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Centres for street children and orphans in Moshi Town

Internship and Volunteering Possible
 
In Moshi Town, we work with a larger number of facilities that work with "Vulnerable Children". These are not only orphans and street children, but also children who have for various reasons, less privileged lives.
 
As the life situations and conditions of some children are not always easy, we try to combine older, more experienced volunteers with younger, less experienced participants, so that they can support each other. If you notify us of your desire period, as well as send us your curriculum vitae in English, we propose specific facilities. If it is an internship that you need for study/training, let us know your college requirement and we set it up accordingly. Many facilities employ social workers, teachers and other professionals.
 
 
 

Project Details

 
In Tanzania, there are approximately 4 million children under 14 who are not appropriately cared for (with Tanzania having a total population of 38 million people!). A big part of these children are orphans, many of which have lost their parents through AIDS. Others have been rejected by unmarried mothers, as children born by single mothers are socially not accepted in Tanzania, or because the single mothers are too poor to cater for the basic needs (such as nutrition) of their children. Even if the children still have both parents, they often left their homes because of extreme poverty of the parents, domestic violence, which is often caused by the parents' alcoholism or drug abuse, or because of being victims of witchcraft.
 
Many of these children live on the streets, trying to make a living through begging, stealing or prostitution. Street children can be seen wearing tattered cloth, walking alone or in small groups through the streets of cities such as Arusha or Moshi, sleeping in house entrances or primitive self-made shelters. Other children who don’t have a family don't actually live on the streets, but with relatives or host families as "second class children", having to stand behind the host families' own children in terms of nutrition, accommodation and education. Whereas boys usually prefer to live on the streets, staying with other families is the typical option for girls. At their host families, they are often abused as "working slaves" and find themselves on the lowest position of society, often being the target of physical violence, humiliation and sexual abuse.
 
All of the centres presented below have a real need for volunteers. They were started by proactive locals who have put a lot of personal effort into their projects, improving them to what they are today. The centres can acceptably cater for the basic needs of the children and have gained – in most cases through World Unite! – first experiences with foreign volunteers whom they can introduce to their work and accompany in an appropriate way. However, still today, the centres struggle with everyday financial issues. There have been volunteers and interns who have participated actively. But it must be clear that most managers and staff of these facilities have never been outside of Tanzania and the approach to many issues is fundamentally different from European thought patterns. Therefore, it is expected that volunteers be flexible and willing to adapt to the African culture.
 
A lot of facilities are run by Europeans or by Africans who have been educated in the west. We do not work with centres that are already saturated with funds and not really in need of volunteers. The projects supported by World Unite! work closely with local communities, and volunteers can get a true insight into the social reality of children in an African developing country.
 
As the life situations and conditions of some children are not always easy, we try to combine older, more experienced volunteers with younger, less experienced participants, so that they can support each other. When planning at which organizations to exactly place you as a volunteer or intern, we therefore have to check which other volunteers who will be there during your time frame. For this reason, particularly when you book a long time in advance, we will be probably able to confirm a certain centre to you only around 2-3 months prior to your arrival.
 
 
Tuleeni Centre & Akili Kindergarten
 
 
Tuleeni Orphanage Centre accommodates 48 children and youth aged 2 to 17 years, separated by age. The centre was founded by Mama Flaria Faraja, a social worker.
 
5 children are aged 2-4 and spend the whole day at the centre. 6 children attend Akili Kindergarten which is also operated by Mama Faraja. It is located just opposite of Tuleeni, and besides the Tuleeni children that attend every day, there are 13 other children from Moshi-Rau. The other Tuleeni children attend primary school or secondary school.
 
Volunteers care for the children who are staying at the centre and accompany them on their daily way to kindergarten or school. There is one disabled girl, Asha who attends a special needs school, to which one volunteer has to accompany her and pick her up again every day. At the Akili kindergarten, volunteers teach the kids and play with them.
 
The youth of the centre dye fabrics using the Batik technique. The fabrics are then used by a women’s group to make cloth, an income-generating activity for 22 women. In total, Tuleeni works with three women’s groups (with 22, 15 and 10 members respectively) who also breed pigs.
 
As a volunteer or intern you can be at Tuleeni Centre, Akili Kindergarten and do activities with the women’s groups. This diverse placement will give you good insights into African life and social work in Africa.
 
In the tab "More Info", you will find an experience report by Tanja on Tuleeni centre/Akili kindergarten.
 
Upendo Centre
 
 
Similar to Tuleeni Centre, Upendo Artist Association (UPAA), which is directed by a couple from Australia, runs a residential home for orphans and vulnerable children in Moshi-Rau and a separate nursery school at some minutes walking distance from the residential home. The younger children attend the nursery school every day from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., learning the basics of reading, writing, mathematics and English. For lunch, they return to their home. Some of the older children are only at the centre during the school holidays as they attend a boarding school.
 
