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TEACHING AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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from $1,145$4,125

Opening in 2022

TEACHING AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

EXPERIENCE AND MAKE MEMORIES OF A LIFETIME

Be a part of something transformational on this award-winning volunteer project and immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of East Africa, while helping to empower a small rural community on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This is a unique opportunity to help combat poverty by getting hands-on experience uplifting the community through education. You will form friendships with the kids and Maasai warriors while having access to iconic wildlife experiences and places in Africa.  


Project Highlights

Work alongside local teachers, contributing to early childhood development and education through fun, interactive lessons with young children at the preschool
Empower the community and contribute to sustainable change with free adult English lessons that will allow for greater employment opportunities
Become part of the elusive Maasai tribe and get a rare opportunity for cultural exchange as you learn about their age-old traditions and fascinating culture while teaching them to read and write
Have the unique opportunity to get involved in every aspect of local life and, through that, build friendships with everyone in the community from the tiny toddlers to the wise village elders
Go #BeyondVolunteering and make a real difference

the destination

Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most iconic attractions in the whole of Africa, the Continent’s highest peak and nestled at its base is the busy tourist town of Moshi; a colorful town known for its lively streets, Swahili food, local markets, and coffee plantations. Seeing coffee roasted and brewed on an open fire is an unusual but truly mesmerizing experience. 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 have the opportunity to spend time with these tribes, dancing, drumming, tasting their food, and begin to understand the vibrant culture of these unique people. Encounters with the Maasai are one of the best experiences you can have in Tanzania.

A short distance away, is the authentic rural town of Mdawi, a humble little place where everyone knows each other, and you cannot help but get seduced by the relaxed rhythm of rural life. This will be your home during your stay in Tanzania.

You’ll be accommodated 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 your fellow volunteers and the local villagers. There are dormitory rooms with shared bathroom facilities and communal living areas and we provide housekeeping services for your comfort. There are always fun things going on at the volunteer house, including games evenings, quizzes, or movie nights.
You will receive three fresh and delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community. Breakfast is typically fresh fruit, eggs and toast with a selection of toppings while lunch and dinner are a mixture of local Swahili and international cuisine. You can expect to eat anything from burgers, pizzas and pasta dishes to stews, chapatis and curries. Vegetarian options are available and we can cater to many other dietary requirements, please just let us know your requirements in advance. At weekends, you’re welcome to explore Moshi and visit the many delicious restaurants.
There is free WiFi available at the volunteer accommodation which has good reception.
Moshi lies 805m above sea level and has a tropical climate. In winter (May-August), there is much less rainfall than in summer and temperatures are generally cooler, falling between 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) and 25 degrees Celsius (77°F). From May to September you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures. Summer is from November to February and these tend to be the warmest and wettest months of the year.

PROJECT IMPACT AREAS

MAASAI LITERACY PROGRAM

The Maasai are semi-nomadic and lead traditional lives, so most of them have never had access to schooling and are unable to read or write. However, as the world moves forward, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the Maasai to integrate with modern society because of the language barrier. By becoming more literate, the Maasai are able to gain employment, start their own businesses, and keep their culture and community alive by taking control of how they participate in the world. As a volunteer, you will teach beginner to intermediate English to the Maasai, focusing on vocabulary and grammar, as well as reading, writing, listening and speaking.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

With a pupil to qualified teacher ratio of 131:1, poor quality education is a major challenge in Tanzania. The poor quality of education does not set a strong foundation in learning outcomes such as literacy, numeracy, and life skills, which diminishes the future prospects of children, particularly in rural areas. As a volunteer, you will provide valuable support to teachers by assisting them in classrooms and giving more children the attention and assistance they deserve. Children have different speeds of learning and having an extra pair of hands in the classroom, means no child will be left behind and all will have an equal chance to succeed during lessons.

COMMUNITY UPLIFTMENT

Mdawi has a true sense of community, but resources are limited and so we aim to assist in any way we can, by working with the local community on various projects throughout the year. One of our regular activities and a favourite amongst past volunteers, is visiting the elderly residents at the old folks’ home where you will perform exercises to increase mobility, play board games to stimulate the mind, distribute servings of fresh and nutritious fruit and get your hands dirty by maintaining their vegetable garden. Volunteers have also painted classrooms and educational murals with school children to make their learning environment more enjoyable, and have hosted workshops to discuss various social issues affecting the community.

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Other Activities

Every day on this project will expose you to local life, but if you want an even deeper look into the culture of Tanzania, you can set out on a full day Marangu Cultural Tour. The tour will take you to the Chagga Tribe Museum, gorgeous waterfalls, a coffee plantation, and end off with a traditional Swahili meal and banana beer. During certain months, you can venture into the heart of the Maasai home and spend the weekend camping, listening to legends, and sharing meals in a Maasai boma homestead.
Tanzania is home to some of the most famous national parks in the world and one of the best places on the continent to experience an African safari. You will encounter the iconic Big 5, and if you are around at the right time, the Great Wildebeest Migration. An estimated two million wildebeest cross the Serengeti and Maasai Mara in Kenya in what is called ‘the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth’. You can view this spectacular seasonal event by land, air, or both!
Tanzania is home to 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 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.
For some sun, sea, and sand take a trip to the tropical island paradise 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 one hour’s flight from Mount Kilimanjaro.

dates and rates

Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Manager will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.

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project fee includes

  • Accommodation throughout your 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 will need on the ground

project fee excludes

  • Flights (we can assist you with this)
  • Travel insurance (we can assist you with this)
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs

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