Volunteer In Tanzania
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LIFE IN TANZANIA
For those of you who wish to volunteer in Tanzania, you will be rewarded with a variety of fantastic volunteer opportunities all year round. During your stay, we highly encourage you to spend some time in one of the best areas of the world to view the wildlife of Africa and if you time it right, you can witness the GREAT MIGRATION, which is the largest movement of animals on our planet. If you're big into the outdoors and enjoy hiking, challenge yourself and see if you have what it takes to make it the roof of Africa on you way up to the summit of KILIMANJARO.
ISSUES FACING TANZANIA
One of the major problems in Tanzania is environmentally sustainable development. A majority of Tanzanians rely on wood and agricultural residues for their energy needs, which in turn cause deforestation and environmental degradation. Deforested areas destroy habitats for wildlife which lead to a decline in biodiversity and leave areas susceptible to soil erosion which greatly reduces its ability to grow new plants. Eroded soil also runs into rivers and out at sea, where it smothers sensitive corals. Each year, organized illegal timber crime is causes millions of dollars worth of timber revenue to be lost. Part of the problem is poor governance and rampant corruption in the forestry sector. In most major towns and cities, solid and liquid wastes are left untreated. As a result, air and water are contaminated with pollutants, which cause major health hazards for those who live in under-privileged areas. Along coastline cities or towns, few people are connected to a sewage system. The few sewage systems that exist disgorge their waste directly into the ocean, affecting marine habitats and the species that live there. In village areas, people often resort to poaching. Sometimes, this happens in retaliation to wildlife attacks which destroy crops, and hence livelihoods. Such conflicts between humans and wildlife are also straining relations between wildlife authorities and local people.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ?
Tanzania is full of the most loving; kind and friendly people that will make sure you have the most rewarding experience. Not only will you make a difference to their lives but they too will make a difference to yours. The programs we offer are designed to provide an ethical volunteering experience whereby volunteers will not only share their skills but will also learn about the local communities getting to know the people and their culture. We are actively looking for enthusiastic and empathetic volunteers who want to experience community life in Tanzania while getting involved to make a difference with local projects, which are designed to help the most vulnerable people of Tanzania. While volunteering on one of our programs you can get involved in the following: various Education and community involvement programs, Medical field program, Youth reporter program, Creative media program, Social Care program, Environmental Conservation program, HIV/AIDS awareness programs, IT programs, Fundraising and marketing programs, Art or Music programs, Care for disabled program, Elderly programs and so much more.
ESSENTIAL COUNTRY INFORMATION:
CAPITAL CITY: Dar es Salaam
POPULATION: 36.48 million
TIME ZONE: UTC +03:00
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 45
CURRENCY: Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
LITERACY PERCENT: 78
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S): Kiswahili, Kiungujo, English, Arabic
RELIGION: Christian, Muslim, Indigenous beliefs
WEATHER AND CLIMATE: Tanzania has a tropical climate and is relatively close to the equator so the annual temperature varies only slightly. With this being said, there are regional variations depending on the topography. In the Northern region (Mt. Killimanjaro area); called the highlands, temperatures vary between 10 - 20 °C / 50 - 68 °F during the winter and summer seasons respectively. For the remainder of the country, the temperatures are consistently warm and rarely fall below 20 °C / 68 °F.
