The Program Benefits and Perks?
• Accommodation with breakfast and dinner is USD 175 per week is a personal expense. However, the cost drops to USD 125 per week after the first 13 weeks.
• Airport transfers from and to is USD 120 is a personal expense
• Charity VISA for immigration is USD 50 and is a personal expense. A 3-6 months charity VISA is USD 250, and 12 months one is USD 500.
• We pay a USD 100 per month stipend to you. It is small but 2x Tanzania’s national minimum wage. The minimum participation time is four weeks for the assistance.
• Flights are a personal expense
• Local transport, if any, is a personal cost
How about WIFI?
We have unlimited WIFI in the compound office. However, it is not as fast as at your home place as we are in Africa, and we commonly have 20+ people sharing it. Therefore, purchasing prepaid internet to your local sim card is advisable to be online all over Tanzania.
Safaris and Tours?
We arrange guided safaris and tours as Mt. Kilimanjaro climbs, Zanzibar trips etc. During the program time, you cannot attend third-party tours is our safety policy as per the signed Participation Agreement. You can attend free time activities before and after our program.
You may carry some western currencies such as EUR or USD for money exchange. However, ATMs are available, and when you have a local sim card, you can use it as a mobile bank account and send money from your bank accounts and against your cards with systems such as Worldremit and Remitly, more or less real-time.
You manage well with English. English is the official language in Tanzania, with Kiswahili. The young generation speaks good enough English, so you hardly need a team to translate in the classrooms. Maybe for more complicated topics and wordings, though.
The Lodging package includes accommodation with breakfast and dinner. The menu is going one or two weeks cycles and includes a variety of western and African dishes. The vegetable option is available. We do not provide lunches as most participants are not at the compound during the daytime.
Tanzania is an overall very safe travel destination. The village community we mainly work with people know us very well, as we have been around since 1996. You get many new local friends, and it is enjoyable to socialize with the local community. We have a third-party security company at the compound as well.
Diseases and Vaccinations?
You do not need any add-on vaccinations to travel to Tanzania if your basic set of shots is valid. Maybe check hepatitis ones. You do not require yellow fever vaccination. Malaria is always present in the tropics but has not been harassing too much. You may consider taking preventive for malaria. Tanzania was never severely harassed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tanzanian medical care is relatively good. There are two dispensaries in the village managing outpatient care, larger hospitals are about 20-30 minutes away from the compound, and medical care service is low cost.
The clothing is tropical casual. In Dar es Salaam it is much like western clothing with African colours. In Zanzibar, clothing needs to be more conservative. Remember that you must wear a formal dress in the classrooms and other workplaces. Remember to avoid black clothing evening times as it attracts mosquitos.
Dar es Salaam is a hectic town lively day and night. You find live music in the bars everywhere.
After paying the Deposit and signing the Participation Agreement, we send you a Charity Invitation letter and a charity status certificate to apply for an online VISA.
You process the permits online at https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/.
When staying less than three months (13 weeks), you must apply for a volunteer student visa (C2), and the fee is USD 50. A 3-6 months VISA is USD 250, and VISA up to 12 months is USD 500.
You apply for an Ordinary VISA (C1) when not exceeding three months (13 weeks), and the fee is USD 50.
It is good to take our airport transfers as you are probably unfamiliar with hectic African transport systems. Airport transfer per car is USD 60 and can be shared if you are a group.
Electricity and Water?
Lately, we have encountered several power breaks as climate change affects hydropower plants. We have a generator that we use when necessary. And we are expanding the solar power systems to the compound. We have outlets for different types of power cables. Showers are bucket showers to save water, but the system works well. Shower water and urine are collected to be used as grey water for garden irrigation.