In beautiful Tanzania lies the city of Moshi, which has the mighty mountain of Kilimanjaro as its neighbor. In addition to your location at either nursery or primary school, in any of the Community Centers projects or in health care center you will experience magnificent nature and very hospitable people. Be sure to experience one of Africa’s most exciting countries while making a difference for its people.
Tanzania – community center/ school/ health care
Project fee from EUR 830
Your Role as a Volunteer
The Community Center
As a volunteer at the Community Center you will be given the opportunity to work on all the different projects the Center is running, focusing on strengthening, developing and supporting the children and families involved, all of which come from difficult circumstances in one of the suburbs of Moshi . An afternoon program is open to all children in the area and offers music, dance and English lessons five days a week. A sports project works more actively with young girls and boys. Your role will be to attend the activities, support the children, help the local team as well as give and get memories. The Community Center also runs a women group, homework help, environmental projects and a field project with agriculture and building a rural school and as a volunteer you become one in the team and if you wish you can participate in all projects.
As a volunteer at a nursery or primary school, your role is to assist the teacher and support the students in mainly English, Swahili (language in Tanzania) and mathematics. There are big challenges in the Tanzanian school environment, and a Tanzanian teacher usually teaches a class of about 30 children all alone. There you will be a huge asset! Classes are large and many students need help beyond what teachers can provide. The children are in mixed ages between 3 and 14 years old and in addition to classroom education, singing, dancing and playing are much appreciated by both children and teachers. You do not have to be a teacher for volunteering at school.
* The school is closed for holiday for two weeks in March, throughout June, two weeks in September and throughout December, so during these periods you may join the afternoon program at the Community Center as each program then extends its activities (see above).
Hospital / Health Center/ Special Needs Center
As a volunteer at the hospital you will participate in the daily work and next to a regular nurse or doctor. There are different departments to be at and you can leave your own requests before departure and we will try to match it. At the health center you will work on various health promotion projects. You can be working with HIV patients, mothers & children or in an outreach program. For volunteering in hospitals you need to be educated or studying a doctor / nurse / nurse assistant. At the health center no prior knowledge is required but it’s a plus. As a volunteer at the Special Need Center you will be working with children with various special needs and support them in their everyday life and training.
Center for children with special needs
As a volunteer at this center you will have the possibility to help children with special needs. In Tanzania the knowledge and acceptance of children with special needs is very limited. Many children are abandoned, hidden away for their whole life or even killed after the birth. At this center the children will get an education and support though out their childhood and upbringing. Some live here while others just come for the day.
In Moshi we work with a Swedish partner who has lived in Tanzania since 2010 and has extensive experience of volunteering and volunteers from around the world. Our partner is your contact throughout your stay and helps you with everything from accommodation and orientation to location and actual volunteer work. Thanks to this cooperation we can offer you volunteer good, sustainable and long-term volunteer projects. This feels we feel very important and good.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
During your first week you will get an introduction to the city, culture and your location and help with practical details such as helping to withdraw money and get a sim card for your mobile. One tip is to make sure your phone is unlocked for use of a Tanzanian sim card and that your bank card is open for withdrawal in Tanzania. You will also be offered an introduction course to the language swahili, if interested.
To have a valid visa is a prerequisite for all volunteering in the country. The cost of a volunteer visa is not included in the price and is paid on site, either on arrival at the airport (recommended) or your first day in Moshi. When applying directly at the airport, you will be notified in advance of an invitation letter from your location as shown on arrival.
Accommodation and Food
You will be living with other volunteers in a spacious volunteer house within walking distance to the supermarket, restaurants, pool areas and beautiful nature. The accommodation has mosquito nets, electricity, hot water, cooking facilities and a cleaning service and a large garden where the monkeys in the neighborhood likes to visit.
It is close to local transport (so-called daladala’s) that will take you to your placement if it is not within walking distance. There is no internet in the house, but there are good opportunities for mobile surfing. Most Moshi cafés and restaurants have wifi and there are also internet cafes if you do not have a computer / smartphone.