Upendo Artist Association (UPAA) provides art education, and teaches handcrafts to children, youth, disabled and women who produce clothes, laptop bags, handbags, jewellery and other handcrafts from simple materials such as banana leaves. Also, at the orphanage the children are given access to arts and handcrafts at an early age.
 
In the morning, you would assist the teachers at the nursery school and in the afternoon do activities at the residential home, such as playing games, doing handcrafts etc.


Kilimanjaro Orphanage

 

Kilimanjaro Orphanage is a home for around 30 former street children and orphans aged around 4 to 10 years in Moshi-Pasua. It was opened in March 2009 by Edward "Teacher" Lazaro who previously started the "Kilimanjaro Children's Foundation" kindergarten in the orphanage's vicinity. The kindergarten is attended by several of the orphanage’s children. 
 
Since his retirement in 2010, Dr. Greg Higgins, a physician from Alaska has been extremely valuable as a long-time volunteer with Kilimanjaro Orphanage. As a result of Dr. Gregg's endless efforts, the orphanage has changed from a very simple, small house on a tiny plot to what it is today: Due to the purchase of the neighbouring plot, there is considerably more space today. A school building and proper sanitary installations were added, connection to electricity made, and a vehicle bought. 40 acres of farmland have been rented where corn, rice, beans, tomatoes, potatoes and carrots are cultivated to feed the children.
 
Besides "teacher" and Dr. Greg, teacher's wife Dativa and educator Daniel are now permanent staff of the centre.
 
The young children receive classes 6 days per week at the centre's school. Some children attend the "Majengo Preschool" of Kilimanjaro Orphans Foundation, which is located nearby and also managed by Edward. The older children attend public primary school.
 
Dr. Greg is very active in healthcare provision for vulnerable children, not only for the children of Kilimanjaro orphanage, but a contact person for almost all sick vulnerable children in Moshi who don't have other access to proper healthcare. Greg organises health screenings, carries out and finances treatments.
 
Tasks for volunteers and interns include supporting the children in their daily duties (washing clothes, dressing up, cooking), playing with the children and assist educator Daniel in teaching basic English, mathematics, reading, writing and general knowledge. Volunteers can also assist at the "Majengo Preschool", and help the primary school children in the afternoons with their homework and preparation for exams. 4 of the 12 children of Kilimanjaro Orphanage in First Grade recently scored in the top of their class in final exams. Volunteers and interns can also accompany Dr. Greg and the children for medical checkups, and assist on the farm.
 
Over the last couple of years it became a habit of our volunteers to take the children for swimming at the YMCA swimming pool on Saturdays.
 
We have had several volunteers and interns at Kilimanjaro Orphanage who carried out helpful projects at the centre. Our volunteer Sebastian, for instance, built a chicken shack which allows the centre to generate income to cover some running costs. The eggs are sold every day to a nearby hotel.
 
Please read a report by Anika in the Tab "More Info".
 
Note: the pictures of the children at Kilimanjaro orphanage wearing attractive clothes were made during Christmas, when the children attended church. These clothes are only worn for important social occasions.
 
 
Salama Centre
 
 
Salama Centre, which opened in 2009, is located in the Majengo area of Moshi Town. It is a Community Centre, run by the NGO KAFAO (Kilimanjaro Aid for AIDS Orphans), which is operated as "kinship care", which means that the orphans don't stay at the centre, but with relatives in the Majongo area, for which the NGO provides capacity building and support, and who have the centre as a point of contact. At the moment, 26 orphan children and around 145 caregivers are supported in this way.
 
The support includes health care, education, nutrition and counseling.
 
At the centre, medical checkups such as the children’s weight and growth are done, and vaccinations, standard medicines and mosquito nets are provided. The children and caregivers are educated on health topics; if it is necessary to consult a physician, the NGO will accompany the child to the hospital.
 
The centre also runs a kindergarten which is open Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. for children from 4 to 6 years. In the afternoons, primary school children are assisted with their homework and given extra classes in mathematics, English, geography, computer applications and arts. This is done by unpaid local volunteer teachers and foreign volunteers. Educational programs such as tailoring, chicken farming and computer classes are offered to youth and young adults.
 
Members of the NGO regularly visit orphan children at their host families, and distribute food every day.
 
This volunteer position is suitable for volunteers and interns from all related subject areas, including social work. The minimum duration of stay is 4 weeks.
 
 
Chapakazi Centre
 
 
Chapakazi Centre is a day centre that was founded in 2008 in Moshi-Pasu. It is attended by around 20 orphans and vulnerable children every day for education, food and basic medical care.
 
You can teach simple English to the children, play with them, paint/draw and do handcrafts. You will help cooking, feed the children and assist with any other activities.
 
Chapakazi also runs a workshop, providing vocational training in metal works to youth. Graduates provide training to other youth.
 
