Support Orphans and Empower Women in Tanzania!
Do you want to help empower women and work closely with a fascinating culture in Tanzania? Do you want to provide hope for the future for disadvantaged orphans while exploring this world-famous landscape? Then this IFRE volunteering project has all you’re looking for and more.
Tanzania is a gorgeous country blessed with a large amount of natural beauty and fascinating wildlife. Not only this, it is also home to a diverse array of fascinating cultures and customs. One such culture are the Maasai,
known around the world for their iconic clothing, living in the Northeastern part of Tanzania where you will be located.
Sadly, Tanzania struggles with rampant poverty, and many children are either abandoned due to lack of resources or orphaned as a result of the HIV epidemic. These children are in desperate need of care and attention, and local orphanages are woefully undermanned and underfunded to accomplish this task.
Additionally, the Maasai especially have struggled, as they attempt to acclimate to a modern global economy while still retaining their traditions and customs. Women in this community are especially lacking in opportunity, and often lack the skills necessary to compete in the wider Tanzanian economy.
Through this combined volunteer in Tanzania with orphanage and women’s project you will spend three days a week providing care and attention to orphans, giving them hope for a better life and a fighting chance at a happy adulthood. Additionally, you will spend two days a week working closely with Maasai women in order to uplift them economically and help them develop projects to generate income for themselves and their family.
If you want to work closely together with a fascinating ethnic minority, learning their culture while helping them succeed in a modern economy, while also caring for orphaned children and exploring an amazingly beautiful country in the heart of Africa, reach out to IFRE today to get started!
Skills and Qualifications:
You don’t need any specific experience or qualifications to join this volunteer project in Tanzania. However, you need to be a kind, flexible and patient person who enjoys tackling new and exciting challenges every day. You need a deep love for people and children, and a commitment to making their lives better through your dedicated work. Additionally, as you’ll be working closely with Maasai women, you need to be respectful of their customs and traditions.
Volunteer Responsibilities and Impact:
While working in the orphanage, your duties will mainly consist of teaching English and organizing creative and educational activities like singing, dancing, drawing and more. Your work with the Maasai women will also have a strong emphasis on teaching English, but also on giving direction in their commercial enterprises.
The Maasai women volunteering program in Tanzaniais specifically seeking:
- Artists or professionals willing to teach skills in crafts, beads, ornamentation and handicrafts. Attention to recent techniques/designs can improve the projects' products for a stronger market presence.
- Non-professional artists who wish to help support these Maasai women. Any skill level is welcome and appreciated to help with crafts, beads, and ornaments.
- Marketing professionals to help the Maasai women understand and develop marketing strategies to position their products in national and international markets.
- English teachers (any experience level) to teach English language classes for Maasai children and local youth. Basic English knowledge allows Maasai youth to work as tourist guides, resulting in additional income for their family.
Your work both in the orphanage and with the Maasai people will result in greater opportunities for them in the future. The orphans require kind indivduals to show them attention and care, changing their outlook on life and their prospects for the future. Additionally, your work with the Maasai women will help them create thriving businesses in their community, helping them enjoy the benefits of a global economy while still preserving their amazing culture and traditions.
- First Day: On your first day you will be escorted to your volunteer placements and introduced to the people you will be working with. The day will be spent learning about the work you will be doing going forward.
- Weekdays: Your duties will vary greatly depending on the day and whether you’re working at the orphanage or the Maasai women, but a typical day looks like this:
- 6.00 to 7.30 AM: Begin the day with a delicious breakfast taken together with your host family.
- 7.45 AM: You set out early for a rewarding day of caring for orphans or helping Maasai women with their enterprises.
- 12.00 PM: Around midday you can enjoy lunch together with the children or Maasai women depending on where you are.
- 3.00 PM: Your volunteering work will generally end for the day at this time, and you can spend the rest of the day as you wish.
Volunteer in Tanzania Women’s Project: Dates and Fee
IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.
Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.
We believe in 100% transparency.
Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.
Volunteer Program Fee (US$)
Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »
Please apply for volunteers visa since volunteers are not allowed to use tourist visa to work as a volunteer,
Program Fees Cover:
- Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
- Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
- Program Orientation
- In-country support
- Personalized project
- Pre-departure information
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program Fees Exclude:
- Volunteers visa fee $250. Please see volunteers visa requirement in Tanzania
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
C permit can be received upon arrival.
