The greatest issue facing Tanzania is poverty. This ongoing issue has marginalized millions of Tanzanians. The result is that many needs, such as access to quality medical care, housing, electricity, food, employment, and education are not met. Poverty is an enormous problem to overcome, yet with the help of volunteers, there are things we can do at the local level to make a positive impact on communities, while being careful not to take away local employment opportunities.
Sustainable community development projects seek to meet the needs of the present without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Our hardworking volunteers assist local organizations to improve community infrastructure where the benefits are far-reaching. Examples include construction of schools and classrooms, a medical clinic, a public transit shelter, a community garden, development of school playgrounds and a sports field, shade and/or fruit trees planted along main roads, painting educational murals, and improving access to portable water.
Townships are rich with culture but poor in basic infrastructure; houses are made from scrap metal and often there is no running water or electricity. Working alongside the people who will benefit from these developments, the rewards are great as you see cement being poured, bricks laid, play equipment assembled and seeds planted. Adveture Makers projects really do make a difference.
Beyond new structures, development also refers to building capacity in people and communities through income generation, enhancing community identity and education. Projects like community gardens, setting up market stalls, and teaching local community members construction/gardening skills while they help with these tasks builds human capacity and helps people to take control of their own future. Volunteers are given a unique opportunity to interact with local community members and children. Imagine seeing living conditions that you never would have believed existed and two weeks later, knowing that you helped to make the a positive contribution that will be enjoyed by the people of the community.
Moreover, you will walk away having learned about the local cultures (there are 11 official languages in Tanzania, the Rainbow Nation!), life post-apartheid, equality issues, poverty and HIV-Aids issues.
In Tanzania, some of the community development projects also include some activities with children. The amount of time dedicated to children’s activities varies significantly depending on the project.
Your days normally start at 9am and finish around 5pm with lots of breaks as you’ll be working hard. You will get a minimum of two free days per two week project so you can visit local attractions and explore nearby areas. The work can be physical but not necessarily strenuous and there is always something for you to help with such as mixing cement or painting. Any light construction is overseen by a professional and we ensure you are trained in all the safety precautions you need to get into it and have fun while volunteering.
Many communities have very limited access to education especially for younger children. With help from Adventure makers volunteers, we have an Educare center in a local community where classes will be held for children of various ages. This center was created entirely from recycled materials and is fully transportable.
Children need to play in order to develop and enjoy their youth. Adventure Makers volunteers work hard to build jungle gyms in various communities in Tanzania. These jungle gyms were built in designated play areas where tall grass, trash and broken glass used to pose significant hazards to children. Adventure Makers volunteers need cleared these areas, removed trash, cut back the grass, and constructed jungle gyms to provide safe areas for children to play.
With unemployment so prevalent in Tanzania, it is essential to find ways to help local communities generate income in a sustainable manner. Community gardens and market stalls are a fantastic way local communities can feed themselves as well as generate extra income. Adventure Makers volunteers need built market stalls and helped maintain several community gardens. With Adventure Maker’s help, local partner organizations approached small business owners and restaurants to encourage them to buy local organic produce from the community, helping to create a sustainable source of income for the local community.
MORE ON ADVENTURE MAKER’S VOLUNTEER PROJECT
Each project runs for two weeks and 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.
PRICES OF THE PROGRAM PACKAGES FOR VOLUNTEERS, INTERNS AND TEACHERS IN 2014
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