Maasai Women's Empowerment

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High­lights

Experience a life changing cultural journey to Africa.
Gain perspective of how developing nations keep their cultures alive in our modern fast changing world.
Become more passionate about social care and gain a sense of community!
Make memories you will never forget with people from all over the world sharing your experience with you.
See some of the most incredible nature scenes in the world including Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Hot Springs, waterfalls and so much more.
Join to help this incredible NGO provide empowerment to Maasai women in Tanzania. Volunteer to help continue this amazing project! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

The NGO we have collaborated with is a non-partisan, multisectoral development initiative with good collaboration with local government. The NGO was founded nearly 20 years by a Tanzanian woman an active advocate in the Maasai empowerment groups to end FGM practice and sits on several Health Boards. Interlinking with government bodies is a key element to their ability to provide cross agency support without coming across bureaucratic issues as well as resistance from conservative opposers who do not support the change to cultural practice.

They provide a holistic approach to supporting Maasai women and girls, providing medical, educational, empowerment support as well as a rescue home for those that need to be sheltered. 

What they do: 

  • The NGO provides a rescue home for any Maasai girl who needs to flee hardship in their villages by refusing forced marriage or FGM.

  • Healthcare education and community awareness: 

    • They go out to hard to reach Maasai villages to provide mobile clinics for expectant mothers, new mothers and women who have health complications from female genital mutliation (FGM)

    • They service pregnant women and new mothers in the Maasai catchment area through their reproductive and child health service

    • They provide a Youth Friendly Service which is a department teenage girls can privately receive support, treatment and/or contraceptive/family planning services

  • They have started a women’s empowerment group aimed at eliminating female genital mutilation (FGM) practice from rural villages. 

    • The group has stopped or saved over 200 girls from being mutilated

    • They provide a safe haven and medical support to women and girls who have suffered severe complications after giving birth due to FGM i.e severe tears, emergency caesarians, hypovolemia, fistula’s, psychological trauma.

    • The group supports mothers who do not want their daughter to go through generational trauma of FGM or forced marriage by defending and advocating for them when they are harassed or assaulted for helping their daughters escape.

    • The group advocates and provides a defensive network for Maasai young girls and women who need to escape Forced or Child Marriage

Your role as a volunteer:

Volunteer to provide your time and talents to the foundation. As a Siret Volunteer, you will be helping provide support to this NGO which delivers training, legal support to train women about their rights, development, education, basic reading and writing. You will also have the opportunity to experience their simple and rural way of life. 

Your main objectives will be:

  • Support the foundation to help with the functionings of the rescue home
  • Help with the daily running of training workshops and support sessions
  • Support the life counselling work run by the foundation staff which encourages the women to gain empowerment and independence
  • Provide your time and skills to stimulate the women's curiosity for learning and social development
  • Make any donations directly to the foundation to keep it's vital work running.
You role as a volunteer will be to provide extra overall support of the rescue home and empowerment program for the women.This great opportunity will mean an amazing cultural exchange experience for you and a brighter opportunity for the community.

Typical day

Your typical day will usually begin very early, supporting the safe house to prepare for the day. You will be assigned to a specific group of girls to work with with a goal orientated plan to work on, depending on the skills or support you will be providing. Your day can be either very hectic and extremely challenging or slow and very quiet. You will need to be motivated, resilient and work well in a team in order to get the best out of your experience. 

What will your schedule look like?
07:00 Breakfast
08:00 Report to placement
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
15:00 Placement ends

The rest of the day will be yours to relax and enjoy what the town has to offer you!

Free-time activities

Arusha provides an array of activities to get involved in during your free time. Explore the numerous walking trails, enjoy the large amount of cafe's bistro's and local food in town. There is a newly built mall in the town centre which also now has a cinema complex and more places to relax. There is a vibrant night life on most evenings in Arusha, whether you want to enjoy a quiet drink, watch outdoor cinema or go dancing. 

Siret Trip Adventures provide a unique opportunity for our special volunteers to experience more of Africa's beauty. Take a scenic weekend walking tour of the lush rolling foothills of Mt Meru or a breathtaking day trips to some the world's most admired national reserves. Arusha is packed with opportunity to experience unique and unforgettable outdoor adventures. 

What else is there to do?

  • There are endless possibilities. Most volunteers rave about climbing Kilimanjaro. This usually takes about a week, so ensure you organise this with us before you arrive. Take advantage of this amazing tourist treasure.
  • Hot springs
  • An oasis in the middle of a barren landscape. The hot springs are truly magnificent. This can be organised as a day trip at any time. 
  • The Waterfalls
  • Another hot favourite. Hiking across lush vegetation to the spectacular waterfalls.
  • Safari
Ah yes, what Tanzania is world famous for. Safari is once in a lifetime adventure that is unique to the Africa experience. Unforgettable and jaw dropping landscapes is what is promised. This will need you to sacrifice some days, so please ensure you organise this long in advance. 

Tour packages, Safari's and cultural experiences are all available. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Diving/
Snorkling
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

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
Required Documents
CV or Personal Statement
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Desire to work with people in the community, social development, team work. The skills and talents you provide will be dependent on you!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Siret Volunteers
  • Placement Donation
  • Volunteer placement facilitation-full program scheduling 
  • Placement supervision
  • Pre-arrival support & preparation of your project/work placement
  • Airport pick up 
  • Orientation (usually begins on a Monday
  • Accommodation Room & Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Housekeeping
  • Free Wifi
  • Daily in-person availability of coordinators
  • EXCLUDES
    • Airport transport on departure (can be arranged)
    • VISA and PERMIT fees
Airport Pickup at Arusha Airport

Pick up points:

  • Arusha Airport
  • Kilimanjaro Airport 
  • Arusha bus stands

Accommodation

Our volunteers stay in a newly refurbished volunteer house with modern amenities for a comfortable guest house experience.

  • Conveniently located in town
  • Housekeeping daily
  • Hot showers
  • WiFi
  • Gated security with electric fencing and intercom entry
  • Overnight security guard

Private double bedrooms available on request.

Dorm Room Guesthouse Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and Dinner

  • Continental breakfast with, eggs, toast, variety of fruit! Coffee & Tea.
  • Dinner Mondays to Fridays. Kitchen facilities available at weekends.
    • A set menu of spaghetti bolognese, pilau (flavoured rice and veg), rice and chicken, chapati (flat bread) and beans served with salad and fruit!
  • We have a filtered water cold/hot water dispenser to save on buying bottled water and make sure you keep hydrated with clean and safe water!

And of course the kitchen is yours to use! We have a fabulous chef who can guide you to local supermarkets if you want to buy your own personal food and snacks!

During orientation you will be shown tasty and affordable places to get lunch during your work day. You will have a good variety of local and western food places. There are amazing cafe's, bistro's and affordable western restaurants to enjoy a burger, salad, seafood etc!

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 Arusha Airport (ARK) in Arusha. 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

Placement begins on the first Monday of each week, except for the last week of each month. Placements still available during public holidays. Please book according to your arrival/landing date, to endeavour to start on a Monday.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
3 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
3 weeks (min. stay)
$405
4 weeks
$525
5 weeks
$647
7 weeks
$892
11 weeks
$1,380
50 weeks (max. stay)
$6,145
Average fees
$129 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Siret Volunteers 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 Siret Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Maasai Women's Empowerment

Join to help this incredible NGO provide empowerment to Maasai women in Tanzania. Volunteer to help continue this amazing project!

$129/week

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