Looking for people to join to an affordable volunteering experience
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Oct 14, 2013 8:08 PM Last Post By: johannestz
Oct 7, 2013 6:34 AM
Looking for people to join to an affordable volunteering experienceHi there!
My name is Annasofie and I am staying in Tanzania, Arusha. I want to start volunteering for a non profit organization. I have found many interesting organizations which you can work for and who can accommodate you cheap.
Accommodation is most of the places 50 US Dollars pr. week and no registration fee or anything like that.
I am very interested in hearing from anyone who also do not want to pay big fees to untransparent organizations.
Oct 7, 2013 6:43 AM
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Oct 7, 2013 7:45 PM
Oct 8, 2013 4:05 AM
5Anna - you will need a "C" Permit - it comes after your tourist visa and allows you to part-take in non-paid work activities. The cost of this visa seems to vary depending upon the length of time you are volunteering - My last two C Permits cost $100 US (2011 and 2012). But I am aware that in can cost up to $500 US. (Have a look at a post in the FAQ section for Africa).
If you are volunteering in Moshi you can expect a visit to your accommodation venue from the Immigration Office (its the main one for mainland Tanzania). Being caught volunteering without a permit can land you in hot water (inc jail and most likely deportation and exclusion for up to 5 years).
That you are willing and able to volunteer is a good thing - TZ needs all the help it can get, but be careful.
Oct 8, 2013 9:11 AM
6I think that is terrible that you have to pay so much money for a work permit to do non paid volunteer work. People just come to help in anyway they can, also contribute to the local economy buy renting and buying food..............and what do the Tz government do? charge them between $100 and $500!
Oct 8, 2013 12:51 PM
7I have been a volunteer continuously for the past 6 years in Moshi. The regulations are for stays under 2 months, you can get what I think is called a Temporary Assignment Permit for $200 + you need to have paid for a tourist visa. For stays over 2 months, a Class C residence permit is required at a cost of $550. It is valid for multiple entry and for up to 2 years. You are required to stay with the same organization though or else you need a new permit. The government is very strict with volunteer permits; severe penalties to both the volunteer and the organization if this is abused. Be sure to bring original certificates and diplomas with you. You will also need an up to date CV, passport size photos and an invitation letter from the sponsoring organization. The organization should do most of the leg work for you since the permit will be granted for their benefit, not yours. Although this sounds very negative, it is a great experience (I obviously think so, staying for the past 6 years). Have a great trip.
Oct 8, 2013 1:24 PM
8Link to the website for the CTA permit:
Link to website for Residence Permits (Class C)
Whether Immigration is requiring CTAs or Residence Permit Class C seems to change from month to month, year to year. When I was there in May 2012, it was a CTA permit, good for 3 months and costs $200.00. It changes often, and yes, it is a way for the TZ government to make money off of volunteers. That is the reality, take it or leave it. Some countries charge less, some more.
The volunteer organization you are working with is the one who SHOULD have the most current information. Do NOT volunteer on a Tourist Visa --- Immigration does spot check the known volunteer spots, and it could result in getting escorted out of the country, or more likely fined.
You said you wanted to volunteer in Arusha, not Moshi. If so, check out:
Neema House, Ujamaa Children's Home (they have their own hostel) , and the Nkoaranga Orphanage, which is outside of Arusha in Usa River. I know the director there, Bekka. also look into Walk In Love. These are just a few of the places I know of in Arusha. There are many. By all means, you can easily avoid the high priced NGOs that charge ridiculous amounts of money to volunteer. The NGO in those cases are money-making businesses geared towards taking your money because of your good heart.
That said, please, especially if in an orphanage or school, I recommend a stay of not less than ONE MONTH. The longer you can stay the better. I volunteered for a month in Moshi last year (with Foot2Afrika), and it was not nearly long enough. And, it is hard on the kids to have a series of strangers come and go every few weeks. Also, please bring a SKILL with you that will be of use to the place you volunteer. When you apply to volunteer somewhere, look at the projects the NGO is partnered with, and apply for one where your SKILLS, talents, and interests are a good match to the population they serve.
http://www.thesmallthings.org/ (Nkoarange Orphanage)
Oct 8, 2013 2:17 PM
9Jambo - "Changes"& "Kafrish" - thanks for the great posts and the update of the "voluntary visa" situation.
Alcotteer the reason for the extra visa fees is that more than a few people come to Tanzania on a tourist visa, move into non-paid work and then into "paid" work, both overstaying their original visas and taking paid work away from TZ citizens. Unemployment and Under-employment are big problems in TZ so I fully support the government's attempts to control this issue. (Hope this clears up the situation!)
Oct 9, 2013 8:12 AM
10Thanks for all the answers. Much of it was very helpful!
I found out that the CTA only is valid in the region that it is issued (which in my case is Iringa). So no matter what I need a new one.
Kafrish: I am also open to volunteer in other regions. So if you know any other places then it would be great also.
And by the way I am not interested in volunteering without the permit (I of course am going to follow the laws).
Oct 14, 2013 1:10 PM
Oct 14, 2013 8:08 PM
12A good NGO is American based "Jifundishe" They do a lot of education and community work. They don't let you alone and help you to get necessary papers.
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