Frequently Asked Questions

I will be traveling by myself. Are there many solo travelers taking part in the projects?

Friends are a given when you are traveling in Tanzania! There are many people like you, who are traveling alone and some who are traveling for the first time. You will be working on projects and living with volunteers from all over the world. In addition, you will be working closely with the local community. Thus you will never be left alone.

If you have concerns once you have arrived in Tanzania, our ex-pat team leaders are at your disposal – do not let traveling by yourself deter you from this unforgettable experience.  By the end of your trip, you will have made many new friends and experiences that you will cherish for years to come!

When is the best time to go?

The best time to volunteer in Tanzania is when it suits your schedule best. We do have rainy seasons but they have very little effect on your program. During the holiday season schools are closed but we are performing holiday classes so even those dates it is worth participating.

What are the working hours as a volunteer?

As a volunteer, you usually have two projects, one in the morning and the other one in the afternoon. The morning projects start between 8-10 am, and the afternoon projects around 2 pm or later. There is a lunch break between these. The working hours depend on what project you choose to do.

What about malaria in Tanzania?

Malaria is a potentially fatal tropical disease. It is caused by a parasite and is spread through the bite of an infected female mosquito. Africans can and do die of malaria because they do not have access to clean water and they are too poor to afford treatment. Anti-malarial treatment is available in Tanzania and costs less than it does in Europe. All of our volunteer houses are a short distance from hospitals and health clinics.

Please visit your doctor before you leave and ask about antimalarial medication. The risk of catching malaria can be reduced by wearing long, light-colored clothing, using repellent (with DEET) and sleeping under a mosquito net from sundown to sunrise.

What vaccinations are required?

It's important to get vaccination advice that is tailored to your medical needs. Please visit your doctor at least four weeks before you leave home.

You can get general advice on travel vaccinations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States and the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK.

If you are planning to go to Zanzibar, a yellow fever certificate is required.

Want to know more?

Please contact us - we'll be happy to answer all the questions you can throw at us!

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