Your free time
When you are not volunteering, it is recommended to explore the country. As a volunteer in Moshi you already live close to some of the country’s biggest attractions, Kilimanjaro and the major national parks Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Moshi is the starting point for many who are coming to climb Kilimanjaro and during high season there are many tourists visiting the country.
On your spare time you can go to a pool near the volunteer house, explore the city life of Moshi and experience the exciting surroundings or go for a walk in the area where you live. There are also a number of exciting day trips to do, such as the waterfalls up to Kilimanjaro, coffee rivers where you harvest your own coffee, hot springs in the middle of nowhere, bike rides through the sugar plantation or visit a masai town to experience their culture and tradition.
To central Moshi you will get local (Daladala’s), tuktuk or taxi for a few dollars. Moshi offers a wide range of restaurants, shops and cafes. There are also several banks and ATMs if you need to withdraw money. Keep in mind that it is left-hand traffic in Tanzania, so take an extra look over your shoulders before crossing the streets. Other good activities in the evenings may be reading, so bring some good books. Do not worry if you forget, the volunteer house has a collection of English books to borrow.
We offer a stunning ascent to the summit of Kilimanjaro for those who want to experience an unforgettable adventure. Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, majestically rises straight up from the plains of Tanzania. Join the adventure of a lifetime to Kilimanjaro! Be sure to ask for more information.
Tanzania is well known for its abundant wildlife, unique landscapes and life-giving waters. It is the ‘land of the ultimate safari’, and has been inviting adventurers for years. Life in Tanzania is slow and easy with the local finding no need to rush – so patience and a relaxed attitude is welcomed. Tanzania is in the truest form of the word, an adventure, teaching its visitors to expect the unexpected. Tanzania is home to Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Spice Islands, Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika, as well as the most famous of all, the Serengeti.
Like in many other African countries, the gap between rich and poor is huge. The level of education is low, and a third of the population cannot even read and write. As found in other African countries, HIV / AIDS a major problem affecting the economy and of course the social structures found within communities. Despite some of the harsh circumstances you will find some of these people in, they are well known for their joy and enthusiasm in most situations.
Your ticket to Tanzania is not included in the tour price. Volunteer Travel cooperates with various travel agents around the world and when you book your trip you will receive travel suggestions for a ticket via email. If you are interested in the suggestions, please reply and let us know which choice you would like to go with. IMPORTANT NOTE: Book your ticket so that you arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania on Sunday, the day before the project starts. Your last day of work is on the Friday after the number of full weeks you decided to work as a volunteer. If you want to go home right after the end of the project, you should book your return flight for the Saturday or Sunday. Be sure to check the arrival and departure of the ticket time and that it matches with your time at the project.
You will need to pay a fee of USD 50 on arrival in Tanzania for them to issue you a tourist visa valid for 3 months. This visa can be extended if you decide to stay longer. This will be at your own cost. You will also need a work permit (200 US dollar). This can be issued at the airport otherwise our partner will arrange one for you when you arrive. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please remember that as an unpaid volunteer you are a tourist to the country and therefore need to state that on your arrival. Make sure that your passport is valid at least 6 months, following your return date.
You are responsible for insurance covering illness, injury and theft while working as a volunteer in Tanzania. Most agents that you book your flight through will be able to offer you travel insurance so be sure to enquire about the specifics when purchasing your ticket. However, Volunteer Travels does include liability insurance in the tour price. A liability for times when you as an individual are required to pay for damages that you have unintentionally caused, either damaging someone’s property or hurting someone.
For any questions about vaccinations, you should contact your general doctor or vaccination centre near you. It is recommended that you get Hepatitis A and B and tetanus when traveling to Africa. If you travel into Tanzania from selected countries around Tanzania you will be required to have a Yellow Fever vaccination. Please be sure to know which countries you need a Yellow Fever vaccination card for.