Programme: Childhood Development Bagamoyo, Tanzania In Bagamoyo, Tanzania many children have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS. Many have been abused or abandoned, and their families struggle to provide for their most basic needs. The youngest generations are forced to grow up too quickly. Recapture and share the joy of childhood when you assist with the growth and development of children. As a role model, you’ll challenge a child’s imagination and open it to new possibilities. Your love and attention may be the only opportunity for one-on-one interaction in a child’s day, sparking newfound interest for both learning and play, and contributing to often-needed self-esteem.
Programme: Global Health Bagamoyo, Tanzania Bagamoyo, Tanzania faces high infant and maternal mortality rates, as well as malnutrition and high rates of adolescent pregnancies. Through outreach, education, and care, you will provide much-needed support to vulnerable children and adults in low-income communities.
This programme runs for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 weeks. Contact us to find out the 2017 dates and start planning your adventure!
Room & Board (any housing, food, and transportation included). Volunteers will live in the beautiful Tanzania Home-Base, a safe and comfortable family home in the welcoming community of Kilimanjaro. The Home-Base provides plenty of common areas to engage with fellow volunteers, private spaces for relaxation and reflection, and shared bedrooms with between 2 and 6 volunteers per room. A full in-country staff, led by an experienced Country Director, provide support and guidance to volunteers and are available 24/7. Healthy and delicious meals are included, and prepared by the cooks, along with unlimited safe drinking water. Ground transportation to and from the airport, the volunteer work assignment, and all Cultural & Learning Activities is included and provided by our staff drivers in our vehicles.
Does the project require any special preparation? All volunteers are prepared by a Program Specialist, who is also an alumnus. Preparation includes individual and group phone calls and emails and the online portal to complete paperwork and learn about the culture, history, and effective volunteering.
Overview of the tasks and time commitment needed from the participant. All volunteers can choose their length of stay in a program, for between 1 and 12 weeks. Volunteer work takes place each weekday morning for 4-5 hours, and Cultural & Learning Activities are provided most afternoons. These activities provide unique insights into the local community and culture, and include language lessons, reflection sessions, excursions to local points of interest, guest speakers, cooking lessons, and dance classes, among others. Volunteers have free time available most evenings and all weekends to explore the local community and country.
What specific skills, education, or experience must the participant have?What skills, education, or experience are desirable? Volunteer work assignments are arranged to provide meaningful and impactful experiences for volunteers with a wide range of skills, and each volunteer will be individually matched with a work assignment based on their skills and interests. We believe that all volunteers have something to contribute to their work assignments, and no specific skills are required.
Health and safety (site specific health and safety information). We take the safety of our volunteers seriously - it's our #1 priority. Our programming was built with your safety in mind - from the 30-point vehicle inspections conducted each day, to the local of our Home-Base and volunteer work assignments, to the attention to detail you'll see throughout our programs to ensure that you are safe and comfortable. Our in-country cooks are trained on safe food preparation, as well as preparing food for a wide range of dietary restrictions, preferences, and food allergies. All volunteers are provided with comprehensive travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance, and we've developed relationships with local hospitals and healthcare facilities for any healthcare needs. Additionally, our in-country staff is there to support you throughout your experience, and provide you with valuable guidance on your safety. You'll see our commitment to safety in every aspect of our program.
Inclusions/things to do (trips or extra features). Tanzania volunteers will find themselves in a diverse and bustling community with an exciting history and a wide range of Cultural & Learning Activities to keep them engaged. In Tanzania, volunteers might find themselves exploring the villages at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, learning about local family structure, or selecting fabrics for some beautiful handmade clothing. Some of the most common weekend destinations (not included in the program fee) include a safari or a weekend with the Maasai Warriors. Our full in-country staff are always on hand to provide tips and ideas to keep every day exciting and adventurous.
Orientation and training (supervision and preparation the participant will receive). Following a comprehensive training with your Program Specialist (online and through phone/email), volunteers are provided with a full orientation upon arrival in-country. This orientation, led by the Country Director and in-country staff, includes guidance on effective volunteering for your work assignment, a crash language lesson, a guided tour of the local community, important health and safety information, and an introduction to the Home-Base, your supportive in-country staff, and your fellow volunteers. Our orientation doesn't end with just one day, however; the in-country staff are on hand throughout your experience and provide structured and unstructured reflection sessions throughout your time.
Costs (detailed list of what’s included/not included and per diem estimate). The program fee is comprehensive, providing you with a robust, well-rounded experience where you can truly make an impact, while having the experience of a lifetime. The program fee includes:
Accommodations in the Home-Base
Full, 24/7 support by an expert in-country staff of local nationals
A volunteer work assignment customized to your skills and interests
Unique and informative Cultural & Learning Activities
All meals, prepared by our in-country cooks
Unlimited safe drinking water
Ground transportation, to and from your volunteer work assignment, Cultural & Learning Activities, and the airport
Comprehensive travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance
Volunteers will be responsible for providing their own airfare, and for covering any weekend excursions (if selected) and personal expenses. For most volunteers, we recommend budgeting $50/week in addition to weekend trips.
Logistics. Volunteers will be guided through the preparation process by a dedicated Program Specialist, who's also a alumni. Volunteers will arrange their own airport transportation to arrive at the airport in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania on the volunteer start date, and will be welcomed by the in-country staff and transported to the Home-Base to start the volunteer experience. Volunteers should plan to depart on the end date of their program, which is the last Saturday of the experience.