Situated at the African continent's edge, overlooking the Indian Ocean, Tanzania boasts an ideal location blessed with weather and climate that fulfill every desire. Basking in warm and sunlit days, complemented by refreshing and tranquil nights, whether you're embarking on a Serengeti safari or indulging in the tropical splendors of Zanzibar's beaches, the temperatures are consistently pleasant and gentle, creating an inviting atmosphere throughout your journey.
All the projects are situated in KIPAWA Ward, a designated area within Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Notably, KIPAWA Ward is not only home to the Dar Es Salaam Airport but also where the accommodations for volunteers are conveniently located.
THE CHILD / DAY CARE RENOVATION VOLUNTEER PROJECT IN TANZANIA
This work project is a unique opportunity to revitalize a Day/Childcare Center located in the Temeke District of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Known as a Junior Daycare, this center has been serving the impoverished community of Temeke for approximately 20 years, providing essential support to children in need. Initially, the center could accommodate up to 100 students simultaneously. However, due to deteriorating infrastructure and outdated facilities, that capacity has dwindled to only 20 students over the years. To restore the Daycare to its former capacity and enhance its facilities, we are launching a renovation project. By undertaking tasks such as painting, plumbing, remodeling, altering building structures and facilities, clearing debris, and erecting scaffolding, we will work towards creating a nurturing environment that can once again accommodate a hundred children at a time.
This endeavor will empower underprivileged children in the surrounding communities by granting them access to essential education and care. The construction site is located 2 kilometers away from the accommodation provided for volunteers.
Depending on resources and group sizes, volunteers may work on similar Childcare & Daycare Renovation projects nearby, assist with a construction of a church, or/and engage in teaching students.
All projects are within a distance of 2 to 4 kilometers from each other. We will provide transportation to and from project site.
FOOD AND ACCOMMODATIONS
Volunteer House: Your accommodation is conveniently located within walking distance of the airport, making it a mere ten-minute stroll. The house features five bedrooms, accommodating up to 12 volunteers simultaneously. Three rooms are furnished with two beds measuring 6 inches by 3 inches each, while the remaining two rooms are equipped with three beds of the same size, allowing for easy sharing among volunteers. Each room is accompanied by its own modern, Western-style bathroom. While hot water for showers may not be guaranteed, it is available on occasion.
Safety is a top priority, as the house is situated within a secure compound enclosed by a wall fence and a large metal gate. A dedicated security guide ensures the safety of the premises. Additionally, there are a cook and a house manager available on-site to ensure volunteers are well-fed and maintain order. Wi-Fi access will be provided exclusively within the volunteer house.
Homestay Accommodation: Life at the homestay is simple yet comfortable, with all our homestays equipped with electricity and running water. Our top priority is the safety and security of our volunteers, and each homestay undergoes thorough inspection and vetting to ensure a secure environment. Some volunteers prefer the authentic experience of living in a homestay, as it allows them to truly immerse themselves in the African volunteering experience.
During your stay, you will receive three daily meals. Breakfasts typically comprise tea (chai), toast, cereal, fruit, and mandazzi (deep-fried dough). Lunches usually consist of a combination of meat, vegetables, rice, sandwiches, and fruit. Dinner brings a taste of traditional cuisine, with dishes like ugali, chapatti, boga, and irio accompanied by meat and vegetables. As part of the provisions, each volunteer will be provided with a 1.6-liter bottle of water per day.
In Tanzania, there is an abundance of captivating sights and activities awaiting exploration, and we encourage you to make the most of your time by embarking on safaris and engaging in tours. Flexibility is key, as your itinerary may undergo changes along the way.
Tanzania boasts renowned national parks and the awe-inspiring Mount Kilimanjaro towering over the Serengeti. Many visitors pass through Dar Es Salaam before embarking on thrilling safaris and immersing themselves in wildlife encounters. For those seeking relaxation and basking in the sun, the alluring beaches of Zanzibar await. Additionally, the enchanting Pemba and Mafia Islands offer a different natural marvel, highly cherished by scuba divers and snorkelers who travel from around the globe to witness the vibrant coral gardens, colorful marine life, and the crystal-clear waters they hold.
BOOKING YOUR FLIGHT
Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar Es Salaam serves as the closest airport. The majority of international flights arrive in Dar Es Salaam during the afternoon, typically between midday and 5 PM.
A visa is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Tanzania.
PICK UP/DROP OFF POINT
We do pick up between midday and 6 PM and drop off volunteers from Dar Es Salaam International Airport or anywhere else within Dar Es Salaam. Project accommodations are very close to Dar es Salaam International Airport.
Tanzania, like any other destination, has its own safety considerations. Overall, Tanzania is considered relatively safe for travelers. However, it's always important to exercise caution and take necessary precautions to ensure your personal safety and well-being.
Some general safety tips for traveling in Tanzania include taking care of your belongings and being mindful of your surroundings, especially in crowded places or tourist areas. Avoid displaying valuable items openly and be cautious of petty theft.
Yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers arriving from, or having transited through, countries where yellow fever is endemic. Direct arrivals from non-endemic countries, including all countries in Europe and North America, are usually not required to show a yellow fever vaccination certificate. The CDC notes there are reports that unless a traveler has a medical exemption letter from a physician, some immigration officials require evidence of the vaccine for entry in Tanzania - particularly entry via Zanzibar - from all travelers. Travelers with neither the shot nor an exemption letter are usually allowed entry and directed to a health officer to obtain the vaccine.