Animal Welfare and Animals' Shelter

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founded in 2019
Rita
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Coordinator | Rita
Coordinator | Rita
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High­lights

Learn how to sustain the needs of the many with inadequate resources.
Take the opportunity to travel and socialize on the weekends there are good spots for leisure and fun.
Arusha is a beautiful tourist city with much to appreciate, the people are welcoming and the landscape & sceneries are magnificent.
Attain new skills and experiences to further your profession.
Enjoying Tanzanian food especially ugali, cooked bananas mixed with beef (Ndizi nyama).
Spread awareness about veterinary and animal rights. The program tries to change the perception of animals in Tanzania and how to care for animals. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

The Animal Welfare program is located in Northern Tanzania. It surveyed the ten villages in the district to enhance the current animal welfare status in the area. The aim of this survey was to provide an empirical foundation and to make strategic decisions involving the allocation of project resources and the design of the project components. 

The program was established in order to address the five freedoms of the animals, of which most farmers in the area are not aware: Freedom from hunger and thirst; discomfort; pain, injury and disease; fear, distress; and to express normal behavior.

What to expect

Even if you are qualified and experienced, be open to new ways of doing things. Given the sensitivity of the project, it is with certainty that things will be done differently than what you are used to; adapt and be proactive. Instead of accusing something as being wrong, demonstrate a better way. Inadequate resources, less staff, and more animals are possible challenges because many of them are from streets. If you lack the knowledge, do no insist on doing things your way, as it is important to not put animals at risk.

What not to expect

“Easy does it” won’t apply to this project. Trust is to be earned; the doctors and ground team need to be assured that you are qualified and experienced enough to be involved in their work day, let alone see animals. There are hectic days. You will not be alone.

Duties and task 

Things you may be doing within the day can be, carrying out vaccinations, treating wounds, autopsies, check ups, or training. You also have the amazing experience of working out in the Maasai tribes treating their animals and training them on how to care for their animals.

Tanzania is very different from where we come from. The members of the community here in Tanzania do not have animals as pets, all animals are for a reason such as food, business or guarding. By helping these animals you are in turn supporting a business and family.

Challenges 

  • CULTURE SHOCK - The way they will do things will be very different from home - be patient and observe with curiosity.  - You may see things you might not particularly agree with, remember this is a third world country and they will do things differently due to the lack of resources and education.
  • Lack of resources - Need for medical supplies and vaccinations. 
  • They may not have the same aspect of care as we do for animals.

Typical day

In general, volunteers have the freedom to choose how they spend the day. However, a daily routine is recommended and may be coordinated with the project coordinators based on your program. A general day may look like this:

  • Breakfast between 6:30 and 7:30am
  • Commuting to placement via public transport 

Everyday will be different! - Some may be quieter than others. The doctor works in mainly farms and houses for domestic animals. A Typical day can be traveling around several homes carrying out check ups, vaccinations and training.  The doctor will pick you up at the volunteer house around 9:30am and the day will usually end around 12pm (this can vary depending on how busy the day is and when you would like to stay until)

  • Lunch between 12:30am and 3:00pm either at the placement or at the accommodation. 
  • Free time for the rest of the day and preparation for the placement the day after (if necessary)
  • Soup and bread will be 5:00 pm
  • Dinner between 6:30pm and 7:30pm
  • Visiting a house of babies after you come back from your placement or during the weekend.

Free-time activities

Day trips 

  • Walter falls 
  • Zip line 
  • Coffee and banana plantation
  • Visit a Maasai village, where you will learn and see the lifestyle of the strongest culture in Africa.
  • Hiking and climbing the mountains such as Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
  • Visit Zanzibar for diving and water sports

Tours and Safaris

  • Visit Ngorongoro national park, where you can go down into the historical crater conservation
  • Serengeti national park 
  • Manyara national park
  • Mikumi national park, and many more!

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Math, Science and English at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Medical skills such as teaching hygiene
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 13:30

What's Included

Services by Ndulilo Volunteer Residency
  • Program fee includes:
  •  Airport pick up from Kilimanjaro international Airport
  • Arusha Airport 
  • Bus Station pick up
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • A basic Swahili lesson.
  • WiFi
  • Orientation & Town tour
  •   

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

The program fee includes airport pickup. It takes 45 to 60 minutes to ride to Arusha from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). You will be picked up by a coordinator with a driver from our ground team. The ground team will be active to get to the airport on time and communicate well.

