Major FAQ Tanzania
- Food and Accommodation
- Arrival Information
- Visa Information
- Money Matter
- Health and safety
- About Tanzania volunteer program (In General)
What kind of food do we get?
Volunteers are provided three meals a day, which will consist of local food such as rice, vegetables, beans, meat, chicken, seasonal fruits etc…We will cater to both vegetarians and vegans.
Does the project or host family have Internet? Electricity?
No, there is not internet available at most home stays, however internet sticks are available in town for a low price as well as readily available internet cafes, which offer affordable, or occasionally free, internet access.
Do we get hot showers in our accommodation?
Yes, there are hot showers in the accommodations.
Is water safe to drink or do we need to buy bottled water?
We provide safe, boiled water at the accommodations.
Is it an issue if I am vegetarian?
No, it’s not a problem; please give us an advanced notice of dietary restrictions so that we may plan accordingly.
Do I get my own of volunteers we have at that moment, but couples will get their own room.
Do the members of the host family or the project speak English?
Yes, the caretakers at the accommodation speak English.
If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
Yes, you can have your own room as well.
What are the bathrooms and toilet facilities like?
They are modern, WC-type bathrooms with instant heat showers.
What are the laundry arrangements?
Volunteers do their own laundry but can also give the caretakers their laundry for a small fee.
Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
Yes, volunteers are free to use their appliances at the accommodation.
What bedding materials like? Do I need to bring sleeping bag?
Yes, volunteers are required to bring their own sleeping bags.
Which airport do I need to fly into?
All volunteers are required to fly into the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).
Do you organize airport pickup?
Yes, we do. We pick up all volunteers at any arrival time; our service is 24/7.
Where do I go from airport?
All volunteers go straight to the accommodation from the airport.
What happens if I missed flight or arrived late?
We still pick you up, but let us know at least one hour before your arrival so that we can make our way to the airport to pick you up upon your new arrival time.
Who will come to pick up me? How do I recognize the person at the airport?
Our driver or country coordinator will come pick you up upon your arrival. We will have a sign with your full name on it.
Can you give us a direction for the meeting point?
All volunteers are picked-up just outside the arrival gate. There will be a bunch of other people with different signs with their client’s names. You just have to look for a sign with your name on it.
If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive?
You should arrive Sunday. All volunteers should arrive one day before their start date.
If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations? Does it cost me extra?
You will stay at the volunteer house if you want to arrive early. The country coordinator will organize your stay, but it will costs $20 extra.
Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?
The country coordinator or the driver will bring you to the airport.
Can you please provide me with the visa information? What kind of visa do I need to apply for?
Volunteers need to apply for a tourist visa, which will allow them to enter the country. Then, while in the country, the country coordinator will help you get your class C resident permit. Special class C resident permit is needed to work as volunteer in Tanzania
How do I apply for the visa?
You can apply for your visa in your country at the Tanzanian embassy or upon arrival at the airport.
How much does it cost for the visa application?
For the tourist visa, it costs $100 for American citizens and $50 for other nationalities. The class C resident permit costs $200.
Do I need any documents to apply for the visa? Can you provide us with official papers for the visa?
When you go to the embassy, they will give you all the documents, but, upon arrival in Tanzania, you will fill in the papers here.
For your class C resident permit, your coordinator will provide the papers for you to fill in.
How long does it take to get the visa approved?
You get it upon arrival. When applying back home, it can take a week or two. Your class C resident permit will take only a day or two.
Can I extend my visa while I am in the country? Can you help me with this?
Yes, you can. Your coordinator will help you with this, as it’s his responsibility when you are in the country.
Is it safe to travel to Tanzania?
Yes, it is safe to travel to Tanzania, but just keep in mind to be cognizant of your surroundings as you would be traveling anywhere.
Are ATMs easily available?
Yes, there are many ATM machines that support Visa, MasterCard, etc. Volunteers should know that ATMs do not provide US dollars. They only provide local currency.
Where should I exchange my money?
Please do not exchange your money upon arrival at the airport, as the exchange rate there is very poor. You will exchange your money when you get to town.
How much money should I bring with me for the volunteer program in Tanzania?
This will depend on your arrangements and what you have planned to do while you are in the country. Please write an email to your coordinator and explain your plans while in the country. He or she can help you set a budget for the trip.
Is it safe to carry cash with me?
It is safe, so long as you are discrete about the fact that you have it on you. In addition, it depends on how much you have because all transactions are done in cash, so it’s normal for someone to have cash on them, although usually not a large sum. If you want to come with a lot cash you should have a money belt or a fanny pack as an extra precaution.
How do I contact the local coordinator?
You can contact the local coordinator through email, Skype or phone at anytime. He or she will get back to you as soon as possible.
How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in Tanzania? How can my family members contact me?
You can contact your family through email or phone upon your arrival. The country coordinator will help you to get a local phone or a SIM card, if you have a phone that is unlocked.
Can I bring my mobile phone from my home country? Will it work?
Yes, it works if you get an international package from home, but it’s expensive for the locals to contact you. I suggest you get a local SIM card/phone.
Please provide detailed information on year-round climate in the country (seasons you have, average temperatures, and average rainfall in each month).
What are the principle health risks in Tanzania? Is there any mandatory vaccination we need to take?
Volunteers are required to get yellow fever vaccinations and come with their yellow cards. DO NOT leave your card at home; it is pertinent you travel with it.
Where can I use Internet? Is there a place where I can use a phone to make a call to my family and friends?
If you choose to purchase an internet stick you will be able to utilize it at the house, however there are plenty of internet cafes and coffee shops available with inexpensive or free internet. We suggest volunteers purchase phones or SIM cards upon arriving in the country, area phone booths are not very reliable when calling abroad.
What kind of gifts would be appropriate to bring for the host family and the project?
Anything representative of yourself or your country would be greatly appreciated.
Could you please provide me the packing list?
- Mobile phone (if it’s unlocked). Otherwise, you can buy a cheap one here.
- Sleeping bag
- Insect repellents
- Map of Tanzania (sold for $20 in coffee shops/Tanzania)
- First-aid kit
- Flash light
- Electricity adapter/converter
- Footwear (for work and travel)
- Seasonal clothes (i.e. rain jacket during rainy season).
- Hand disinfectant
- General medicine (headache, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea)
- Bath soap and detergent.
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
NB: If you forget anything, you can buy it here, but the prices will be higher, so I suggest you follow your packing list.