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Internships at Safari Lodges, Camps and Hotels

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We arrange internships in various safari camps, safari lodges and hotels in the areas of tourist interest in Tanzania. These include national parks such as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro, and also cities like Moshi and Arusha, from where safaris begin, as well as the largest city in Tanzania, Dar-es-Salaam. You send us your CV in English, and your desired time period, and we will share with you the camp/lodge/hotel where an internship is possible within a few days. You can specify which department/activity within the camp/lodge/hotel you are interested in. This is no obligation for you until you decide on a hotel that we suggest to you. We will share the exact conditions regarding accommodation, food, etc., before you make your decision. Many interns also combine an internship at a hotel on the mainland of Tanzania with one in Zanzibar.
 
 

Project Details

 

Safari-Lodges, Hotels and Safari-Camps in Tanzania

 
tznhotel10One safari camp which opened in July, 2008 is located in the Ikoma Open Area, North-West of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, not far from the border to Kenya and a 4 hour drive to Lake Victoria. The camp is situated on a rocky cliff protruding high over the surrounding savannah. Twice a year, the world-famous migration of wildebeest takes place in the area, when two million wildebeest and zebras - followed by hungry predators, migrate between the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti (August - October). However, throughout the year, the area is full of wildlife. The camp is used as a base for game drives to the Serengeti, and for hiking safaris and night game drives in the Grumeti Area. The camp has 10 spacious tents with toilet and showers and 7 bandas (traditional round huts of the Massai), as well as a thatched-roof reception and restaurant, where the lunch boxes for safari tourists are prepared. It is of standard category. As an intern, you can participate in all areas of the camp, such as preparation of the camp for new groups, welcoming guests and customer support, purchase and planning of food and supplies, preparation and implementation of activities such as bush lunches and excursions, and assisting with improvements and further development of the camp and activities in the area. Interns are accommodated in the camp and should stay at least for a month. The village of Mugumu is at a distance of around 2 km (1.5 miles).
 

tznhotel11Outside of Karatu, the last town before entering into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the same operator runs a 4-star hotel with 30 rooms, restaurant, bar, pool and night entertainment. The hotel is located on a hill with a view deep into the southern Ngorongoro forest and the surrounding coffee plantations. It serves as a base for safari trips to Ngorongoro crater and Lake Eyasi, and as a stopover for tourists heading towards the Serengeti which is located more in the west. Here, you can also be employed in services such as front office, planning and implementation of events, activities and cuisine. As the hotel has no accommodation for employees, would you stay in a guest house in the village of Karatu, where the other hotel employees live, about 5 minutes walking distance to the hotel. This will incur a monthly rent.

tnzhotel13This camp is situated in the Ngorongoro National Park, about 140 km from Arusha, overlooking the Lake Eyasi. There are 20 comfortable and fully furnished tents, all with shower and toilet for 2 guests and a large restaurant tent. Tourists usually reach the camp in the late afternoon and spend the evening and night there before continuing the next morning on their safari. At the camp, the lunch boxes are prepared for the subsequent day's safari. The accommodation for trainees is in the same camp in spacious tents, which are also used for the tourists; may you share this with another intern. Since it is expensive to get permission for you to live in the national park, we need at least 6 months lead time for this internship.

tnzhotel01This 4- star lodge is located in Kidagaa Beach, about 40 km south of Dar-es-Salaam on the beach. It has 6 bungalows with a total of 8 interestingly decorated rooms, a restaurant and a bar. The beach here is as beautiful as the best beaches in Zanzibar. Interns should already have some experience in service or tourism. Since it is a small hotel, you can choose what area you want to participate in. The owners are from Norway and also run a tour company that offers various tours and safaris in Tanzania; an internship at the lodge and tour company can be combined.
 
 

tznhotel02This 5-star hotel in Dar-es-Salaam is part of an international chain. It has 150 rooms and 2 suites, which are always occupied with at least 200 people daily. There are 2 restaurants, a café, 2 bars, gym, business center, a swimming pool and garden. Conferences are held daily. Trainees choose a specific department; for longer internships, rotation between departments is possible. The hotel only accepts students from hotel and restaurant management schools and universities, and those who will remain for 3-12 months. There is an established trainee program that you will go through.
 
