Give back to those who are less fortunate by teaching English and other skills to vulnerable youth in the rural community of Mdwai, Tanzania. You will teach English songs and games to young children, support members of the iconic Maasai tribe in learning how to read and write, and get to immerse yourself in and amongst the beautiful foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro.
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AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Teach young children how to count, learn the alphabet, and play English games and songs. Get paid in smiles and hugs from some of the happiest children in the world!
- Teach free English lessons to members of our underprivileged community in order to create greater opportunities for people to gain work in the booming tourism sector
- Run health and sports programs with disadvantaged young people who have hearing impairments
- Create relationships that last a life-time with Maasai warriors. Work one-on-one to help teach members of the Maasai tribe how to read and write
- Learn how to make traditional Swahili food with our Women’s Group
- Wake up to Mt. Kilimanjaro every morning on your doorstep!
About the Destination
Mt Kilimanjaro is one of the most iconic attractions in the whole of Africa, the Continent’s highest peak and nestling at its base is the busy tourist town of Moshi; a bustling network of food markets and restaurants, where one can’t escape the ‘catchy’ Swahili music of the locals… and don’t forget the goats who will regularly stop the traffic!
As well as being in awe of the different colors, smells and sounds in Moshi, you can’t help but notice the incredible variety of cultures and specifically that of the Maasai people, colorfully dressed in their traditional ‘Warrior’ clothing and brandishing some of the most impressive jewelry.
The Maasai are gentle people who live very traditional lives and you will get the life-changing opportunity to spend time with these tribes, dancing, drumming, tasting their food and begin to understand the vibrant culture of these unique people.
Living just a short drive away from Moshi, you will spend your time volunteering in the rural village of Mdawi, in an exclusive fully furnished volunteer house with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy nights spent under the stars (and trust us, you’ve never seen so many!) and opportunities for you to interact with and bond with the local villagers.
As well as hosting some of the friendliest and welcoming people in Africa, you can’t come to Tanzania and not experience its other locals… the wildlife. With monkeys in the trees and lizards sunning themselves on the rocks in your garden, living here is a perfect balance between integrating with the Tanzanians and enjoying the spectacular nature the unforgettable country offers. Why not catch the Great Wildebeest Migration at the world-famous Serengeti Park? Or see herd after herd of wild elephants from a hot air balloon drifting along the plains?
If it’s even greater adventures you’re after, how about trekking up Kilimanjaro? We can assure you after volunteering in its awesome shadow it will definitely be on your mind!
Work & Impacts
Volunteering with children abroad is extremely rewarding. In partnership with the local school teachers, you will teach the nursery school students through English games, song, worksheets, coloring and drawing. After class, you’ll get the opportunity to do some outdoor games with the children which is always topped off with a final song and lots of smiles and hugs!
Work with widows and single mothers in this women’s support group. Help these happy ladies in creating unique handmade textile products, lead sessions which look at health topics, business skills and social issues. Advise how the project can generate income which will ultimately allow them to rise above poverty.
English language is a sought-after skill in this booming tourism region. As a volunteer with us, you will help in teaching English to adults through fun and interactive lessons with a variety of members of the community, including vulnerable youths who have left school, single mothers, adolescent girls and members of the Maasai tribe. You’ll build strong friendships through your lessons as you practice English conversations, hold interesting debates and organize funny role-plays!
Maasai Literacy Program
Due to a number of reasons, many Maasai children have not had the opportunity to attend school. As a result many adults cannot read or write. This literacy project seeks to overcome this challenge by teaching Maasai adults to read and write in Swahili, as well as some basic English language instruction. Lessons are active and include many games and activities to ensure students are engaged. The impact of this project is immediate – seeing an adult write his name for the first time in his life, or watching someone read a full sentence for the first time, is a direct result of volunteer’s hard work.
Supporting Children with Disabilities
Working with your project coordinator, you will facilitate fun and active sessions for children and young adults with hearing impairments. Discuss topics such as healthy eating and the importance of exercise – finished off with sports and games outside! Learn some sign language and see how rewarding it is to be working with some of Moshi’s most vulnerable youth.
Volunteers get a diverse experience here in Moshi. As well as the core projects listed above volunteers also carry out other activities including:
- Visiting the elderly in Langoni Old Folks Home. Volunteers do sitting exercises with the residents as well as play board games and help with their vegetable garden.
- Volunteers also leave their mark by doing more manual jobs, such as painting classrooms and educational murals to encourage the students to learn even during play time!
- Hold workshops with young people to address issues such as health, social issues and career planning.
Fun & Travel
Tanzania is home to some of the world’s most famous national parks, perfect for spotting the Big 5 of African wildlife. One of the highlights of an African safari is to experience the annual migration of an estimated two million wildebeest (joined by hundreds of thousands of zebra and Thomson’s gazelles) across the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara in Kenya.
You can view this spectacular seasonal event by land, air or both!
Hikes and Camping Trails
Volunteer Group Activities
Dates & Rates
Our project fee includes:
- Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact volunteer home in the village of Mdawi – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
- 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community
- Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
- Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
- A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
- All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
Our project fee excludes:
- Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
- Medical or travel insurance
- Visa-related costs
- Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
- Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
- WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!
Why volunteer with African Impact?
We live and breathe all things Africa
Hata uwe kauzu vipi, huwezi kujamba wakati unatongoza. Don’t worry, you’ll get it when you get here.
We are with you all the way
Wrapping ourselves around you like a giant fluffy blanket, our awesome staff on the ground will make sure you see, do and experience as much as possible.
We are about real, measurable change
Responsibility and sustainability is the aim of the game on our very own volunteer projects, having built and developed them hand-in-hand with local communities since 2004.
We are leading the way
With some of the most progressive policies, we are helping to push the boundaries of what the responsible volunteer travel industry can achieve.
“It is quite difficult to capture in words just how special my month volunteering with African Impact in Moshi was. An organization who went at their work not with sympathy and a coin purse, but impassioned understanding, respect, and a belief in education.” Thomas Reid, USA
“Best experience of my life 🙂 This project is extremely well organised by the African Impact staff who make you feel safe and supported throughout your whole volunteer experience.” Chelsea Edwards, UK