Gain insight into the lives of one of Africa’s most iconic tribes – the Maasai warriors in Tanzania. By living and working in Moshi town, you will have the chance to learn all about their unique culture and traditions while supporting members of the tribe with their literacy skills. During your free time, you’ll be able to explore the vibrant surroundings in the foothills of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Experience the authentic Maasai way of life, with a visit to a rural Maasai village in the heart of the Kilimanjaro region
- Help Maasai adults learn how to read and write
- Get involved in our award-winning Maasai Literacy Program, enabling young Maasai “warriors” to have a greater opportunity to gain permanent employment
- Wake up to the view of Mount Kilimanjaro every morning and spend your weekends exploring the area, or going on breath-taking safaris to spot Africa’s famous wildlife
- Have the experience of a lifetime living with fellow volunteers from all over the world
About the Destination
Mt Kilimanjaro is one of the most iconic attractions in the whole of Africa, the Continent’s highest peak. 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. 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 me, 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 this 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!
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!
Hiking & Camping Trails
A popular reason for many international visitors to Tanzania is the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro, which stands at a whopping 5895 meters. For the very fit and brave at heart you can embark on a journey to the peak of Africa. There are also Kili Day Hikes for those who may be short of time and just want to get a taste of the climb.
You won’t reach the peak but will climb to the first camp at 2720 meters. Hot spring camping trips are also a big adventure at Lake Chala where you can go camping beside some natural hot springs or at the lake shores.
Volunteer Group Activities
For a complete emersion into Tanzanian culture you can set out on a Marangu Cultural full-day Tour. Not only will you visit a Chagga Tribe museum, striking waterfalls and a coffee plantation but you will also enjoy a traditional Swahili meal and some locally brewed banana beer.
For some sun, sea and sand take a trip to the tropical paradise island of Zanzibar, just off the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar offers endless opportunities for marvelous snorkeling experiences, forest excursions and sipping cocktails while relaxing to some reggae beats. It is only an hour’s flight from Kilimanjaro.
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. The point is, tangible change can often be hard to come by, but this organization equipped me with the tools to do just that. I would highly recommend teaching in Moshi with African Impact, if not for the life altering, preconception eradicating, breathtaking beyond words experience, then at least for the tasty breakfast bananas.”
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. One of the nicest aspects of this project is that the work you do is very respected and appreciated so the community welcomes you with open arms allowing you to make lots of new friends with your students and other people you work with on the project. Basically, it’s a beautifully inspiring project and I wish I could go back!”
Chelsea Edwards, UK