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Dhow Countries Music Academy

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The Dhow Countries Music Academy is a leading cultural institution in the field of musical education, with a focus on promotion, research and preservation of traditional music in the East African region. You can teach at the Academy of Music if you have mastery over a musical instrument and can transfer that knowledge to students. Similarly, you can teach in early music education and participate in the management, communication and instrument restoration at the academy.
 
 

Project Details

 
Zanzibar is not only the legendary “island of spices”, but also a place with an interesting musical heritage: the music of Zanzibar reflects the numerous cultural influences of all the people who came to the island over the centuries: settlers, traders, sailors, colonial masters, etc. The island is a melting pot of African, Arabic, Indian and European cultural influences. Taarab, the traditional music of the island, is the best example of this mix of cultures, mirroring influences from all of the above mentioned cultures.
 
The Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA) in Zanzibar is a leading cultural institution in East and Central Africa for music education and research as well as conservation and advancement of traditional music on a local, regional and international level.
 
The academy was founded in 2002 and is situated in the historical Stone Town of Zanzibar. To enthusiastic hobby musicians it offers the opportunity to get a more formal music education, thus helping them to advance their music skills to a professional level. The academy is open for everyone who wants to learn an instrument. In keeping with the financial situation of the population, school fees are low and talented students are often granted scholarships.
 
The focus of the music education is on the local traditional music styles of the "Dhow Countries" (Indian Ocean countries). This includes Zanzibar‘s music genres such as Taarab, Beni, Ngoma, Kidumbak and Ndege. The typical instruments used in these genres are various types of percussion and rhythm instruments, western string instruments such as violin, contrabass and cello, Egyptian/Arabic instruments such as Oud, Qanun and Sanduku, the Arabic Ney-flute and (mostly electronic) keyboards. Besides these, all other common western instruments, singing and traditional dance forms are taught.
 
The academy also provides music education at private schools for children under ten. This program aims at introducing and familiarising children to music by means of games, dance and singing. As the national curriculum at public schools is very tight, there is very little room for music education. For this reason, the academy regularly arranges educational concerts to introduce children of public schools to their music roots. Additionally, the academy organizes seminars, workshops, concerts and master classes.
 
Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
 
* Teaching all instruments: there is a particular demand for teachers of piano. Volunteers should have a good command of their instrument, but should also be able to teach. Both professional music teachers, as well as music students can teach at the music academy. It is expected that volunteers show an interest for Taarab, African, Arabic and Indian music.
 
* Child music education: Knowledge of music education is expected, especially in terms of child education. Volunteers in this field could be music teachers or students looking to become music teachers. In the beginning, they assist the local teachers and can then teach on their own depending on their capability to do so.
 
* Construction/restoration of instruments: In Zanzibar, one finds a lot of old instruments in bad shape, which need to be repaired. At the moment, this is not being done due to a lack of expert knowledge. Volunteers can assist in locating and repairing old instruments and teaching the local population the construction and renovation of music instruments.
 
* Public relations: Students and professionals of public relations can assist in local, regional and international marketing, PR and communication of the academy’s work. Technical equipment (hardware, software, internet access) and financial budgets are sufficiently available to carry out this work.
 
* Librarianship: There is a huge collection of books and musical scores, which have not yet been electronically registered at the academy. Volunteers (professionals, students) in this field are welcome to implement a library system.
 
Volunteers are given the opportunity to take part in lessons/activity at the DCMA, free of charge as compensation for their efforts.
Info Box
General
Location: Stone Town Zanzibar
Availability: All year
Minimum Duration: 1 Month
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: Music Teacher, Musician
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
See Text
Further Contribution To Project: None
Volunteering
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: Relevant skills for the music academy
Further Contribution To Project: None
Expectations:
Motivation, Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?
 

Accommodation

 

Accommodation in Zanzibar Town

 
In Zanzibar Town, there are accommodation options of various standards:
 
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Most popular! - This is the preference of most of our participants. You share an apartment with other participants or live in a house of average standards with a host family.

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Comfort+ - For those with a need for comfort: Accommodation at a hotel or at a house of higher standards with host family.

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Adventurer - For simplest and cheapest deals: Homestays of simple standards.

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Shared Accommodation:

 
Shared Accommodation in Zanzibar Town
 
There are several World Unite! shared accommodations throughout the city of Zanzibar Town - we choose them according to availability and proximity to your work site. Here, our participants share a house or an apartment. You get a single room on request, but there are also double rooms. You share Kitchen and toilet/shower with other residents. We constantly check cleanliness and safety of the apartments/houses. All apartments are of comparable standard. You have three to five bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and one or more bathrooms. The bedrooms are equipped with 1-2 beds with mattress and mosquito net, a wardrobe or chest of drawers and a fan. Bed linen is provided; you have to bring your own towels. The bathrooms have western flush toilets. Taking a shower in Zanzibar is usually with cold water, which is refreshing in the temperatures of Zanzibar. The kitchens usually have a hob and a basic set of kitchen utensils that you need for cooking and eating. In Zanzibar Town, you can eat cheap outside the home. Some houses and apartments have a semi-automatic washing machine. Often, there is a living room with sofa and dining table. The windows are barred for security reasons and at night, a night porter is on duty at houses. We currently have such shared accommodations in the districts Shangani, Malindi, Baghani, Kigwajuni, Migombani and Mombasa.

