Social Work Associate

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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 the famous beaches, Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, safaris and so much more.
Work alongside qualified social workers to help bring support and community care to the most complex social issues. An intensive placement requiring dedicated volunteers. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

So what exactly is it like to volunteer? 

Volunteering is a fantastic way to travel abroad, give back to people who are in need and develop yourself as a person. 

The experience you will get from giving up your time and care for others, will be like no other. You WILL make a huge difference and uplift those around you, as long as you stay motivated on your mission, positive and focused. 

Why Tanzania?

Tanzania is a bright, beautiful and amazing country to visit. That is why thousands of travellers pass through every year. It's capital Dar es Salaam sits on a breathtaking coastline, an hour from paradise island of Zanzibar. In the north, Arusha sits under the shadows of the great Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Tanzania is home to many famous Safari parks and game reserves where people from all over the world come to visit the spectacular wildlife. The people are warm and gracious and nothing makes them happier than welcoming you to their country. Tanzania is multicultural and has hundreds of various tribes and ethnicities, it's most famous being the nomadic Maasai tribe. Rich in culture and stunning to see, it really is an exciting part of Africa to visit.

The Problem

Tanzania has a high poverty rate, low infrastructure, low levels of educations and the impacts of that on the community is massive. There is a huge psychosocial and health impact of poverty and deprivation on the population. The government has introduced formal and informal social workers that work in affiliated social services agencies for those needing social assistance. The social welfare system does not exist as one unified standardised system, rather a network of agencies and institutions that work towards similar goals of social assistance.

Socio economic and political changes in Tanzania since the late 1970s and more particularly in the 1980s have set in motion new and complex social problems and challenges affecting both urban and rural populations. These include high levels of urbanisation, poverty, breakdown of family relationships, poor health, rising rate of crime, alcohol and drug abuse and problems related to HIV/AIDS. In the last decade, Tanzania has enacted numerous policies and guidelines to respond to these challenges. However poverty and serious social issues persist at high rates. Social welfare (SW) services fall under the supervision and guidance of the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW). Many institutions provide social welfare services including hospitals, prisons, schools, training institutions, faith based organizations,  homes and select non-governmental organizations (NGOs) among others.


A Solution

"It takes a village..."-African Proverb

 Volunteer your professional skills, time and compassion to a complex area that requires dedication and compassion. Boost the morale of local staff and aid in exchanging ideas and assessing complex social issues within the local community.

 Your main objectives will be:

  • Assist the Social Welfare team in assessments of complex cases
  • Assist the team in creating a care plan and plan of action for each case
  • Understand the impact of poverty on psychosocial health and wellbeing
  • Assist in drug & alcohol, poverty, homelessness, sexual abuse and orphanage cases
  • Visit cases in the community and in government departments i.e schools, hospitals etc

Your Stay

You will stay Siret Hostel; one of the highest rated and reviewed guesthouses in Arusha. Providing safe, clean and comfortable accommodation, comfortable bedding, excellent breakfast and dinner and housekeeping. This will be a quiet and friendly neighbourhood only 15 minutes from the main hustle and bustle of town. You will have 24 hour gated security, a domestic/cook (who will happily do your laundry for a small fee) and a coordinator who will ensure you settle in quickly and comfortably into your new town. This is a shared home where you will be staying with other volunteers and guests from across the world, so you will never be on your own in your new environment. The house is impeccably clean, well kept, modern and spacious.Important VISA & Permit Information

Important VISA & Permit Information

You will be required to pay a for a VISA & Permit for voluntary work assignment. Please enquire for details.

Where do my fees go?

Most of your fees are spent locally. Fees ensure you have above standard accommodation, that you have a personal coordinator picking you up at the airport, orientating you and you have a coordinator day to day and your program is planned and facilitated specifically for you, to match your skills and get you to provide the very best to those that need you. 

Do any fees go directly to the projects?

​Yes they do. Although we don't necessarily think that making financial contributions solve the complex issues faced by deprived areas, we do make a charitable donation on your behalf to your project placement. This is not mandatory. We do this as we know how challenging it can be for our partners to host, supervise and very often teach volunteers. We want our partners to know they are valued and respected for their time as best we can. 

What should I wear to placement?

Scrubs are a great option as they will be kind to you in the warm weather, easily identify you as a clinical volunteer and can be discarded if damaged or contaminated. Uniform that covers your legs and comfortable shoes that protect and cover your feet.

