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Global Adventure Safaris

Volunteering in Tanzania

Global Safaris – organizes language- culture- and volunteer work stays in Tanzania in collaboration with local NGOs. Volunteering is a unique way to discover a country, its cul-ture and people while doing a meaningful job.

You must be at least 18 years old, independent, outgoing and have a sincere desire to do volunteer work. Participants come from many different countries.

Country

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Shortly after achieving independence from Britain in the early 1960s, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the nation of Tanzania in 1964. Tanzania is bordered by Bu-rundi, Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Tanzania’s surface is 886,037 sq km, including the islands of Mafia, Pemba and Zanzibar. Click here for a map.

Volunteer projects are located in: Dar es Salaam.

Arusha is one of the bigger cities in the north of Tanzania at the base of Mt. Meru, not far from the border with Ken-ya. It is well known as an African congress center contain-ing the site for the International Tribunal for the Rwandan Genocide.

Climate

The climate varies from tropical along the coast to tem-perate in the highlands. The coastal region is tropical with relatively high humidity. The average temperature is mod-erated by the sea breeze, especially on the islands, and ranges between 27 and 29 degrees Celsius.

In the mountainous areas of the Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Mara regions the temperature occasionally drops below 15 degrees Celsius at night during the months of June and July. There are two rainy seasons – from mid March through May and in November – December, when it rains only a few hours during the day.

Population

Life expectancy is only around 45 years, due to the many deaths from AIDS. UNAIDS and WHO figure that nine out of ten children under the age of 15 carry the virus.

99% of the mainland population is African; 95% are Bantu from more than 130 tribes. The remaining 1% consists of Asian, European and Arab.

Religious beliefs are African Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, indigenous beliefs 35%. The island of Zanzibar is mainly Arab and has more than 99% Muslims.

Language

Kiswahili or Swahili is the official language, while English is the official language of commerce, administration and higher education. Arabic is widely spoken in Zanzibar. The first language of most people is a local language.

The program

Programs start every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, with arrival Sunday prior to the program start at KIA (Kili-manjaro International Airport) or Dar es Salaam airport.

Upon arrival you will be picked up at the airport and driven to the volunteer house or coordinator’s place. During 1-3 days, depending on the length of your voluntary work, you will get a general briefing. These first days will offer you glimpses into the Swahili language, as well as Tanzania’s various cultures, religions, and local ways of life.

This introduction will be held in Dar es Salaam, Arusha or Bagamoyo, depending on your work area.

Volunteer work options

Orphanages

Legal Aid project

HIV/AIDS Project

Medical/Healthcare Internship

Teaching English /Womens Project

Pamoja Project

English Boarding School

Food and accommodation during volunteering

Accommodation is with host families or in volunteer hous-es where volunteers share a room and sanitary facilities with other volunteers. There is local food 3 times a day. Tanzanian food includes meat, chicken, seafood and vege-tarian dishes. Showers do no not always have hot water.

Below you will find descriptions of the voluntary work places. Tasks and working hours differ from place to place. 2

Orphanages

Tanzania and all the sub-Saharan African countries are badly affected by the epidemics of poverty and HIV. The number of orphans and street children is growing. Efforts have been made by various local organizations to protect these children by offering much-needed education as well as skill-development training. Thousands of orphan chil-dren who suffer from extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and hope-lessness leave their villages and travel to Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Moshi and other cities, where they most often end up worse off on the street. Most orphanages in Tanzania lack resources and are under-staffed. Orphanages in Tan-zania focus primarily on offering formal and informal schooling and a safe place to live and study.

Volunteers generally work with the following activities:

In the morning help with breakfast and prepare the children for school. Volunteers accompany the children to and from school.

Teach English 3-4 hours a day in the local school.

Small children (ages 2-6 years) remain in their or-phanages where volunteers who choose not to teach in schools play with the children: sports, art, games, picture books, music. All sorts of fun activities are welcome.

Also organize activities when the children return from school, both free time fun and help with homework.

Skill-training and free time activities for the children who are too old to go to school.

After dinner help the children wash, brush teeth and take care of themselves.

