Tanzania

Projects Abroad

I volunteered through Projects Abroad at a hospital outside of Arusha, Tanzania. It was a wonderful and life-changing experience and I highly recommend recommend the program. The staff at Projects Abroad were supportive throughout the application process, and in the country. At the same time, the structure of it was such that you can do what you want in your free time, which I also appreciated. I was placed with an amazing host family, although my house was quite far from both town and my placement. (Personally, this wasn't something that bothered me, but it was also not my first time living and working in Africa. Had I not had previous experience on the continent, it may have been overwhelming to be that far away.) Working in the hospital itself was a very humbling and eye opening experience. I would definitely recommend it for anybody interested in working in the medical field- so long as you have a strong stomach! It was at times greusome, and you will be asked to do a lot more than you might expect. Overall, I felt like I made a positive contribution, I am happy I went, and I would definitely do it again.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Mar 19, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

The program was excellent. The support staff were really good and ensure all volunteers have a great time.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Jan 27, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I had a great time volunteering in Tanzania. The house I stayed at was really great, and I made so many friends with others living there. We were well looked after with Eva and Rosie cooking amazing food, cleaning and providing a lot of support when it was necessary. Deo was also really great in providing support, taking us to town and showing us the ropes. He would often pop round for a chat, even when he was really busy. I got sick at one point and he and Eva both accompanied me to hospital to make sure I was ok.

The volunteer work was really good, the kids were very cute and it was nice to help out. I would have like to stay longer.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Jan 27, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Rustic Volunteer and Travel

The Rustic volunteer program has exactly fit my needs in every way. The program supervisor, Deo Peter was available for our various needs,including assignments to programs and , transportation to the projects.
My experience here for 8 weeks has been incredible, the kids at Upendo orphanage were so nice and lovely, i had a 3 hour safari to the Arusha national park it was very nice though it was short time, but there are other places you could go for safari like Manyara national park, Tarangire national park, Ngorongoro and serengeti national park as well.you can arrange this with Deo for more help.

One thing that didn't make me happy is that the younger volunteers at the house were so demanding towards Deo, asking him to do things which wasn't his Job such as calling him to take them places and he's not a taxi driver, i think that was the only thing that bugged me..Eva the house mother was so great, she makes good meals for us every day, she keeps the house clean as well. also Saby who is Deo's friend was so good to us too.

All in all my experience is something that i will never forget, I got to learn a lot from the Tanzanian culture which i think all volunteers should learn when here in Tanzania. the way they respect the elders and how friendly the people of Tanzania are. it was a great experience for me.I recommend Rustic volunteers for your traveling and volunteering. God bless you all

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Jan 21, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
8

Rustic Volunteer and Travel

My time in Tanzania has been in experience I will never forget. My coordinator Deo would take great care of my friends (that I had met upon arriving) and I as we took on several adventures during our stay. The people that are hired are very polite and generous. The food was brilliant, and I never spent a moment hungry (unless away from home). I had plenty of room to lay my things and sleep and I never felt unsafe as long as I followed the rules and guidelines. I was extremely fortunate to have such great company on this trip since I had arrived on my own and I could not have asked for more. I would definitely recommend volunteering through rustic due to its low prices, great support once arriving at the destination and for the chance to really live amongst the locals. If needed, contact me for any further questions.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Jan 5, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
9

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

My experience here overall was an amazing one.
Moshi is a very safe and friendly place to stay and work but I still think you have to be cautious as there will always be bad people everywhere. I learned this the hard way when my phone was taken from me on Christmas day on the way home. Deo my coordinator was very supportive and helpful especially on this occasion and reassuring. Other than that, every thing else here was so lovely, especially the people who I met at the house. The house was a really warm and comfortable environment, Eva and Rosie are such good cooks and took care of us so well.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Jan 5, 2012
Overall:
7
Support:
7
Value:
7

