Volunteer in Tanzania with GapGuru
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Volunteer in Tanzania with GapGuru

GapGuru works with some inspirational partner schools and local organisations in the city of Arusha.

Arusha is a fascinating city where you will find modern office buildings, 5 star hotels and upmarket coffee shops; however, you will also see local women sitting on the side of the roads selling huge avocados or cooking corn on the cob on a fire, and you will also meet Masaai men in their traditional shukas.

Volunteers in Tanzania have plenty of options for exciting ways to spend their weekends. They can visit waterfalls and hot springs, a Masaai market, or the Cultural Heritage Centre (the largest contemporary art gallery Africa). GapGuru can also arrange 3 or 5 day safaris and, for anyone looking for a real challenge, we can arrange a 6 day Mount Kilimanjaro trek.

  • Teach English in Tanzania: Teach English to children and adults in the Tanzanian community. You will receive fantastic assistance with your lesson planning and guidance with lesson delivery. Get involved with improving the English-speaking skills of nursery children, primary school children, and local Masaai groups.
  • Business Intern in Tanzania: Develop and share your business skills and experience in Tanzania, where many families have lost breadwinners and now struggle to make an income. You will complete area research, interview families (accompanied by a translator), teach key skills and help create business plans. See your hard work pay off as new businesses are built to provide sustainable and independent incomes for the families you’ve been working with.
  • Tanzania Adventure: Volunteer for 3 weeks on one of our community projects, getting to know local people, exploring the area and using your time to make a difference. Follow this up with an amazing safari week in Africa’s top wildlife and game parks.
  • Tanzania Encompassed: Volunteer for 4 weeks on one of our community projects, getting to know local people, exploring the area and using your time to make a difference. Next, you’ll take on a challenging 6-day trek to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro – the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. Finish up with an amazing safari week in Africa’s top wildlife and game parks.
  • Travelling to Teach in Tanzania: This is a 3-week summer holiday programme for qualified teachers, designed to fit into the 6-week break. Make the most of your skills and experience by adding huge value to the curriculum in a Tanzanian school.
  • Add on excursions include: Kilimanjaro trek, Meru trek, 3 day safari, 5 day safari
Locations
Africa » Tanzania » Arusha
Africa » Tanzania
Length
2-4 Weeks
1-3 Months
3-6 Months
Language
English
Housing
Hostel
Starting Price
$500.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
Your program fee covers:

- Pre-departure briefing
- Airport pick-up
- Welcome and orientation
- Volunteer placement
- Volunteer permit
- Accommodation
- Meals
- 24-hour in-country support
- UK HQ support

Questions & Answers

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Program Reviews (3)

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Jeremy
Male
24 years old
United Kingdom
Lancaster University

Tanzania Encompassed - Gap Guru

10/10

I would thoroughly recommend this programme. It was enjoyable, eye-opening and truly unforgettable. Arusha is an incredible, lively and unique city.

My blog is available here: www.gapguru.com/blogs/jeremy-omar/tanzania#ad-image-0

How can this program be improved?

The time goes so quickly, so I would have liked to have gone for longer.

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Clemmie
Female
19 years old
Cambridge, MA

Volunteering in Tanzania

10/10

Travelling to volunteer in Tanzania was the first time I have ever done anything of such a nature and, almost immediately, I knew how worthwhile an experience it was going to be. I met with staff at the charity multiple times during my first few days in Arusha to set goals and be orientated within the new environment. Meetings continued relatively regularly to evaluate progress as well as just to generally hang out with other volunteers. I lived with a local family, who were exceptionally welcoming, and I had a lot of fun with them as well as having the opportunity to try many new things with them: highlights with the family included going with them to a traditional wedding in Dar es Salam, playing with the children in the local villages and travelling around with them on the local motorbike taxis or "bodabodas".

