Up in the rural Areas, Our Community Farm Project offers volunteers the opportunity to work on a small organic farm. Whether taking part in a gap year, summer placement or career break, volunteers and two local members of staff are responsible for maintaining all aspects of the farm including animal care, crop-growing, flower-production, herb-cultivation and land-management. We also arrange school trips to the farm to educate the local children.
Projects Abroad volunteers can join our Community Farming project in Tanzania and work on an organic vegetable plot at one of our Care placements in Community. All volunteers receive training from a local specialist, so no farming or gardening experience is needed, making this project a great fit for all ages, from students on break to professionals and families.
Volunteering on the organic farm you will help with all aspects of producing the vegetables. In the process, you will learn how to grow your own vegetables, including the importance of the plot location, availability of sunshine, proper size of growing areas, how often to water, and the selection of vegetables depending on the season.
Your exact role within the hospital or clinic will be determined by your level of medical experience as well as by the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. Pre-university interns usually start by observing the doctors and nurses. You may find more practical opportunities arise once you get to know the local staff and if you can demonstrate a good understanding of local medical conditions.
The role of interns who already have some medical experience also varies and it is important to build up trust and a good relationship with the local doctors.
Depending on the time of year you arrive and the development of the project, you could be helping with planting new seeds, building and fencing enclosures, creating a display area for seeds and herbs, harvesting, and selling the vegetables.
Volunteers also arrange workshops at the farm to help educate local people about the advantages of sustainable farming and how to get started growing their own vegetables.Volunteers live with local host families close to where they are working.
As a volunteer on the Community Farm Project you will have the opportunity to work and socialize with the local children, who will also be helping with the growing.
The placements where you will be working do not receive any support from the government, so some of the vegetables grown are sold affordably to local families. We are hoping to expand to new sites over the coming years to further impact the local communities.
This project is available for less than a month if you don’t have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.
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.
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
Medicine internships in Tanzania are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.