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

The overall experience in Tanzania was amazing, with nice accommodation and very welcoming house keeper - her food was especially delicious! In terms of pre-departure support, I have to say that it wasn't the greatest. Some people from the organisation was very prompt at replying, but some were very slow, some I didn't get a reply at all. I think most would agree that having clear and frequent pre-departure communication between the organisation and the volunteer is one of the most important aspect of the whole volunteer abroad experience as it can take away your anxiety, and because of lack of replies to my questions, I was very anxious until a few days I settled in Tanzania. However, the co-ordinator in Tanzania was very helpful and had put me at ease. The co-ordinator was very informative and made sure whatever I did, was the safest and the best way. He's also very nice and friendly.
In terms of the programme, my intention of coming to Tanzania was so I can give love and spend time with the orphan children in Tanzania, and that was exactly what I did so I was more than satisfied. However, there was no structure to the project at all - it was basically, you plan it and do what you want.
Overall, it was a great experience. Having the opportunity to mingle with the local people and being able to give love to the children that need the most was truly an amazing experience for me. I think if there was a little bit more and prompt pre-departure support, everything about IFRE would be perfect.

Regardless, I had a wonderful time, thank you IFRE.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Jan 5, 2012
Overall:
8
Support:
7
Value:
9

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

The experience I had in Tanzania through IFRE was great overall. My first week was spent doing the Language and Culture Program. Although it was beneficial to learning some Swahili, my teacher mostly read from a phrasebook and I wrote the words down in a journal. I was shown around town and taken on a trip to Marangu Falls. The trip to Marangu Falls was great, but my Language and Culture experience didn’t coincide with the itinerary or promised trips on the website. After spending a week in Moshi, I was taken to my project in Arusha. I stayed at Mama Jane’s Orphanage for two months. During my stay there, I played with the kids (age range two to 18), taught math to the primary age children, helped with the class held at the orphanage, and taught various subjects at a school in Ngara Mtoni. It was great to live with the kids at Mama Jane’s, because I was able to connect with them and get a better idea of the Tanzanian culture by constantly being with them. Teaching was sometimes stressful because of the language barrier, but I still feel like I have made a contribution. My last couple of weeks were spent doing surveys of children in Ngara Mtoni that are part of Mama Jane’s program, though not living at the orphanage. I was supposed to do the Women’s Project, but it never really happened, partly due to a recent passing of the woman in charge. In the beginning, I was overwhelmed and felt as though I wasn’t making a difference, but once I became more comfortable, I really got into the projects and came to love what I was doing.
The home-base accommodations were great. At Mama Jane’s, the accommodation was much simpler—there was no running water, and power outages were frequent. The volunteer bedroom was fairly nice, with its own bathroom. It was a good size and pretty comfortable. Sometimes the outside tap was working and clean water was easily accessed, but other times the drinking water that was provided was murky. I highly recommend a water purifying system. I got three meals a day. Lunch was usually just bread with provided peanut butter, and lunch and dinner were larger meals with a fair amount of variety. I thought the traditional food was delicious. I was typically able to spend afternoons and weekends how I wanted, but there were also times when we left unexpectedly and were gone for quite some time. I often wasn’t really sure what was going on, but it lead to some adventures that ended up being a good experience.
For the most part, IFRE was a reliable organization and I feel like the money I paid was well spent. I would consider using IFRE again as an organization to volunteer through. The country coordinator was helpful for me, though a few other volunteers had different experiences with him. The information I was provided about my project was mostly accurate, though some details were outright incorrect. As a whole, I’m incredibly glad that I came to Tanzania through IFRE, and feel that my experience was something I can walk away from feeling happy and satisfied.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Dec 11, 2011
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
9

Comments

It was a great time being with you kyla we do appreciate your time trying to bring a difference in Tanzania. We do have a different tradition here as many volunteers are of different traditions its not easy for all volunteers to follow the traditions and make them follow the rules in the house which is for the safety of volunteers,such as not coming with friends met on the streets as they could still properties in the house.our concern is to see volunteers stay safe and sound and return home safe and sound as well!

