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Tanzania

The diversity within Tanzania is stunning. The country is home to over 120 ethnic groups, the equatorial snows of Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti plains teeming with wildlife, and the white sand beaches of Arab and Indian influenced Zanzibar. You'll stay at the base of Mt. Meru, and within view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. It will truly be one of the most beautiful places you ever visit.

Arusha

Volunteer and Internship Programs

Primary School

The Tanzanian primary school curriculum is very rigid and all-encompassing and the main method of teaching is ‘Talk and Chalk’. Most teachers are open to different methods of teaching but the curriculum is a constraint to what can be done. You will work with students in grades 1-7. The school offers book clubs, storytelling and art classes to the younger children. You are free to take the initiative in finding simple arts and crafts projects.

Besides teaching the children arts and crafts the school buildings need some extra TLC as well. Are you good with a pencil and a paintbrush? You are welcome to create educational murals on the school’s walls. There is also a sports program. Every Friday afternoon is committed to sports. You can organize sports classes together with other volunteers or teachers. The children are excited to do any kind of sport, but especially football (soccer), basketball, cricket.

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Early Childhood Education

Work with a foundation that focuses on providing opportunities to the needy children to get quality education and help them reach their dreams. The foundation has a nursery school and day care center that teaches preschool subjects like simple arithmetic, phonics, and language skills. As the kids grow, many are sponsored in their educational pursuits. More than 59 children are sponsored to attend private and public primary schools. Two girls and one boy are sponsored to attend vocational training colleges.

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Infant Care

Cradle of Love

Due to poverty and insufficient healthcare, the mortality rate for pregnant women is much higher than in wealth nations. If the mother dies and there is no wet nurse and the father or relatives cannot afford baby formula, the infant’s life is also in danger. That is where Cradle of Love Baby Home (COL) steps in to help. COL cares for the infants until they are weaned and can return home to a family member. Some babies are abandoned, and so COL care for them until adoption can be arranged.

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Women's Empowerment

Our women's program is at a center for girls who have either dropped out of secondary school early or finished secondary school but failed. At the center the girls attend English and computer classes for three months as well as receiving career advice/life skills trainings from their matron. After the three month program, the center sponsors the girls in job training courses such as preschool teacher training, laboratory assistant training. The goal for each girl is to have the opportunity to gain financial independence to prevent early marriage and early pregnancy.

Volunteer activities include

  1. English and/ or Computer teachers
  2. Grant writing
  3. Skills training (i.e. sewing, basic entrepreneurship skills, auto mechanic training, electrical training, computer repair, or any other job skills that volunteers have)
  4. Sports and Games volunteers
  5. Sexual health and/ or empowerment training

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Dog Shelter

The dog rescue program focuses on providing animal welfare services for domestic dogs in Tanzania. The mission is to:

  • Aid in the reduction of disease, especially rabies amongst dogs and control reproductive numbers.
  • Ensure that any animal that is abused, injured or in danger to itself or others is rescued with the intent on improving its health and well-being.
  • Ensure that once a dog has been rehabilitated and is in good health that it is re-homed where it will receive continual care and rehabilitation.
  • Raise the level of community awareness regarding animal rights and welfare of domestic dogs and other animals.

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Medical

We work in a small clinic in Arusha. It includes different departments and includes in-patient facitlities for up to 10 people. The program is open to volunteers and interns with a medical background, such as nurses, doctors, physiotherapists. The departments are Child Welfare, Maternity, Outpatient Unit, Observation Unit, Laboratory and Pharmacy.

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Volunteer with the Maasai

Looking for an "off the beaten path" experience. Head to the African bush. We work with remote villages to increase access to healthcare, education services and information. Volunteers will be working with primary or secondary school students after school in Engaruka, on the slopes of the Great Rift Valley. Apart from schools, volunteers can also assist in private health clinics in the village, training and workshops on topics such as maternal health/ microfinance/ budgeting/ sustainable farming techniques/ environmental conservation and hygiene. If you're very fit, you may choose a building project such as restoring classroome, sanitary facilities, or other needed structures. The Maasai program can be a one-week add-on for volunteers attending any program and looking to get a taste of bush life in Tanzania.

Cost & Details (Arusha)

Cost - Tanzania

Length of Program Volunteer
2 Weeks US $733
3 Weeks US $898
4 Weeks US $1063
5 Weeks US $1228
6 Weeks US $1393
7 Weeks US $1558
8 Weeks US $1723
9 Weeks US $1888
10 Weeks US $2053
11 Weeks US $2218
12 Weeks US $2383

Application Fee: $200
The application fee is a separate administrative charge for all programs. It does not apply to the program fee. (Please see our application fee refund policy here)

Credit card payments: Payment by credit card will be assessed a 3.5% surcharge. This is the fee that we will be charged for the transaction. Contact us about alternative forms of payment.