EDUCATION & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMS
NURSERY, PRIMARY, SECONDARY SCHOOL (PRIVATE OR PUBLIC)
Location: Karatu, Arusha, Moshi, Dar es Salaam, Masaai land & Zanzibar
Volunteering is a very independent job. This means that the results are determined by how much time and effort each volunteer puts into the program. Volunteering is a character building experience. A volunteer who is enthusiastic and ready often reaps huge rewards from the team and the community they get involved with. The schedule you work can often be tailored and allows you the opportunity to work with different people in different settings. While volunteering, you will gain valuable experience and learn how to overcome obstacles and everyday hurdles that are present not just in Tanzania but in most developing countries across Africa and the rest of the world. We guarantee that if you open your mind and give back as much as possible during the program, you will leave feeling immense satisfaction and will know you provided your program with what they needed and deserve. During the weekends, or after the program, volunteers will have free time to explore their surroundings. You can go to the beaches, visit the local markets, spend time with other volunteers, travel around the country to see other areas, or go on a safari in one of Tanzania's many wildlife game reserves. There are so many opportunities, here's how you can get involved:
NURSERY SCHOOL PROGRAM
As a volunteer on this program, you will be required to teach basic English and Mathematics including the alphabet, small words, numbers, adding and subtracting, shapes, colors, and animals. The children attending Nursery Schools in Tanzania are mostly between 3 - 6 years old. The Nurseries are usually open in the mornings from 8am - 12 pm. The majority of Nurseries are private, as few public Nurseries exist due to the government not being able to afford to establish them. The full time local Teachers that are dedicated to teach young children assisted to establish the Nurseries and keep them running year round. There is often a lack of funds available to compensate the teachers so the harsh reality is that many of the childrens' families are expected to contribute a small amount to cover the schools expenses and the teachers’ salaries. Some children can afford it, but those who cannot often attend the classes for free. This means though that the schools have very limited resources. Teaching the children nursery rhymes and games, as well as simply providing them with some much needed attention, affection and love will also be required during your daily volunteer activities. Before arriving at this program, we encourage all volunteers to familiarize yourself with children's games, nursery rhymes and/or any other entertaining learning methods.
PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAM
As a volunteer on this program, you will be required to teach classes from grades 1 to 7 and the students will range from 7 to 14 years old. To teach at a primary school requires a minimum stay of one month. Different schools will offer different options of teaching but generally you will have a choice between teaching English, Mathematics, or Science, although it is most common for the schools to ask you to improve the pupils speaking, reading and writing skills. For some schools, Volunteers will be teaching only certain subjects and will be given a timetable of lessons that they will be asked to attend. The classes are usually quite large, with classes ranging from 30 - 80 students. Government schools; which are essentially free, still require students to pay for certain materials and uniforms, which is often too much of a cost for some families to afford. Therefore, resources at the school are at a bare minimum. The language of instruction at most of the Primary Schools is Swahili. Our volunteers and interns teach English and sometimes Math to the Primary School students and volunteers who feel confident enough are encouraged to teach other subject such as geography, science, music or sports. If the school has a curriculum, the teachers will work with our volunteers and show what is expected of them. Some schools do not have any curriculum in place. If this is the case, we encourage volunteers to take more responsibility and prepare as much as possible before their arrival by creating ideas for lessons and different topics to teach. The teachers are also keen to learn methods of interactive teaching from the volunteers. Lessons usually begin at 8.00am and finish by 3.30pm from Monday to Friday. After school there is the option to carry out after school classes in Art, Sport, or music.
SECONDARY SCHOOL PROGRAM
The exact time frame will depend on which school you are working with. You will have breaks in between classes and you are free to have lunch at the school or back at the house. You can teach English, Mathematics, Computing Skills, Geography and/or Science. However, classes in advance Mathematics and English language and literature are the most sought after. To teach at a secondary school requires a minimum stay of one month.
TEACHING INSTRUCTION PROGRAM
We are looking for people with specific capacity building skills to come and 'teach our teachers how to teach'. They will train learning professionals in Tanzania, who can then teach others the skills you have provided to them. This will be accomplished by performing teaching seminars; lectures, workshops and spending time in villages showing people how to bring about development through their own efforts. There are many projects in the area that need professional advice and training. The following are ways that you can get involved as a professional: providing education, business, economics, mechanical engineering, information technology (typing or computer skills), medical health care, sports, art and design, Music and theatre, hotels and tourism, family planning and/or social sector.
