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Support Animal Welfare

Sing'isi, Tanzania show on map

Protect animals by promoting, improving and developing matters concerning the welfare of animals.

The program

This wonderful program works in a number of ways to raise awareness of and stop the abuse and neglect of animals, while also providing hands-on care for animals in need. Volunteers can choose to work on the animal welfare campaign, or in the animal shelter – or do both! The need of more adequate animal care and education of the population in and around the Arusha area is huge. The shelter cares for a large number of puppies and fully grown dogs, and some cats. The animal welfare program works on education and awareness programs in the Meru region to protect animals from cruelty by promoting, improving, and developing matters concerning the welfare and understanding of animals. They are fighting for a different perception of animals within their culture and society and the five freedoms of animals: freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury and disease, freedom from fear and distress and freedom to express normal behavior. The program works on a variety of initiatives to increase understanding and to make real change to the lives of animals. Volunteers on this program will gain great experience on a variety of initiatives and know that they are truly helping animals in need.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide essential care and support to vulnerable animals in Tanzania
  • Increase awareness of the plight of animals in Tanzania and educate people on animal rights
  • Create a safer society for animals to live
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike.

How you can help

Volunteers play an essential role on this program in promoting the care and wellbeing of animals. From working in a shelter to designing animal welfare campaigns, volunteers could work on a range of tasks with the same important aim – to create a better life for animals in Tanzania. While volunteer placements can be a little as two weeks, those wishing to stay three – six months will be able to make a huge contribution to the animal welfare program – and see projects and initiatives through to completion. They will gain great experience at the coalface of an organization that is championing the rights of animals and advocating for a better life for them. Volunteers on the animal welfare project could work on initiatives such as designing different animal welfare projects, seeking internal and external donors and applying for grants, present reports to donors, plans and implement fundraising activities, work on marketing materials and educating children in schools on animal welfare.  There is something for everyone and all contributions are welcomed.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on this program and can expect to undertake some of the following tasks:

  • Provide day to day care to dogs and cats (playing with, caring for and walking dogs)
  • Design animal welfare education programs
  • Write marketing materials
  • Work on fundraising campaigns and initiatives
  • Educate children in schools on animal welfare

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. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY

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!

Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking

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)
Health Declaration
required
Required Documents
Emergency contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
This project is best suited to those who are either pursuing a career in animal conservation/zoological studies or who simply wish to explore an interest in this field. However, the project is open to all and does not require participants to have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by one of local project leaders. Importantly though, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 15:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation (as specified above)
  • Food & Meals (as specified above)
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • 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!

  • 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 small hostel that is run by our local partner organization. Their two dogs Ella and Ava who are very friendly and welcoming also live at the compound (outside only). The project management team lives only three walking minutes away, plus a volunteer coordinator will be onsite from 8am to 8pm weekdays, who among other things, will join you and your fellow volunteers for dinner each evening.

The hostel has three double and four quadruple rooms (private rooms are available on request for an additional fee) each containing comfortable beds and space to store your belongings. While the local team try to allocate rooms based on gender, this cannot always be guaranteed. Hot showers are available, though volunteers are asked to use water sparingly.

The hostel is located 25 walking minutes from the city center. Motorbikes and Dala Dala (Minibuses) for transport are available everywhere. Although the hostel is close to town it is surrounded by a peaceful garden where you can relax among the exotic fruit trees or enjoy the amazing view of Mt Kilimanjaro from the sweeping balcony area! A large two-meter high wall and a 24/7 security team make sure you are nice and safe. Washing machines are not common in Tanzania, therefore laundry must be either washed by hand, or can be done by the local cleaner for a small additional fee.
Food & Beverages
Volunteers are provided two meals per day at the hostel. Breakfast usually includes tea and coffee, bread, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, as well as seasonal fruits. Dinner will be international as your hosts cook both Tanzanian and Western food. 

Don't worry if you are vegetarian, vegan or have any allergies, as the local team can cope with these too. The hostel is also equipped with a fridge and shelves to store your own groceries and you are welcome to prepare some of your own meals if you prefer. 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)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$798.00
3 weeks
$918.00
4 weeks
$1,038.00
5 weeks
$1,088.00
6 weeks
$1,208.00
7 weeks
$1,408.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,008.00
Average fees
$283.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Sing'isi/Tanzania between 2 weeks 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.
  Africa Eastern Africa Tanzania  Sing'isi, Arusha - Himo Road

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