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Siret Volunteer

Maasai Village Teaching Assistant

arusha, Tanzania show on map

Enjoy a real cultural experience, working and living in a Maasai village. Teach English and basic maths in a real Maasai Village in the beautiful Maasai Step.

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 new people. Tanzania is multicultural and has hundreds of various tribes and ethnicities, it's most famous being the nomadic Maasai tribe. The famous Maasai still call vast area of stunning landscape their home, and maintain their traditional way of rural living. It really is an exciting part of Africa to visit.

The Problem

However these beautiful people still compete with the complex modern world. Many fall victim for poverty, sickness and lack of development. Lack of access to basic healthcare, basic education and opportunities means they struggle everyday to improve their lives. Many young boys and girls leave school early to help their families at home, taking care of their livestock, helping on the farms or working to help raise income. Many girls and boys leave their villages to find better opportunities in bigger towns or cities, many are left homeless on the streets far away from their homes. 

Our Solution

With access to basic education , learning how to gain access opportunities to further themselves, the community are looking for sustainable ways to develop themselves. Interacting with volunteers from around the world stimulates the community and helps them realise there are many people like you who care. These warm and gracious people are well known for welcoming people from all around the world. By really immersing in their culture, you get a better understanding of their lives, their struggle and help them move forward with solutions that make a difference to them. 

What you can do!

Volunteer to provide basic teaching and classroom assistance and live in a real Maasai homestead. The Maasai people have a beautiful vibrant culture. As a Siret Volunteer, you will be helping provide basic reading and writing within the Maasai community. You will also have the opportunity to experience they're simple and rural way of life. 

Your main objectives will be:

  • Help to introduce basic english that can develop into simple conversational english
  • Assist in teaching basic maths
  • Assist in teaching basic reading and writing 
  • You will work alongside local teachers who will support your project. 
  • Encourage further education to your Maasai students who would usually be encouraged to leave education early

You role as a volunteer will be to provide extra reading and writing classes within the community, especially to those who don't have the chance to or cannot afford to attend regular local school. This great opportunity will mean an amazing cultural exchange experience for you and a brighter opportunity for the community.

Your stay

You will stay within a comfortable home in a shared accommodation nearby the Maasai homestead in a wonderful village. You will always have a coordinator with you to provide you support and guidance in your new environment. This village is very much a community who are open and willing to accept you as an outsider. You will never feel left out, in fact you will find yourself being regarded as part of the community very quickly with many people curious about learning more about you. Your shared home will also have other volunteers much like you who are immersing themselves in a totally new environment and you will go through it together as a team, making new amazing friends along the way. 

Volunteer Permit

You will require a volunteer permit to volunteer ($200 USD). This is a legal requirement to carry out your work. We will be on hand to ensure you get all the necessary documents to begin your amazing experience from beginning to the end.

Typical day

Your typical day will usually begin very early, supporting the teachers to prepare for the day. You will be assigned to a specific class or group of students to work with and a teacher will be there to supervise you. You 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 village has to offer you!

Details on Arrival

We take volunteers throughout the year!

Free-time activities

Nearby town 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. 

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

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
English, Maths at University level
Required Documents
CV and Proof of education
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Working with children, teaching, desire to develop education or work within the community
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by Siret Volunteer.
Services by Siret Volunteer
  • Volunteer placement facilitation-full program scheduling and supervision
  • Contribution paid directly to the host health facility
  • Pre-arrival support & preparation of your project/work placement
  • Airport pick up and transfer
  • Orientation (usually begins on a Monday; Room & Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Daily in-person availability of a local coordinator
Airport Pickup at Arusha Airport
PICK UP POINTS:
Kilimajanro Airport
Arusha Airport
Arusha Bus station
Moshi town
Accommodation
Our volunteers stay in great shared hostel in the village. Shared bedrooms and bathrooms, suitable to comfortable living. There guesthouse is secure for volunteers and will have a local coordinator available daily. We make regular visits and inspections of the accommodations to ensure they remain suitable for our volunteers.
Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and dinner included daily. Breakfast is usually basic bread/toast, fruit or hot porridge provided with tea and coffee provided. Dinner is usually a combination of rice and vegetables and occasionally meat. Lunch is available on request, however volunteers usually help themselves to bread and tea in the house or buy lunch at local food stalls.

Internet Access
Limited 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$850.00
5 weeks
$950.00
6 weeks
$1,075.00
7 weeks
$1,250.00
9 weeks
$1,563.00
11 weeks
$1,788.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,960.00
Average fees
$188.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in arusha/Tanzania between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Siret Volunteer 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 must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
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