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Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Teaching and Community Involvement

Get a glimpse of life in an African town in the heart of Tanzania and have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the community. In this project, you will teach English, help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, provide support to women and other groups who are suffering from HIV/AIDS, and more.



$1,200

 

Fast Facts

Location of ProjectMoshi, northern Tanzania
Project LengthMin 2 weeks - Max 12 weeks
Arrival AirportKilimanjaro International Airport
Volunteer WorkTeach English to children, teachers, and other community leaders, work with HIV/AIDS organizations to help raise awareness in the community and rural areas, and help strengthen and promote women’s empowerment
Number of ParticipantsUp to 10 international volunteers
Age18 - 70

What's Included

AccommodationShared accommodation at the project base
Food3 meals a day
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersIncluded on arrival and departure day
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration
Orientation All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival
Insurance Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Laundry Weekly service provided

What's Not Included

Flights, personal expenses, and visa (approximately $300 USD).
 

Location

This project takes place in Moshi, in the north of Tanzania, which is situated at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Moshi is a modern, vibrant town with a dynamic mix of Tanzanians from different tribes and backgrounds, all living and working together side by side. It also has a number of restaurants, supermarkets, and cafes and offers day trips to local attractions.

Moshi is the perfect location for adventurers wanting to explore a fascinating part of Africa. Located a few hours’ drive from major safari destinations, such as the Serengeti, the Ngorogoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire, it's ideally situated for volunteers to experience all that Tanzania has to offer.

 

About the Project

Volunteers on this project will participate in a variety of community development iniatives. Our volunteers get involved in:

  • Teaching English to children, teachers, and local adults 
  • Helping raise awareness regarding HIV/AIDS in the community
  • Assisting organizations who represent marginalized groups in society, such as the elderly
  • Assisting in improving educational facilities in the community
  • Playing developmental games with the children 

 

Volunteer Work and Contribution

As a volunteer, your contribution will consist of various community development initiatives at the following projects: 

Nursery schoolsWe work with several nursery schools in the Moshi area. Nursery schools are usually divided into three classes in Tanzania: babies (ages 3-4), juniors (ages 4-5), and seniors (ages 5-7). As a volunteer, you will help with all three classes and your tasks will include teaching the children English, singing songs, playing games and leading creative activities.

Education center: The education system in Tanzania is very rigid and complex, which results in many young people leaving school early. This education center sponsors young people so that they can gain a valuable education. Volunteers in this project teach English to teenagers and local adults from the community.

Maasai literacy and English project:  A lot of people from the Maasai tribe come to Moshi to secure jobs in the tourism industry. Many have not had the opportunity to attend school when they were children and, therefore, most cannot read or write. Volunteers work on improving literacy, as well as teaching basic English to help the Maasai in their jobs.

English lessons for tourism students: In the afternoon, you will have the chance to volunteer at a small tourism college, which offers courses in hotel management and tour guiding and operating. Here, volunteers offer supplementary English lessons to students, as well as offer advice on customer service, interview skills, and CV/resume writing.

HIV/AIDS education: You will facilitate after-school classes in several large secondary schools in Moshi, which includes teaching students English, as well as HIV/AIDS awareness.

 
A typical day: You will eat breakfast at 8:00 am before heading off to your morning project at 9:00 am, which might include teaching at the nursery schools or Maasai literacy project. You will have a lunch break at 12:30 pm and at 3:00 pm it will be time for your afternoon project, such as teaching English to tourism students or assisting with HIV/AIDS awareness.  You will return to the project base at 5:30 pm and dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. You are free to spend your evening as you would like. You will have Saturdays and Sundays off to explore the area or to rest from your week of volunteering.
 

Project Orientation

On arrival in Moshi, you will receive a comprehensive orientation, including:

  • Information that will help with your integration into the project, as well as give you further tips for your involvement
  • Introduction to all senior project staff and heads of department
  • Introduction to Kilimanjaro and the surrounding area
  • Overview of the volunteer roles and responsibilities
 

Living Arrangements

Accommodations: Volunteers stay in the rural village of Msaranga at the project base, about six kilometers away from Moshi. At the project base, volunteers will stay in comfortable, shared rooms, equipped with bunk beds and mosquito nets. 

Food: Volunteers receive three meals a day. Breakfast includes eggs, porridge, toast, fruit, tea, and coffee. Lunch and dinner include a mix of local and international foods, which are freshly prepared each day. 

Laundry: Weekly laundry service is provided.

Internet: Internet facilities are available in town for a small fee.  

 

Travel Highlights

Tanzania offers a variety of tours and safari options, which are perfect for a weekend getaway or a post/pre-project safari. Moshi is only a few hours’ drive from exciting safari destinations such as the Serengeti, Ngorogoro, Tarangire and Lake Manyara.
 
The project coordinators in Moshi can help advise you on a number of different getaways which can include a trip to the Tanzanite mines, a visit to Zanzibar, a trip to the famous Serengeti National Park or the unique Ngorongoro Crater, and, of course, climbing the mighty Kilimanjaro! 
 

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Good English (some previous teaching experience will be helpful, but is not essential)
  • Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
  • Police clearance form

 

Here's an excerpt of Jen's experience:

  "I was lucky enough to be teaching the Masai, who were adults in the local tribe trying to learn to read and write Swahili and speak small bits of English which would help in the tourist industry. Many of them worked as guards or for a local hotel which meant it was good to know some English as well as Swahili. They were all lovely, and were always excited and willing to learn; it was amazing seeing how happy they were after we would tell them they had got something right."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

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