 
Bahath Orphanage & Children’s Home
 
Bahat Orphanage & Children's Home was founded in June 2011 as a shelter for orphans and vulnerable children. At the moment, Bahat supports 17 children, out of which 8 stay at the centre and 9 stay with host families. The children are aged 5 to 14 years.
 
Two children who are younger than 7 years spend the whole day at the centre. The other children attend public primary school in the morning. In Tanzania, primary school is from Standard 1 to 7; the age of the children in primary school is around 7 to 15 years.
 
The typical working hours for volunteers at Bahat Centre are in the afternoons from around 12.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m., when the children return from school and are at the centre. Tasks include teaching mathematics and English, playing games, singing songs, doing handcrafts, assisting the children with their daily duties etc.
 
In the tab "More Info" you will find a report by Julia about the Bahat Orphanage.
 
TODIFO
 
TODIFO supports orphans, other vulnerable children and their families, disabled persons, and extremely poor families in Moshi by financing education including payment of tuition fees for primary school, secondary school and vocational training, supply of school materials and uniforms, supply of clothes, hygiene articles, medicines and food, and provision of free medical care at Hosiana PrinMat Clinic. The children are staying with foster parents. They are regularly visited by the members of Todifo who include two nurses, and foreign volunteers, providing psychosocial and medical/health-related counselling. The organization depends 100% on donations. 
 
TODIFO is suitable for volunteering related to Social Work and nursing/medical, and can also be combined with a nursing/medical volunteer placement at the Hosiana PrinMAT Clinic in Moshi-Bonite.
 
You can also support this project through Pack for a Purpose that we are proud members of. Pack for a Purpose is an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.
 
 
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General
Location: Moshi, Tanzania
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Week
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Swahili
Accommodation:
Shared Accommodation, Host Family, Hotel
Internship
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Social Worker, Educator, Teacher
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
No formal qualification required
Further Contribution To Project: None
Volunteering
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: None
Expectations:
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?
 

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Report by Tanja about Tuleeni Centre/Akili Kindergarten

 
To work in an orphanage in Africa was a long heartfelt wish of mine; I had had a vacation years earlier in South Africa and visited an orphanage. I wanted to help the moms who are responsible every day for the children, remove a portion of their work and give time for the kids to play.
 
At Tuleeni, I assisted in cooking, cleaning; there was always a lot of dirty clothes to wash by hand and child care to be done. It was important to get things done exactly the way the people were accustomed. My western perspective would certainly have brought out many “suggestions”. However, I did not want to make rules or teach them. Given that I was there for a longer stay, in my view, it was necessary to not destroy trust with a superior attitude. So I thought it was important that the procedures were followed closely, to accept them and to live without interfering.
 
I had a lot of fun teaching. Although the children and teachers had summer holidays, they wanted to learn together two hours a day. People like me, who are not from the teaching profession, should prepare at home using appropriate textbooks/Internet. Once the children are a certain age, it is important to teach subjects in a specific way. I found that math class was necessary for all. My approach was well liked by the children; sometimes I would make quizzes (like "Millionaire”).
 
Of course, I also had games for the kids. They were very new for the children here and it was difficult to make everyone understand. I therefore, had the idea to appoint a “Games Master” who was responsible for the overseeing and completion of the games. In Tuleeni, no child has a games closet. So, the “Games Master” was in charge of making sure the game was completed and kept in place. In addition, I also wanted the game rules to be written by the children together in Swahili, so that each child understands how the game is played. Only the bigger children could speak English
 
Basically, it would be very good if you developed on the existing ideas, which the children can also implement without assistance of a volunteer. For example, we used 9 water bottles filled with water and bowled with the existing ball. Great fun!
 
For Christmas, we baked cookies together and the kitchen mom wanted the recipe to use for subsequent occasions. Of course, I had brought the ramekins from home and left them there. But what we needed was an easy recipe where all the ingredients were available locally. A sustainable solution.
 
What can you bring that can be sustainably implemented on the ground? These are things you should think about before travelling. For example, how do I teach children to brush correctly? Maybe you can print corresponding images from home, in order to make it easier to understand...
 
For me, the experience was one of the best of my life in Moshi. The people laugh and are happy if you can speak a few words of their language (also a tip for preparation).
 
World Unite! accommodated me very well. My room was really luxurious. And with Adelina, I not only had a coordinator who has shown me Moshi, but also a very good and reliable tutor; I could always reach out to her.
 
I was very comfortable and felt safe. It is also important to read the preparatory documents shared by World Unite! Only then do I think it is possible to come up with the right attitude. Reading about the culture and people of this country, you can be more understanding of so many things.
 
And more importantly, the desire behind this participation should not be the expectation of gratitude. The local people are used to donations and volunteering, and personal connections are not valued as much due to lack of resources. It's the thought that counts to make a child’s moments beautiful or help out with the burden of work of adults.
 
