Tanzania

Projects Abroad

Immersed in another culture: Volunteering in Tanzania with Projects Abroad

Volunteering with Projects Abroad was a life-changing experience. I was nervous going to a place so different from anywhere I had ever been before, without my family or anyone I knew, for three months, but the support from Projects Abroad made it seem possible. From the get-go, the Projects Abroad team answered all my questions at their office in Toronto, and by e-mail. They sent me all the information I needed to know, and then some, so that I felt prepared for my trip to Tanzania. In country, they picked me up from the hotel I was staying at with my family (I went on a safari trip for two weeks before starting my internship) and took me to meet my host family. They gave me a thorough orientation of the city and how to get around and made sure I knew exactly how to get to my placement using the dala-dala bus system. My internship at Inherit Your Rights, a local non-governmental organization that works with local widow groups in the surrounding villages regarding human rights issues, particularly inheritance and property law, was an incredible learning experience. I was able to meet and work with the local people, as well as with other volunteers from all over the world. My host family was also so welcoming and made me feel like family. I was continually pushed outside of my comfort zone, but through it all, Projects Abroad was there to support me and make sure it was a positive experience, one that expanded my view of the world and taught me more about myself and the world I live in. Hands down – I would recommend Projects Abroad for anyone looking to volunteer abroad for the first time!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Dec 9, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I spent two weeks in Tanzania with Global Leadership Adventures and it was an incredible and rewarding experience. The staff was so helpful to answer any questions before my trip and there are webinars which give a lot of information to new travelers! Safety was a main concern that my parents had but I felt safe the entirety of my trip. GLA has local staff who know Tanzania very well and has security at the home base as a precaution even though the area was very safe. The local staff was beyond friendly and I loved getting to know them! The international staff was so kind too, I loved getting to know them! The service was so rewarding- we spent time teaching and refurbishing classrooms. The service was interactive and hands-on which really helped us to see the difference in the community. Each day we did a cultural activity, such as going to a coffee farm, painting Batiks, dancing, meeting local families, and going on a safari! I enjoyed every activity and am so grateful I was able to immerse into the culture as we did. I recommend this trip to anybody- it will change your life!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Nov 18, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I was in Arusha, Tanzania for two weeks with IVHQ and was one of the best trips of my life. At first, I was hesitant going to Africa by myself, but as soon as I left the Kilimanjaro Airport, I was greeted by an energetic IVHQ staff member, who carried my bags, had a large water bottle and gave me information to read about my specific placement. He and the driver pointed out places along the way from the airport and from then on, I knew this was going to be amazing. My accommodation was great; there was plenty of space to unpack into, a large porch, common area, kitchen, etc. It was so much fun to come back from placement and hear about everyone's days, play games, listen to music or just sit outside and read.I also loved the social aspects of the program -- every Thursday night, everyone in the program comes together for a "social night" so you get to meet people from other accommodations; everyone is so passonate about their placement and it was great to be included in such a warm, fun, happy, loving community. The school that I worked with was incredible, and even though I was only there for two weeks, I felt like I could make a strong relationship with the teachers as well as the students. During my time I was able to go on a weekend safari and the guide IVHQ uses could not have been more amazing, never met anyone so kind who knew more about animals, culture and African ecosystems. I also feel like I got to know Arusha as a city, and was immersed in the culture. I felt safe the whole time I was there and everyone from Tanzania was so welcoming. Time flew by too quickly, it was hard to say goodbye, and I could not recommend this program more! Thank you IVHQ!!

Program:
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Nov 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Volunteer BaseCamp

Please do not use Volunteer Basecamp. I had a good experience in terms of booking my volunteering but of course it would be a good experience as they are after your money. When I arrived in Tanzania as a qualified health professional ready to get stuck in there was nothing planned for me to do and I had paid for the services to help find a placement. I was also not told until a few days before arriving in Tanzania that I would not be staying at the basecamp house and that I was at this hostel with 6 private rooms. It was actually a hotel and the only people that stayed there were business men from Kenya and other East African countries which was fine in terms of integrating into the local community but as a lone female it wasn't the best choice. I know the manager in Canada had stayed at the same place so I don't understand how he was so blind to see it's not suitable for volunteers. I raised this but said I would be happy to stay as I was settled in but I wanted to let the manager know that it is not suitable for future volunteers (hopefully no future volunteers as they'd have more sense than to use Volunteer Basecamp). Their website says you don't really need to know Swahili but please be warned yes you do. I was in a hospital where I did absolutely nothing, I stood on the ward round for a month and did not help one person even though they all needed me. I raised my concerns with the coordinator in Tanzania and said that I wasn't happy, Moses was extremely helpful and I do not blame him for such a poor experience, however the main manager Jim in Canada should know what a dietitian does and therefore have already organised a suitable placement or guided Moses on what to find. I also went to an orphanage where I was left to play with the children for 2 hours and did nothing related to my profession which I had specifically signed up to do. I had also left my job to do this. I feel sorry for the coordinator in Tanzania, Moses as I feel that in the emails back and forth with Jim, Jim was putting words in my mouth as if I was blaming Moses for this. Each email I reiterated that I had no issues with Moses. Orientation was excellent and Moses was very helpful. Moses even took me to his village where I met his family and I asked him if towards the end of my volunteering I could come back and donate some baby clothes, paper, pencils etc to his village which he was grateful for. However when I raised the fact that I had done no volunteer work despite giving it a chance and trying different pathways with Jim I was given the option to 'cut ties' with Moses and find my own placements which actually I had been more successful with. I decided to do this but asked Jim if I would still be able to go to Moses' village to donate some clothes etc. He said in his email that 'he (Moses) is not available to take you to his village' so Jim Carson just denied clothing to villagers that desperately need it. That tells me he one heartless human being and I wish I had never spent my money on this company. Please do not bother using this company, I was even told by an orphanage in Tanzania that Volunteer Basecamp are receiving less volunteers now and I've had first hand experience as to why that's happening. You are better of finding your own placement as Volunteer Basecamp will be useless.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Nov 4, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

