Volunteer in Tanzania

A brighter future for orphans and vulnerable children
Msufini       3 projects of 2 wks from January to July

Volunteer project: In every country, Tanzania included, there are unfortunately many children who have been abandoned to their own luck, born in homes with no love, abused, or suffering poverty and sickness. These children need a loving heart, attention, education and friends who can help them find a better life full of opportunities, be successful and most important have a happy life. Volunteers will help at a Children’s home in Chamazi with the main goal to increase the overall wellbeing of the children in the community. The children at the Children’s home are orphans or used to live in socially challenging conditions. The team of volunteers will spend quality one-on-one time with the babies and children giving them the love and attention they need at such a crucial time in their lives.

Depending on their skills and interests, the participants are expected to get involved in any of following activities:
- Teaching English (2-3 hours a day);
- Teaching personal hygiene;
- Organizing games, drawing, and other creative extracurricular activities;
- Helping with homework;
- Care for those who cannot go to school;
- Assisting with kitchen duties and maintaining the kitchen garden;
- Renovation of the children’s dormitory.

Study part: Participants in this project will have an opportunity to experience life with kids at the children’s home. Various discussions and educational visits on Children's issues will be organized involving volunteers and community members. The major topic will be Better Future for Children.

Special requirements: No special or particular expertise/skills required. However a potential participant for this project should be open minded, interested in working with children and youth.

Leisure activities: The project is organized in a way that provides an opportunity for the volunteers to utilize their free time by enjoying what the region offers in terms of cultural and natural attractions. The first weekend the participants will have an opportunity to explore Dar es Salaam’s historical, natural and cultural sites. These include museums, local markets and beach. The second weekend we will have an opportunity to enjoy a wildlife safari (Mikumi National Park) and cultural tour at the Maasai village.

Language: English

Accommodation: Participants will be accommodated in a youth hostel in the community.

Orientation: On arrival, all volunteers will attend an orientation session in Dar es Salaam. The aim of this session is to help the volunteers build a team and also to share with them some practical information about the country, the host community and their volunteer project.

Location: The project will be hosted in Msufini community. It is located in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, about 25 km south of the city centre. It has a beautiful landscape and natural attractions where some wild animals (monkeys, rabbits and birds) can be seen.

Terminal: Julius Nyerere Airport (Dar es Salaam International Airport)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
January 12 - January 28, 2017
February 9 - February 25, 2017
July 13 - July 29, 2017

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Cultural immersion program in Tanzania
Chamazi       5 projects of 2 wks from January to September

Volunteer project: It is believed that the world’s population recently passed more than 7 billion people, an incredible number to measure. In Tanzania, in Africa and around the world, many people still barely meet anyone outside of a small circle of family, friends and community while even more never venture beyond the culture in which they were raised. This cultural exchange project is aiming to introduce people from different countries to realities they might not normally be exposed to. Many barriers have begun to fall between people around the world, with near-instantaneous communication allowing people on opposite sides of the world to meaningfully interact. Cultural exchange projects encourage people from all walks of life to appreciate and understand distinct cultures and play a key role in creating productive dialogue across the world.

The project will involve different cultural aspects to enable participants to learn about people’s religion, spirituality, economic, family and community life, sports, foods or arts. The focus is on People and what they do in a given place or time. Be prepared to work with children (at nursery schools), to participate in cultural exchange through creative arts activities, learning and practicing African traditional dances, songs, drumming and Kiswahili language. Flexibility is required for extra activities related to the theme of the project.

Study part: Discussions, debates, cultural performances, theatre performance, and round table discussions on cultural issues will be organized involving volunteers and community members. The major topic will be Cultural Exchange.

Special requirements: No special or particular expertise/skills required. However a potential participant for this project should be open minded, interested in cultures and working with children and youth, easy to adapt and meet people from other cultures.

Leisure activities: The project is organized in a way that provides an opportunity for the volunteers to utilize their free time by enjoying what the region offers in terms of cultural and natural attractions. The first weekend the participants will have an opportunity to explore Dar es Salaam’s historical, natural and cultural sites. These include museums, local markets and beach. The second weekend we will have an opportunity to enjoy a wildlife safari (Mikumi National Park) and a cultural tour at the Maasai village.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in host families at the eco village. Some volunteers might be accommodated in the communal house or in tents.

Orientation: On arrival, all volunteers will attend an orientation session in Dar es Salaam. The aim of this session is to help the volunteers build a team and also to share with them some practical information about the country, the host community and their volunteer project.

Location: The project will be hosted in Chamazi community. It is located in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, about 30 km south of the city centre. It has a beautiful landscape and natural attractions where some wild animals (monkeys, rabbits, birds, etc.) can be seen.

Terminal: Julius Nyerere Airport (Dar es Salaam International Airport)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
January 12 - January 28, 2017
March 9 - March 25, 2017
May 11 - May 27, 2017
August 17 - September 2, 2017
September 3 - September 16, 2017

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Child development program
Bambi, Zanzibar       2 projects of 2 wks in April and May

Volunteer project: For five years now this project has been organized in cooperation with the department of Youth development and local community groups to contribute to the development of children. In collaboration with a nursery school, this project is expected to offer an opportunity for children from different socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicity and religions to develop some skills useful for their academic and personal growth.

The volunteers are expected to interact with children ages 4 to 8 in the following activities:
- Games: Indoor and outdoor games that will stimulate learning, team building and activeness. Local games will be introduced as well as foreign ones from the volunteers. Please bring new games to share with the kids;
- Physical activities: Action jumping, Olympic Games, etc.
- Gardening: Ornamental and vegetable planting, composting, garden tour, etc.;
- Nature activities: Bird watching, Plant a tree, Tree feeder, learning about various plants, birds, animals, worms, and insects available in the area;
- Academic development: Assisting local teachers in deliveries some subjects like Math, Language, Social skills, etc.
- Infrastructure development: some renovations and painting of walls.

Study part: Participants in this project will have an opportunity to experience life with kids in the community. Various discussions and educational visits on Children’s issues will be organized involving volunteers and community members. The major topic will be Child development.

Special requirements: No special or particular expertise/skills required. However a potential participant for this project should be flexible, open minded, interested in nature, outdoor activities and working with children.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a communal house in the host community.

Leisure activities: The project is organized in a way that provides an opportunity for the volunteers to utilize their free time by enjoying what the region offers in terms of cultural and natural attractions. The first weekend the participants will have an opportunity to explore Zanzibar’s historical, natural and cultural sites. These include museums, local markets, stone town, etc. The second weekend we will have an opportunity to enjoy wildlife and marine life. Jozan National Park, swimming, water sports, tour to small islands, spice tour are among many available options.

Location: The project will be hosted in a rural community of Zanzibar known as Bambi, about 25 km from Stone Town centre. Community members are mainly small farmers and fishermen.

Terminal: Julius Nyerere Airport (Dar es Salaam International Airport)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
April 6 - April 22, 2017
April 23 - May 6, 2017

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Long-term projects in Tanzania