Apply Now

After you fill out the Application Form on our website, our Application Advisor will be in touch to help you with the next steps.

What's Included/Not Included

Program Includes:

*Airport Pickup
*Accommodation
*2 Meals per day (M-F only)
*Orientation Upon Arrival
*Volunteer Work Placement
*In-country coordinator available 24/7

 Program Does Not Include:

*Round-trip Airfare
*Return Trip to Airport
*Required Travel and Medical Insurance 
*Visa Fees

Apply Now

After you fill out the Application Form on our website, our Application Advisor will be in touch to help you with the next steps.

Accommodations

This lodge for participants is centrally located approximately 15 mins from the Arusha’s city center and 15minutes from Njiro, the suburb of Arusha where you will find shopping centers, restaurants, pubs, gyms and more. Near the lodge are several restaurants that you’ll want to try that serve Tanzanian cuisine.

The lodge has 3 cottages each with a bathroom and a small verandah. The main house has been allocated specifically for the volunteers, with its own fully equipped kitchen that volunteers have access to at any time.

The main house also has a dining area and a living room where volunteers can take meals and relax on the sofas. Outside the main house is a verandah which can be used as a communal area for all volunteers to relax and share the day.

Within the lodge premises we have a dining room where volunteers will have their meals. Next to the dining room is the staff kitchen where all meals are prepared. The numerous shared and private spaces at the lodge make it a great place to hang out after your work day.

Staff members, Rehema and Prisca, live at the lodge full time and will be your hosts. Besides preparing your tasty breakfast and dinner they keep the lodge spick and span.

Start Dates and Visa

Arrival Dates
Start dates in Tanzania are flexible, but if possible, arriving on a weekend is a great way to start your program.

Visas
All travelers headed to Tanzania are required to get a visa either in advance, or upon arrival. It is very easy on arrival, so we strongly recommend this. Cost is $50 for most nationalities, but $100 for U.S. citizens. Our staff will meet you upon arrival at the airport as you exit customs.

Volunteer/Internship Permit
Tanzania requires ALL non-residents to get a permit to volunteer or intern. The cost is US$200, and is the same for everyone. The permit should be purchased at the airport on arrival.

Zanzibar

Volunteer and Internship Programs

Primary School

Primary School

Kiembe Samaki is a government-run school under the supervision of the Ministry of Education. The Tanzanian government offers free primary education to all its citizens, due to this enrollment has increased. In Tanzania, government schools are where the poorest of the poor send their children. Due to this most government schools are overcrowded, underfunded and short on manpower.

Kiembe Samaki  School is a small school for children aged 6-12 years.

  1. Split into 5 classes.
  2. Children are mostly Muslim.
  3. All religions are accepted.
  4. Volunteers are reminded that the teachers are employed and qualified staff and it is their decision on how classes are taught. Children are not physically punished at the school.

The St. Monica School was established in 1987. The School includes a Nursery and a Primary school and is located in historic Stone Town, next to the Anglican Cathedral and former Slave market in the Mkunazini Area. The school is about 20 minutes away by Dala dala or 40 minutes by bike from the Volunteer house Zanzibar.

The St. Monica School is a Non-Government Organisation. The School is managed by the Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar. Even though the School is run by the church, religious education plays a minor role. The school offers quality education to Muslim and Christian children from nursery through primary school.

There are 70 children in the nursery school and 170 at the primary school.

- Teaching (in English)
- Grading homework and class assignments
- Playing games
- Sports
- Assisting teachers and other staff members

Maternity Hospital

Maternity Hospital

The Mwembeladu Maternity Hospital was established in 1925. The Maternity Hospital is located in the Mwembeladu district of Zanzibar Town, which is about 10 minutes away by Dala dala from our lodging. The clinic specializes in maternity and childbirth.

The hospital has a prenatal (ante-natal) station and a maternity unit, including post-natal care. The prenatal unit includes pregnancy counseling, advice on family planning and HIV testing, apart from ultrasonic and preventative medical check-ups. The maternity unit consists of examination rooms, recovery rooms and a brand new surgery/operating theater which is fully equipped with modern medical supplies, but which has not yet been officially opened. For this reason, pregnancy-related surgery is currently carried out at Zanzibar's main hospital, the "Mnazi Mmoja". The in-patient care after obstetric surgery, however, takes place at Mwembeladu.

Supervised by your coordinator Bimkubna Suleman Khaifan, present 5 days a week, you will be assisting with the following tasks:

Volunteers Tasks

  • Examination of new born babies
  • Care of the first stage in labour
  • Care of kangaroo mother care
  • Care before C- Section/ Post C- Section
  • Assisting to conduct deliveries

Hospital - Emergency Room

Hospital - Emergency Room

Emergency Department

Located in Stone Town, this hospital ER department is for all first aid and emergency treatment. This is the only ER on the island. The emergency department accepts volunteers and interns. 

