Make a REAL difference in Tanzania with Love Volunteers!

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Volunteer in Tanzania with Love Volunteers for the volunteer experience of a lifetime! Volunteer projects are located in and around Arusha. Love Volunteers works with a local NGO to help local communities fight poverty. Volunteer activities include: orphanage work, teaching young adults, supporting HIV-positive widows, and working at a community center. All of these projects will allow you to immerse yourself in this amazing culture and explore Tanzania. Visit the Love Volunteers website for more details!

Current Love Volunteers Programs:
Animal Welfare
Women's Empowerment
Medical Internship
Community Development
Childcare & Development
Education Support

Volunteer anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months
Make a noticeable impact in the communities you serve by working with local NGOs and Love Volunteers

Program Reviews

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  • Fun 5.6
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Yes, I recommend this program

Community Development Project in Arusha, Tanzania

I volunteered as part of the Community Development project in Tanzania April 2016 for 4 weeks and the experience has been amazing.

Once you get past the culture shock, there is so much beauty in the country that it's hard to be anything but happy during the whole duration of your stay. I fell in love.

I was staying at the hostel owned by the NGO the whole 4 weeks I was there. There is running water, security, electricity, 3 meals a day and Wi-Fi, although inconsistent and you'd be better off getting a SIM card with a data bundle if you'll be there for a while. The staff are all extremely friendly and fairly helpful in giving tips and advise to aid you.

We did a couple of projects in my time there which included building a pond, planting vegetables and painting the playground of a local self sustaining orphanage, planting trees at a couple of primary schools and around the streets where the hostel is located. Each completed day was met with smiles of gratitude and appreciation by the locals which definitely made it more rewarding. The only thing was the scheduling. Tanzanians are quite relaxed with the concept of time so you might get frustrating sitting around and just waiting to get started.

There are plenty of ways to get around town on fairly cheap public transport too if transport is a worry to you. The local buses only costs you TSH400 (USD$0.20) per ride and if it's too cramped, there are taxis, tuk tuks or motorcyle taxis to choose from.

I definitely suggest budgeting a couple of trips during your stay in Tanzania as well. Safaris are a must do in Africa and in Tanzania, I highly recommend Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. Unrivalled experience. If you're keen on climbing mountains, Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, is there too. The hostel staff can help you book these trips for cheaper so wait till you arrive to decide.

I've met great people along the way and have received so much support and help from both the NGO and Love Volunteers themselves. It is my first volunteering experience and I wouldn't have wanted it to have happen any other way.

Overall I had an amazing experience and don't have any bad things to say.

What would you improve about this program?
Possibly a stricter schedule on projects to be completed with a timeline.
2 people found this review helpful.
Response from Love Volunteers

Hi Jun,
It's wonderful to hear your praise for this program and how much you enjoyed your stay in Tanzania.
Being on 'African' time can be frustrating to us Westerners and it's hard to sit back and wait at times but thanks so much for being flexible and working alongside the local team; it sounds like you achieved a great deal in your 4 weeks!
It's awesome to see that this country and it's people caught your attention and your heart. Thanks so much for being an awesome volunteer.
Please do come and join us again someday.
The Team @ Love Volunteers

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No, I don't recommend this program

Do Not Volunteer Here

I had a terrible experience volunteering in Tanzania through Love Volunteers. I stayed there for a month with two of my friends. We are teenagers who wanted to do some good service work abroad. However, throughout the month, we were continuously lied to by the head of the NGO we worked with. He lied to us about how big the impact each project would be (turns out we spent 4 days installing a water system for a school only to find out that the purpose was to eliminate a 30 second walk for the students), and lied to us about the costs of the projects. We brought money to pay for the projects, and he give us ridiculous prices for all the supplies. Even his own employees were shocked when they saw how expensive he claimed the supplies cost, and they said there was no way those were the correct prices. Still, he took our money and probably most of it went into his own pocket. Several times throughout the stay he showed extremely aggressive behavior towards me and my friends, and yelled at me several times just because I would ask him questions about the projects or prices of supplies. When I reported all of this to Love Volunteers they promised to take action, but in the end they still decided to keep their partnership with this NGO. Do not volunteer here if you are looking for meaningful service work, or if you don't want to be taken advantage of.

3 people found this review helpful.
Response from Love Volunteers

Dear Konce,
We appreciate your concern about the programs being well run and of most benefit to the community and we share your passion for the local people of Tanzania.
As you mentioned we conducted an investigation into the issues you raised. Based on our experiences and interviews with the local team and volunteers on the program at the same time as you, as well as those we have participated on this program before and who went immediately after you, we cannot find any evidence supporting your claims and we are baffled by the strong negative attitude you have towards Benson and the program in general. Benson is sorry if his behaviour offended or upset you, he tried his utmost to cater to your demands and to respond well to your interrogation and criticism.
It’s our job to continually evaluate our partners as well as our volunteers and we will continue to monitor the situation in Tanzania. The feedback we are getting from current volunteers is very positive. One such volunteer (on the program after you) commented on our Facebook Group page:

“We started off at the orphanage (an impressive self sustaining orphanage who relies solely on the profit they gain from selling all their produce) building them a pond, planting some crops and vegetables for the chicken and rabbits they have and painting their playground. We're now in the midst of planting trees at two different primary schools, a college and just around the streets of the hostel. Everything has been going good so far. It's hard work but not long.”
We are truly sorry that you felt this way about your experience.
The Team @ Love Volunteers

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No, I don't recommend this program

Horrible Experience

I felt the "NGO" that Love Volunteers works with in Tanzania is a total scam. The director was extremely rude, aggressive, and made our stay at the hostel quite uncomfortable.

