Tanzania

Frontier

The Tanzania camp is based inside the Mafia Island Marine Park and Frontier works with the Mafia Island Marine Park staff to help conserve the biodiversity of the area. The camp is just a short walk from the beach and the local beach is very beautiful. Camp life is basic but the atmosphere is great and mastering the art of cooking bread on an open fire is a great achievement. The diving on the reefs in the Marine Park is amazing with great fish diversity and the fish are very big! I love seeing the nudibranchs (sea slugs) too of which there is a great diversity here. The Environmental Awareness days that invite the local children to camp to learn about local wildlife and how to protect it are great fun. The locals are very welcoming and Tanzanian culture is very interesting. We were recently invited to the retirement party of the Warden in Charge and had great food, lots of speeches in Swahili and got involved dancing around the room to celebrate the work of George Msumi. Snorkeling in the seagrass just off the shore is one of my favorite things to do and we often see stingrays and seahorses here. I recommend this project to anyone who wants to come out and enjoy fabulous diving whilst helping to conserve the environment.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Feb 24, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Service Corps

I spent four months volunteering with Global Service Corps in Tanzania during the fall of 2013. I participated in their Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security program during which time we traveled to numerous villages to lead organic agriculture community trainings. Each week presented amazing, unique experiences. The villages I traveled to and worked in were all villages that GSC had outstanding and lasting relationships with.

It was beyond rewarding to work with the GSC staff and villagers on innovative, yet simple projects that had huge impacts on lives of those we worked with. We built water efficient and nutrient rich organic gardens called keyhole gardens, grain storage containers and rainwater harvesting systems at the homes of voluntary participants. The work was hands on, challenging, and empowering. I learned so much about small scale organic agriculture practices and community development through education. The aim of the projects was not only to build something that served purpose in increasing their access to healthy food but also to educate individuals so they are able to build and care for these innovations on their own.

GSC embraces full immersion. Volunteers live with a Tanzanian family and develop close friendships with staff members and training participants. I walked away with phenomenal insight into Tanzanian culture and lifestyle. I even learned a good bit of Kiswahili! It was amazing to travel to villages so remote and work with community members in such mutually inspiring and positive ways.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Feb 6, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

My favorite memory of this trip was meeting all the people, and having an amazing time with all of the volunteers and locals. I also wish I was able to stay for a longer period of time, and I wish I was prepared for how much I would enjoy my time there.

The most difficult thing I experienced was dealing with the discrepancy in the health care system between the US and Tanzania. I wish I would have been able to do more education about evidence based practice that we learn in the US and come to understand why some things are done that probably shouldn’t be done in the hospital there.

The hospital HUGELY appreciates any donations that you can give to them, if you are raising money; use it to give to the hospital and not to pay for the trip because they need the support more than anything else. Beyond anything that you can give them in terms of your experience, they need the financial support.

Working with the staff in the US was very easy and any questions I ever had the support staff was on top of it right away. Their process was easy to get through and I always felt supported.

The local ABV staff was absolutely amazing. I cannot say enough good things about them. They were nice, fun, attentive to everything we needed, and absolutely wonderful. They always made us feel safe and comfortable and they helped give us a real local experience of the Arusha and made sure we were comfortable in the hospital setting, as well as really helpful processing our donations to the hospital.

I would highly recommend the Arusha, Tanzania medical project to anyone thinking about it. ABV was an amazing NonProfit Organization to go through, I only wish I could’ve stayed for longer!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Jan 28, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

To get to Mafia you have to fly in a tiny plane which offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean and when you arrive the first thing you will notice is the smell of the sea air. The staff were easily visible at the airport as they were all wearing t shirts and organised our travel back to camp. The were all super friendly and very knowledgeable about the work they do. I learnt so much about diving and all of the issues surrounding conservation. You can also get involved in teaching English in the village or with the Askari's.

Camp life is basic but fun. Everyone is responsible for making sure camp runs smoothly and we had a rota, which meant on certain days I would be responsible for collecting water and making bread for our breakfast the next day. It can be hard work but it is essential to the running of camp and really makes you appreciate how easy we have it back in the UK.

I would definitely like to volunteer again with this project. Mafia Island is stunning, the people are friendly and the project, especially the diving, is fantastic.

Thank you Frontier!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Jan 23, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Give a Heart To Africa

GHTA is a well-thought out program that provides a free educational opportunity for adult women looking to upgrade their current skills and plan for future employment opportunities in Moshi, Tanzania. The volunteer program is well-supported through a provided curriculum and structured jobs for each volunteer. It also provides weekly opportunities for volunteers to interact with students in their home environment and lean more about how the average person lives in Tanzania. The children's program at the GHTA house is also a great time to learn more about what it is like growing up in Tanzania and provides immediate feedback on the difference just a few hours of your time can make to a child's everyday experience.

Moshi is a great base to travel around Tanzania to see all the amazing tourist destinations such as Mt. Kilimanjaro, the five major game parks, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. It is also big enough to experience some local flavour while small enough that most things are within walking distance (n.b. 'within walking distance' does take on a slightly different meaning in Tanzania!).