Volunteer in Tanzania with Orphanage and Women’s project: Accommodation and Meal
During your time volunteering in Tanzania, your accommodation and food will be provided by a safe and loving Tanzanian host family. The families we work with are all respected, educated, and able to provide a safe, secure and comfortable sanctuary for you during your volunteering work. Additionally, they will provide you with three home cooked and authentic meals per day.
Read more about the accommodation and meals you’ll receive in Tanzania.
For more readings:
What It’s like to Stay with a Host Family
Volunteer in Tanzania with Orphanage and Women’s Project: Free Time and Weekends
While working with Tanzanian orphans and Maasai women, you’ll also get plenty of chances to explore and discover Tanzania. Your evenings during the week are your free time to explore the local area, and you have the entirety of your weekends to go on longer tours or excursions all across Northeastern Tanzania.
Learn more about some of the amazing things you’ll get to see while volunteering in Tanzania.
Volunteer in Tanzania with Orphanage and Women’s Project:Safety and In Country Support
IFRE understands that safety is among the top concerns of prospective volunteers. We take this responsibility seriously and have a track-record of more than 22,000 happy and safe volunteers to show for it. We will support you every step of the way, and your in-country coordinator will be available 24/7 to assist you with anything you need.
Read more about our commitment to safety and support for our volunteers.
Volunteer in Tanzania Women Empowerment: FAQs
Arrival and departure
Volunteers participating in our Masai’s Women and Orphanage volunteer program in Tanzania must fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport. Don’t forget to provide correct flight details to our country coordinator before boarding your flight to Tanzania.
Keep in mind that IFRE does not offer airport transfer to its volunteers once they have completed their individual volunteer work projects. Volunteers themselves are responsible for their airport departure.
Airport Pick-up and Drop
IFRE provides airport pick-up to its volunteers in Tanzania. Our local representative will be waiting for our volunteers at the airport terminal. Volunteers will be greeted and then transferred to their respective accommodations.
Make sure to keep in touch with our country coordinator and inform them about your flight arrival and departure time before coming to Tanzania. Also, in case your flight gets delayed or you miss the flight, you should inform us as soon as possible so that changes can be made in time.
You have to obtain a tourist visa in order to be allowed entry in Tanzania for volunteering purposes. You can do so by visiting the Embassy of Tanzania in your home country. However, you needto do that 1 month before your volunteer trip to Tanzania as the visa process is quite lengthy.
Alternatively,you can choose to get a tourist visa on arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Visa on arrival is available to citizens of Canada, the UK, USAand most European countries. You only need your passport and a few photos.
You can also extend your tourist visa to continue working in our Tanzania volunteer work programs. An extension of 90 days can be added to your visa with a short visit to the Immigration Office located in Dar es Salaam.
You can check out this website to get more information about Tanzanian tourist visas.
Volunteers must get vaccinated for medical illnesses such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, cholera, Rabies, yellow fever, Tetanus, typhoid, polio, and malaria before coming to Tanzania for volunteering work.
Click this link to get detail information regarding these vaccinations, and consult a medical doctor before taking any vaccinations.
For further readings:
Safety Tips for Your Volunteer Abroad Trip
Why volunteer in Tanzania with our orphanage and women’s project? You get to provide practical skills for self-sustenance
Participating in our Tanzania women’s project gives you a chance to provide education and vocational training in areas where the women may find work. Classes in stitching work, drawing and henna paint will teach women practical skills for future job opportunities or even to start their own business.
You will improve deprived women’s social position and make them confident
Taking part in this Tanzania volunteer program is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside strong and effective women, helping to improve the social position of the women and raising awareness of the importance of feminism in a country where many women are still very much treated as inferior.
You will dedicate your time for a humanitarian cause
Tanzania women’s volunteer program allows you to entirely dedicate your time and effort tochanging the lives of both the women and the orphaned children. You will guide, support and give them a secure space to grow under healthy and purposeful conditions.
You will get involved and contribute in day to day activities of women and orphan children
This Volunteering opportunity in Tanzania offers you a chance to guide and mentor both women and underprivileged children.
You will support underprivileged women in their struggle for a better means of survival
Taking part in this Tanzania Women’s volunteer program gives you an opportunity to help and assist alocal organization in reaching out to a larger number of impoverished women.
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