Once you have decided a trip with Best volunteering in Tanzania, you can get in touch with us through our contact form or chat option. Even if you are undecided in regards to which trip would suit you the most, our team is always ready to assist and guide you along the way.
Best volunteering in Tanzania has comfortable volunteer accommodation in Arusha and Zanzibar City. Bear in mind you are travelling to a third world country which has very different standards from what you’re used to. Both volunteer accommodations are provided with running (warm) water and electricity (terms apply) etc. You will be accommodated with maximum 4 persons in one room. Have look at our travel information page for additional information and pictures.
Medical emergencies are by no means a regular occurrence, but Best volunteering in Tanzania teams are equipped to deal with all situations and have strict protocols in place to do so. The Volunteer Coordinator for the project will ensure that you receive immediate medical assistance. It is a requirement that all volunteers have the adequate travel insurance that includes emergency air evacuation and repatriation, in the event of a serious illness or accident. It is the volunteer’s responsibility to ensure they have the appropriate level of cover with their chosen travel provider, which will differ depending on the activities involved in your volunteer project.
On your first day with best volunteering in Tanzania, our team of local supervisors will take you on a city tour through Arusha Town for familiarization. During the city tour you will visit some local markets, purchase and register a local sim card, visit an ATM to withdraw money, you will also get an opportunity to buy some groceries. At the end of the afternoon you will return home where you will have a briefing with your supervisor to get to know each other and explain to you how everything works in the volunteer program and the lodge – ask as many questions as you can. Once you have received your volunteer permit, which takes 2 working days to process, you can start at the project you applied for. Your supervisor will take and collect you from your project on your first day. Making sure you get a handle on the local transport system.
VOLUNTEERING IS FREE WITH US.
Your time is extremely valuable and certainly a vital part of making a difference within the community where you are placed however there are several other aspects to consider when volunteering internationally. Accommodation and food are free.
If you will like to arrange other activities you’re always welcome.
Remember You’re still a tourist let’s arrange your Activities in Advance to Avoid confusion.
No. Most of our placements have been established with no specific skill set in mind so that no one is excluded the opportunity to volunteer. That being said, placements are very personal and not every placement suits everyone so be sure to read the placement particulars information sheets before making your final decision. Please note that a teaching background or TEFL at the very least is required for Secondary school placements (only) as the levels of understanding are greater.
This is a tricky question as it really depends on how long you are looking to travel, how much you are looking to spend on any extra things you’d wish to do while you travel, whether you are planning on going shopping or whether you like to eat out or cook for yourself and so on. Our volunteer program includes food 2x a day, 5x a week and accommodation meals are served for only $5.00USD per day. Note=The water at the accommodation is safe for drinking as its borehole water and not contaminated however a 1.5litre bottle of mineral water is USD $0.50. Volunteers should generally budget from 5$- $15USD per day to include all travel, meals, telephone and Internet costs.
Yes!! There have plenty of opportunities to see the local sights and travel to surrounding destinations during your trip. However, this all depends on the trip you are doing, the project schedule and your potential employer. Sometimes it can be difficult to travel for a long period of time in between because you are committed to working hours requested by your employer, but in your free time you can go exploring. There are plenty of exciting (3-4) day trips provided on the pin-board in your volunteer accommodation. We will be happy to advise you in regards to any arrangements on the best places to visit and how to get there.
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Tanzaia visas process works different: A Visa and a Work Permit for Tanzania.
A Visa is what will get you across the border into Tanzania and you need one simply to ‘be” in the country. You can get these from the airport at any border as you arrive and they cost: US $50,- for US nationals (or US $100,- for non-US nationals). This is a Tourist Visa. A Tourist Visa gives you permission to be in Tanzania, but you are NOT allowed to legally work or volunteer on it. So you also need a “Permit” in order to volunteer. o A Permit gives you permission to work in Tanzania (and volunteering is considered “work” by immigration rules here). You can basically only volunteer short term (less than 3 months), or long term (more than 3 months). A Visa and a Work Permit and Ministry of Labor for Zanzibar There are two different documents you need when wanting to volunteer on Zanzibar, a Visa and a Permit. • A visa is what will get you across the border into Tanzania and you need one simply to “be” in the country. You can get these from the airport at any border as you arrive and they cost: USD $ 50 – or USD $ 100 for US citizens. (Its officially called a Tourist Visa) A Tourist Visa gives you permission to be on Zanzibar, but you are NOT allowed to legally work/volunteer on it. So you also need a Permit in order to volunteer. • You need to get a Volunteer Permit. This will cost you: USD $ 200 for 3 months. Are you staying between than 3 and 6 months it costs you $400,-, staying longer than 6 months the volunteer permit costs $800.00 • The laws of Zanzibar requires every foreigner who is working on Zanzibar to have a work permit from the Ministry of Labor. Your supervisor will file your application before your arrival, the work permit costs $220.00 and is valid for 3months. Please note this permit is only valid for the program you applied for.
Preventive vaccination is highly recommended however consult with your personal physician beforehand. A great place to check on recommended medication is the Centre of Disease Control. Note that no vaccinations are required if you are travelling from the US, however if you are coming from an infected zone, certain vaccinations are required (example; if you are travelling from Kenya to Tanzania, the Tanzanian authorities will require a yellow fever certificate. Please check with the respective embassy/consulates as regulations often change.
It is important for a volunteer to have a sense of HUMOR! Life here is not what you are used to! The electricity will go out, the water supply will cut off, you’ll have to take cold showers and use candles from time to time, service will be slow in restaurants, banks, supermarkets… Keep your head cool and use your sense of humor while still being respectful. Learn to handle difficult situations with patience, tolerance and a SMILE.
Toss out your expectations, embrace the differences. It’s not all going to fit the “standard”. Just roll with it and keep a light- approach to life. When something goes wrong, which it will, remember that a smile, a shake of your head and a laugh will take you a lot further than the angry, frustrated and shouting “white person in Africa act” for best volunteering in Tanzania