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Social Reality Tour - Tourism Development and Marketing

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Social Reality Tour is an initiative of World Unite! to support the Outreach Programs of social organizations. Revenues are generated through tourism to fund the support of people in need. At the moment, Social Reality Tour is offered in Moshi by MANO (Man Alive Outreach Network) and in Zanzibar by ZASO (Zanzibar AIDS Association & Orphans Support).

Project Details

In Tanzania, there are a certain number of tourists who are quite interested in getting an insight into the social situation of their travel destination and to do "something good". For this reason, almost all hotels and tour operators bring tourists who ask for it to an orphans centre.
A visit to such an orphan centre usually consists of the presentation of two songs by the children; then the children present themselves by their names, and visitors can leave a donation, which is either money or some toys or clothes that they bring from their home country.
The problem with this, is that orphan centres which are located nearby a hotel are overwhelmed with gifts, whereas others don't receive anything. The employees of the orphanage often hide the gifts - if the next visitors see that there are already plenty of toys and clothes, they wouldn't probably donate anything. Also, for the staff of the orphanage, the sales of these articles, which mostly are of higher quality than local products, are an attractive private extra income. The children at the orphanage don't really benefit from such kind of "orphanage tourism".
With the Social Reality Tour however, visitors join a professional social worker for 3-4 hours on his or her home visit to a poorer area or Moshi or Zanzibar Town. The people being visited are families or individuals living in poverty. HIV/Aids and other diseases often result in unemployment and poverty, resulting in immense challenges.
Social Reality Tour is a non-profit offer for everyone interested to get to know more about the various living situations of people in Tanzania.
Through a personal conversation with the families or individuals being visited, tourists can get to know their hopes and goals, just as their daily struggles and difficulties. The individuals being visited have all agreed to be visited and they are seriously happy about the fact that someone is interested in them. It is not a requirement for families to receive visitors in order to get material support from the NGO.
The social worker gives visitors an introduction to the topic and prepares/sensitizes them to make sure the visits are done in an ethically acceptable way. The maximum group size is 4-5 persons visiting a family at a time.
Each visitor pays 10 USD from which things are bought, that the supported people need most, such as food, school supplies, soap, school fees or medicines. It's the decision of the social worker how the money is being spent, as he or she knows best the needs within the community. Further donations are welcome, but not expected.
The social worker can give background information to the visitors who get valuable insights into individual life "realities" in Tanzania. By creating a dialog between international travelers and local communities in Moshi and Zanzibar Town, we want to increase global empathy and understanding.
In Moshi, we started Social Reality Tour in 2011; in Zanzibar in 2013. From July 2013 we will make Social Reality Tour a part of the induction/orientation of all of our World Unite! participants in Moshi and Zanzibar; the contribution will be carried by World Unite!
Social Reality Tour Moshi
Social Reality Tour Moshi is done in cooperation between World Unite! and MANO (Man Alive Outreach Network). MANO is an NGO that was founded in 2006 by Pastor Gabriel Shoo. Gabriel Shoo and his sister Fundasia Kishe who is a nurse and social worker are guiding the Social Reality Tour in Moshi.
Both are members of the community of Majengo and are in daily contact to the families in need, many of which they have known for more than 40 years, and whom they have a personal relationship with.
Participants of The Social Reality Tour join Mama Kishe and Pastor Gabriel Shoo on their valuable social work, which is funded through their contribution.
MANO's activities include counseling and campaigning about HIV/AIDS, mental and material support for people with HIV and their families and HIV orphans; campaigning against drug abuse and counseling addicts and individuals at risk; HIV and AIDS prevention amongst prostitutes and elaborating alternative ways of income-generation for them; anti-stigmatization of people with albinism, and providing vocational training and employment for them.
Social Reality Tour Zanzibar
For Social Reality Tour in Zanzibar, World Unite! cooperates with the NGO ZASO (Zanzibar AIDS Association & Orphans Support).
ZASO is an NGO registered in Zanzibar since 1996, which has the aim to support disadvantaged children in the southern and western communities of Zanzibar Island and Zanzibar Town. The children are complete or half orphans living in poverty. Following the Islamic tradition, orphans are usually adopted by relatives or friends of the parents who have died or who are sick. However, the adopted children are usually disadvantaged in comparison to the families' own children, as there are not enough financial means to support all children. The host families’ own children who are living together with the orphans are also supported by ZASO, not to give a special status to the orphans and thus reduce stigmatization. Some of the orphans are HIV positive. For more than 15 years ZASO has been providing help to disadvantaged children by a variety of programs, activities and education.
Various staffs of ZASO are doing the Social Reality Tour in Zanzibar. Young people are being trained to become social workers and Social Reality "Tour Guides", including some who are from the community and have previously been recipients of the ZASO programs themselves. The money raised through Social Reality is a fundamental share to be able to continue the NGO's social programs.
Possible activities for Volunteers and Interns in the Social Reality Tour include:
* Marketing for the tour: Draw attention to the tour through "Things to do“, Listen, etc. in travel forums and travel sites; Contact tour operators and hotels so that they offer the Social Reality Tour to their customers
* Improve rankings in Google Search and other search engines.
* Update the Social Reality Tour Website and Facebook site.
* Support in the communication between former visitors and their visited families  
* Answering requests to participate in the tour, as well as responding to donors
* General improvements to the tour, as a result of the feedback from visitors, NGOs and families
* In Zanzibar, teaching the guides in English and other foreign languages ​​as well, and to improve their communication skills with foreign tourists
* Ideation of ways in which the visited families and individuals can make products that they can sell as souvenirs to visitors, and thus, can generate additional income. Some products include sandals, pillows, etc.
We have held a showcase of such products at the "Aroma Coffee House" where customers could buy them. Other such shops or outlets (such as a hotel shop) need to be found where similar showcases can be held.
Info Box
Location: Zanzibar Town/Zanzibar and Moshi/Tanzania
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Month
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Swahili
House, Host Family, Hotel
Supervision Possible: Yes, in the tourism sector, with guidance from the World Unite! employee (MA Tourism Management)
Minimum Qualification Of Intern :
No formal qualification required
Further Contribution To Project: None
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: Relevant knowledge
Further Contribution To Project: None
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?

