Poverty, HIV-Aids, broken families, inadequate housing and school facilities, and other basic necessities are just some of the barriers that millions of Tanzania children face in their struggle for a better life. Education is a powerful vehicle that can transform societies and break cycles of disease and poverty.
Education empowers people so that they can live healthier and more prosperous lives where people can make choices about their futures and in doing so, shapes the course of their communities.
As such, Adventure Makers is working to assist local organizations with their efforts to fill the gaps left by government systems in selected communities.
Adventure Makers supports a number of children’s programs in Tanzania- reaching out to children who are poor, orphaned and vulnerable. These children really need positive influences in their lives, with many affected by broken homes, prostitution, alcoholism, absent parents or AIDs. The youngest children in kindergarten benefit greatly from the undivided attention of volunteers by showing affection, practicing basic English, reading and playing games
Volunteers help slightly older children with more English practice and after-school activities such as music and dance – this is incredibly important to motivate children to continue spending their time wisely in a safe, positive environment, helping keep them away from the path of gangs, drugs and alcohol. HIV /AIDs is still very much a taboo topic in many Tanzanians communities and Adventure Makers is excited to be supporting a project that helps educate teenagers in disadvantaged communities about disease prevention. The children of Tanzania are so friendly and love connecting with Adventure Makers volunteers- which makes this program very rewarding both for the children and the volunteers alike.
(In Tanznian, some of the children’s projects also include some light construction activities. The amount of time dedicated to children’s activities or light construction varies depending on the project).
Your days normally start at 9am and finish around 5pm with lots of breaks as it gets exhausting keeping up with the children. You will get a minimum of two free days per two-week project so you can visit local attractions and explore nearby areas. You may think that you need experience with children to be an asset to these projects. Relax, you don’t! You just need a warm heart, big smile, a willingness to engage with the children and a dash of patience; we’ll give you the training and materials you need to make the time as effective as possible. The only thing we can’t promise is that saying goodbye won’t be the hardest part of the whole experience.
Entertaining children is a huge part of keeping their focus away from negative temptations of life, such as gangs, drugs, and alcohol in poor areas. Allowing children to play through sports, games, and dancing helps them enjoy childhood, interact in a positive way with other community children, and teaches them about their own culture. Adventure Makers volunteers have spent over 1,700 hours playing interactive games with children, as well as teaching them sports and practicing traditional dances.
It is very beneficial to the development of young children in the poorer communities to practice speaking English and continue to develop their writing and counting skills. Adventure Makers participants in Tanzania, through a variety of activities including song, dance, arts and crafts, have contributed 548 hours towards the development of these essential skills with children.
Teaching basic life skills through the education system are simply not taught in schools in Tanzania. Many older children have questions about relationships and life that are either taboo or cannot be answered by their parents or elders in the community. Through specific teaching guidelines, Adventure Makers volunteers have spent over 800 hours teaching general life skills to the youth in local communities. These skills include HIV/AIDs awareness and prevention, job interview techniques, resume writing, as well as providing a platform for discussion about issues that affect youth, like relationships and family matters.
Schools in impoverished areas of Tanzania tend to be overcrowded with teachers who are required to deal with many students. Through teacher aid work, Adventure Makers volunteers can help relieve some of the stress on students and teachers while allowing more one-on-one time with the students. Adventure Makers volunteers have spent over 300 hours helping in local schools and providing much needed help in the classrooms.
MORE ON ADVENTURE MAKER’S VOLUNTEER PROJECT
Each project runs for two weeks and up to four weeks. Is operated in partnership with well-established local organizations including government and non-government organizations (NGOs), protected areas, research institutions and local grassroots community groups. Projects are located in various settings, from city suburbs to the remote outback, and mountain ranges to coastal areas. Volunteer teams range from 8 to about 25 people, depending on specific project and host country, plus one or more Adventure Makers Project Leaders. Each volunteer team is supervised and directed by professional staff from the host organization.
No prior experience or expertise is needed to participate in an Adventure Makers volunteer project. Accommodations vary with project and host country, including volunteer houses, dormitories, rustic country hotels, family homestays, research stations, and bush camping. Meals (3 per day) will be provided during the volunteer project.
Depending on your assigned departure date, only certain projects will be available. Please be flexible in your project preferences; these are ALL great projects with significant conservation/community development and educational value in phenomenal locations.
Visa and Residence Permit
- If your internship/ volunteering/ teacher exhange period is 3 months or less, you need to buy tourist visa USD 50 (from USA and Ireland USD 100) as you arrive to Tanzania and Visitor’s Pass USD 200.
- If your internship/ volunteering/ teacher exchange period is more than 3 months you need to buy tourist visa USD 50 (from USA and Ireland USD 100) as you arrive to Tanzania and Residence Permit Class C USD 550.
If you cancel your trip after the contract is made and your invoice is sent you are still obligated to pay 70% of your program fee
- 74% of voluntary work and internship program fee goes to accommodation, food, water, electricity, transportation to the placements, arrangements with the placements, airport transportation, security and orientation.
- 26% of the program fees goes to administration e.g. staff salaries, office expenses