Volunteering in Moshi
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 25, 2012 4:52 PM Last Post By: kafrisch
Oct 27, 2012 10:36 AM
Volunteering in MoshiHello All! Well I'm planning a trip to Moshi Tanzania to volunteer and explore for about 4 months in 2013. I've already gotten my plane ticket BUT that's it. I have no official accommodations or volunteer placement. Also I'm working on a pretty tight budget (5k-7k). I know that living in Moshi isn't as expensive as living here in the states but I wanted to do some traveling and that's where the cost comes in.
Anyway right now I just really need help knowing where to go from here. I leave in April 2013 and I need to know when to start working on my visa, immunizations and everything/anything else.
I would love to speak to CURRENT, past, or other future volunteers/resident :)
Oct 28, 2012 12:40 AM
1Befor you work on your visa you may need a placement so you know for sure some dates and whether you need to change your flight times.
Visas are USD50 and valid for 3 months.
Immunizations.... well you will need to get your Yellow fever for sure and this is the essential one. They are a serious of shots over 3 months so dont leave it too long.
There are organization here in Moshi who charge for volunteering but it depends a little on what your skill base is. I dont personally know about them but there are volunteers here for sure.
I have been here for a little over 6 months on a 2 year contract so know the prices of things as an idea of costs.
Oct 28, 2012 5:00 AM
2How well qualified are you and what sort of volunteering are you looking for? Are you willing to volunteer a 40 hour work week, or a few hours a week? If you are well qualified, e.g. a degree in education or medicine, you can find volunteer placements that will provide for some of the living expenses. If you go through a volunteer organization, most make a pretty big profit on living arrangements. As far as a volunteer permit (don't even think about not getting the permit if you volunteer), they are granted for the benefit of the organization, not for the benefit of the volunteer. You will need an invitation letter from the organization, a copy of your education credentials (diplomas, etc), and an up to date CV prepared. If you are willing to live outside of Moshi in more rural areas, the possibilities are greater that you can find an organization that will help with living expenses and the cost of living is very inexpensive. I hope that you have a wonderful experience. I have just completed my 5th consecutive year here as a volunteer and enjoy it immensely.
Oct 29, 2012 6:16 PM
3I know 2 US teachers volunteering at Stella Maris school in Moshi that can give you the low down on what they're up to. Each has been there for 6-month stints before and both have returned for a year+ on the second go...so they must be doing something right. They're names are Terry and Adam and you can reach them at email@example.com. That's the front desk for the lodge where they are extended-staying (stellamarislodge.com), but the front desk knows them very, very well.
I know that another couple (1 from US, 1 from Europe) are coming to volunteer for 3 months in Jan. - Mar. Not teachers, but planning to help at the same school.
Oct 30, 2012 10:14 AM
4The Tanzanian Govt has tightened up on Volunteer permits and YOU must now show you HAVE qualifications and an organization that supports your placement.
I also know of a well credentialed Vol in Computers with a degree who missed out as his quals didn't match the job description. Moshi rides on the Volunteers back it seems, and it needs them no doubt.
Dot the I's and cross the Ts and you might be in with a shot.
Nov 3, 2012 6:02 PM
5I second what Simsy says about tightening policies for volunteers.
I have worked as a volunteer manager for 3 years in Arusha and there are cases where volunteers are caught (by immigration officers in plain clothes) with only a tourist visa. This transgression can be followed by a fine or mandatory departure from the country. Sorry to sound harsh on this, but it is good that you asked about obtaining a visa.
You definitely should do research on organizations that can help you to secure a volunteer visa as early as possible. I would advise looking at www.zoomtanzania.com which has local volunteer postings under the employment section. Or try www.idealist.org to search for organizations in the Moshi area. Contacting the organization directly can help you to secure a volunteer visa and determine what you work you can do.
Best of luck!
Nov 4, 2012 7:27 PM
6My daughter and I volunteered for four weeks in Moshi this last June with Foot2Afrika. I highly recommend them. They do not charge outrageous program fees. We paid $15 per night for food and lodging, and that was it!
Deb was our volunteer coordinator. Contact them at http://foot2afrika.com/ and also check out their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Foot-2-Afrika-Tanzania/199225576777146
I am going back to TZ in December and if I go to Moshi it will be with F2A!! We were both very happy with your placements and our experience with them.
Nov 6, 2012 3:24 PM
7I volunteered with Foot2Afrika in Moshi, Tanzania for four months this past year. While the projects that they support are well worth the time and effort of volunteering, there were issues with the director of the organization, Sadock Johnson, that some of us had problems with. If you are interested, you can read more about it here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293747-i9226-k4972149-Foot2afrika-Tanzania.html
Nov 24, 2012 9:14 AM
8Thanks everyone for your input. I've heard of many local volunteer companies in Moshi and right now F2A along with two others are in my top three. I will be doing more research and hopefully come to a decision before the end of the year. :)
Nov 25, 2012 4:52 PM
9you can read my blog about my experience (and my daughter's) with Foot2Afrika here:
I know many, many people who have volunteered with them and they have all been very pleased with their experiences. You can request references and they will put you in touch with past volunteers who can also provide insight into their own experiences.
Good luck with the decision-making process, and if you want more information you can PM me here or through my blog.
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