This is just a general picture of the daily life of volunteers. Each orphanage has its own routine. Some orphanages are in rural areas.

Work is from 20-30 hours per week. Volunteers are ac-commodated in a separate room at the orphanage or with host families, with local food three times a day. You may have to share room with another volunteer.

Legal Aid Project

The purpose of this project is to teach widows and or-phans of men who have died from AIDS/HIV about their legal rights.

These international human rights include the right to work, to an adequate standard of living, to participate in cultural and political life, to education and freedom of religion.

The Legal aid clinics coach and empower clients with the necessary knowledge of legal and court procedures to en-able them to represent their cases in Court.

The volunteer work at this project involves legal counsel-ing and reconciliation sessions on legal issues like labor law, employment, matrimony, land, contract, children’s rights, tort, probate, etc.

Volunteer placement and field research opportunities are not restricted to people who have legal academic back-ground and human rights experience – though most of the interns, assistants, and students have completed law studies. The project also provides psychosocial support to widows, vulnerable children, orphans and their foster par-ents.

The following fields of expertise are represented at the Le-gal center:

Accounting/Finance

Advocacy

Administration

Information/Journalism

Information technology

Fundraising

Organization development

Publication

Research

Secretarial (including editing work)

This project is located in Arusha and accommodation is in a volunteer house or with a host family in Arusha. The walking distance to the work place in the center of town is 10 to 15 minutes. You can also take a minibus (dala dala) which costs ca. 5 USD per week.

HIV/AIDS Project

Despite global concerns and efforts, this deadly disease is still epidemic in Africa. HIV/AIDS prevention and counsel-ing projects in Tanzania are an attempt to prevent further transmission through education. The projects also provide moral support to those affected and help them to build self-esteem and hope in life.

Volunteers in this program will care for HIV/AIDS infected children and adults and get them involved in educational activities, with focus on safe sex. Educational materials are provided.

Volunteers help with the following activities

Care for and encourage HIV/AIDS patients.

Counseling and education in hospitals and communi-ties.

Encourage young men and women by involving them to actively participate in HIV/AIDS preventive educa-tion in the district

Help various HIV/AIDS organizations in their communi-ty outreach programs such as hospice care, recrea-tional and educational programs, voluntary HIV coun-seling and testing, seminars and conferences on the virus within the community.

Counseling for the caretakers and distributing medica-tion and food supplies.

Assist with homecare visits to HIV positive people.

Medical training is not necessary for all aspects of the program, but a background in HIV/AIDS and basic health care is preferred. 3

Volunteers without medical background will help to edu-cate and entertain children and other practical tasks.

You will almost certainly be asked to help with informal teaching for children and adults. Your role could include activities in nurseries, children’s homes, with HIV/Aids vic-tims, helping adults to practice their English and arranging fun activities.

Volunteers will need to be pro-active in organizing activi-ties they particularly want to get up and running.

Volunteers generally are accommodated with host families in local communities or they stay at the volunteer house. Host families are active community members who are trained and experienced with international volunteers. You will get a single or shared room with another volunteer. Your host will provide three meals a day.

Medical/Healthcare Internship

If you are looking for valuable hands-on medical experi-ence, there are possibilities in the hospitals in Arusha.

As a medical intern, you will also be able to work at rural health posts and community clinics. Participants spend the majority of their internship working as an assistant to a doctor/healthcare professional. Work responsibilities vary with your education, skills, and previous experience. Interns interested in joining this internship must have health care certification, such as an ID as a medical stu-dent, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physi-cian’s credentials.

Medical interns without credentials are not allowed to work in this program because of the potential liability risk. Job responsibilities of interns vary with education, skills, experience, and qualifications. Interns measure blood pressure, temperature, height, weight, as well as assist doctors. Interns may also help in health camps, distribute medication, advice patients about health, nutrition and sanitation as well as council patients and possibly partici-pate in the treatment of minor injuries and wounds or maintain journals.

Work is from 20-30 hours per week. Volunteers are ac-commodated in a separate room at the orphanage or with host families, with local food three times a day. You may have to share room with another volunteer.