Every volunteer and intern receives an identity card on arrival and they have to carry this card any time. The working day starts at 07.30 AM with a meeting. This meeting is for all doctors, nurses, volunteers and interns. All patients and treatments will be discussed. Volunteers and interns will be assigned a daily mentor. In the beginning you will be observing and watching. Eventually you may be allowed to help with patient care. The shift ends at 2 PM. There is an afternoon/evening shift from 14.00 till 22.00 PM and a night shift from 22.00 PM till 07.30 AM. If you are interested in one of those shifts, you could ask permission from your mentor. The hospital is open seven days a week, but volunteers and interns will work from Monday to Friday. You may request to change departments during your period of stay.

Tasks for volunteers:

  • Participate the morning medical meeting before the shift starts.
  • Observe the patients and discuss the treatment with your mentor.
  • Give a helping hand where needed.

Montessori School

Montessori School

The Montessori School was established in 2006. It includes a Kindergarten and a Primary school in one building. The Primary school and Kindergarten are located in Bububu, 10 km North of Zanzibar Stone Town. Bububu area is about 45 minutes away by Dala dala from the Volunteer house. The Dala dala stops in front of the project in Bububu.

The school is a Non-Government Organisation providing a home and school for around 60 abandoned and vulnerable children whose parents cannot take care of them. 35 children are in residence. The age of the children is between 0 – 15.

The school’s vision is to give disadvantaged children a better chance for their future through good education and healthcare, no matter their religious background.

Cost & Details (Zanzibar)

Cost

Cost

Length of Program Volunteer
2 Weeks US $733
3 Weeks US $898
4 Weeks US $1063
5 Weeks US $1228
6 Weeks US $1393
7 Weeks US $1558
8 Weeks US $1723
9 Weeks US $1888
10 Weeks US $2053
11 Weeks US $2218
12 Weeks US $2383

Application Fee: $200
The application fee is a separate administrative charge for all programs. It does not apply to the program fee. (Please see our application fee refund policy here)

Credit card payments: Payment by credit card will be assessed a 3.5% surcharge. This is the fee that we will be charged for the transaction. Contact us about alternative forms of payment.

Apply Now

After you fill out the Application Form on our website, our Application Advisor will be in touch to help you with the next steps.

What's Included/Not Included

What's Included/Not Included

Program Includes:

*Airport Pickup
*Accommodation
*2 Meals per day (M-F only)
*Orientation Upon Arrival
*Volunteer Work Placement
*In-country coordinator available 24/7

 Program Does Not Include:

*Round-trip Airfare
*Return Trip to Airport
*Required Travel and Medical Insurance 
*Visa Fees

Apply Now

After you fill out the Application Form on our website, our Application Advisor will be in touch to help you with the next steps.

Accommodations

Accommodations

The Zanzibar program has a guest house located in Mbweni, which is just about 15 minutes from Stone Town. Tall palm trees surround the house. There are high ceilings, spacious rooms and a beautiful Zanzibari door welcomes you. As you’ll see when you walk around Stone Town, doors are an important element of traditional Zanzibari design.

The neighborhood is quiet, and just 5 minutes from the beach and 5 minutes from the nearest restaurant and supermarket. It is the perfect base to call home while you explore this amazingly rich in culture island with comfort and ease. The house contains the following:

  •  Free standing house surrounded by garden
  • 5 spacious bedrooms (including fans)
  • 4 toilets
  • 4 bathrooms (with hot and cold shower)
  • Kitchen
  • Storage Pantry
  • Office
  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • A spacious fenced in yard, complete with its own coconut trees!
  • Outdoor patioElectric Security Fence24/7 Alarm System

There is a housekeeper all day long, 5 days a week. She takes care of all the cleaning and cooking during the week (M-F). At night, there is a guard to watch the gate and keep the house safe.

Start Dates and Visa

Start Dates and Visa

Arrival Dates
Start dates in Tanzania are flexible, but if possible, arriving on a weekend is a great way to start your program.

Tourist Visa: Every foreigner that arrives on Zanzibar has to purchase a tourist visa for $50.00 ($100 for U.S citizens). This visa simply allows you to enter and stay in Tanzania for 3 months.

3 months or less When arriving at the airport as a 3-month volunteer you also right away apply for your volunteer Permit.: This permit allows you to work as a volunteer at your project for 3 months. The permit costs $200.00.

3-6 months Volunteers staying for more than 3 months should only get a tourist visa upon arrival. Our supervisor will organise a student permit that is valid for 6 months and will cost $400.00.

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