Should I bring any gloves, personal protective equipment or  medical equipment?

Remember you're going into poorly resourced area, they will not have access to the same equipment you would at home. We usually encourage volunteers to bring a box of gloves for personal use and to share with colleagues, hand sanitizer and stethoscopes. Second hand medical books/information you may want to leave behind is also a simple but great resource to share with your colleagues and refer to together on placement. 

What insurance should I get?

​You should ensure you're adequately covered by comprehensive travel insurance for the duration of your stay. You should also ensure you have indemnity insurance (UK: RCN membership for nurses/student nurses and BMA/MDU membership for doctors/medical students). For our EU, US and others please check with your employers/university/college or national employment body on indemnity.

What vaccinations should I get?

​Please visit the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention for excellent up to date travel vaccination information.

Where can I get cheap flights?

​There are dozens of great websites online for cheap flights. It is advisable to get your flights as early as possible to be able to logistically plan your trip. 


Is Africa safe for me to travel alone? Do I need to be with other volunteers?

​Regardless of whether you're volunteering on a clinical mission, you're still a tourist. Forward planning is key to protecting yourself from risk as you would anywhere in the world. As a group or a solo traveller from abroad, you will attract attention but, you will also have a great support system in your volunteer coordinators, fellow travellers/volunteers and ​supervisors. It's important to try and be conscientious of your new surroundings and respect and follow local customs as much as possible and insure yourself from any possible risks. 

Africa is a large continent with every country varying greatly in local culture, customs, rules and regulations. Research your destination as much as possible and ask as many questions as possible. We would never place you at risk or in harm's way, however it is important you take ownership of your journey and behave responsibly. 


Please note:

We can also transfer you to the airport on your departure date for $50 USD. Please mention this in your application!

PICK UP POINTS:
Kilimanjaro Airport (KIA)
Arusha Airport (ARK)

Arusha Bus station 

Still have more questions? Ask away and get in touch!

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 social worker 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. 

Night life

The social life in Tanzania is amazing, because Tanzanians are so open, friendly and love a good laugh. Tanzanian’s are famous in East Africa for their partying. They really do know how to have a good time. Their DJ’s and musicians are some of the best in Africa and there are many bars, clubs and restaurants popular amongst tourists and volunteers where you can let your hair down and socialise with locals and people from across the world.

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. 

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
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
Social Work, Health & Social Care, Psychology or related areas at High School diploma, Degree or relevant qualificationns level
Required Documents
CV, proof of education and relevant certifications
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Minimum 2nd year of studies
Or at least 6 month experience working directly with people.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:30 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Medi Trip
  • Volunteer placement facilitation-full program scheduling and 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 a local coordinator
  • EXCLUDES

    • $100 USD contribution to placement facility
    • Airport transport on departure (can be arranged)
    • VISA and PERMIT fees
Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

We can transfer you to the airport on your departure date for $50 USD. Please mention this in your application
PICK UP POINTS:
Kilimanjaro Airport (KIA)
Arusha Airport (ARK)
Arusha Bus station

Accommodation

Our volunteers stay in a Siret Hostel and one of the highest rated accommodations in Arusha. The fabulous, refurbished home is close to town, popular amongst tourists. 

  • There is a live in coordinator,
  • housekeeper
  • hot showers
  • good wifi, 
  • 50 in HD TV, 900+ satellite channels, 
  • gated security with electric fencing and intercom entry. 

Private Double bedrooms available at request.

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

Breakfast and Dinner. 

  • Continental breakfast with, eggs, toast, variety of fruit (inc the ever popular avocado), jam, butter! Coffee & Tea.
  • Dinner Mondays to Fridays
    • Unlike other hostels, we don't feed you the same dinner everyday, we have a set menu of spaghetti bolognese, pilau (flavoured rice and veg), rice and chicken, chapati (flat bread) and beans, always 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 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

We accept volunteers all year long.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 575
3 weeks
$ 682
4 weeks
$ 840
5 weeks
$ 1,050
6 weeks
$ 1,260
7 weeks
$ 1,470
8 weeks
$ 1,680
9 weeks
$ 1,890
10 weeks
$ 2,100
11 weeks
$ 2,310
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,520
Average fees
$ 249 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Medi Trip 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 Medi Trip during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Social Work Associate

Work alongside qualified social workers to help bring support and community care to the most complex social issues. An intensive placement requiring dedicated volunteers.

$249/week

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