HIV/AIDS and Widows Encouragement

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Coordinator | Tizia
Coordinator | Tizia
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Support women to sustainably improve life for themselves and aother HIV infected people
Share your skills and creativity, learn new things and get actively involved
Help this project with fundraising or English classes
Make lasting memories and experience the joy of the women
Explore Tanzania by day trips, safaris or mountain climbs
Empower widows 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)  was founded in 2016 to empower widows and people diagnosed with and AIDS/HIV to cultivate better lives for themselves and their families. Becoming a widow is always hard, but to become a widow after a husband dies due to HIV/AIDS creates a very difficult life in Tanzania. The women and their families lose their stable income, which in Tanzania is usually provided by the men, as well as also worrying they may lose their home since women move into their husbands house shortly after marriage and are not always accepted by the husbands family. Sometimes women can end up homeless and without any income, so they try to open a business that ensures a sustainable source of income. As an answer to these problems, the NGO WEHAF was founded to empower those in need. Based in the street area BMC (Bongonyo Movement for Change) within Arusha, the project aims to mobilise, motivate and advocate for people in vulnerable situations in areas of health, social justice and economic empowerment.

The project

Your day to day work here will focus largely on entrepreneurship training, research, community health initiatives, advocacy and fundraising. They run a variety of programs that support widows and their families that usually involve training in sustainable horticulture, tailoring or baking. They also work to implement village community banking schemes in rural areas around Arusha. WEHAF is always in need of volunteers, and they look for volunteers in the fields of marketing, business, health education, education for children, entrepreneurial skills, proposal writing and fundraising. The organisation has recently opened a workshop that teaches and trains women in tailoring as well as a  conversation group for both women and men to improve their understanding. You are welcome to oversee those activities and to bring any new ideas along with you regarding designs of products, daily organisation or marketing, conversation topics.


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. 

Every day will start with your travel to the NGO which is between 15 to 50 minutes depending on which means of transport you prefer (transport costs are not included). You can chose your own tasks regarding your knowledge and interest, so every day can be different due to that. As a volunteer at WEHAF, you can help find fabrics for the tailoring classes, lead through the conversation with different topics with men and women as preventive measure,  teach English to the women, coach women to regain their personal strength, help them writing business proposals and keeping their businesses running, possibly by introducing new marketing strategies, give support to maintain the website and social media sites, or you may even write and support fundraisers and be the daily point of contact to empower people from various backgrounds. You will work together with the young and motivated team each day to coordinate your activities. There is no typical day for a volunteer at WEHAF; you can choose your own tasks based on your areas of knowledge and interest so everyday can be different if that’s what you want. Each day you will arrive at the office in Arusha by 9am to discuss the work of the day. At 10 am the tailoring class starts, where the working places have to be prepared.

No matter what area you work in, you will feel like a valuable part of the whole project. The staff will always welcome you with open arms and encourage you to bring forward your thoughts and ideas to help improve the organisation. You will be part of a very meaningful work environment and all we ask is you bring along motivation, passion, initiative and any new ideas, so you may make a change in 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
CV, Picture of the volunteer and police clearance certificate
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. 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 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.

Dorm Room Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Our cook will prepare fresh vegetables, fruits, pancakes and daily changing breakfast highlights. Tea, coffee, bread, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, as well as fruits and vegetables are additionally available. 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 - just let us know. 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 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$239 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. 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.

Why book with Volunteer World

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