Give a Heart To Africa

I was very sceptical about volunteering with GAHTA. I had just spent a couple of months volunteering in an orphanage in Kenya were I felt that I was taken advantage of, and that the whole 'volunteering industry' was nothing but a money-making scheme, but since I had already paid for my time at GAHTA I decided to go ahead with it and I am so glad I did! GAHTA truly is something special. Firsthand I saw the affects of what an education, regardless of how basic it is, can do to someone's confidence and self-esteem. This is an NGO that is really working to enhance the small community of Moshi...I was deeply impressed! The set-up and curriculum was very professional, the facilities were great, but most importantly the pioneer behind GAHTA, Monica Fox was inspiring! Here is a woman whom from her heart is working to help the people of Tanzania. Being around somebody who truly is doing this purely to help was great. Every penny, and every opportunity she could to better GAHTA and the lives of Tanzanians she did. Many places I had contacted were short-term solutions...teach them English, and then???? But GAHTA varied from that as it looked towards training people to sustain themselves after the six-month course, and this is what is needed. There is no point in speaking English if you cannot utilise it but GAHTA had programs in store after the students graduated such as the business scholarship, and the chance to be next semesters translator so the students can put what they learnt into effect.

My only drawback is the number of volunteers at any one time. I was teaching Computers and had two other volunteers in the class with me. When one teacher would take control of the class the other two would just sit around and not really have much to do. I think this needs to be looked into as it can be upsetting that you spent so much money, and flew halfway across the world just to stand at the back of the class and watch the lesson take place. There should be a limit as to how many volunteers there are at any one time. I also had the students complain to me about this as when they get used to one teaching method another volunteer comes along and has a whole different way of teaching, some struggled to understand the various accents (up to three in one class at times) and so on. I understand the NGO needs to make money to survive but it can be detrimental to the students, and disappointing to the volunteer.

All in all though I highly recommend GAHTA. The smiles on my students faces when they would change a font from Arial to Helvetica will stay with me forever and I valued every moment of my time there.

Program:
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Nov 9, 2011
Overall:
8
Support:
7
Value:
7

Global Service Corps

I recently returned from volunteering with Global Service Corps’ in Arusha, Tanzania. I wanted to get experience in the field of work that complimented my master’s degree studies in HIV/AIDS prevention in East Africa, and my time with Global Service Corps was excellent. I’d been a Peace Corps volunteer after college and then a Peace Corps recruiter during graduate school. My experience with Global Service Corps’ orientation, training, volunteer service, living with a local family, making friends, and working alongside Tanzanian professionals felt like a mini Peace Corps experience. Several other volunteers’ time with Global Service Corps overlapped with mine, and I know that all of us felt like we were truly addressing issues of great concern to the local communities we worked in and that we personally learned so much about HIV/Prevention and public health issues. We also saw what a difference learning small-scale organic farming techniques can make in a family’s level of nutrition and food intake and often even income…The orientation and training we received was beyond my expectations and so was the actual volunteer experience. I never expected to be so involved with local people from such diverse socio-economic levels and felt so truly welcomed and appreciated. As far as program logistics--visas, airport pickup, lodging, the application process,--everything was great, though prior to starting the program GSC was very detailed and followed a somewhat strict application and preparation process, but nothing fell through the cracks when arriving in country or during the stay. GSC’s staff in Tanzania were very involved with making sure volunteers’ needs were met. With a diverse and long volunteer service background myself, I’d recommend Global Service Corps’ Tanzania programs without hesitation for anyone looking for a great, inspiring experience (but one that isn’t really just a vacation). I know that for East Africa, Global Service Corps now only works in Tanzania and has been working with local communities there for years. Volunteers I was with (about 20) were overwhelmingly positive about their experience. Sometimes cultural differences while in very local small communities -- like issues of time and following a schedule or types of cozy comforts available -- called for an adjustment on our part. But that soon seemed like part of the developing country, community experience.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Nov 2, 2011
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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