Note: When you exit the arrivals area you will see a coordinator with a sign of NVR. Please don't look for your name, look for the sign. Wave and our team will see you. On the way to the volunteer house, the coordinator will give you a short briefing about the country and Arusha in general. We will give you a paper with your name, with full information about your placement and details.

You will get to meet and know the ground team while giving you a house tour. We will show you your room, and the next day you will have orientation.

Accommodation

Volunteers in Arusha are accommodated in a volunteer house and home stay. The volunteer house can host up to 30 volunteers at one time. Volunteers can expect to share a room with one to five other volunteers of the same gender. The  house provides a comfortable and warm stay with running water and electricity. However, it is important to note that there are often power outages which may affect availability of hot water. Bedding is provided, which includes a pillow with pillow case, bottom and top sheet. A mosquito net is also provided. You will need to bring your own towel and toiletries. 

In the volunteer house, there is a cook who prepares meals and a cleaner who keeps the place clean and tidy. Safety is paramount, therefore there is also a security guard during day and night. Staff members are available on a daily basis during the week, and via phone over the weekend. All volunteers under the age of 18 years are accommodated in a separate room in the volunteer house. To access the internet during your program, we recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone and purchasing a local SIM card in Arusha. The local staff will assist you with this upon arrival.

Bungalow
Food & Beverages

One of the greatest ways to explore Tanzania is to eat like the locals. To make things easy for you, your program fee covers the cost of your main meals, which will be cooked by the in-house mamas.

Because we choose to partner with international people, the mamas will usually be cooking food typical to the Tanzanian taste. This is an authentic way to get a taste of the wonderful flavors of Arusha, and immerse yourself fully in the local culture.

All programs will include options for vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and other diets. You should note any dietary requirements in your application so we can make sure the program caters to your needs beforehand. 

The number of meals provided varies from program to program. Our programs fee covers breakfast, lunch, dinner, soup and some snacks at evening.

The project fee includes three meals per day, 7 days per week. Meals generally consist of authentic Tanzanian cuisine, with some western style dishes. A typical breakfast may entail eggs, bread with butter and jam, pancakes, fruits, tea and coffee.

Lunch and dinner usually contain options of meat and fish as well as vegetables and fruits. Rice, potatoes, pasta, and fries may be served, topped with typical Tanzanian sauces and stews.

We are extremely mindful of food allergies and will adapt to requests accordingly.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Kilimanjaro. We assist you to find cheap flights to Tanzania.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Tanzania provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The Program commencement includes the night before your start date. If you choose to arrive before the starting date, you will have to pay extra according to the days of your stay.
  • The duration of your stay and program is counted in weeks. For instance, if a volunteer is registered for 4 weeks and the start date is January 1st, the program fee accommodates the night of December 31st until January 28th respectively.
  • Travel and leisure holidays are of no exception; they are within the program duration. If a day or more is taken for travels in the 4 week program, the end date will remain the same.
  • There is the possibility for program extension whenever necessary. A one day extension costs 18 USD, where as more than a week would be assigned program fees in regard to the duration of the stay. It is advised that if volunteers require an extension, they should provide a week's notice prior to the end of their original program.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$320
2 weeks
$460
3 weeks
$600
4 weeks
$740
5 weeks
$880
6 weeks
$1,020
7 weeks
$1,160
8 weeks
$1,300
9 weeks
$1,440
10 weeks
$1,580
11 weeks
$1,710
12 weeks
$1,840
13 weeks
$1,970
14 weeks
$2,100
15 weeks
$2,230
16 weeks
$2,360
17 weeks
$2,490
18 weeks
$2,620
19 weeks
$2,750
20 weeks (max. stay)
$2,800
Average fees
$230 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Ndulilo Volunteer Residency will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Ndulilo Volunteer Residency during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Animal Welfare and Animals' Shelter

Spread awareness about veterinary and animal rights. The program tries to change the perception of animals in Tanzania and how to care for animals.

$230/week

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