It is best to correspond with an ex-volunteer in advance, to talk and learn more about your project. What you should be prepared for include daily power cut (torch!!!), a wide variety of prices for fruit and vegetables at the market (therefore, best to be able to negotiate in Swahili, then you also get good prices). And you will have dirty laundry that you will have to wash by hand ...
 
In any case, a total life experience that you don't want to miss any more. 
 

Report by Annika about Kilimanjaro Orphanage

 
My six months were full of laughter, joy, hospitality, happiness, tears and farewells.
 
Last August, I began my work as a volunteer in an orphanage in Moshi, at Kilimanjaro Orphanage Centre. From the beginning, I loved to be in the center - along with the wonderful children and staff.
 
And this was my day: In the first months, my day started with a walk from my hotel, the Twiga Home, to the orphanage. Here, I often stopped at a small "dukani” (shop), to buy my breakfast. The kids from the neighborhood of the Centres would run toward me, holding my hands and greet me every day when I passed. Then I would open the gate to the orphanage, hang my bag on the hook of the great tree in the midst of the court, welcome the Matrons, before I sticking my head into the classroom, where the baby class (the younger children around the age of 3-6) were taught by Lucy. Every morning, they would greet me all together with a "Good morning teacher (or Annika), how are you?”. In that moment, I always felt a smile flit across my lips; it was a very warm feeling to bathe in all the children's looks, directed at me. Then I would take a chair, sit down and listen to Lucy. If the children had to solve their own problems, I would help them complete them and correct them. After the lesson, the children would play outside. I would have rocking fun with them and after that, every child would have his cup full of "porridge". Otherwise, I would help with small tasks such as washing clothes and hanging them, cleaning, chopping and rinsing vegetables. Then, there was lunch. Everyone would gather on the porch, sit down and wait for their portion. Once everyone had a full plate, they would pray and then devour the food. Then it was time for a nap - but not for me. Sometimes I would do the dishes and then ride the Daladala to the city and meet with other volunteers.
 
In December, my daily routine changed a little. Even the youngest children would go to a school outside the orphanage; hence, there were only a handful in the mornings. So I was now in the Center in the afternoons, if all children were back from school. There was extensive play and fun; we even played football once together with Teacher or Daniel.
 
Now, I want to write about my personal highlights around the Kilimanjaro Orphange Centre: The first highlight was when I renovated the classroom with two other German volunteers, Chris and Flo. We painted the walls with colorful touches and the floor and the table also got a new coat of paint.
 
On 22 October, the "Urafiki Cup” was held in Pasua. This was a big event with a soccer tournament, entertainment and show - organized by the volunteer Olaf and supported by many other helping hands. It was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine and many children with smiles that shone with the sun.
 
But the most wonderful time of my entire stay in Tanzania was on the trip to Tanga. When Dr.Greg asked me if I would like to come along, my heart immediately said "Yes!". During this unforgettable journey, every single child grew very fond of me; so it was much more difficult for me to say "Kwa heri".
 
The last day at the orphanage was very moving. A tear or two flowed down not only for me, but also for a few children.
 
It was a wonderful time, that I would not want to miss. Now I am still in touch with "Teacher" and Dr.Greg and hope that time and money allows me to come back to Moshi soon.
 
 

Report by Julia about Bahat Orphanage

 
We are quite on our own in the center, as the two guys who run the center are usually not there and the supervisor speaks little English and does not feel particularly responsible for the children. You should definitely have experience in child care. We did not, and knew not many games and it often times degenerated into chaos, especially when we had sweets or balloons there. Swahili is definitely helpful, as the children speak very little English.
 
The children are insanely sweet and loving, but also very wild and therefore, a volunteer needs to be experienced. Especially since the children are not only from the center, there children from the neighborhood there. We had around 12 to 16 children. But it was a wonderful feeling when we arrived and we saw the radiant faces that would run to meet us, with five children hanging on each of us.
 
The two operators of the centers would get the kids to eat when they arrived from school, and then make us do an hour of “teaching”. We did not know this before we left, so were a little overwhelmed as to what to do with the kids, especially since we have no training in the area. We had a math and English book with simple exercises that made us worried. But it's just very difficult when the children understood very little.
 
All in all, it was a very touching stay there and it broke the kids’ hearts when we left. I would recommend that several volunteers should be there at the same time, who have some experience in child care and if possible, speak a little Swahili. Alone we were helpless with hyperactive kids; there must be someone who has experience. It would also be nice if someone stays longer. We were unfortunately there only one week. I think you can prepare yourself by thinking of many games to keep the kids busy. We have often played ball and was on the football pitch on site. Toys such as balls, etc ... would be good in your home. Otherwise, clothes for children are really necessary. Many garments were completely torn and there is not much change of clothes. I have collected a few children’s clothes I would like to send. I'm trying to organize cheap shipping.
 