On the first day of the project you will meet a project coor-dinator, who will explain your role as a volunteer. The ori-entation will cover all the relevant information about your project, including safety issues. An individual timetable will be worked out for you based on how much time you want to commit to volunteering.

You will select a particular area of interest related to med-ical/healthcare issues and explore the issue further with the help of an assigned supervisor. Please note: the pro-ject supervisor DOES NOT develop internships. It is up to the interns to get as much as possible out of their pro-jects.

Teaching Project

Volunteers support the local teachers in educating and playing with children. TEFL graduate volunteers are most welcome! They get involved in: – Teaching English to children, teachers and local adults (a TEFL qualification is useful, although this is not an abso-lute must) – Singing and dancing with children – Developing the children’s creative skills through crafts such as painting, drawing and coloring – Playing developmental games with the children – General upkeep of the school to keep it a pleasant envi-ronment in which to learn

Primary and secondary schools Working in the primary and secondary schools, with too many children to accommodate at one time, and shortag-es of staff and facilities, often two school sessions are run per day.

You will find that most of the schools have meager and ill-equipped facilities, but a wealth of children with a desire to learn. As a volunteer, you will assist teachers and con-tribute to our effort of providing children with a better edu-cation, especially by aiding them in the English language (again where a TEFL qualification would be really useful for your volunteer project). These are the ways in which you will assist in the schools:

The school’s English teacher will assist volunteers with teaching methods and advice. Teaching experience is not required but we expect volunteers to have a good com-mand of English and communication skills. In most cases, volunteers stay with the local coordinator, sharing a room with other volunteers with three meals a day. Volunteers usually share bath and toilet facilities with their host fami-ly.

There is a similar school in Njisi near the border with Ma-lawi, 12 hours bus ride from Bagamoyo. The school is for children who have lost or have been abandoned by their parents. Many are being cared by grandparents. 4

Bus transport from Dar es Salaam to Kyela will be orga-nized. The road passes through the Mikumi National Park, one of Tanzania’s biggest parks, so you will have a chance to see some wild animals along the way. Accommodation is in a special volunteer house in shared rooms. You will get three meals a day. If you intend to volunteer at the Af-rican Child Care School for a longer period, you can decide if you also want to help in Njisi.

Women’s group

At the African Childcare school some children have AIDS.

They have been infected by their mothers. The leader of the school tries to improve the living conditions of these mothers through work and education. One lady is em-ployed at the ACC kitchen and prepares food for the chil-dren. Others follow special language classes. There are al-so lessons in child care and English. ACC hopes that

These women can earn a living by becoming teachers themselves. Volunteers will mainly help teaching English. More projects, with income generation as their goal, are underway, farming, for example.

Pamoja Project

The Pamoja Project focuses on teaching and raising awareness of HIV/AIDS for community members and schoolchildren. Most of your time will be spent teaching, lesson planning, and training peer educators. You will also be involved in community assessment work within your vil-lage.

Peer to peer learning has proven to be an effective model for behavior change communication among adolescents. Peer education is a particularly powerful method for reach-ing young people. This educational program targets both government and private primary and secondary schools. Educators are nominated and elected by teachers and fel-low students, and they are among the brightest, most out-going students in their class.

Volunteers and program officers provide training for peer leaders, and a three day seminar for peer education teachers. Our partner and field officers stay in touch with schools and different community project stakeholders – helping peer educators organize special events such as sports days, exchange learning visits, and competitions within and among schools.

These students use dynamic education techniques such as songs; drama, debates, and poetry to engage other youths and encourage them to think critically so they can choose behaviors that lower their risk of getting HIV / AIDS. This requires that we teach the basic biological facts about the virus, the progression of the disease in the

Body, the primary modes of transmission, and the most ef-fective methods of prevention. Volunteers will live with host families.

Work at English Boarding School without introduc-tion days

This boarding school shelters orphans and children whose parents cannot care for them due to deep poverty. There are currently 70-80 children from 4 – 12 years old living at the school. The classes are small, maximum 18 pupils. There is no religious preference at this boarding school; children from all religions are accepted.