The "work" that they do in the community is not at all meaningful or impactful. The director himself said that the schools and orphanages don't care about the projects. Volunteers are often told to do gardening work at a school or orphanage, where as soon as they leave the work falls into disrepair and the NGO does no following up and will simply wait until another volunteer shows up and then send them off to do the same project over again.

The director of the NGO spends his time running the hostel and arranging safaris for guests, and takes on volunteers so he has money coming into the hostel. He sends them off to schools or orphanages and isn't concerned with the work they're doing. I absolutely would not recommend this program or any others with Love Volunteers. After I, along with the other volunteers went to them to explain everything that had happened, they said they were "investigating" things, but ultimately they continue to send this organization volunteers.

2 people found this review helpful.
Response from Love Volunteers

Dear Liz,
We’re extremely sorry that you feel this way.
The Community Development program you participated on for your 10 week placement does require each volunteer to carry on where the last left off as gardening and maintenance are ongoing tasks and do fall into disrepair if left unattended. That’s why volunteers are so important, to keep up the good work.
Your experience is in stark contrast to the many other volunteers’ placed in Tanzania and the comments you attribute to the program director are disputed by him.
Our investigation into the issues you raised lead us to believe that the programs in Tanzania continue to be well run and that our partner is both trustworthy and genuinely committed to helping the local community in Arusha.
As you experienced the program director was happy to tailor the program to suit your demands and also arranges sightseeing trips for volunteers and generally makes sure things are running smoothly and volunteers are cared for. This does often take up a lot of their time but it is an essential part of supporting volunteers and they are proud to showcase their stunning country.
Thank-you for giving your time to this cause and we really appreciate the work that you did manage to do while you were there. We wish you all the very best for the future.
The Team @ Love Volunteers

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Yes, I recommend this program

Building Veggie Garden in a School

I volunteer for a week in an environmental project. The program was to build veggie garden for schools and plant trees. The student would eat the veggies from the garden for more nutritions in their diet.

Accommodation was in a secure hostel with three local meals a day and friendly staff. In the first day, they showed me the town and previous projects they have done. Everyday after breakfast, we took bicycle rides to the school, then work a bit, and we go back at around noon when it gets very hot. Then we have lunch at the hostel and then you have the rest of the time for yourself.

On the weekend they can organise tours for you. I went to Mt. Meru waterfall on the weekend. You could also visit a Maasai village.

It was a good experience. learned how people in the village live and was immersed into the culture.

What would you improve about this program?
It took us about 45 min to 1 hour commuting to the village where the school is at. May be if we lived somewhere closer to the school, we could've use that time to do actual work on the project.

Also I was the only volunteer working with one local and work was going on slowly. It would be nice to see more volunteers going to finish projects faster.
3 people found this review helpful.
Response from Love Volunteers

Hi Anas,
Thank-you for taking the time to write this review.
We completely agree with your call for more volunteers to go to Tanzania! We have worked hard lately to encourage volunteers to go to this amazing country and you'll be pleased to hear it seems to be working. More great volunteers like yourself are now working to improve the lives of the people in and around Arusha, learning about the incredible culture and enjoying the sights and hospitality of these great people.
All the best, we hope to welcome you back on the team in the future.
The Team @ Love Volunteers

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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing time in Arusha, Tanzania

I volunteered in Tanzania for 2 weeks in October 2012 through Love Volunteers and loved it. Organising tmy trip through Love Volunteers was great, they were helpful, friendly and efficient and were flexible enough that I was able to change things once I was there.

The placements in Tanzania were fantastic, I spent time in the Orphanage, School, Daycare Centre and with the widows groups. Everyone is friendly and welcoming and the whole experience was fantastic. The country coordinator is very welcoming and allows you the flexibility of being able to see all the projects and deciding which you like best. The children are so appreciative of any time you spend with them and always extremely happy.

The facilities are quite basic - bucket showers etc (although with a trip to Africa I was expecting this) and it is amazing how quickly you get used to a much more simple life.

During my short stay I meet amazing people and experienced a different and beautiful culture. I would love to go back and would recommend it to everyone.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would change is that I would take more things with me for the children. They love learning new things and having fun activities to do with you.
2 people found this review helpful.
Response from Love Volunteers

Hi Amanda,
Thanks for taking the time to write this insightful review.
It's so true that our expectations and perceptions have as much impact on our enjoyment of an experience as the actual conditions in which we find ourselves. If you expect bucket showers and dirt roads then you won't be disappointed!
Thanks also for the tip about taking things for the children - good advice.
The Team @ Love Volunteers

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