Here are some examples of shared accommodation options:

Baghani-Apartment in Stone Town
 
The apartment is located on the first floor of a historic building in the Baghani Area of Stone Town. It has four bedrooms, suitable for single and double occupancy. In the kitchen, there is a gas and electric stove, refrigerator and functional kitchen equipment. There are two bathrooms with cold shower and western toiletS. Each room has a ceiling fan.
 
House in Mombasa Area
 
The house is located in Mombasa, a middle class residential area on the outskirts of Zanzibar Town. It is surrounded by a high wall and next to an elementary school and a banana plantation. In the garden around the house you can relax, as well as hang laundry. On the days that our participants are not at home, a security guard takes care of the house. The house has 4 rooms available, one of which is equipped for double occupancy with two beds. The rooms are pleasantly decorated in African style. Three rooms are quite spacious and share a bathroom with western toilet, shower and sink. The fourth room is smaller, but it has a private bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. All rooms have ceiling fans. There is also a spacious kitchen with refrigerator, dining table and seating area with cushions. There is a fifth room in which Rama, our coordinator in Zanzibar, lives.

Host Families:

Rooms of average standards with Host Families
 
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 Accommodation of High Standards with Host Family:

 
Market Lodge
 
The Market Lodge is a new budget hotel in the area of the main central market "Darajani", in which one can live comfortably and yet, is affordable for longer stays. The room that we use for our "Comfort +" choice has a flat screen TV, fridge and air conditioning. Breakfast is included in the price. The building is higher than most and has a great view of Darajani and Stone Town from the terrace.
 
Accommodation 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 food is usually very generous and cooked by maids who serve this for you and the family. Our participants have always been extremely pleased with boarding with host mother Rahma, who runs a catering company. 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.

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Gastfamilie einfachen Standards

 
Accommodation of Simple Standards with Host Family
 
For accommodations of simple standards, we cooperate with the NGO "ZASO"(Zanzibar AIDS and Orphans Support), with whom we also carry out the program "Social Reality Tour". Some employees of ZASO, who are social workers or teachers, and belong to the middle class of Zanzibar, offer the accommodation to our participants with their families. The rents of our participants contribute to an improvement in the average income of the families.
 
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.
 
The families from ZASO are particularly hospitable to World Unite participants; however, please note that some are conservative Muslims, who do not have as much experience in dealing with Western foreigners. Please conduct yourself accordingly. Female and male participants can only share a room if they are married.

Rate

 

I. World Unite! Service Package

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300 EUR 500 EUR 600 EUR 700 EUR 800 EUR
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250 EUR 400 EUR 500 EUR 600 EUR 650 EUR
 
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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 Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ) on arrival and departure to/from Nungwi/Muungoni
  • Pick-up and Transfers within Dar-es-Salaam (DAR) (if required) and assistance with connecting travel via ferry or flight from DAR to ZNZ (but not flight/ferry tickets) and back
  • Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
  • Orientation and Introduction in Zanzibar
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • Participation at "Social Reality Tour" and 10 USD Donation to social outreach program
  • 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 Zanzibar (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

 
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(1-31 Days)
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(32-365 Days)
(You pay proportionally per day)
Shared House/Apartment or Hotel   
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Shared House/Apartment
1 Person
(Single Room)
9 USD/Day 250 USD/Month
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
6 USD/Day 150 USD/Month
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Hotel Accommodation incl. Breakfast
1 Person
(Single Room)
40 USD/Night
(min. 7 Nights)
1180 USD/Month
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
25 USD/Night
(min. 7 Nights)
740 USD/Month
       
Host Family
     
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Host Family of middle standard on full board
1 Person
(Single Room)
16 USD/Day 450 USD/Month
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
16 USD/Day 450 USD/Month
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Host family of upper standard on full board
1 Person
(Single Room)
20 USD/Day 550 USD/Month
2 Personen p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
20 USD/Day 550 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 130-220 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 Sansibar!

 
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 - 9 EUR
 
Please check "Language Training Required" in the registration form, specifying the 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.
 
Travel Health Insurance
 
 

Zanzibar

 

Check out our video on Zanzibar!