Accommodation

 

Accommodation in Moshi

 
In Moshi you can choose between accommodation of different standards:
 
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Most popular! - This is the choice of most of our participants. You live in a shared apartment with other students or in boarding of average standards with a host family.

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Comfort+ - For those who place emphasis on comfort: Accommodation at a Hotel or boarding of upper standards with a host family.

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Adventurer - For cheapest and simplest deals: Dormitory accommodation or home stays of simple standards.

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Shared Accommodation:

 
Twiga Home
 
Twiga Home has two buildings with a total of 14 rooms. Besides our participants, backpackers and budget travelers from all over the world stay here; however, we get very attractive special rates for our participants. All rooms have a private bathroom with western toilet and hot shower. Each house has a seating area with sofa; between the two houses, there is a covered lounge area and restaurant. At a little extra per week, you get half boarding (breakfast and dinner - African and Western food). You can cook in a separate kitchen as well. In front of Twiga Home, there is a little beer pub.
 
KCMC Home
 
KCMC is a large hospital of Moshi and the area around the hospital is known as KCMC Area. It is a little hilly, airy and green in contrast to the rather dusty part of Moshi on the plain. In a facility with a total of 14 rooms, we have rented 5 rooms for our participants, renovated and furnished well. The other rooms are occupied by East African students who attend the university in Moshi. While the other rooms are usually shared by four students (with bunk beds), our rooms are for single or double occupancy (with large double beds or two single beds). Each room has a private, small bathroom with western toilet, shower with water heater and sink. For our 5 rooms only, there is a separate kitchen with gas stove and refrigerator. The very green and attractive apartment complex has a large garden with unobstructed views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
 
Apartment on the Ghala Road
 
On the "Ghala Road” from Moshi, there is a building in a backyard, in which our participants live. On the ground floor, there is a two bedroom apartment with its own kitchen, hallway with dining table and sofa, and bathroom with hot shower and western toilet. The house dates from the 50's, as Moshi grew into a real city through the coffee trade, but is fully renovated inside. Each room has two single beds with mosquito nets; the kitchen has an electric cooker, fridge and microwave. On the first floor, accessible by stairs from outdoors, there are three single rooms that share a bathroom and a kitchen.
 

Host Families:

 
Boarding of Medium Standards with Host Family
 
Staying with a host family provides you with the opportunity to get a more intensive insight into the Tanzanian culture and society. We work with many host families in the city of Moshi. For boarding of middle standards, families are of the upper middle class of Tanzania. Their houses are of quality construction, equipment and furnishing for most of our participants. Often the houses have two bathrooms (which are also tiled), one for parents and one for the children and you. The shower is often cold, since a water heater consumes too much power. There is usually a western toilet in the house. There is Tanzanian and Western food like toast with jam, omelette and tea for breakfast; Meat/fish with vegetables and rice/ugali and chapati for dinner and to drink, tea, boiled water or homemade fruit juice. Vegetarian dishes are available on request. There is a fridge; food is usually cooked on gas. Most such families have one or two domestic workers who cook, clean and wash clothes by hand. Often, in the living room you'll find decorative curtains and doilies, stereo, television and an older laptop. The family also often, has a motorcycle or a thirty year old used Japanese car. Most of these things are, however, saved up over many years and the family still has financial difficulties to finance a college education for their children and use the car only for absolutely necessary journeys.

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Hotel Accommodation and Boarding of High Standards with Host Families:

Mountain Inn
 
 
Mountain Inn Hotel is quietly situated in a large park just outside the town, reachable in 5-10 minutes by public transport from the city center. The rooms are tastefully decorated with TV, balcony, bathroom and desk. Water is heated by solar energy. There is a pool, sauna, massage Center, garden, restaurant, bar and free Wifi. Breakfast is included in the price.
 
Boarding of High Standards with Host Family
 
 
Staying with a host family provides you with the opportunity to get a more intensive insight into the Tanzanian culture and society. The high standard boarding with families show their high walls for security, park-like landscaped ornamental gardens, opulent living rooms with status symbols such as large flat screen televisions and furniture from fine wood and gold imitation. If you look closer, you realize however, that this comes more down to "Status" and "ceremonial" value, rather than quality and longevity. As in the simpler houses the faucets, doors, furniture, etc. are low quality and are regularly broken down. The pomp is shown usually only in the air-conditioned living rooms, where visitors are welcomed, as well as in palatial "Master Bedroom" of the parents, and less in the bedrooms of children, which are kept functional. The food is usually very generous and cooked by maids who serve this for you and the family. Often, there are also drivers, nannies, gardeners and security guards as domestic staff who live in a separate house on the property. Such families usually have a power generator that is turned on in case of frequent power outages. Older children are often in boarding schools abroad like Malaysia,Emirates and England and you live in their nursery. Younger children are often at home and want to play with you.
 