I volunteered at ESA English Medium School, which was not only very fun, but also highly rewarding. I travelled to school early in the morning with the children on the school bus, which was an excellent way to start the day: interacting with the happy children made the early mornings no problem at all! At school, I worked mostly with the younger children (aged between 5 and 9). I would lead classes with them to help them improve their English, in which the format would be relatively casual. I was given the freedom to plan the classes myself, so they could be varied and involve games and songs and other interesting ways for the children to gain a better understanding of English. I would also help other teachers in the classroom with the general running of their classes, allowing each child to get more individual attention. Despite only being there for a short time, I saw the benefits with this because many children gained more confidence and were able to understand things to a greater extent by being given the chance to go over what the teacher had taught at a slower pace, one on one. When it was time for me to leave, I really did not want to go, which I suppose shows how great a time I was having.

On the weekends and the time I was not working, there were many opportunities to explore both in the city and in the forest nearby. There were weekend hikes with both locals and other volunteers from various organisations and the chance to go out with other volunteers too. Part of my program also allowed me to go on safari, which was amazingly fun and another chance to meet lots of new people (both locals and volunteers). We camped together at night and explored the nature parks by day. I also got the chance to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, which was an unforgettable experience with spectacular views and a fun team.

Overall, my program was amazing. I met loads of cool people and had the chance to do many fun things, but most importantly, I was able to have lots of fun with some very special children and help them to learn the language that their schooling is in.

How can this program be improved?

Longer!

Also, it would have been nice if I could have set up an extracurricular activity for the children, like the scope to set up a lunch-time study group / sports team. I am sure I would have been able to do that if I had asked, but the time just flew by and I never got round to it!

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Sh'anesu
Female
24 years old
United Kingdom

Tanzania Encompassed with GapGuru

10/10

I went to Tanzania in April 2014 and upon arrival, I was welcomed by the lovely Samina Bunker, Manager of GapGuru Tanzania. We drove to the house in Sekei, Arusha which is very diverse when it comes to social statuses of the residents. The house is located in a rather safe area, made even safer by the night guards Mr Lucas and Mr Petro. At night they will open the gate for you if you forget your keys in the house and they're very protective of the volunteers. I met Mama Sweet the housekeeper whose cooking is to die for! (I'm a foodie). There is always something different to eat, with vegetarian options as well. The house is kept neat and tidy by Mama Sweet and it's really cosy. There are two ensuite bedrooms which can accommodate up to 4 people (I think), and two other bedrooms with a shared bathroom across the hall. There are books to read for those who enjoy reading, and there's a small TV now too. The night I arrived, we went out for my welcome dinner at the Impala Hotel and had Indian food. It was really nice.

The following day I left for a 5 day safari. It was breath-taking! I met new people, made new friends and took loads of pictures! There are solar panels on most of the campsites and power in the car as well so you can bring your camera chargers along. Bring binoculars as well and buy a very good camera with a very good zoom to capture those animals that would be too far. The food on safari was amazing. Full English breakfast, roast chicken and sandwiches for lunch (I love chicken), - there are vegetarian options as well - and a 3 course dinner. I saw lions, leopards,hyenas, loads and loads and loads (literally thousands) of wildebeest, zebras, buffalos etc on the endless plains of the Serengeti, loads of elephants, giraffes and ostriches at Tarangire, hippos at Lake Manyara and rhinos in the Ngorongoro crater! I came so close to touching an elephant (although I didn't dare), it was phenomenal! We also visited a Maasai village and went into their houses (at a fee of 10,000 shillings which is equivalent to £4) and had a look around. They are very interesting people.

After safari I had induction with Daniphord, the co-ordinator, and we went to Namanga to get my working Visa at the Kenyan border. My typical working day started at 7am when I woke up to get ready for school. I made myself breakfast and walked 3 minutes to get the dala dala (mini bus) to Sanawari where the school I was working at was. The journey was about 10 minutes and then I'd either get a piki piki (motorbike) to the school, a dala dala if I'm lucky, or walk for half an hour to the Engilang'et School. The children are amazing! After meeting me, the next day a group of 7 came rushing to me to give me a hug and help me to carry my books to class. They respected me but they knew I was like a friend to them so they rarely hesitated to ask questions. The teachers were welcoming as well, which made it easier to fit in to the environment. After school I'd usually go into town and have lunch at the stadium restaurant which is a local place with great food. They make the best Chipsi Mayayi (chip omelette, I usually requested bits of bbq'd meat to be added to it too - amazing!), then I'd wander around town, discovering places and just trying to get accustomed to the environment. Saturdays or Sundays I went hiking with the Twende Hiking Group where I made new friends as well and enjoyed seeing Tanzania in a non-tourist way (ish).

