom where you will have an impactful, meaningful experience.

Maasai:
Though English is the international language and the second language of Tanzania, very few Maasai are able to speak English. The majority of Maasai families recognize the importance of learning even a little English, but there is a great shortage of English speaking teachers. Volunteers teach English in local primary and secondary schools and assist with other subjects as well as extracurricular activities. The schools in Maasailand have very basic facilities and large class sizes. Schools are on holiday during the month of July and November through January. During these months volunteers can still contribute by assisting with upkeep projects on the school grounds such as painting classrooms, repairing buildings, and planting trees. The classrooms are in constant need of painting due to the erosion caused by the constant dust.

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Reforestation

Kilimanjaro:
Volunteers can work with a nursery in Tengeru where trees are cultivated and transplanted to areas in need of reforestation. Volunteers will assist with tasks such as sowing seeds, filling the polythene seedling tubes, transplanting trees, and assisting with educational programs about the importance of trees in the community. Please note that this project is only available from February to July, during the rainy season.

Maasai:
The greater part of Masaailand is now so dry from ongoing droughts that many areas are fast becoming semi-desert. The trees of the savannah are also being cut to make charcoal at an alarming rate, leaving the land vulnerable to further erosion and loss of moisture. Many families have homesteads with no trees. The shade offered by trees in the heat of the day offers some relief to the families. Volunteers with this project will assist planting trees both on homesteads and on the plains of Masaailand in order to help improve life for future generations. Volunteers will also assist with ongoing education programs focusing on the importance of tree conservation.

This is a part-time project. Most volunteers work for 2 to 4 hours per day, Monday through Friday. Volunteers must be prepared for the tough physical work of planting trees. Participants are welcome to assist with local education projects in conjunction with this placement. This placement is not available from the end of July though January because newly planted trees rarely survive the harsh dry season.

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Health

Working with a small clinic or hospital in Africa is a great experience for volunteers and interns studying medicine. Healthcare in Africa is a challenge and volunteers learn to work with under-served populations with limited resources. It challenges participants to help where, and to what extent, they are able, problem solving and adding using their skills to tangibly help the community. In Tanzania, this opportunity, at the base of beautiful Mt. Meru, offers just this sort of experience. Volunteers get the chance to experience the beauty, the culture, and the need, of Tanzania while honing their skills and having the chance of a lifetime.

*Note: There is an additional $100 hospital fee for this program to help cover medical supplies.

 

Cultural Tourism

Maasai:
There is a wealth of discovery to be explored throughout the Maasai community: people, history, customs, traditional food, etc. Many travelers wish to visit a small community and learn firsthand about the hidden cultural treasures. It has been a formidable challenge for the communities to prepare brochures and organize tours by themselves. Volunteers offering their creativity and guidance are welcome to assist a Maasai community with developing cultural tourism programs which can generate income and improve the living standards for everyone in the group.

Please note that Maasai projects are only for the most adventurous travelers. The living conditions are very basic with no running water or electricity. Participants stay in traditional Maasai huts made from mud.

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Join international volunteers, many of them Spanish-speakers, in a unique program that engages and educates through soccer. Founded in 2012, the organization uses “the beautiful game” as a tool for building teamwork, discipline, skills and self-esteem. More than a hundred underprivileged boys and girls take part, and volunteers are needed for everything from coaching and offering support, to reffing and organizing tournaments. Volunteers will also help organizers with fundraising, website translation and program development.

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