 
This video shows a day in Zanzibar Town with the volunteers Sabrina and Uwe from Hamburg. They show their placements at the Cultural Arts Centre and Vikokotoni environmental group, their accommodation, visit their host family and explain various interesting aspects of their daily life in Zanzibar. Also featured are Suma and Josh, our supervisors in Zanzibar.
 


Zanzibar - Spice Island in the Indian Ocean

 
Zanzibar is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar is about 2 hours away from the Tanzanian mainland by boat or 20 minutes by plane. When you research “Zanzibar”, it usually means the main island of Unguja. Unguja was very rich in the past, because the island was a major trading port along the sea routes between Africa, Arabia, India, East Asia and Europe. This can be seen today in the mixing of cultures, the Arab- Islamic influence, but is relatively liberal in Zanzibar. Today, tourism is the main source of income of Zanzibar, besides the cultivation of spices and tropical fruits.
 
Stone Town, the historic core of Zanzibar Town is the only intact historic coastal trading town in East Africa. Within the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets full of small shops, souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels and hectic smaller places, it feels like one is in a dream of the "Thousand and One Nights”. Fantastically, there are also the heavenly white beaches and crystal clear waters with colorful coral reefs, which compete with the Caribbean or the Maldives in catering to wealthy tourists. Zanzibar Town, in addition to Stone Town have plenty of other neighborhoods like Kiembe Samaki, Mwanakwerekwe, Mbweni and others, in which many organizations have their offices and are active.
 
In addition, there are many villages along the beaches and in the interior of the island.
 
The biggest problem of the island is the overwhelming poverty of the population, whose only employment consists of cultivation and fishing for their own and thus, have no money, cannot afford education for their children, medical care, etc. A lack of education means that the following generations can hardly escape the vicious circle of poverty. Population growth, which is mainly due to immigration of people from mainland Tanzania, results in the exploitation of nature.
 

Our coordinators in Zanzibar

 
Our coordinators in Zanzibar are Josh from England and Abdi from Zanzibar.
 

Things to do in Zanzibar

 
In Zanzibar, there is a wide range of excursions: day and half day trips include a visit to a spice plantation, the Jozani Forest National Park, the mangroves of Mungooni and Uzi, beach resorts such as Nungwi, Paje and Jambiani, a "Safari Blue”, sailing through the Menai- Bay Conservation Area, Prison Island, the Island Chumbe Coral Park and a city tour of Stone Town, where there are lots of interesting souvenir shops, bars, cafes, regular concerts and even a handful of "clubs" and events.
 
In your spare time, you can also take music and dance lessons, yoga classes and interesting workshops by the Cultural Arts Centres participants in Zanzibar.
 
Many participants also travel to the mainland of Tanzania to do a safari or to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. You use our accommodation Moshi, Kilimanjaro at affordable prices to stay as a base for activities in northern Tanzania.
 

Getting There

 

Getting To Zanzibar

 
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Some airlines fly from Germany, Austria and Switzerland directly or with an intermediate stop at Zanzibar (ZNZ). Remember to book your flight and share with us your flight details. From Zanzibar airport, we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation in Zanzibar.
 
If the flights to Dar-es-Salaam (DAR) are much cheaper, you can also fly there. From Dar-es-Salaam, you can travel to Zanzibar by a connecting flight or take the ferry. The ferry costs 35 USD and takes about 2 hours. We will take you in this case, from the airport to the seaport. In Zanzibar, you will be picked up at the ferry terminal and taken to your accommodation. A connecting flight from DAR to ZNZ only takes 20 minutes and costs 50-80 USD

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?
Zanzibar is a relatively small island, and you can use public transport during the weekends to travel throughout the island; such as to the beaches of the north and east. In Moshi and Zanzibar, we ourselves often offer day trips, such as to Kilimanjaro or the national parks, 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 Zanzibar 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 Zanzibar is not great.
Will I be the only volunteer/intern in the project or in Zanzibar?
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 Zanzibar, who you can meet in your spare time, if you desire so. Zanzibar Town is a small town, where you walk around quite a bit. In addition, there are well-known places such as the Forodhani Gardens, where you actually meet other participants. If you are in a different place (Nungwi, Mungooni, etc.), the probability is higher that there are more participants from us. You can access these places relatively quickly by public transport from Zanzibar Town, if you want to meet other participants of your country over the weekend. We also have regular meetings with all participants and you will get a list of participants who are in the country, with their contact information. You need not be concerned that you are "alone" in Zanzibar, nor must you stay away from 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 do I live?
Please 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 Zanzibar is not a very big town, 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.
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.
I am a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?
Host families are familiar with participants who are vegetarians and prepare appropriate food. In some restaurants in Zanzibar Town, there are vegetarian options. In the market, there are a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. Special dietary needs (e.g. Vegan, allergies to certain foods) can be specified to the host families.
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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