Over the summer, my daughter traveled to Tanzania with Global Leadership Adventures. At first, I was very nervous to send her to Tanzania. She had never been out of the country before and I didn't know all that much about the program! However, Global Leadership Adventures welcomes their students with open arms. Seeing the daily pictures on GLA's blog of my daughter and her new friends smiling and having the time of her life, I knew that it was the right decision to let her go. We still hear about it daily! This trip completely changed her life and gave her a whole new perspective on the world and on what she wants to do in her future. I cannot thank Global Leadership Adventures enough for giving this amazing opportunity to my daughter and for ensuring me that my child was safe half way across the world!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

African Impact

I have always dreamt of visiting Africa & volunteering there. So this July i decided to pack my bags and fly to Tanzania to embark my next adventure as a volunteer with African Impact in Moshi. I was went all by myself & was nervous, happy and very excited! Proud to say it was by far the best cultural experience I've had yet. The people, animals, music, energy, food, gratitude, strength, adventure & love. Had the pleasure to teach English to the Masai tribal men & local primary school kids (who were the cutest!). As well as teach business skills to the beautiful tailors in town & paint murals at the Shiners nusery. A truly inspiring, life changing & challenging experience. Incredibly grateful to have worked with the wonderful staff at African impact & volunteers from all around the world, i felt so welcomed & safe. Met loving, enthusiastic & joyful students which made classes so much fun & rewarding. All the volunteers were super great! It was really rad meeting people from all different races & walks of life. On weekends we went hiking, shopping, swimming & I got to go on my first SAFARI! - Saw Elephants for the first time in the wilderness, which was a very magical experience. Thankyou African impact for an incredible trip, I didn’t want to leave x .

Can’t wait to come back next year!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 25, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My daughter went to Tanzania this past summer. In preparation for the trip, I was impressed with the organization; nothing was overlooked! The trip was well run and left her with a feeling of accomplishment and a desire for helping more. I highly recommend this trip for any teenager since it will increased their awareness of the world while this organization keeps them safe in their pursuit.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 23, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

Global Leadership Adventures changed my life, all for the better. I traveled to Tanzania this summer with GLA, and it was the most amazing experience of my life. I had the life changing opportunity to teach English in a local primary school in Kilimanjaro, plant trees at the school, and cement classroom floors. I had also had the opportunity to learn more about the incredible culture by visiting a coffee farm, a dance ceremony, and a couple trips to the market (and much more!). The TWO safaris we got to go on and hiking the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro are unforgettable experiences as well. The people in Tanzania taught me so much about myself, an entire different part of the world, and how to overall be a better, more positive person. The organization made me feel so safe and welcomed, and the people on my trip became my second family. I can not thank GLA enough for the incredible experience it has given me, and I definitely recommend it to everybody!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I never knew that my life could be changed in 2 weeks. Global Leadership Adventures accomplished this task however. My 2 weeks in Tanzania were filled with laughs, challenges, and smiles. I never stopped smiling. From the first 20 hour plane ride to the last, I have never been happier in my life. The GLA staff is like no other staff you have ever met before. They genuinely care about you as if you were their own child. They made me feel incredibly safe being alone all the way across the world. They were my family for 2 weeks, and they are now my family forever. I recommend GLA because it incorporates volunteering, adventuring, and growing as an individual. For whatever you are looking for, this is the program for you. I have never met more amazing people or done more amazing things in my entire life. Don't hesitate. You're life will be changed for the better forever, trust me!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 13, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I traveled to Tanzania with Global Lewdeship Adventures for two weeks in August 2017. I am someone who is very attached to the their friends and family, and couldn't imagine traveling with a group of strangers for two weeks abroad. As my trip neared, I thought I was crazy for signing myself up! But I wouldn't have wanted to go with any other program. Global Leadership Adventures made my trip the most amazing thing I have ever done. I made friends I still talk to and hope to see soon, and I made relationships with Tanzanians that I hope to never lose touch with. This program made me realize how incredible the world around us is, and forced me to put myself out there and engage in this wonderful world. I could not recommend this program enough. The staff and experience made me appreciat life more, and gave me a bad case of th travel bug. I'll be back, Tanzania!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 13, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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