Young men are trained as farmers, so they can live an independent life. This project is part of an NGO which was founded by a former street child.
“New Hope for Street Youth of Arusha” was founded by the Tanzanian Ayubu Kazana in 2013. Ayubu's parents died when we was very young and he was raised without them. He got his primary education in Kenya and only went to secondary school in Tanzania. Currently he is working as a medical representative and wants to support children and youth in need. The German association "Hilfe für Afrika Hilden e.V." ("Help for Africa") under Engelbert Kremers supported the young adults with health insurance, renting land and an office and donated sewing machines.
Ayubu is also supervising two other projects within the NGO. "New Hope For Disadvantaged Children" and "New Hope For Disadvantaged Young Women" can be found on Volunteer World as well.
Hope Street Youth Farming Project
About ten male teenagers and young adults participate in the farming project. The men are coming from various backgrounds like being homeless, working as day labourer and being/used to be drug addicts. One farming assists supervises them. The project rented three acres where they grow beans, cucumbers, green pepper and saroo, a local vegetable.
It is possible to shift between the different projects within the NGO. In general setting up a website and doing fundraising can be an essential part of your work. In particular you will help in the farming process from plating to maintaining to harvesting and selling the products. You can also organize afternoon activities, like football games. Apart from that you can engage in teaching English and live skills. Every weekend the young adults have to report about the progress of the work. It will be your job to organize this weekly meetings.
You don't need to have any previous knowledge but it could be helpful if you have a background or interest in agriculture, teaching and/or fundraising.
The young adults are coming from various backgrounds like poverty, drug abuse and prostitution. You should be sensitive and open-minded.
A typical day depends on the project you are working in as well as your skills and interest.
Depending of which season (planting, maintaining or harvesting) your day will start and end at different times. You will join the young men at the fields and support them which what ever need to be done. In the afternoon you can teach English, organize football matches, you can create a website, do fundraising, depending on your interest.
We offer a wide range of activities at affordable rates like:
1. Hiking/Walking tours to waterfalls, through forests and around a lake.
2. Swimming in paradise like hot springs with a glimps at the Mount Kilimanjaro.
3. Cultural Tours to Maasai Markets and the possibility to visit different ethnicities.
4. Coffee Plantation Tours to learn about the process from the bean to the finished product.
5. Safari in the Nationalparks of the Northern Circuit (Arusha NP, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Area).
6. Climbing of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.
7. FREE town tour for all our volunteers!
In your program fee the pick up and drop off from/to the airport/bus station are inculded. Martin, the founder of Viva Tanzania will be at the airport/bus stand with our "Viva Tanzania"-Pick up sign just in time when you plane lands/your bus arrives. And after your volunteer experience, when it's time to say good bye we will take you to the airport/bus stand for the farewell.
The hostel has different dorms; each contain comfortable beds & shelves to store belongings. Accommodation in a single room possible (extra charge). The hostel is located 25 walking minutes from the city center. Although the hostel is close to the busy town the house is surrounded by a green environment. In the garden there are different fruits. Bella, Luna & Takwa, the three dogs are part of the family. The house is equipped with hot water showers and the possibility to use the kitchen.
Breakfast will contain tea and coffee, bread, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, as well as fruits and vegetable. Dinner will be international as we cook Tanzanian as well as Western Food. Don‘t worry if you are vegetarian (like Tizia), vegan or have any allergy, we can cope with everything. The hostel is also equipped with a fridge and shelves to store your own groceries.