Diverse Community Development Assistant

Live alongside a charming Tanzanian community in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. An incredible cultural experience with the chance to make a difference.

About the Program

Camp Kidia is located on the boundary of Kilimanjaro National Park. On a clear day, this majestic mountain can be seen towering above you. Surrounded by lush, green vegetation consisting of maize, banana and coffee plantations, this region is incredibly fertile and provides the local community with a source of food and income. The facilities at camp give you a good idea of some of the challenges of living in this climate, such as, heating up water in an old oil drum for your showers. 

In this rural area most people are living below the poverty line and something as basic as having a roof over your head is often a luxury that many can’t afford. You’ll get the chance to work alongside the villagers, helping them to improve their daily lives whilst gaining an amazing insight into rural Tanzanian life.

One of the highlights of Kidia is the interaction with the local people; a truly unique and special experience as they don’t get many visitors and are such a welcoming community. Life here is amazing and includes trekking to a waterfall, as well as projects - you will just never want to leave! Due to the camps altitude, the temperature can drop at times so we definitely recommend packing a hoodie! You will also get to go and hang out at Camp Mbokomu (our nearby community camp). This provides a good base for heading into Moshi and hitting the shops and restaurants.

Itinerary

Day 1: Karibu Tanzania!
You arrive into Kilimanjaro airport where you will be met by a member of our local team and transferred to our wonderfully rustic Camp Kidia (approx. 1-2hours). Upon arrival you will receive a warm welcome from our legendary camp staff. The camp manager will run a camp safety briefing and show you around your new African village home! Our project leader will brief you on the projects you will be working on and you will finish the day enjoying a welcome dinner with your team. 

Day 2: Project orientation & school visit  
After a much needed sleep, we will take you to visit the locations where you will be working on projects. You will also visit a local school and learn Swahili phrases with the children. This is a lovely opportunity to spend time with the locals and get to know the schools who you will be working with and supporting during your trip. 

Day 3-5: Community project work 
Let the project work commence! We have been supporting the local community to build houses for vulnerable families and elderly members of the village. During your trip you could get involved in any aspect of this hugely rewarding project, from building and renovating, preventing soil erosion or landscape designing.

Day 6: R&R day - Moshi Town 
Today is a chance to relax after your hard work on projects. We will take you to the nearby town of Moshi to spend a full day shopping, sightseeing or just relaxing!

Day 7-12: Community project work 
Back to projects! We will continue with our house building project as well as learning more about controlling soil erosion and helping to harvest coffee with the local farmers. 

Day 13: R&R day 
Another well deserved day off and a chance to chill out in Moshi.

Day 14: Cultural day 
Today you will work alongside local families and immerse yourself within their day to day lives. You will learn how to cook traditional food and spend some quality time with local women in the 
village - always a privilege. You will also learn about livestock within the community, before helping to de-worm some of them. This is a lot of fun believe it or not! 

Day 15-19: School project work 
This week, we will be visiting a local school and projects will focus on improving facilities and infrastructure. This could involve anything from low level building and construction to making more desks which the children are desperately in need of. Naturally, you will have the opportunity to interact with the children; teaching English or playing sports. 

Day 20: R&R Day 
Another day to shop, eat/drink or relax! in Moshi! 

Day 21: Waterfall Trek 
Today we will trek to a stunning waterfall, which is nearby to the camp. We will enjoy a picnic lunch when we get there and spend the afternoon relaxing in the beautiful surroundings. 

Day 22-26: School project work 
Back to projects! We will continue our work at the local school for the next 5 days. 

Day 27: R&R Day 
This is your final day in Moshi and a good opportunity for some last minute souvenir shopping before you head home. 

Day 28-29: Community project work 
You will spend today finishing your house project, whatever stage the group is at, before saying farewell to the community. We will also head back to the school so you can say your goodbyes to the teachers and school children who you have been working with - this is never an easy part of your trip unfortunately. But what better way to end your Tanzania experience than an evening BBQ in the foothills of Kilimanjaro! 

Day 30: Departure to Kilimanjaro Airport 
Your Camp Kidia experience ends today! We will say our final goodbyes and transfer you to Kilimanjaro airport a few hours before your scheduled flight. 

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Groups

Typical day

Usual working days are Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will include the following activities.

  • Home building
  • Renovating
  • School facility improvement
  • Beach cleanups 
  • Recycling workshops
  • Working alongside local families
  • Environmental awareness workshops

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

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Free-time activities

Top up your trip with a variety of adventure add-ons from mountain climbing to PADI scuba diving.

Water Sports
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo

Services

What's included?
Food - Drinking water - Accommodation - In-country transfers - All project costs and materials - Pre travel support from dedicated UK team - Orientation - Language lessons - 24-hour emergency support

What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

All of your in-country transfers are scheduled by us, including your airport pick up. We employ our own drivers and they will be there to greet you at the airport, holding a Camps International board so you can't miss them!

Accommodation

Our permanent and fully staffed camps are co-located with the communities with whom we work. Accommodation ranges from traditional thatched buildings to tents. All camps have clean toilets and private washing facilities (not all camps have hot water, but it is refreshing!), and all camps are designed to feel like your second home. There's nothing like chilling out at the end of the day around the camp fire, under the stars.

Camping
Food & Beverages

Our locally employed kitchen teams will provide you with three delicious meals a day. There's unlimited fresh drinking water and a real mix of local cuisine with some western classics to fill you up after a day of project work. Our kitchens always act as the heart of any camp and our staff work extremely hard to consistently create a great standard of food for most dietary requirements.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
Costs
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1390
3 weeks
$1955
4 weeks (max. stay)
$2520

You can volunteer at the project site in Moshi /Tanzania between 2 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Camps International will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$663/week
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 Camps International during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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