MEDICAL FIELD PROGRAM
As a volunteer on this program, you will get an opportunity to work in numerous community hospitals and clinics in Tanzania. Many of the local hospitals and clinics provide low cost medical care and are often busy and understaffed. Volunteers and interns support the staff and teach medical techniques used in other countries. Volunteers also provide community care, teaching and training in schools and villages. Our largest ongoing community projects are the HIV/AIDS awareness program. In these, seminars are set up to provide information about the causes and prevention of HIV/AIDS. These seminars include advice and counseling for people who have already contracted HIV. Nurses and doctors as well as medical students can volunteer and internship in medical sector programs at Dar es Salaam, Moshi and Arusha. We need about one month to make proper arrangement with the hospitals. Participating medical volunteering and internship programs in Africa helps you understand the grass root problems the developing countries are facing in basic medical care.
YOUTH REPORTER PROGRAM
This program provides volunteers with an opportunity to inspire the youth of the community. This program empowers them to begin to understand journalism and the importance of providing visibility to ongoing issues affecting their country. Whether it is in the school system or out in society, most Tanzanian youth have a future hindered of poverty and related issues. It is crucial that the peoples’ voices are heard and they have a channel to express themselves. This program is structured as follows:
Volunteers and Interns open Youth journalists groups in the school and communities
Participants train and assist the youth to produce articles with photographs
Volunteers assist to locate relevant media channels for the youth to publish their work
An in country coordinator is available to assist the volunteer from the first day of arrival until the end of their program. Upon arrival, volunteers will be provided with an orientation and will create a plan with the local coordinator. Please do NOT expect to find the same structure standards and attitudes as your home country. During you stay, you will also have many different adventure tours and cultural events you can participate in if you choose.
CREATIVE MEDIA PROGRAM
This program focuses on using digital media outlets such as social media, web pages, and blogs. We use the media to give visibility to the programs, marketing, Children Agenda (in coalition with UNICEF), music, arts, and the other areas we are focused upon. Our community-based programs are to empower the local communities and individual people. Our interns experience being immersed in the daily life of Tanzania while also having the opportunity to witness the growth of the fastest growing economy in Africa. Since 2001, there has been over 18 movies produced, this program has supported local artists and art program development. Areas of focus include African Music and Dance, Film, and Design. There is also an immersion program offered for students in both developing culture and art. Our flagship music has traveled overseas to perform on several occasions. We are very grateful to welcome traditionally trained artists to help enhance our programs by collaborating, mentoring, and teaching our self-taught art incubator. We document and raise awareness for our efforts by incorporating arts and media. We place strong emphasis on providing visibility to promoting human rights, the Children’s Agenda, and general NGO operations and self-sustaining fundraising.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS WE OFFER:
Community Development with local Masaai Tribes
Sports Development and Coaching
Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development
HIV/AIDS Awareness Projects and Clinics
Fundraising and Marketing
Art and/or Music classes
Caring for Disabled and/or the Elderly
Education and Community Program Fee
1 Week ..................................... $ 365 to $ 465
2 Weeks .................................... $ 695 to $ 895
3 Weeks ..................................... $ 1025 to $ 1330
4 Weeks ..................................... $ 1360 to $ 1760
All Prices Quoted In Canadian Dollar (CAD)
To convert these prices to your currency click here. Fees may vary depending on the USD exchange rate.
PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers are required to pay a Registration Fee of $225 CAD, which will be added to the program fee. This fee helps to cover the registration, enrollment, administration and processing costs. To find out what’s included in the program fees, scroll down for additional details.
