Love Volunteers

Environment & Community Outreach

Arusha, Tanzania show on map
Help in local school gardens to make them as self-sufficient as possible and educate the communities of rural villages about health and environmental issues. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The program

This is an amazing grassroots project that anyone can participate in and makes a real difference to those who need it most. Volunteers on this project can become involved in tree planting, sustainable gardening, water hygiene and recycling projects, and many other amazing community-based initiatives.  A lot of this work occurs in schools where the program works to make them as self-sufficient as possible. The sustainable gardens are designed to contribute to school lunches for the students, the water tanks mean the schools can store water during the dry season to maintain their crops, and clean drinking water and toilets improves the health and wellbeing of students and teachers. The program also has strong links with the local Maasai tribe in the region and where possible, time is spent in remote villages, teaching about the environment, healthy eating and basic hygiene which is often a highlight for volunteers. These communities suffer great hardships, from low education rates to high disease and poor health rates. Volunteer work within these communities and schools is hugely rewarding and makes a true difference to the lives of those less fortunate.

Goals of this Project:

  • Create self-sufficient, healthy schools in some of the most impoverished communities of Tanzania
  • Improve the future prospects of some of Tanzania’s most marginalized citizens
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of impoverished communities
  • Create inter-cultural understanding which benefits both residents and international volunteers alike.
How you can help

This program provides volunteers to work with program staff on essential community development programs to help marginalized communities in Northern Tanzania. Volunteers will spend their time working on programs and initiatives that will benefit communities and help to create a better quality of life for them. From creating healthier schools to work on delivering health education programs in impoverished communities, volunteers could work on a huge range of initiatives and use their skills to help in many ways. The program funds and delivers the community development projects through grants and support from fundraisers. Volunteers could find they help with educating the local people, working on grant applications, fundraising, and planning and building/gardening at projects alongside local villagers and students. For volunteers who wish to help these populations gain a better life, this program will deliver.

Volunteers on this program will participate in a variety of tasks and could expect to:

  • Work on grant applications or fundraising initiatives
  • Educate communities on health issues
  • Assist on infrastructure projects in schools and communities
  • Assist program staff with administration and program development

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast at the volunteer house

7:30am Walk or bus to your project site

8:45am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

9:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.

3:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

3:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

3:30pm Walk or bus back to the accommodation

Evenings Volunteers are free to explore the local area, check out the multitude of local restaurants, bars and cafes, or relax with the other volunteers.

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

Situated in northern Tanzania, Arusha is the capital of the Arusha Region and is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, it has a mild climate and is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as having its own Arusha National Park on Mount Meru.

Arusha balances well the ‘city life’ with the ‘small town’ feel and that makes it even more attractive in the eyes of tourists and travelers from all parts of the world. The city is surrounded by farm estates growing coffee, wheat and maize. These farm estates are being maintained by the Arusha and Meru tribes since the 18th century. Arusha is commonly referred to as the safari capital of East Africa. This is because it is the main starting point for safaris into Tanzania. It is a vibrant town renowned for its streets filled with tourist vehicles, the Maasai warriors and the famous Central Market. Awesome!

Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports

Program 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
Emergency Contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers who simply wish to be involved in a more ‘varied’ project are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist and individual projects can often be tailored to suit the particular skills and interests or each participant. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 15:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Love Volunteers (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • 2-3 meals provided daily
  • Return airport transfer
  • registration fee included
Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport volunteers will be collected by a representative of the local project team and transported to their assigned accommodation where they will join a short welcome session. On Monday, volunteers attend the full orientation session where a representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience in Tanzania.  You will be taken on a town tour where you can purchase a SIM card so you can access the internet during your placement (you will need to ensure you have had your phone unlocked before your arrival). This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, ask any last questions you may have, and perhaps even start to make those safari trip plans...oh yeah!

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania (CODE: JRO)

Accommodation

Safe and comfortable accommodation will be provided during your stay in Tanzania. Volunteers will be accommodated in a hostel that is run by our partner organization. The hostel includes shared rooms with either 2 or 4 people per room and a shared bathroom. There is wifi available at the hostel but remember it is unlikely to be as reliable as you are used to. As with most parts of Africa, laundry facilities are basic and most volunteers simply use the services of a local laundromat.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided 2-3 meals per day at the hostel and depending on where they are working, lunch may need to be bought at a small cafe during the day. The meals provided are mostly vegetarian, local dishes. Conveniently, there is also a fridge and basic cooking facilities if volunteers would occasionally like to prepare their own meals. Easy!

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$573.00
2 weeks
$757.00
3 weeks
$918.00
4 weeks
$1,056.00
5 weeks
$1,274.00
6 weeks
$1,435.00
7 weeks
$1,631.00
8 weeks
$1,815.00
9 weeks
$2,010.00
10 weeks
$2,194.00
11 weeks
$2,390.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,574.00
Average fees
$394.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Arusha/Tanzania between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Tanzania.
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 Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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