 

tznhotel03This luxury boutique hotel is run by a Hotel Management Grouo that runs internationally renowned hotel brands. It is in a prime location on the sea front in the center of Dar-es-Salaam and has 62 rooms, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, swimming pool and gym, as well as a conference room for 300 participants. It is particularly sought after by business travelers. Interns should stay for 3 to 12 months and should be studying either hotel/tourism management or media/PR/communication. Interns in the areas of cooking, IT and technology/engineering are also taken. The management group also operates several restaurants and hotels of international brands in Dar-es-Salaam.

tnzhotel04This luxurious 45-room hotel is run by a hotel management group under an internationally renowned hotel brand. It is 7 km from the city center of Dar-es-Salaam, near the headquarters of several international organizations, embassies and government institutions. In addition to business travelers, there are also safari tourists in the hotel. There is a fitness center and restaurant. Interns should stay for 3 to 12 months and should be studying either hotel/tourism management or media/PR/communication. Interns in the areas of cooking, IT and technology/engineering are also taken. The management group also operates several restaurants and hotels of international brands in Dar-es-Salaam.

tznhotel05This 146 -room beach hotel is located 25 km north of Dar-es-Salaam. It has its own PADI diving center, a water amusement park, various water sports such as windsurfing, laser sailing, catamaran and kayaking, gym with sauna, health spa, 2 restaurants and 3 bars. The hotel is also popular for conferences and has 18 conference/meeting rooms and Events for up to 300 participants. Interns should stay for 3-6 months and be in some relevant professional study and/or experience in water sports.
 
 

tznhotel06Operated by locals, this Hotel of average standards in Moshi Kilimanjaro serves many tourists as a base for safaris. In a green garden at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, there are 30 bungalows, a swimming pool, a restaurant that specializes in grilled meats, bar and conference room. Interns should stay for 1-3 months and should be either studying something relevant or have prior experience.
 
 
 
 

tnzhotel06On the site of a historic farm building, in a coffee plantation near the entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park, an Irish family, in 1932, built cottages and operated them as a hotel for international Kilimanjaro climbers. For decades, it was the only place for visitors, including many well-known personalities. The grandson of the Irish family, who was born in Tanzania, today runs the hotel and tries to preserve the historic charm of the property. Interns should stay for at least 6 months and be active in the fields of management, kitchen or technology. You should be at least 22 years old. In April and May the hotel is closed.

 
tznhotel07This luxury boutique hotel in Arusha has 13 modern suites that are lavishly furnished and decorated in an African theme. There is also a bar and a business center. Safari tourists stay here, as well as business visitors. Interns should be in relevant fields and stay for at least 3 months.
 
 

 
 
 
 
Feedback from trainees in the tab "More Info"
Info Box
General
Location: Various locations in Tanzania
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Month
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Swahili, other languages
Accommodation:
See Text
Internship
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Hotel Management Staff
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?
 

More Info

Read More:

"My name is Denise, I am 18 years old and come from Germany. I am an intern for five months in the Highview Hotel Karatu, Tanzania and think it's great here! As I start my training as a tourism clerk next year, I decided for this internship. Here at the hotel I get exposed to each department. I have worked in the warehouse, in the Procurement Department, in the kitchen and at the front desk. The staff are all super nice and I'm very quickly made friends. Evenings are spent in bars, discos, and people meet in the city to have fun. It is a great opportunity for me to gain a lot of great experience and I am overjoyed that I have dared to take this step to come here." Lots of love, Denise
 
"I really enjoyed my time in Ikoma. After two weeks of getting accustomed to being in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but stunning nature, I was able to enjoy my stay very much. The absolute deceleration of space and time helps discover oneself in a fabulously beautiful and wildlife-rich environment. The all-male team is incredibly nice and helpful and if you yourself try, you will be quickly integrated into the team. Due to the distance from other volunteers, you will be "forced" to socialize with the locals contacts and can quickly form deep friendships and gain insight into life off the normal tourist track. Therefore, I would recommend Ikoma to all who want to get to know the country and people. My experience during the few days in Moshi was that many volunteer workers meet with other volunteers there. This is certainly quite normal, as they come from the same culture and once feels a kinship. However, contact with the locals is what makes the trip complete. For me, the time there was very rewarding because I was able to learn a lot about a culture, a new country, its inhabitants and probably the most about myself." (Julia)
 

Accommodation

 
The accommodation depends on your location. Either you stay at the hotel/lodge/camp or in external housing in the area. We will share this with you ahead of your visit. For external housing extra costs may be incurred, which we will also tell you as soon as we confirm your internship.
 