All the teaching is in English so we expect you to speak – not necessarily write – good English. You will teach about 2 hours in the morning and care for the children about 3 hours in the afternoon. You can also teach other subjects, depending on your interest and abilities.

Volunteers with a craftsman background can also work in the school’s garden or new auditorium, or help to renovate the furniture.

The boarding school prefers volunteers who will stay at least 3 months. Minimum stay is 1 month. You will receive 15 Euros a week in pocket money after the first 4 weeks volunteering. This amount will increase to 22 Euros per week after 12 weeks volunteering.

Accommodation is in single rooms, either in the home of the school principal or in the school’s guest house, with bathroom and balcony. You can also choose a homestay with a family living near the school, where at least one family member speaks English. The school principal is the contact person for all volunteers and will help with all practical matters. Volunteers can borrow the school’s cars for short excursions, paying only for petrol. Remember an international driving license.

You can take the bus from the Kilimanjaro airport to Kisangara. The boarding school is on the road from Moshi to Tanga; about 1.5 hours drive from the airport.

Pick-up from Kilimanjaro international Airport near Arusha can be arranged for a fee of 65 Euros.

If you are interested in teaching English, be aware that most schools close during the following periods

June 15 th – July 27 th

Sep 19 th – Oct 10 th

Dec 15 th – Jan 1 st

2nd part

4-Day Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

Day 1:

Arusha to Serengeti

After early breakfast, we will start our drive from Arusha to Serengeti passing the unique and gorgeous Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the Serengeti National Park.

The most intriguing, yet amazing natural legend of the timeless African landscape rolls before your eyes when the wildebeest embark on the most important journey of their lives: the amazing migration, which is often referred to as the “Eighth wonder of the world.”

Spend a dinner and overnight at the central Serengeti at Seronera public campsite.

Day 2:

Serengeti full day

At 06.00h we will start the sunrise game drive.

You will be accompanied by the melodic singing of the birds while searching for leopards and other nocturnal animals, you will also spot hunters waiting for their prey in ambush and contrastingly calm hippos, returning to their watery homes with their family. We will return to the campsite, where we will enjoy a late breakfast at 9.00am.

We will continue our game drive at 10.30am and stay in the wilderness for the rest of the day. Our safari drive will continue according to the date of your travel and we will follow the animals on their trail, where you will be able to witness the annual migration

Dinner and overnight at Seronera public campsite.

Day 3:

Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation

After breakfast, we will start with a morning game drive through the canter of the Serengeti with a picnic lunch boxes until noon and then head towards the South border of Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will be welcomed by stunning views of the crater, followed by dinner and overnight at Simba public campsite located on the edge of the crater.

Day 4:

Ngorongoro crater tour, Arusha

After early morning breakfast, we will proceed descending into the crater floor for a game drives, which is the 8th natural wonder of the world and the unique, world famous caldera with the most abundant wildlife.

The caldera is exhibiting more than 120 species of mammals. We will also visit saline lakes such as lake Magadi, which is a magnet for flamingos and other water birds. We will see pools full of hippos, the endangered East Africa black rhinos including birds such as secretary bird, white stork arriving from Europe during the wet season, kori bustards, crowned cranes and ostriches. It is for sure a landscape of sheer beauty. Another big draw card to this picturesque park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. After this unforgettable experience, we ascend the crater wall and transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home, which will also mark the end of our tour.

Tour Cost Includes:
-Guarantee price/guarantee private safari on confirmation
-Ground transport on safari in a comfortable safari car equipped for game viewing, photography and touring
-Full board accommodation whilst on safari
-All park entrance fees to include government taxes
-Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide and Cook
-Bottled water whilst on safari

-All camping materials

Tour Cost Excludes:

Expenses of a personal nature, laundry, telephone calls, drinks and beverages and personal    travel insurances.

-Tipping/gratitude to the supported staff

-International Airfares & Visa entry fees to Tanzania

-Airport transfers

-Accommodation in Arusha town

 

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