We offer exciting short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities in Tanzania, East Africa. Our volunteer placements are open to people of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of nationality or qualifications. Volunteers certainly gain an amazing life experience from their participation in our placement program. The unique thing………., we allow volunteers to ‘sample’ all the tasks being offered, and we recruit new volunteers all the year round.
Volunteer projects are typically located at the Center and its surroundings, in a village called Kimanzichana, 85 km from Dar es salaam. The Rehab Center is a secure compound with dormitories for boys and girls as well as staff & volunteer housing. It’s on a fertile land with coffee, bananas, mango and avocado trees, as well as vegetable garden and sports field. Also, there are animals such as pigs, cows, rabbits and chicken.
The Tanzanian Experience As a volunteer, you will experience traditional Tanzanian life and participate in daily activities, such as cooking over an open fire, collecting water from a well, playing with children, teaching children, assisting in the vegetable garden as well as outreach programs.
Prior to your placement, we encourage you let us know what your interests are and your level of experience in that field. This will enable us to plan your placement and make any necessary arrangements for the work. Your placement work will begin after the orientation. The type of work you are involved with will be dependent on your interests, abilities, level of experience as well as your comfort levels.
One of the advantages of the TZHuru program is that you are not limited to one job role and will have the opportunity to ‘sample’ other roles during your placement. To become involved in another project simply inform a member of staff who will happily make any necessary arrangements.
Working hours are normally 6-8 hours a day. Time away from work e.g. for traveling to other parts of Africa can be arranged through informing the center manager. The minimum stay at this reserve is one week. Upon arrival, there is an orientation session for new volunteers to become acquainted with the local culture, language and the project work. Further training and supervision may be provided to new volunteers who are interested in tasks for which they lack adequate experience. More experienced volunteers are given direction, but work under minimal supervision.
While working at the Center or surrounding community, volunteers will sleep in shared rooms with other volunteers, and we endeavor to keep the rooms single gender. We also accommodate couples as well. Although we provide sheets and blankets and mosquito nets, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own sheets or sleeping bags.
Food and Water
All meals are provided by the organization as part of the program fee. The main staples of the diet are rice, beans, ugali (corn meal), potatoes, cabbage and bread (chapati). Fresh fruit and vegetables are readily available and are inexpensive to purchase. The orphanage is vegetarian as a result of the cost of meat. Volunteers are encouraged to cook and to introduce different meals, for instance past volunteers have introduced pasta and French toast. There are always restaurants available for meat–based or western-style meals (such as French fries/hot chips). The water used by the Center is from a well and is very clean and safe to consume. Bottled water is also available.
Cost and Payment
Volunteers are required to commit a fee that caters for expenses of their meals, housing and support for our community projects. This is payable in cash upon arrival in Tanzania or you can wire the money directly to our bank account. Kindly inquire directly about the volunteer program costs. Please be aware that some participants come through Volunteer Organizations and pay a different price. These Organizations support TRC year round with donations and program fees may vary.
Please inquire directly about the volunteer program costs. We usually ask that volunteers pay for the total cost of their placement upon arrival in Tanzania. For volunteers staying longer than three months, we are able to accept payment in installments (please ask for further details). The preferred method of payment is cash (payable on first arrival). For volunteers wanting to pay through credit or debit card, we have Pay Pal available on our website for online payments at least a week before arrival.
We recommend volunteers to get tourist visas to come to the Center. This normally is a 3 months renewable VISA, and can easily be purchased upon arrival (with cash) at the airport for US$50.00 or in advance from Tanzania consulates in most countries.
What Volunteers Can Expect Prior to your Arrival
Prior to departing your home country, representatives of TZHuru Rehab Center (TRC) will be available on email and via phone (if you prefer) to discuss your placement at the center.
Once you have been selected to join TRC community, you are sent an official acceptance letter, which gives you a go-ahead to book your flight that brings you to this part of Africa!
During your Stay
There are staff members at the Center to support and assist you. They assist with caring for the children, administration and managing the day to day activities of the Center. They are available to answer questions, act as a local guide and ensure that you settle into the Center and way of life.
