HIV/AIDS and Widows Encouragement

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founded in 2015
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Coordinator | Tizia
Coordinator | Tizia
Empower widows, children and victims of HIV & AIDS to cultivate better lives for themselves and their families. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

WEHAF(Widows Encouragement & HIV/AIDS Foundation) has been founded in 2016 to empower widows, children and victims of HIV and AIDS to cultivate better lives for themselves and their families. Being a widow after the husband dies due to HIV / AIDS is a hard life here in Tanzania. The women and their children mostly lose their income stability, which is still provided by the male in most Tanzanian families. Moreover they  fear to lose their homes, since they moved in to their husbands' house shortly after the marriage. There are some women ending up homeless and without an income, trying to open up a business to ensure their own sustainable source of income. Due to all those things happening to HIV / AIDS widows the NGO, WEHAF, was founded and is now working from a small town outside of Arusha to help and empower those in need. The project's aim is to mobilize, motivate and advocate for these vulnerable group in the areas of health, social justice and economic empowerment.

The project

The project's workers do day-to-day work largely focused on entrepreneurship training, research, community health initiatives, advocacy and fundraising. They run a variety of programs supporting widows and their families usually with some type of training in sustainable horticulture, tailoring or baking. They also work to implement village community banking schemes in rural areas around Arusha. You, as a volunteer at this NGO, will help the staff organize their trips to the rural villages, to teach and coach the women and their children, you might maintain the WEHAF'S internet site and social media sites, you might write and support fundraisers and be in daily contact to empower the women and kids. You will work together with the motivated and young team of the NGO daily to coordinate your activities. WEHAF is always in need of volunteers onsite. They are looking for volunteers in the field of marketing, business, health education, education for children, entrepreneurship skills training, proposal writing and fundraising. Moreover the organization just recently opened a workshop to teach and train women in tailoring. You are welcome to oversee those activities and to conduct new ideas regarding designs of products or the daily organization and marketing process.


You do not need any previous knowledge. Since WEHAF is interested in volunteers in various fields, you will be able to find something for you. It's important that you are self-driven and open-minded to find new ways to help and improve. To help the continuing of the foundation's work, donations and fundraisers are always welcomed.

Typical day

Your work -  "a typical day"

There is no typical day for you as a volunteer at WEHAF. 

You can chose your own tasks regarding your knowledge and interest, so every day can be different due to that. Every day will start with your travel to the NGO's office and workshop in Maji ya Chai, Usa River, Arusha - which will take you about one hour with the public transport. You are required to report at the office at around 9 am with a meeting, where you will discuss your today's work with the co-workers. In general your days could be in the office or in the villages, where you work with the widows and their children to improve their lives. Possible work areas are: health education of the community and society about the impact and outcomes of HIV/AIDS. Training single women on writing business proposals and keeping their businesses running, educating the widow's children, inventing and introducing new marketing strategies for WEHAF, improving the website and social media, writing fundraisers to support the good cause of WEHAF's work and collecting donations. But regardless the field you are interested in you will feel like a valuable part of this whole project. The staff will welcome you with open arms and your thoughts and input how to help and improve will be highly appreciated. You will be part of a very meaningful and sustainable work environment. All you have to bring along is your motivation, new ideas and passion to make a change in the women's lives.

Free-time activities

We offer a wide range of activities at affordable volunteer rates like:

1. Hiking/Walking tours to waterfalls, through forests and around a lake.

2. Swimming in paradise like hot springs with a glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

3. Cultural tours to Maasai markets and the possibility to visit different ethnic groups.

4. Coffee plantation tour to learn about the process from the bean to the finished product.

5. Safaris to the national parks of the Northern Circuit (Arusha NP, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Area).

6. Climbing Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.

7. FREE town tour for all our volunteers!



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
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Viva Tanzania

All pre-arrival support, two airport transfers, orientation tour in Arusha, bein guided to the project on the first day, donation to the foundation in form of our Viva Tanzania volunteer's fund, 24/7 in-country-support, accommodation in a dorm, daily breakfast and dinner, lunch is usually provided in the project.

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

In your program fee the pick up and drop off from/to the airport/bus station are included. One of our friendly staff members, will be at the airport/bus stand with our "Viva Tanzania"-Pick-up-sign, just in time when you plane or bus arrives. And after your volunteer experience - when it's time to say good bye - we will take you to the airport/bus stand for the farewell.


The volunteer house has dorms; each contains comfortable beds & shelves to store belongings, the maximum is four people in one room. We try to keep the rooms separated by gender but can not guarantee this. As storage space is limited in the rooms please consider packing light, too. Accommodation in a single room is possible (extra charge).
The hostel is located 25 walking minutes from the city centre. Although the house is close to the busy town and is surrounded by a green environment. In the garden we have different fruits, like bananas and avocado. Our hostel dogs Takwa and Nala are part of the family and stay in the compound as well. The house is equipped with hot water showers and the possibility to use the kitchen through out the day.

Moreover we offer you the possibility to stay with a host family during your volunteering with us. The charges remain the same, but you will get the unique experience of sharing your daily live with and in a Tanzanian family. They will provide you with everything that's necessary. All family members speak English fluently and are very welcoming. As their new family member you will have your own lockable room, featured with a bed and access to the living room, kitchen, bathroom and the beautiful compound. If staying with a guest family, we will of course still provide our 24/7 in-country support by our staff members. For further information please let us know that you are interested in staying in a guest family within your application on Volunteer World.

Food & Beverages

Breakfast will contain tea and coffee, bread, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, as well as fruits and vegetable. Dinner will be international as we cook Tanzanian as well as Western Food. Don‘t worry if you are vegetarian (like Tizia), vegan or have any allergy, we can cope with everything. The hostel is also equipped with a fridge and shelves to store your own groceries.

Internet Access
Limited 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.
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


Details on arrival

You can start working at this project any day of the week that suits you.
On your first day we will do a town tour showing you Arusha, how to use the buses, where to find ATMs, exchange money and much more.
The next day one of our staff members will take you to your project showing you the way and making sure you are always safe.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in EUR (USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
€420 ($470)
3 weeks
€530 ($594)
4 weeks
€640 ($717)
5 weeks
€750 ($840)
9 weeks
€1,190 ($1,333)
17 weeks
€2,070 ($2,318)
50 weeks (max. stay)
€5,700 ($6,384)
Average fees
€162 ($181) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Viva Tanzania will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Viva Tanzania during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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HIV/AIDS and Widows Encouragement

Empower widows, children and victims of HIV & AIDS to cultivate better lives for themselves and their families.


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