More Info



Article about Social Reality Tour

This article was published in the regional edition of "The Citizen", a newspaper in Moshi. It was written by our newspaper intern, Alina. Note: Before starting to work with MANO in Moshi, a Tour of KIWAKKUKI, another NGO, was offered. This is mentioned in the text.
Many tourists visit Tanzania in order to stay there for some nights, experience Zanzibar, climb Kilimanjaro, or do a trip to the famous National Parks. What one comes across in such a short time is a beautiful landscape, friendly and obliging people, an interesting flora and fauna... But what about the social reality of this country? What about the people who suffer from HIV/AIDS, unemployment, poverty? And what about the courageous people who fight against it?
More and more tourists are willing to see behind the courtain and get to know the real life of the people in the country they are visiting – to get in close contact, develop a mutual understanding, and leave a positive impact. In the course of this occurence, the non-governmental organisation (NGO) KIWAKKUKI (Women Against AIDS in Kilimanjaro) in Moshi has developed a non-profit-offer called "Social Reality Tour".
This tour is operated by a social worker of KIWAKKUKI who displays the situation of HIV/AIDS in the Kilimanjaro region, introduces the participants to the work of the NGO, and particularly takes them to a local community, where they are confronted with the lifes of HIV/AIDS-infected and their families. The 10 Dollars the tourists pay are directly handed out to those in need, either in cash or in form of groceries. Through offering this "Social Reality Tpur", KIWAKKUKI tries to develop an alternative option of income to be not too dependent on subsidies.
Fudasia Kishe, a 55 year old nurse, joined KIWAKKUKI in 2005, since then has done field work and homebased care for victims of HIV/AIDS, and now also guides the "Social Reality Tours". "I started my work as a HIV/AIDS-counsellor at Mawenzi hospital in 1989, only a few years after the first case of HIV/AIDS has been documented in Kilimanjaro district." Nowadays, over five percent of the adult population in Tanzania live with HIV/AIDS, the prevalence rate ranges at 6.2 percent."These people need help, because such a disease has a severe impact on individuals and families", says Fudasia. "The main problem is that HIV/AIDS-infected are often stigmatised, socially excluded and deprived from access to education and employment, most of them cannot earn their living, not to mention expensive healthcare. When they die, they leave behind children and elderly family members who cannot care for themselves. This is where KIWAKKUKI's work takes action."
The tourists attending the "Social Reality Tour" experience the endeavours of KIWAKKUKI as well as the lifes of their clients firsthand. Accompanying Fudasia, we meet 38 year old Abdul* in Njoro Tulivu, a local community in Moshi. We step into his chamber, where he has been bed-ridden for two years now, because he cannot move his legs due to AIDS-related cancer, the so called carposis sarcoma. "I visit him as often as possible, because he has no family to care for him", Fudasia explains: "I clean his room, give him money, and ask the neighbours to support him."
The tourists might feel as intruders to Abdul's privacy, and Lena, a volunteer from Germany, expresses her concern about that. But Fudasia diminishs Lena's anxiety: "The people we meet consent to our project, are happy about guests and your gifts, and your interest helps them to be open about their disease."
To be open about HIV/AIDS -not to be ashamed of it, is a big challenge for HIV/AIDS-victims. "But it is so important to gain the courage to talk about your situation, to disclose to your family members and friends, to share and ask for help. Because otherwise one cannot manage to fight the disease or make the necessary arrangements for your family for the time you cannot care for it", Fudasia knows.
Erika's* condition results from her keeping the disease as a secret and being stigmatised by her own parents. The 42 year old mother of two children is only able to walk with great effort and pain. "This is because her mother did not want to do the necessary exercises with her, and thus her legs stiffened", Fudasia explains. Erika has been tested positive three years ago and with the help of KIWAKKUKI takes antiretroviral drugs to fight her disease.
She can no longer work, and tries to earn some money by selling fish in front of her house: "But it has become so difficult in the cold season, and sometimes I do not know how to feed my little daughter", Erika cries. Lena feels sympathy, and since she has studied occupational therapy in Germany, she gives Erika's ill legs a pleasant massage. Both women laugh and chatter. "This is the mutual benificial contact the "Social Reality Tour" intends to accomplish", Fudasia is pleased, and Erika's eyes are sparkling.
"Now we get to know a family I am incredibly proud of", Fudasia announces. We are introduced to Simona*, 52, and Jackson*, 64, both HIV-positive. "They support KIWAKKUKI so much with their voluntary work in the community, and however they are coping with AIDS since 1989, do not take antiretroviral drugs. They manage to live their lives actively with healthy food, physical exercises, faith and hope", she explains. Simona and Jackson earn their living by producing and selling pillows. These products can also be puchased during to the "Social Reality Tour" - a furthermore support for the patients.
After the "Social Reality Tour", Lena is overwhelmed by the impressions this day has brought to her. "Surely I have to work on it", she says, "because I have seen things I have never seen in Germany, things I would never have seen if I had been a common tourist in Moshi: fates of poverty, suffering and despair. I have read about the problems African developing countries are facing. But this personal encounter makes them more human and less abstract, what really touches your heart." Her experiences will not remain without consequences: "I will try to promote KIWAKKUKI internationnally and support the work of these strong women with donations from Germany. And of course I will stay in contact with Fudasia", Lena promises.
*All names have been changed


