where to volunteer for a few days in Tanzania?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 17, 2013 11:07 AM Last Post By: salimu
Nov 17, 2012 9:19 AM
where to volunteer for a few days in Tanzania?Hi We will be in Tanzania in January and would like to take a few days to give back. We know it's not a lot, and it wont make a big diference but maybe we can be of help somewhere. Both my husband and I have experience volunteering as English teachers in schools, as well as conversation classes with monks and helping out in an orphanage.
My husband is a pharmacist - is there a place where his skills could be used?
I will be happy to work with chidren or women, to practice English, help out in an orphanage, help out with anything really.
We will be around Arusha, Lushoto, Pangani, Tanga or Zanzibar.
If you know a place, let me know!
Nov 18, 2012 8:03 AM
Nov 18, 2012 11:02 AM
2I agree with the above reply. As a small NGO founder, I guarantee that it would be counter productive for the staff to take time away from their tasks to orient you and translate for you than any benefit of a few days volunteering would provide. Take the fee that the government would charge you for the proper paperwork allowing you to volunteer (I believe that it is still $200/person for short term volunteering) and visit a school or worthy organization and give them that as a donation. I hope that you have a great trip.
Nov 20, 2012 10:08 AM
Nov 22, 2012 2:13 AM
4I disagree, even a few days in an orphanage can offer great support to the staff and children, plus it gives you an insight into how orphanages operate which may prompt a return visit for longer or a fundraiser on your return home (in some cases on a few short weeks has ended in an adoption - not that i am saying the same will be in your case but just to prove the point that a little of a little makes a lot!. There are always benefits to a few extra pairs of hands. KATz adventure www.katzvolunteeradventure.com will be able to assist you :) all the best
Nov 24, 2012 3:36 AM
5If you are planning on coming to Arusha I recommend Ujamaa hostel. They have a few projects they support and a few they even run themselves. I think their website says minimum two week commitment but im here now until January and can tell u that its pretty flexible. I am loving it here and you guys would definitely be able to volunteer a few days...contact them!
I have someone visiting me from canada in a few weeks and was trying to get my hands on the chocolate deworming tablets (hard to find outside of the uk apparently) for one of the schools im volunteering here with.
When are you coming in January? Im around until Jan.15th then head south to SA..
I hope that helps!
Nov 25, 2012 5:05 PM
6I agree with those that say a few days is pointless, although well-intentioned. Technically, and by law, if you volunteer you are required to purchase a volunteer/work permit, which in June 2012 was $200 per person. You risk a run-in with the law if you do otherwise, as Immigration officials go specifically to orphanages to look for tourists who are volunteering without a permit. Also, it is a GREAT inconvenience to the staff and other volunteers to have to take in, train and orient tourists who show up to volunteer. It is also very HARD on the kids to have parades of short-term volunteers parade through their HOME. I was a volunteer for a month, and even that is a short time to really make a difference. A few days is only a disruption to many.
If you really want to do good, donate the money to a school, orphanage or a reputable NGO. $100 can send kids to school for a whole year!!! A little goes a long way in Tanzania and will be greatly appreciated!! Every orphanage I visited during my time in Moshi desperately needed money for FOOD, medical care, clothing, rent, or to pay the electric or water bill....really! This is how you can do the most good.
Edited by: kafrisch
Dec 5, 2012 5:18 AM
7Greeting from the Usambara Mountains
The organization named Friends of Usambara Society operating sustainable tourism program could be the best point to work together on your concept of giving back to the Communities, the organization is currently working on empowering the the primary school kids on education specifically on Environmental clubs, however does organize the trek to the local people around where you can give the Small staffs you have, it might be small as you said but it could bring lots of impact to the community
write to them using firstname.lastname@example.org and hteir home page is www.usambaratravels.com
Jan 21, 2013 5:01 AM
8I realise I may be a little late in joining this conversation, but in case I'm not ... while volunteering is a great thing to do, it's usually more useful if you're able to commit for a longer period of time. BUT there are plenty of projects that would welcome a visitor and would happily show you around. There are plenty of NGOs in Tanzania that need assistance - visit with open eyes and an open heart. Let it get to you. It's hard NOT to walk away without an altered perspective. Then a fantastic way to make a real difference is to go back home and raise money to donate, raise awareness, let people know what you saw and change the world that way.
Having said that, the School of St Jude in Arusha has a program that is set up to cater to very short term volunteers.
Oct 17, 2013 11:07 AM
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