Comments about the Host Family of "Yasmin":
 
"The family is a dream and I felt part of it!!! Food was excellent and they have made ​​my experience a highlight. If I had not had them, I would have felt lost. Everything was perfect !!!!!!!!"
 
"Yasmin took excellent care of us; when one of us was sick, she nursed us back to health. She has helped me in my work plan and always had time for me; we have also made many family outings, I really felt at home with her."
 
"What to say? Yasmin is just great. Her family receives one with open arms, even if it looks a bit like being back at 15 and needing a babysitter."
 
"Everything was great with Yasmin. Beautiful house, always nice and clean and you could, at any time, chat with Yasmin. One only needs to take one look at. Yasmin's house and then you know why we have rated her on top in the questionnaires."
 
For all accommodation in Tanzania: Although the accommodation described is of "high standard" for locals, remember that you are in a developing country and cannot therefore, expect high standards as you are used to in Europe for example, in relation to sanitary facilities, buildings, well equipped kitchens, etc.

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Gastfamilie einfachen Standards:

 
Homestays of Simple Standards
 
The boarding of simplest standard that we offer, is with families that belong to the Tanzanian middle class. Accommodation in particularly poor families, we do not offer for security reasons. Simple standard here, means that the house is built simply. The floors are mostly of bare concrete, the roof is of corrugated iron with no ceiling; there is often only an Arab Squat toilet (but with flush) and we shower with a bucket or a simple water pipe. The furniture is minimalistic and purely functional. In the living room, there are some slightly more representative pieces of furniture made of Chinese wood. The family usually has an old, used fridge; a radio and an old tube television are also often present. Your room has a bed with a mattress and mosquito net and probably some hangers on the wall and a small shelf or the like. The houses have electricity. Food is usually cooked outdoors over an open fire or gas cooker. The food is usually without options - for breakfast, there is tea with chapati; for lunch, ugali or rice with beans and vegetables, for dinner, the same. Meat is only taken for special occasions, and if so, in small quantities. The families usually consist of mother, father and some children; many more children from the neighborhood visit the house and are around the house. As transportation, the family has bicycles and sometimes, a motorcycle. Income from the rent you pay are often the only way for the family to finance the education of their children.
 

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The World Unite! Service Package includes:

 
  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Arrangements for your Residence Permit or similar permit and other official permits (if required), but not the official government fees for it/them (See costs below)
  • Pick-up and Transfers from/to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on arrival and departure
  • Pick-up and Transfers within Dar-es-Salaam (DAR) (if required) and assistance with connecting travel via bus or flight from DAR to JRO (but not flight/bus tickets) and back
  • Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
  • Orientation and Introduction in Moshi
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • 50 USD Contribution to your project
  • Local SIM Card with 10,000 TSH air time
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
  • 15% Discount for Safaris, Excursions and Watersports Activities offered by "Budget Safari Tanzania"
 

The Rates do NOT include:

 
  • Accommodation and Meals (see below)
  • Travel to/from Tanzania (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Official fees for Visa and Residence Permit (see below)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
  • Please note that for supervised/mentored internships, some organizations charge further contributions. You find this information in the "Info Box" below the respective internship description.
 

II. Accommodation Costs

 
You can choose between the following options:
Mobile/Cell Phone Users: If you don't see the rates for your desired duration of stay, hide other (shorter) durations of stay.
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 Short-time stay
(1-31 Days)
Long-time stay
(32-365 Days)
(You pay proportionally per day)
Shared House/Apartment or Hotel   
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House/Apartment shared with other participants
1 Person
(Single Room)
9 USD/Day 250 USD/Month
2 Personen p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
6 USD/Day 150 USD/Month
Meals
(optional; Breakfast and Dinner)
per person 40 USD/Week* 40 USD/Week
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Hotel incl. Breakfast
1 Person
(Single Room)
 400 USD/Week 1360 USD/Month
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
 240 USD/Week  880 USD/Month
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Dorm Room Bed
per person - 150 USD/Month
       
Host Family
     
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Host Family of Middle Standard
on Full Board
1 Person
(Single Room)
15 USD/Day 350 USD/Month
2 Personen p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
15 USD/Day 350 USD/Month
comfortplus3
Host Family of High Standard
on Full Board
1 Person
(Single Room)
18 USD/Day 450 USD/Month
2 Personen p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
18 USD/Day 450 USD/Month
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Host Family of Simple Standard
on Full Board
1 Person
(Single Room)
10 USD/Day 250 USD/Month
2 Personen p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
10 USD/Day 250 USD/Month
 
For incomplete months you will pay the exact amount proportionally per day.
In case of 3-4 person: Same rate as in case of 2 Persons. 5 or more persons: Contact us for group rates.
 

