Volunteer in Tanzania

Environmental education program
Vigoa, Temeke       October 6 - October 22, 2016

Volunteer project: We partner with local schools and community members to offer an opportunity for children and teenagers from all socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicity and religions to have time together after school hours to learn and do useful things in the community. The overall goal of the project is to plant seeds of peace and harmony with various groups in the community.

Based on the four components of the program (Orientation, Community service, Cultural exchange, Development/global education), the volunteers will interact most of the time with children and teenagers from the age of 6-14 and will support and assist the children in various activities during the project:
- Games: Indoor and outdoor games that will stimulate learning, team building and activeness. Local games will be introduced as well 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: Homework in the Holidays, various competitions aiming to motivate the kids to like education and get ready for their studies in the New Year.
Intergeneration gatherings in the form of sport bonanzas, workshops, debates and study tours will be organized under the theme of the project to provide an opportunity for both program participants and host community members to understand the connection between the environment and children’s development.

Special requirements: No special or particular expertise/skills required. However, a potential participant in this project should be the one who is open minded and independent, interested in children and environment, asking questions and sharing views.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers are expected to be hosted in local host families within the community. However depending on the availability of families, in some cases participants will be sharing accommodation in a community residential house. In the case of dorm living, rooms will be shared by 3-5 volunteers.

Free time: Possibilities include night walk to watch bush babies, meeting a large population of monkeys in the morning and afternoons, bird watching among others. During weekends, there is a good number of excursion options including visiting Kilwa Masoko and Bagamoyo historical sites (UNESCO’s World Heritage Site); National and Village museums in Dar Es Salaam, Cultural tour in Dar Es Salaam which will include Fish Market, Kariakoo Market, sightseeing and beach/swimming. There is also a possibility for two days and one day Safari to Mikumi National Park as well as an overnight stay in Zanzibar.

Location: Vigoa, Temeke. The project is located in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, a community which still maintains its natural beauty.

Terminal: Dar es Salaam

Age range: 18 and over

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

Cultural immersion program
Magole, Temeke       October 27 - November 12, 2016

Volunteer project: The community has been hosting intercultural exchange programs over the last ten years. The project is aiming to expose its participants and local community to people from different cultural, religious, geographic and socio-economic backgrounds and in so doing provide the opportunity for all to develop a greater understanding of diversity. In the past the program has allowed its participants to learn from people who are different from themselves and integrate in new and unique experiences beyond their own communities. Cultural exchange assists everybody involved to develop positive relationships with others, understand a broader range of perspectives, and develop the knowledge and skills needed for participation in inevitable multicultural society.

Based on the four components of the program (Orientation, Community service, Cultural exchange, Development/global education), volunteers in this project will participate in a number of activities leading to cultural exposure like Kiswahili Language and cooking classes, home stay, arts and craft, meeting senior citizens for story sharing about the past, visiting cultural sites and ritual sites. Intergeneration gatherings in the form of workshops, debates, sports and study tours will be organized under the theme of the project to provide an opportunity for both program participants and host members to understand various cultural realities and their impact on development.

Special requirements: No special or particular expertise/skills required. However, a potential participant in this project should be the one who is open minded and independent, interested in culture, travel, asking questions and sharing views. It is perfect for people who want to learn new languages and culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers are expected to be hosted in local host families within the community. However depending on the availability of families, in some cases participants will be sharing accommodation in a community residential house. In the case of dorm living, rooms will be shared by 3-5 volunteers.

Free time: Possibilities include night walk to watch bush babies, meeting a large population of monkeys in the morning and afternoons, bird watching among others. During weekends, there is a good number of excursion options including visiting Kilwa Masoko and Bagamoyo historical sites (UNESCO’s World Heritage Site); National and Village museums in Dar Es Salaam, Cultural tour in Dar Es Salaam which will include Fish Market, Kariakoo Market, sightseeing and beach/swimming. There is also a possibility for two days and one day Safari to Mikumi National Park as well as an overnight stay in Zanzibar.

Location: Magole, Temeke. The project is located in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, a community which still maintains its natural beauty.