The real inspiration at GHTA are the students who will make you feel welcome and help you through your teaching experience. They are patient, persistent and will inspire you to keep working harder, regardless of your previous teaching experience. You will walk away richer after working with these amazing people trying to better their lives through this program.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 31, 2013
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
10

Give a Heart To Africa

In 2010, my boyfriend Alex and I spent 7 incredible weeks in Tanzania. We discovered GHTA through a friend, and decided to spend half of our trip volunteering with the organization. From the minute we arrived at the house, the passion and dedication of Monika and the other volunteers was inspiring. We spent the next 3 weeks immersing ourselves in the school and the local culture. From classroom lessons to home visits, the students were not only eager to learn, but also eager to teach the volunteers about their lives in Tanzania.
The location of GHTA is also idea, as Moshi is an excellent hub for traveling around Tanzania. You are right at the doorstep of Mt. Kilimanjaro, as well as some of the most famous national parks in the world. Alex and I were able travel across the country, with plenty of recommendations from Monika and the other volunteers.
For me, volunteering at a small organization was the right choice. Teaching at GHTA was an inspirational experience that I will never forget.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 23, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Just got back from the Tanzania diving project, which was totally awesome. Having previously had a pretty good time on Frontier's Madagascar marine conservation project a couple of years ago, I thought that I knew what to expect when heading out to the Tanzania project, but although it was similar in some ways, I enjoyed my time on the Tanzania project a lot more.

It's almost worth going for the diving alone. The project is based inside the Mafia Island Marine Park which is a protected area, meaning that the coral reef is incredibly healthy and there's about a million fish out there, including these huge giant groupers which are like the size of a small car or something. I've been diving in quite a few places round the world and this was easily some of the best diving I've ever done. The science work we were doing also felt really worthwhile. Carrying out surveys and collecting data on fish populations and coral cover and stuff for the marine park meant that we actually did something useful whilst diving which was really satisfying.

Camp was pretty basic, but you quickly grow to love it and everyone on the project was friendly. Staff were nice too. Mafia Island itself is absolutely beautiful and volunteering really is the best way to see it. It's nice to be doing something really useful rather than just being a tourist. Honestly can't recommend this project enough.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 22, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Many thanks for your review. It's always great to hear about Mafia!

Frontier

My name is William, Im 20 years old, I'm currently at Newcastle University and I went on the Tanzania diving project this summer. As soon as I arrived I met loads of people around my age and they were all up for a good time. The living was basic, yet more than sufficient with a real community camp feel about it. Mafia island itself was simply beautiful and basically untouched by the tourism or anything for that matter, which is amazing when you consider how incredible the dive sites were. Nearly every day we got a chance to dive with the staff bending over backwards to sort it out for us, they were also very knowledgable and friendly, with most of them being around my age so there was never a school like feel to it. The staff also encouraged everyone to really get in touch with the environment and better understand why it needs looking after. With that in mind it was also very relaxed , so you have time to visit the local area and see what Africa is all about. I definitely recommend getting involved with the teaching project whilst you are there because it seems exceptionally rewarding and due to the high numbers of students and relatively low teaching standards, you can literally see your work making a difference.

Overall , this trip was the best experience of my life and I will definitely be going back, I couldn't recommend it more.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Sep 17, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
9

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I hope to go back to Tanzania as soon as I can. Even though I didn’t get to spend as much time with the kids as I would have liked, I just went for 2 weeks. I still managed to create a bond with many of the children and it was really hard to leave. Arusha in general was a phenomenal place. I loved the atmosphere and felt completely comfortable the whole time (after my initial shock to the change in smells, sights, and sounds – which I realize is completely normal). I loved the mentality in Arusha, how friendly everyone was and how it seemed everyone was there to help anyone – no matter what. I think we could use a little of that mentality over here in North America where everyone is doing their own thing and in their own heads.
Pencils!!! The kids really need pencils and pens! A lot of them, their parents can’t afford to buy them more so they have these tiny little bits of lead they try to write with. Also, pencil sharpeners… I think it would be great if someone brought those ones that you can nail to the wall so the whole class can use – little individual ones are easy to lose and cause ruckus in class when kids try to share them. Erasers too – a lot of the kids’ erasers were done on their pencils and they didn’t have any extras and would have to disrupt the one kid in the class who had an eraser. Maybe that paint that turns into a chalk board when you paint it? The chalkboards are so covered in chalk that they are hard to read. Also, chalk for teachers for the board would be good too – when I was there they were using big thick chalk, in all sorts of colours, and it was so had for the kids to read – even if someone can bring those chalk protectors (metal cases for using chalk?) it prevents it from breaking and getting chalk everywhere.
Things here in Canada seem, to me, quite trivial now (I need to get over that so I can continue with my planned route of education.) That’s the thing too though, I appreciate education tenfold and even basic things one learns without realizing it (basic computer knowledge etc). I have learned to appreciate the small things. Whereas before I knew I ought to appreciate, and tried (and even thought I succeeded), but now I actually can, and know I am. I also appreciate time a lot more, too and I don’t sweat the small stuff as much anymore.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Sep 13, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Volunteering abroad had always been a dream of mine and it felt like the perfect time to do so. I found ABV and it caught my attention and offered my ideal location, an orphanage in Tanzania. After arriving I was a little lonely and scared but the first day that I entered a classroom at the Center I knew I was in the right place. There are no words to describe how amazing the children there were, their love for each other and for life was so inspiring especially considering how much they have been through. I was able to help teachers correct work and assist in teaching the children math and English as well as play with the kids at their break times. I found my cheeks hurting everyday from smiling so much while I was at the center. The children honestly changed my life, they opened my eyes to what real happiness and appreciation is. There is no doubt in my mind I will be volunteering again in Africa very soon and hopefully pursuing a career in teaching or social work now. The Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Ongorogoro Crater, Via Via, the Masai Market, and the hot springs were all incredible and memories that I will hold forever but the volunteering alone made my trip extraordinary.
The ABV staff in the USA was extremely efficient. Every email that I sent out with questions involving initially signing up to last minute tips were answered within a day. I also received reminders of what documents I was missing and many attachments on the culture and general information that I found to be very helpful.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Sep 13, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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