Overseas Volunteering in Tanzania – TMS2
Discover yourself as you care and provide support to street children, families and the local community on this Volunteering in Tanzania Program. Feel the respect and appreciation as you help teach at a school for orphans and children with HIV. Moshi is the town at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and is near Arusha, the safari hub of Tanzania.
The Center for Street Children is providing care and support to street children, families and the local community. They currently accommodate 60 children aged 6 to 18, with 40 living at the center. Hundreds of children abandon their homes to look for good fortune anywhere they can, often ending up on the street where there is not much hope for a bright future. Most of the boys at Msamaria are from Arusha or Moshi, although street workers will refer them here from all parts of Tanzania.
The children attend school off site and will hopefully be able to return to their homes eventually. The vision is to help the marginalized urban poor children in all abilities and efforts until they realize their full potential, and are valued and respected in the community.
There is also a school project for children with HIV/AIDs has 110 children attending, some staying at school until 12:30 pm, some until 6 pm and another group that stays overnight.
At the main site, there is a nurse and a few teachers, and an outreach program where homes are visited or the local community receives some education about HIV/AIDS. They can use some help in the classroom assisting teachers and counseling. Plans are to build a dorm for about 300 children on some recently purchased land.
Tanzania School Term (approximate):
- 2 Jan – 23 March
- 2 April – 8 June
- 8 Aug – 30 Nov
Day 1 Moshi
Today is your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. You can buy your visas upon arrival at immigration; please have US, GBP or Euro to pay for this (approximately $50 – $100). Once you have your luggage, and have gone through the exit door, you will see your driver holding a sign with your name on it. You will then be transported to Moshi, about a 1 hour drive. You will be taken to the homestay where you can meet your host, have dinner and get settled a bit. Breakfasts and dinners will be at your homestay each day. Hotel stays are on bed and breakfast basis.
Days 2 – 14 Moshi
You will be picked up each morning and returned to your accommodations in late afternoon. Begin work at the program for street children or at a school for children with HIV/AIDS. You will be welcomed by staff of the charity who will explain the needs and possible tasks for you. You may assist in the classrooms, provide counseling, play with the kids, work in the garden, or share other skills as needed. You can take weekends or other days off if you wish. You can take weekends or other days off if you wish.
Day 15 Depart
Transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Moshi is a small city at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and people use this town as a stop before and after ascending the mountain. There are many religious temples, most notably the mosque near the center of town. The Commonwealth War Cemetery is located opposite the Magistrate’s Court.
For souvenirs, downtown Moshi has a selection or go to the market. There are lots of fabric shops up and down the main street, as well as tourist shops selling carvings and paintings. The market is quite interesting to wander through. It consists of many narrow alleyways selling fruit, vegetables, meat, dried fish, general household stuffs, clothing, and souvenirs.
Most restaurants offer a variety of food and range in price from 2000 TZS upwards to 10,000 TZS for a meal. One of the best restaurants in town is Indoitaliano, across from the Buffalo Hotel, serving both Indian and Italian delicious cuisine.
Mount Kilimanjaro looms over the town. “As wide as all the world, great, high and unbelievably white in the sun was the square top of Mount Kilimanjaro”, wrote Ernest Hemingway of this highest mountain in Africa rising to 5,895 metres above sea level. Situated near the town of Moshi in northern Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro rises from the dry plains, through a wide belt of forest and high alpine heath to an almost bare desert and finally the snow-capped summit, Uhuru Peak, just 3 degrees south of the Equator. One of the world’s highest free standing mountains, Mt. Kilimanjaro is composed of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo 5895 m (19340 ft.), Mawenzi 5149 m (16896 ft.), and Shira 3962 m (13000 ft.).
- Walking tours across the rice paddies make for a nice day and you can also visit the local forest to see some monkeys!
- Day trips to Marangu Waterfalls are often fun, you can stand underneath the waterfall, even jump off one and go swimming.
- Lake Nyumba ya Mungu can also be interesting, lots of local fishing culture, aloe vera plantations and sugar cane plantations.
- Swimming If wanting to just have a relaxing day in Moshi it is recommended to head to the Impala Hotel where you can relax by the pool and also enjoy a meal pool side. The cost to hang out by the pool and to go swimming is 3,000 TZS. Meals cost around 5,000 TZS. Another good place to go swimming is the YMCA located a bit north of town; they have a large, deep pool.
- Arusha town is only about 1.5 hour bus ride
- Climb Kilimanjaro
- Day trip to Arusha National Park