Musha Care Foundation

Organic Farming and Gardening Assistant

Mwanza, Tanzania show on map
No previous experience is required, so you may join this project on a gap year, career break, or volunteer vacation as a family. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

As a volunteer, you will be responsible for helping to maintain all aspects of the sustainable agriculture in Ilemela Garden Plot which includes, crop growing, and land management. The  sustainable agriculture produces a variety of crops, including small quantities of  carrots, onions,  and sweet potatoes .

Volunteers will  assist with arranging organic farming on the plot with local residents and educate them on composting and market gardening.  The local residents are then educated on the process of growing crops in a sustainable environment. They also learn how to take care of animals and how to identify seeds. Volunteers receive training from local specialists in the different techniques involved and have an agricultural text-book which is part of the curriculum to use with the school children.

Due to the heat and the physical nature of the work, volunteers on the farm typically work from 8am to 12 noon. Those who want to work in the afternoons are encouraged to help out at the garden.

In the future we hope to develop the garden into a sustainable, organic farm and we will continue to work closely with the local community, passing on a vital awareness of conservation issues to a new generation of African children.

This project is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.

Typical day

Typical Day for Volunteer

Mornings 8am-12pm

Organic Farming techniques

Planting and growing vegetables

Developing organic manures 

Teaching organic farming to local children both primary and secondary students


Mid day 12-13.00hrs
Volunteers will be working on project site with local staff,teachers and students.

13.00-1400hrs
Lunch

14.00-16.00hrs
Organic farming practices Theory Lessons

Details on Arrival

The program orientation begins on the 1st and 15th of every month and volunteers need to arrive in Mwanza on the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Mwanza International Airport  in Mwanza.

Free-time activities

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of their local town or Mwanza and travel to Arusha. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield to destinations, such as Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam,  and Kenya, or to embark on a safari.

Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
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
Education Requirements
Agriculture at University or High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Hard working
Self Motivation
Self determined
Physical Fit
Good communications skills
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:30

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Musha Care Foundation (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 Musha Care Foundation

Accommodation
Food
Internet
Airport Pickup
 Local Travel

Airport Pickup at Mwanza Airport
When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Mwanza. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are traveling in Tanzania prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Mwanza on the day before your program orientation.



Accommodation

Volunteers in Tanzania are either accommodated in a hotel or a​ ​homestay . Volunteers can expect to share a room with other volunteers of the same gender and volunteer houses can accommodate up to 30 volunteers at one time. Volunteers in living in a hotel or home stays can expect to be living with your own room.Bedding is​ ​provided, however you will need​ ​to bring​ ​your own towel and toiletries. It is​ ​also​ ​recommended to bring​ ​a​ sleeping bag for weekends away​. ​In the hotel or home stay, there is a cook who​ ​​prepares meals for the​ ​volunteers and there is a security guard.​ ​The local ​ ​​team​​ are also available on a daily basis​ during the week for support and via phone over the weekend.​

Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bungalow Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Tanzanian cuisine varies across the country, owing to the difference in produce inland and along the coast. The immigration of Khoja Indians has resulted in local dishes influenced by Indian cuisine. Staple foods in Tanzania include rice, ugali (maize porridge), chapatti and coconut milk. Volunteers are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Breakfasts generally consist of chai (tea), toast, fruit and mandazzi (deep fried dough). A typical lunch can include meat and vegetables with rice and fruit, while dinner usually sees traditional food, such as ugali and chapatti accompany the meat and vegetables. Meals are served at the accommodation​,​ however a packed lunch can be provided upon request if you​r​​ ​placement is due to finish after lunch time.​ ​

Bottled water​ ​is​​ ​readily available in Tanzania and volunteers with any special dietary requirements, please let us know so we can make arrangements for you.

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 Mwanza Airport (MWZ) in Mwanza. 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)
$ 1,260
4 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,260
Average fees
$ 315 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Mwanza/Tanzania between 4 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Musha Care Foundation 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 Musha Care Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Eastern Africa Tanzania  Mwanza, 12 Kahasa Street ilemela District

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