My favourite hang out place was a cafe at Shoprite shopping centre on the left side, where there is great hot chocolate and free wi-fi. There are about 4 ATMs in that area, a Mexican restaurant which I never found time to go to, an ice cream parlour, a pub, art gallery, bookshop, you name it. On the right side, towards the NBZ bank (I think that's what it's called) right next to shoprite, there's a great, cheap souvenir shop with amazing, good quality things such as Maasai blankets and cool t-shirts. It's opposite the camping shop, next door to a 'designer' shop.

Another great place is Fifi's cafe which is very mcuh Western including the prices. The food is great there too. Every week we went out for dinner somewhere, and my favourite was Mt Meru Hotel which is very beautiful! Thursdays and Fridays they do happy hour so you buy one drink and get another one free. There's always a live band playing and the most delicious BBQ meat ever! I'd recommend the mutton/lamb as it's to die for, and for girls who like cocktails, try the Pink Mpenzi; it's got gin, rum, guava juice, grenadine syrup and something else. It's really good!

The only problems I faced were getting change on the dala dala and people trying to sell me things. I think that is something which will always occur as they really want to sell their items and art work etc. The trick is to be firm but not rude, and carry on walking without any trouble. Also, the sun! I'm black African and I've never had trouble with the sun, but in Tanzania I got sunburnt for the first time in my entire life. So if you're black African/Caribbean or whatever and you don't normally wear sunscreen, I'd strongly advise you to bring sunscreen, especially if you're on anti-malarial tablets as they increase your sensitivity to the sun.

During my final two weeks in Tanzania I did a short play with the kids and they managed to learn their lines in just one week! They are a lovely bunch to teach and they make it so much easier. I have no interest in becoming a teacher in future, career-wise, so I was unsure of my capabilities. But once you start, you become so passionate about it that you spend time at the house planning lessons, planning fun activities to help them to learn and impatiently waiting for the next day to come so they can enjoy whatever it is you have planned for them. It was all worthwhile! After leaving the school, I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro via Machame route. The first few days weren't that strenuous to me, except for the odd "wall" you have to climb over. I experienced altitude symptoms on the 4th day at 4,600m AMSL, so I did well. I didn't make it to Uhuru Peak unfortunately for health reasons, but it is so do-able! Coming down, for me, was more painful as it's constant downward sloping so my knees were quite worn out by the time we reached the gate. However, it was an amazing experience!

If you're wondering about how much money to bring, I'd say about £1,000 if you really want to enjoy yourself. You could go to Zanzibar on that as well which costs roughly $500 including flight, accommodation and food (that's about £350 or so), then tips for safari and Kilimanjaro, roughly £350 or less, then souvenirs and nights out. Try the roast corn while you're out there, and don't buy one that's already been sitting there for ages, buy a fresh one or one that's almost done so it's still soft and juicy. Another tip is if you're eating at a local restaurant, when they say "roast" it's not really roast, it's like a stew with loads of sauce on it. Don't fall into the same trap I did! Another great place to go to is Maji Moto (hot springs) where you can swim for the day in the clearest water I've ever seen. Also, check out the Arusha waterfall and the Cultural heritage gallery.

There's so much to see and so much to do in Tanzania, and I absolutely loved every minute that I spent there. I would truthfully recommend this trip to anyone and honestly say you will have the time of your life! Don't hold back and feel unsafe because Tanzanians are actually friendly and I know most Westerners aren't used to people being too friendly, you get suspicious but no need! Of course be careful not to be too friendly just in case there's one odd person with a motive, but trust me when I say they are harmless; it's just the African spirit to be friendly so don't worry too much! It's a true African adventure!

How can this program be improved?

provide adequate information on Visas and tips before deposits are paid for the trip

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