Rate

 

I. World Unite! Service Package

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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)
  • Preparation Session via Skype, together with further participants
  • 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, Kilimanjaro Climbs, 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 find accommodation costs in the tab "Accommodation".
 

Overview of other costs:

 
  • If meals are not included: around 110-200 USD/Month for self-catering (eating out at affordable yet good restaurants and/or cooking by yourself; you are much more flexible in this way compared to if we would serve food at your accommodation)
  • Visa and Permits (mainland Tanzania): In case of stay of up to 90 days: Visa 250 USD for most nationals; In case of stay of 91-180 days: Visa (incl. extension) 550 USD; 181-365 days: Visa 50 USD (for most nationals, except US and Canadian Citizens who pay 100 USD) + Residence Permit 200 USD + Work Permit 500 USD.
  • 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 of 200 EUR when the invoice is issued. One 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 (unless we inform you differently for certain placements). 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.
 
 

Safaris, Kilimanjaro Climbs, Day Trips, Watersports

 
budgetsafaribannerAs "Budget Safari Tanzania" we are arranging cost-effective yet high-quality safaris, Kilimanjaro climbs, excursions, and watersports activities in Tanzania and Zanzibar. You will group with other World Unite! participants and further travellers.
 
As a World Unite! participant, you get a 15% discount on all offers of Budget Safari Tanzania. We will share a Discount Code with you that you can use with the online booking of your safari, Kilimanjaro climb, excursion or watersports activity.
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 

Standort

Karatu

 
 
Karatu is a large village in the immediate vicinity of the Ngorongoro Crater. Surrounded by forests, coffee plantations and cattle herds, this site extends over a long distance along the dusty red road connecting Arusha Ngorongoro and Serengeti. All safari tourists who are traveling to the north of Tanzania pass Karatu. Hence, Karatu has experienced in recent years, a revival and development thrust. Some hotels and other services such as restaurants, small supermarkets, Internet cafes and garages have recognized the proximity advantage of Karatu. There are even several ATMs and surprisingly, a nightlife that you do not expect in such a place.
 
Karatu is also the "capital" of the large-scale Ngorongoro/ Lake Eyasi area and has therefore, also shops with products aimed at the rural population. A special attraction is the market in Karatu on 7th of each month, one of the largest markets of Tanzania. Besides, many members of the various tribes of the region such as Maasai and Iraqw Datoga travel to Karatu to sell their products. Part of it is the cattle auction.
 

Sanya Juu

 
 
The village of Sanya Juu has grown significantly since 2010, when the road was paved to reach Boma Ng'ombe. The travel time has since, significantly reduced and has improved access by public transport (Daladala). In half an hour, you reach Ng'ombe in Boma, located midway on the great road between Arusha and Moshi and close to the Kilimanjaro International Airport. So, while you are in the rural areas, you have quick and easy access to larger cities. In Sanya Juu, the commercial center of the Siha District, there are now a variety of small shops where you can buy the most necessary things.
 
The Siha District is the region between Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. The region is sparsely populated, mainly by Maasai, who are there with their herds during the rainy season. Wameru and Waarusha are other tribes of the region; they are Maasai, who started with agriculture generations ago.
 

Tsavo, Kenya

 
 
In Tsavo, Kenya, we offer volunteering and internships in a private wildlife sanctuary - the Taita Hills Sanctuary. This is a private reserve, which borders the Tsavo National Park and the Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary without any barriers, i.e., the wild animals roam freely between the National Park, Taita Hills and Lumo. It is a savannah landscape with rocky island mountains. The Sanctuaries are full of wild animals including elephants, giraffes, zebras, eland, kudu, lions, leopards, ostriches, etc.
 
Near the protected area, there are four villages; accommodation for participants will be given in the village of Mwoshumo. The drive from Moshi, Tanzania to Mwoshumo is about 3 hours.
 

Getting There

 
You would first arrive at Moshi and spend 1-3 days (accommodation provided at no additional cost) to take part in our introduction. Then you drive with a staff of Camps/ Hotels to your internship location.
 
In the case of Ikoma, which is located northwest of the Serengeti, it is necessary to drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park. This will incur the entrance fees for National Parks (USD 50 per car for the onward and return journey, totaling 200 USD). Here, you of course, get to admire this natural wonder of the world. The location of the internship is outside the national park, i.e., there are no National Park costs for the stay within the camp.
 
 

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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