Volunteers can also expect a weekly visit from a representative of TRC. This representative will be able to bring any supplies you require, provide information, support and assistant if you require. Also to resolve any issues that may occur. This representative will be available via phone and email at any time during your stay. We will provide you with work that is suitable for your level of ability, experience and meets your interests. Should you have any requests, queries or issues regarding your workload please let us know.
What We Expect of VolunteersYour Role as a Volunteer
As a volunteer, we encourage you to actively participate in the daily activities of the center such as caring for children, cleaning, teaching, cooking, washing clothes/bedding, fieldwork, construction, watering the vegetable garden, collecting firewood, hauling water, feeding animals’ preparing food, etc. We also encourage you to utilize the skills you have to assist in improving the lives of the children and staff. For instance, volunteers good at sport are encouraged to work with our youths at the center and those in the community on sports.
It is important for volunteers to understand that the culture in Tanzania may be quite different to what they may be accustomed to. Volunteers should bring with them an easy-going, open-minded and relaxed attitude. Tanzanian people are very friendly and social people. While we will endeavour to maintain a daily routine, volunteers should understand that things move slowly in Africa (and indeed even at the TRC). Relax and enjoy the slow pace. Remember that life here is not as organized and predictable as life in developed countries. Although work can be very busy and active, at other times work is determined by number of factors including weather, availability of resources, whether a relevant contact has turned up, cultural activities etc.
TRC expect the following of volunteers:
• To keep your room tidy (setting a good example)
• To keep your valuables safe – if required, we are able to provide a secure place for items such as passports.
• To wash your own clothes and bedding – staff are able to assist if required
• To dress appropriately, even outside the orphanage grounds.
• To display appropriate behaviour. The area is quite conservative and behaviour such as public displays of affection and swearing will attract attention. Remember you are representing both your country and WWB.
After Your Stay
TRC like to remain in contact with all past volunteers and we expect you to spread news about us to your community. We often send updates from the orphanage and the progress of children to past volunteers. Often, we receive volunteers recommended by our former volunteers with some even making return visits
What To Bring
Below is a list of recommended supplies to have with you during your experience with TRC, as suggested by past volunteers. Of course, this is not a comprehensive list but rather should give you an idea of some of the essentials as well as items that will make your stay more comfortable. Also note that most of these items can be purchased with ease in the local town as required.
- First aid kit
- Camera batteries (rechargeable)
- Flashlight/torch (rechargeable)
- Bed-sheets & washing towel
- International adaptor
- Umbrella /poncho / raincoat (dependent on when you are visiting)
- Durable Water Bottle (such as a Nalgene bottle)
With regards to mosquito nets, the orphanage does provide good quality nets however most volunteers do not require the use of one as there are very few mosquitoes in the area. For volunteers intending to travel to other parts of Kenya, we advise them to bring their own net.Other
Other items that volunteers may find useful during their time in Tanzania include:
- A Tanzania travel book, such a Lonely Planet or Rough Guide.
- photo’s of your family, friends, pets, home, etc to show the kids
- pictures/books of your home country
- favourite food recipes to assist with cooking and to share your culture
- Favourite kids songs, movie, tapes
For the Center
If possible, we would love for you to bring some supplies for the Center! Anything that you can bring would be greatly appreciated but below is a guide! Many of these items are cheap to purchase and would be loved by the children.
- Clothing, mixed dresses, shirts, shorts for boys & girls, sweaters ages 4 – 14 years)
- School children backpacks
- Black shoes for school (boys & girls, ages 4 – 14 years)
- Toothpastes & toothbrushes
- Medical supplies
- Stationeries & school supplies
If you are interested in bringing some of the above would like specific items that are current required, we are able to send you a list with more detailed and up-to-date information about the children (number, gender, age, etc).
Also, if you are interested in bring items for the Center to use (such as laptop computer, camera, cell phone) please let us know. We are reliant on donations for many of these items that often have a short lifespan and would be grateful if you could assist. For volunteer/Lead Volunteer application please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to hear from you soon