Community Empowerment Supporter

founded in 2009
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Coordinator | Justin
Coordinator | Justin
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Puntos Salientes

Experience Social Entrepreneurship in a local community
Gain knowledge by sharing a multicultural experience
Bring the best of yourself to improve our work!
Expand your views by working with different people
Get to live the Tanzanian life during your stay! Hakuna Matata :)
You will be working at Afrikan Wear Design, a small local association that is creating jobs for the community in Arusha through the production of cotton wear, jewelry... This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Solteros y solteras
Sillas de Ruedas


This empowerment project was founded in 2009 with the desire to combine Tanzanian Fashion with a good cause.

Unemployment is a big issue in Tanzania, so through this project,  we create jobs and improve the living standards for the community members. The jobs created can be in production, design, sales, etc. By working at Afrikan Wear Design the community members have the possibility to provide for their families' needs e.g. the father/mother being able to send his/her son or daughter to university, so improving their living situation for the generation to come.

Initially, the project was dedicated to women coming from difficult family situations, but then it developed into a project for all the community members. Today we manufacture shawls, carpets, blankets, necklaces, belts, bracelets, earrings, key chains, and other goods to secure a fair income for the women and men in the community.

The program

We have put together this volunteering program with one certain purpose: improving the lives of our community members through handicraft and entrepreneurship skills combined with abroad experience, knowledge, and fresh ideas brought by the volunteers. So thanks to this solidarity chain, the goal of various families to access decent living, studies, health, etc. can be achieved. 


We are looking for anyone willing to contribute to improving our way of operating the project. No special skills are required but the key areas that we seek help in are marketing content creators, business management, product development. This program is open to anyone who is interested, open, passionate, and dynamic.

Loads of creativity and motivation are needed here! You can choose your own field of activity within the ones mentioned above and much more. Sometimes Afrikan Wear Design gets big orders from abroad, so it can be your job to manage that everything is produced within the given time frame to meet the customers' needs. It can also happen that Afrikan Wear Design attends different fairs, presenting the products and gaining new customers, and it could be your job to plan such an exhibition.

You will be working together with the people involved in this project. Working hours will be discussed individually and depend on how much you want to engage.


Our workshop, and also your workplace, is situated in Moshono, a very safe and green neighborhood of Arusha (Arusha Region, Tanzania). Located at 2.8km (1.7 miles) from the busy city center, it is easily reachable by public transportation or by taxi. 

Choosing this program will give you the chance for a unique and true experience living the Tanzanian life and getting the first-hand experience of having and operating a business in Africa.

N.B.  No special equipment is required.

Typical day

Like everywhere, there is no typical day and your work mainly depends on your interest and knowledge.

In the morning, upon arrival at the project, you will discuss your work for the day with your supervisor.

Sometimes, you might be told what to do but your project welcomes any idea or suggestion you have. Your job is mainly office work but you will definitely have enough time to learn to weave, making jewelry and other goods.

If you are interested as well, chat with your colleague and learn about the struggles people face in Tanzanian society.

Free-time activities

We can organize 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 park 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 the 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
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Any skill is welcome!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 15:00

Servicios incluidos

Services by Woven Connect
Volunteer fees will be spread among the following :
  • submission fees
  • accommodation
  • food (full board)
  • airport pick up and drop off
N.B. Volunteer world only allows 12 weeks for our project but in case a volunteer wants to volunteer for more than 12 weeks (3 Months) the doors are open but visa extension will cost $250 (for a 3 months visa) which will be covered by the volunteer. As for accommodation, you will have a 40% discount for the remainder of your stay. 

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport
Someone will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign with your name :)
And you will also be dropped at the airport at the end of your time with us!
We offer accommodation in our volunteer house, Woven House.
The Woven House is a hostel located in Block D, Njiro Arusha, in a quiet well-secured neighborhood. The house is 7.5 km from  Clock Tower, Arusha's city center, 54 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport, and 22 km from Arusha Airport. Public transportation, as well as shops, are within walking distance less than 1km/0.5mile away. Supermarkets, ATMs, bars, and a cinema are between 2.5km to 4km from the house. On clear sky days, you can see Mt Meru - the second tallest mountain in Tanzania from the house and Mount Kilimanjaro a short distance from the house.
The space is really clean and cozy waiting for you!

Two Mamas are in the houses, you will feel at home!

Transportation can be arranged to reach Afrikan Wear (by taxi or by Dala Dala).
Dorm Room Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

 Breakfast and Dinner are provided at the house meanwhile lunch is provided at the project.

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.
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.

Fechas y Costos


Details on arrival

There is no specific starting day, you can come whenever you want! Karibu!

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
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
10 weeks
11 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$158 /week

Tenga en cuenta que los honorarios arriba indicados son estimados. Woven Connect le hará saber el precio final durante el proceso de solicitud.
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 Woven Connect during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Por qué reservar con Volunteer World

Extra security layer by Volunteer World
Volunteer World es la principal plataforma de comparación de oportunidades de voluntariado internacional. Te guiamos a través de un proceso de solicitud - incluyendo todos los pagos necesarios. La planificación de tu próximo viaje significativo con Volunteer World te da acceso gratuito a nuestra:
Garantía de calidad
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Garantía de reembolso
Reembolsamos tus honorarios si Woven Connect cancela tu viaje
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Nuestros servicios son gratuitos!
Todas las tarifas del programa se cobran directamente por Woven Connect.

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