ARUSHA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
CONSTRUCTION, ORPHANAGE CARE, EDUCATION, MEDICAL, HIV/AIDS AWARENESS
Location: Arusha and surrounding area
One of the most popular volunteer programs in Tanzania is Teaching. Children are at the heart of every community in both Tanzania and across the continent of Africa. Providing education to under-privileged children is incredibly important and more and more families are becoming aware of the social mobility and empowerment that can be achieved through education. In most of Africa, there are many problems that interfere with a child and getting access to education in Tanzania. The average class size in this country are extraordinarily large and it is not uncommon at for to see classrooms filled with approximately 90 to 120 children especially at the primary level. The majority of the schools where volunteers are utilized are constantly understaffed and are always in need of teaching and support. Individual children suffer from a lack of personal support, attention, and their education usually falters as a result of this. Our volunteer programs help volunteers provide the necessary assistance with large class sizes, and help introduce or give children access to be able to learn and practice communication in the English language. As a volunteer on these programs, you'll get an opportunity to work side by side with teachers to help improve children’s education not only in English, but also in subjects like math and geography. Your goal as a volunteer is to be able to assist and help out the childrens' development in all areas. Working with other volunteers and resident teachers, you’ll build on the work of previous volunteers to help ensure children are able to progress in all areas of the curriculum, through traditional teaching methods, and fun activities such as games, art and physical activity. Volunteering with children is enormous fun anywhere in the world, and it is a great privilege to help a child towards a brighter future. We hope you will join one of these programs and get on the path to making a real difference to a rural community that deserves a hand up in the world.
CONSTRUCTION & BUILDING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Working with local tradesmen, you’ll be building classrooms, renovating schools and improving local infrastructure. It’s hard, rewarding physical work that’ll leave you with a great sense of achievement. From bricklaying to painting, the skills aren't hard to pick up if you don’t know how already, and you’ll be rubbing shoulders with members of the local community, making friends and improving the surroundings. You'll learn new skills, and contribute to the building of village pharmacies, orphanages and schools that may well stand for generations.
Please Note: Construction program will be an additional $110 CAD and requires a minimum duration of 2 weeks.
ORPHANAGE CARE & EDUCATION PROGRAM
Volunteering in the orphanage is quite similar to the teaching programs in the day. You’ll be assisting the teachers conduct their lessons, helping with drawings, sports, games and childrens' learning. However, there is an added dimension you’ll be assisting with the general care of the orphaned children in the orphanage. Duties may include cleaning the dormitories, organizing or washing clothes, assisting with the cooking of meals for the children, as well as playing with and entertaining them. Volunteering at an orphanage can be a more demanding role than that of a teaching program but the reward is that you will be building strong emotional bonds of care with the children and providing the necessary love and support they so desire. You may become very attached to some of the children you work with everyday. Some of our volunteers have taken advantage of an opportunity to sponsor a child that they developed a strong relationship with when they finished the program and returned home.
PROVIDING CARE & ASSISTANCE TO DISABLED CHILDREN PROGRAM
The special needs centre lack the skilled personnel and relevant equipment to deliver the special care and attention needed to provide these children with a stimulating environment. Volunteers help with education and providing one on one stimulus and motivation to the disabled children. While on this program, volunteers may also be required to help with moving, lifting and handling, personal hygiene and other daily tasks that the children simply cannot perform on their own. This particular program is quite an intense volunteer experience, but one that will provide an ultimate reward. If you choose to, there could be an opportunity for you to sponsor a child that you connect well with and develop a relationship with when you finish the program and return home.
TEACHING & EDUCATION PROGRAM
Children are at the heart of every community in Tanzania. Education of these children is incredibly important, and Tanzanian families are becoming aware of the social mobility that can be achieved through education. However, there are many problems standing between a child and their education in Tanzania. The majority of the schools we place volunteers at are constantly understaffed and are always in need of teaching support and materials. Individual children suffer from a lack of personal support and attention, and their education falters as a result. It’s clear that classroom volunteers can provide much needed assistance with large class sizes, and help provide exposure to fluent native English. Working with teachers, you’ll help improve children’s education not only in English, but subjects like Math and Geography are universal as well, and you’ll be looking to help out the development in all areas. Working with other volunteers and resident teachers, you'll build on the work of previous volunteers to help the children progress in all areas of the curriculum, through traditional teaching methods, and fun activities such as games, art and physical activity. Working with children is enormous fun anywhere in the world, and it is a great privilege to help a child towards a brighter future, one we would like to share with all our volunteers.
WORK AT A HOSPITAL PROGRAM (MEDICAL // NURSING // MIDWIFERY)
Students or professionals that are studying or working in the relevant field can volunteer in a local hospital working closely with Tanzanian professionals providing care to some of the people who need it most in the world. We do not place volunteers at a medical placement unless they are a fully qualified nurse or doctor or currently attending medical school. So it is important for you to let us know, what you will be able to do ,so we can arrange the best medical placement for you.