Terminal: Dar es Salaam

Age range: 18 and over

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

HIV/AIDS awareness program
Chamazi, Temeke       November 17 - December 3, 2016

Volunteer project: HIV/AIDS epidemic is continuing to grow despite initial optimism that prevention strategies implemented several years ago were beginning to have a positive impact. According to UNAIDS and WHO, stigma and discrimination, whether actual or feared, remain perhaps the most difficult obstacles to prevention of HIV. We are working with a number of different local youth and women groups, organizations and local authorities to increase awareness of how to prevent transmission and infection of HIV/AIDS amongst key groups and also to try and remove some of the stigma attached to people living with HIV and AIDS.

Based on the four components of the program (Orientation, Community service, Cultural exchange, Development/global education), the volunteers will take part in mobilizing and conducting free HIV counseling and testing, field visits to HIV/AIDS service providers, blood donation and blood donation events. This will be part of marking World AIDS Day. Other activities will include raising awareness of how to prevent transmission and infection of HIV/AIDS, and issues around stigma attached to people living with HIV and AIDS. These will be conducted in the form of workshops, debates, arts and music, sport tournaments, etc.

Special requirements: No special or particular expertise/skills required. However, a potential participant in this project should be the one who is open minded and independent, interested in health issues, travel, asking questions and sharing views.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers are expected to be hosted in local host families within the community. However depending on the availability of families, in some cases participants will be sharing accommodation in a community residential house. In the case of dorm living, rooms will be shared by 3-5 volunteers.

Free time: Possibilities include night walk to watch bush babies, meeting a large population of monkeys in the morning and afternoons, bird watching among others. During weekends, there is a good number of excursion options including visiting Kilwa Masoko and Bagamoyo historical sites (UNESCO’s World Heritage Site); National and Village museums in Dar Es Salaam, Cultural tour in Dar Es Salaam which will include Fish Market, Kariakoo Market, sightseeing and beach/swimming. There is also a possibility for two days and one day Safari to Mikumi National Park.

Location: Chamazi, Temeke. The project is located in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, a community which still maintains its natural beauty.

Terminal: Dar es Salaam

Age range: 18 and over

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

Christmas camp for children
Vigoa, Temeke       December 1 - December 17, 2016

Volunteer project: In Tanzania, private and public schools have a long holiday during the month of December until early January. This is normally a most joyful time. However, not all children in the community can enjoy the season due to social and economic challenges and limitations. In partnership with local schools and community members, this project has been designed to offer an opportunity for children and teenagers between the ages of 6 and 14 from all social-economic backgrounds, ethnicity and religions to spend time together during the end-of-year festivities. Through this project we also aim to promote peace and harmony among various groups in the community.

Volunteers will support and assist the children in various activities during the project:
- Games: Indoor and outdoor games that will stimulate learning, team building and activeness. Local games will be introduced as well 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: Holiday homework, various competitions aiming to motivate the kids to like education and get ready for the new year's studies.
Intergeneration gatherings in the form of sports bonanzas, workshops, debates and study tours will be organized under the theme of the project to provide an opportunity for both program participants and host community members to understand the connection between the environment and children’s development.

Special requirements: No special or particular expertise/skills required. However, a potential participant in this project should be the one who is open minded and independent, interested in children and environment, asking questions and sharing views.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers are expected to be hosted in local host families within the community. However depending on the availability of families, in some cases participants will be sharing accommodation in a community residential house. In the case of dorm living, rooms will be shared by 3-5 volunteers.

Free time: Possibilities include night walk to watch bush babies, meeting a large population of monkeys in the morning and afternoons, bird watching among others. During weekends, there is a good number of excursion options including visiting Kilwa Masoko and Bagamoyo historical sites (UNESCO’s World Heritage Site); National and Village museums in Dar Es Salaam, Cultural tour in Dar Es Salaam which will include Fish Market, Kariakoo Market, sightseeing and beach/swimming. There is also a possibility for two days and one day Safari to Mikumi National Park as well as an overnight stay in Zanzibar.

Location: Vigoa, Temeke. The project is located in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, a community which still maintains its natural beauty.

Terminal: 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.

Long-term projects in Tanzania