Overview of other costs:

 
  • Visa 50 USD for EU Citizens, Australians, New Zealand Citizens; 100 USD for US and Canadian Citizens. For most nationals it is possible to buy it on arrival at the airport in Tanzania, please ask us if in doubt
  • Residence Permit (required in Tanzania for volunteering and internships) in case of duration of stay of up to 90 days: 200 USD; duration of stay 91-180 days: 400 USD; duration of stay 181-365 days: 550 USD.
  • If meals are not included: around 110-200 USD/Month (estimate)
  • Small local expenses (e.g. Internet, local transport): around 30-50 USD/Month (Estimate)
  • Insurances around 30-50 USD/Month

 

How do I pay?

 
Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit 200 EUR when the invoice is issued. 3 months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package and for the first month of rent.
 
Rent from the 2nd month, possible further contributions to the NGO or for internship supervision (see info box of the respective project description), and costs for visa and possibly further official permits you pay directly at your destination. There are ATMs. 
 

Extras

 

Other Projects That Might Interest You:

 
 
These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings. Please contact us to know more! Check out our other listings in the areas of "World Learner" and "Active Travel" at your travel destination to make your stay even more interesting.
 

Learning Swahili in Moshi!

 
Swahili TeacherIt is always helpful to know Swahili while doing your project here. Swahili is a relatively easy language for participants and some start to follow it within the first few lessons. You can choose the intensity of the lesson. We would, however, recommend a maximum of ten hours per week. The lessons are conducted individually; in some cases, 2-3 participants with similar levels of knowledge may be given combined lessons. The number of participants does not affect the cost of the lessons.
 
The cost for Swahili lessons: 1 Student: 6 EUR
 
Please check "Language Training Required" in the registration form and specify your desired duration (minimum 20 hours).
 
 

Travel Health Insurance

 
We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
 
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.
 
 
 

Moshi

 

Check out our video on Moshi!

 
In this video, tourism intern Iris and our supervisor Adelina show us around Moshi Town and the surrounding areas. Adelina and Themi, our coordinators, introduce themselves (please note that Miriam and George are now also part of our team in Moshi!). We also meet the volunteers Pia, who collaborates with the Social Reality Tour, and Laura in their host family. Coffee Farmer Dennis talks about coffee and we see a few shots from a Maasai Village.
 
 
 

Moshi at Kilimanjaro

 
Moshi is a town in the north of Tanzania, at the foot of Kilimanjaro. Here, you are in the middle of Africa and deal with people like the Chagga and Maasai. The city has about 150,000 inhabitants; however, it appears - like many African cities - much smaller, owing to the fact that many unplanned settlements are spread over long distances outside the city. Furthermore, the majority of the population do not have the purchasing power that would make transactions comparable to for instance a European city of this size. Nevertheless, Moshi is a relatively well-developed city and all necessities may be found here - from ATMs to specialty stores, restaurants to a large grocery store by Kenyan "Nakumat” chain.
 
Moshi is the starting point of all Kilimanjaro climbs and many safaris to the Northern National Parks of Tanzania start from here. Kilimanjaro International Airport is about 40 km from Moshi. Tourism and trade of coffee and bananas have contributed to the flourishing of the city.
 
The city lies at an altitude of 813 m and has a year-round climate that people from moderate climates consider to be very comfortable (compared to wet – heat that often prevails on the coast or on the islands).
 
HIV and AIDS are the biggest problem - it is estimated that up to 16 % of the population are HIV-positive. The resulting problems are the countless orphans and street children, neglected people of retirement age and sick people, about whom no one cares because of lack of money. The other problems are poverty-related - lack of access to education, health care, infrastructure, and destruction of environmental resources such as deforestation.
 
 

Our coordinators in Moshi

 
Our coordinators in Moshi are Adelina and Themi from Tanzania, and Miriam, a nurse from Berlin.
 
 

Things to do in Moshi

 
Moshi is conveniently situated for safaris in all the Northern National Parks of Tanzania; you can travel over a weekend (Tarangire, Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara) or a multi-day tour (incl. Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area, Lake Eyasi, Lake Victoria, Lake Natron). The Kilimanjaro rises directly in front of your door - for a climb you need physical fitness and 5-7 days’ time.
 
As a day trip, you can visit the Marangu Waterfall and the village of Marangu with coffee plantations, the even higher Materuni waterfall, the Arusha National Park, a Maasai village, Lake Chala, swim in volcanic hot springs and hike on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. In Moshi, there are several cafes, restaurants, internet cafes, bars, discos, swimming pool and even an open- air cinema with karaoke.
 
 

Getting There

 

Getting To Moshi

 
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You book your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). If the flights to Dar-es-Salaam (DAR) are much cheaper, you can also fly there and then book a separate connecting flight from DAR to JRO with FastJet. From JRO airport, we pick you and take you to your accommodation in Moshi.
 