The following rates are for Zanzibar. The rates for Moshi vary only slightly.

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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, Work 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
  • 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
  • 50 USD Contribution to your project (except for electives/internships at Mnazi Mmoja Hospital)
  • 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 environmental conservation programs in Nungwi and Jozani also include:
  • Our own World Unite! full-time program instructors
  • In Jozani/Muungoni: Once per week half-day cultural activity in Muungoni Village
  • In Jozani/Muungoni: Use of a Mountain Bike


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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80 USD/Night
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12 USD/Day
*You pay incomplete months (exceeding the first month) 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:

  • If meals are not included: around 130-220 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)
  • Official Permits: For placement duration of up to 90 days: Visa 250 USD (for most nationals; to buy on arrival at the airport in Tanzania) + Work Permit 200 USD (we arrange through Zanzibar Labour Office); For placement of 91-180 days: twice the costs as in case of up to 90 days. Only for placements at public hospitals of up to 90 days: Visa 50 USD (for EU Citizens, Australians, New Zealand Citizens; 100 USD for US and Canadian Citizens) + Exemption Certificate 100 USD (no further permits needed)
  • 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.
The payment modalities for rent and possible further costs (e.g. internship supervision fees, as stated in info box of the respective project description) depend on your host country and placement. We will inform you beforehand. In many cases these costs are paid on site, but for some countries and placements they need to be paid partially or fully in advance.



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Learning Swahili in Sansibar!

Swahili TeacherIt is always helpful to know Swahili while doing your project here. Swahili is a relatively easy language to learn. With our one-to-one teacher, after a short time, most learners are able to do basic conversation. You can choose the intensity of the lesson. If you are volunteering or doing an internship, we recommend a maximum of ten hours per week. 
The cost for Swahili lessons: 1 Student - 10 EUR
Groups of 2 or more people can join language lessons with an NGO at a rate which is a little cheaper per person!
Please check "Language Training Required" in the registration form, specifying the desired duration (minimum 20 hours).

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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. We can arrange a transfer for you from the airport to the ferry for 30 EUR/35 USD. The ferry ticket costs 35 USD and the ferry 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.
If your placement is on Pemba Island, you can either take a daily flight from Zanzibar to Pemba, or you can take a ferry (Azam Marine), which however doesn't have daily departures. In Pemba you will be picked up from the airport or ferry port and brough to your accommodation.

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.

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