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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“I have always wanted to have a volunteering vacation where I could give my time and talents while in a new place, experiencing new things. I had a life-changing experience. I was immersed in the local community as part of the new projects. I feel like I actually got to know the people, the town, the feel of the place, in just 2 weeks. Which, by the way, flew by and was a good appetizer, but I am hungry for more.”
“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.”
“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.”
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Manager will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.
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