The medical projects are either working in a hospital or performing home visits. There are both governmental and private hospitals in Tanzania, the difference usually being governmental hospitals are cheaper and offer free medication for pregnant women and children under the age of five, while private clinics do not. The type of hospital volunteers are placed in will depend on the skills of the volunteer and the needs of our partner hospitals. Tasks will include assisting in diet decisions and ensuring that the patient has taken the medication. Weaker patients may also need assistance in feeding and bathing. In Tanzania there is no such thing as a national health service and often people suffer from conditions and disease that would be routinely treated in the developed world. By devoting your time you can improve the quality of care that they receive and make their time in hospital, whether that be for child birth, HIV clinics, or treatment of general morbidity more comfortable.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION & SPORTS TEACHING PROGRAM
As we know, sports and games are very important for proper learning and understanding of a child in class, improving concentration, teamwork and physical fitness. We place volunteers in schools where they can teach the children sports and physical education. Football is a huge passion in Tanzania and you’ll find most premiership games on at bars in towns and villages and there is a huge enthusiasm for learning how to play the game better and setting up competitive teams. Other sports such as netball and athletics are popular too, and often won’t be taught formally to children. This is an amazing opportunity to share your passion for sport to teach and train groups of children who may never have received formal sports training before.
HIV & AIDS AWARENESS PROGRAM
According to UNICEF, there are 1.4 million people living with HIV in Tanzania. Furthermore, there are 1.3 million children who have been orphaned by AIDS. However, it has been proven time and time again that by running educational programs and communicating with at risk groups; the young, the less well educated about the dangers of the disease and how to prevent transmission of it, the tide can be turned against it. So working with local practitioners, you’ll help deliver the message of AIDS prevention in and around Arusha through presentations and talks, and working with local community groups. You’ll get to meet women’s groups that live with HIV/AIDS; talk to them, share ideas and get to help them. Also you’ll be given the opportunity to work and play with HIV/AIDS orphans. It’s rich and rewarding work, and you’ll get to see a lot of the local surrounding communities plus be immersed in the culture and language of Tanzania whilst making a difference for the future.
Arusha Community Program Fee
1 Week ..................................... $ 735
2 Weeks ..................................... $ 940
3 Weeks ..................................... $ 1150
4 Weeks ..................................... $ 1305
5 Weeks ..................................... $ 1460
6 Weeks ..................................... $ 1605
All Prices Quoted In Canadian Dollar (CAD)
To convert these prices to your currency click here. Fees may vary depending on the USD exchange rate.
PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers are required to pay a Registration Fee of $225 CAD, which will be added to the program fee. This fee helps to cover the registration, enrolment, administration and processing costs. To find out what’s included in the program fees, scroll down for additional details.
OUR PROGRAM FEES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
Registration Fee - (refundable if you cancel your program), ongoing support from VWB staff, program marketing costs, digital information package, administration costs, travel costs to develop additional programs as well as ongoing costs to sustain programs.
Program Fee – project orientation, program supervision, accommodation (private or dormitory style) and meals during volunteer program period, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in country administration costs. Most of the programs we offer include airport pickup/transfer from Julius Nyerere International Airport only.
* ADDITIONAL COSTS TO THE VOLUNTEER - visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), immunizations / vaccinations, in-country trips or tours, transfer to other areas and spending money.
Our enrollment and registration process begins by applying online. Once you have filled out and submitted the online application form, you will receive a confirmation email. To continue on in our enrollment process, all volunteers will be required to pay a Registration Fee of $225 CAD, which will be added to the Program Fee. This fee helps to cover the administration and processing costs. Once we receive both the registration and program fee payment, we will send you a confirmation email with the program details and encourage you to book your flight at that time. Our team will be readily available to correspond with you and answer any questions you might have from the time you apply until you reach the project. If you have any further questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact us at: email@example.com.