FAQs

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 
Are there fixed start dates for the project, which I must adhere to?
No, you can arrive at any date and you can hence, plan your trip according to your availability and the prices of flights. We can pick you up from the airport even at night.
Can I stay longer at my accommodation after my volunteering/internship or arrive earlier?
Yes, this is possible and we will give you our best rates. Just let us know when you arrive and leave and we will let you know the costs.
During my stay, can I travel around the country?
Of course you can travel around, almost all of our participants do so. In Moshi and Zanzibar, we ourselves often offer day trips, for which you can join other volunteers and interns when you travel there. We share these trips with you in our monthly subscriber list and you can book them. Participants often organize on-site travel together. In Moshi and Zanzibar, you can stay at the same low rates as our Zanzibar or Moshi participants in accommodations provided by us. If you plan to travel during your volunteering/internship period, you should seek permission in advance. We recommend that you plan your travel after your volunteering/internship. For this, you can also stay longer in your accommodation at affordable rates.
Is it safe to travel in Tanzania alone as a single female traveller?
Approximately 80% of our participants are female and many of them, only about 20 years old. Not a single instance of a serious security breach has occurred. Our coordinator will advise you on how you should conduct yourself in order to avoid problems - your dressing style, valuables, and in dealing with local men. Our preparation materials elaborate on this matter. If you follow these basic rules that apply equally to many other places, the risk in Moshi is not great.
Will I be the only volunteer/intern in the project or in Moshi?
The total number of participants that participate simultaneously with an organization depends on the size and activity of the organization and responsibilities of volunteers/interns. We try to avoid too many volunteers/interns in an organization at the same time. It may be that you are alone in your work site, but usually there are, throughout the year, other participants in Moshi, who you can meet in your spare time, if you desire so. Moshi is a small town, where you walk around quite a bit. In addition, there are well-known places such as the Coffee Shops, where you actually meet with other participants. We also have regular meetings with all participants and you will get a list of participants in the country at the same time, with their contact information. You need not be worried about being "alone" in Moshi, nor should you avoid contact with the locals because you spend all your time with other foreign participants.
What vaccinations do I need?
Our Info-PDF that you get as a participant gives detailed information on health care. Also refer to Recommended Vaccinations
Where will I live?
You can find details in the tab "Accommodation".
Can I choose my accommodation?
We give you choices (Most popular!, Comfort +, Adventurer) and you can tell us if you prefer a shared accommodation or homestay; we will then seek an accommodation for you. We organise accommodation, taking into consideration the distance from your work site. However, since Moshi is not a very big city, is relatively easy to reach locations in other parts of the city by public transport ("Daladala") or by bike.
How free or bound am I in my accommodation with the host family?
With the host family, you can have your freedom, and do not need to join them during meal times or have any other obligations. If you will return late in the evening, you need to let them know in advance, so that they can unlock the doors for you (which are locked at night for security reasons). Bringing home casual acquaintances is taboo. They look to integrate our participants into their family life, but you can determine to what extent you want to be part of it.
Does my accommodation have internet facilities?
In Tanzania, Internet is accessed via the mobile phone networks. With smartphones, you can use the Internet. For laptops, there are USB modem sticks for about 10 EUR. There are no flat rates; you use data packets, depending on your needs. You might consume 2 GB of data in a week, which costs about 4.50 EUR. In the centers of cities (Moshi Town, Dar-es-Salaam, Mwanza, Zanzibar Town, Karatu, etc.), the connection is good, the speed is satisfactory and sufficient for Skype phone calls. In the suburbs and in the country, there is connection, but usually almost impossible or very slow and unreliable. We will provide you information on the use of mobile Internet in Tanzania. At Twiga Home, internet is available to our participants at a small additional fee.
How can I do my laundry?
In general, laundry is washed by hand in Tanzania. You can ask your landlord or host family if they have someone who can wash your clothes. Usually, someone offers that to you for a small fee. Please ask your local supervisor, what the appropriate thing to do is. You can use the washing machine at Twiga Home, even if you live elsewhere, for a small fee.
I am a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?
Tanzania is a meat-eating country and Tanzanians do not usually understand that someone who could afford meat and who is not sick, volunteered to give up meat; but the host families are familiar with participants, and understand that some are vegetarians, and prepare appropriate food. In Dar-es-Salaam, there are Indian vegetarian restaurants, with a wide choice of dishes. In the market, there are a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. Special dietary needs (e.g. Vegan, allergies to certain foods) can be expressed to the host families, and many foods are available in the supermarket.
What language skills do I need?
You should be able to make yourself understood in English. The national language of Tanzania is Swahili, but knowledge of English is widespread, especially among people who have a better education or work in tourism. In everyday life, there is usually no problem to be able to communicate in English; if you should come across someone who can not speak English, you can almost immediately find someone who offers to translate in English. If you are in a social project for a longer duration, you will have to deal with people who have little or no education. For this, it is useful to acquire at least a basic knowledge of Swahili before your arrival through any book (or audio CD). You can also take basic Swahili lessons while on site. We also have vocabulary lists with useful words that can help you.
 
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