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Can I volunteer with a friend, partner or group?
Yes. Wakawaka Tanzania Volunteer encourages people to come with a friend, partner, or as a group. Whether you are all interested in volunteering at the same placement, or have different areas of interest, we can ensure you are placed in the same accommodation, at minimum, where you can exchange experiences and ideas during your free time. Groups may apply and we will find projects that require the manpower that your group number, and resources, require.

Will I be working with other volunteers?
If you wish to be placed by yourself you can, however in most cases you will be working and living with other volunteers.

Is travel insurance included in the program costs?
In order to keep costs as low as possible for the volunteer we do not include travel insurance in our fees, we found that generally volunteers can acquire it cheaper by getting it privately.

Do I require a visa to travel to the host country I wish to volunteer in?
The Government of Tanzania requires that all volunteers purchase a volunteer visa, which costs USD$200. It is also required that every visitor to Tanzania purchase a tourist visa, upon entry. The cost of the tourist visa is based on your country of origin. We recommend that you apply for your volunteer visa in advance, as it is cheaper and will save you the extra cost of the tourist visa.

What vaccinations will I require?
We recommend that you schedule an appointment with your medical physician or local travel health clinic for up to date advice regarding vaccinations and health preparations at least six weeks prior to your departure. If you are able, take your vaccination record with you so that they can advise you about recommended boosters. Ensure that your doctor provides you with enough prescription renewals to last a little longer than your itinerary requires to allow for unexpected delays in your return. The government of Tanzania has required that all travellers entering the country be prepared to present their certificate of vaccination for Yellow Fever, until very recently. Unfortunately, not all immigration officers are aware of this change in policy, so you may be refused entry if you are unable to present this certificate. We recommend that you invest in this one vaccination to ensure that your adventure is not interrupted.

Can I get medical care in Arusha?
Medical Care: Medical care is widely available in Arusha and our ground staff will be on hand to assist you in locating suitable health care, should the need arise. Please note that most of the local facilities and practises are likely not as you are accustomed to. We recommend that you schedule a medical assessment and dental exam prior to your departure as preventative measures. This is not to cause alarm but only to suggest that you be proactive in preventing unnecessary interruptions to your efforts and experience in Arusha.

What to do in case of emergency while in Arusha?
Emergency: In the event of a medical or accidental emergency, you should contact the Wakawaka ground staff as soon as possible so that they can assist you seeking the support services that you require and to act as support through translation and emotional support. In the event that the emergency requires immediate action, we recommend that you use a taxi to transport yourself to the required emergency services (i.e. hospital or police station). Emergency Response Services are available throughout Arusha, although they are not likely as immediate as you are accustomed to.

What are the accommodations and meals like?
Our hostel is a local home that we hope will feel like your home away from home! Our volunteers share dorm style rooms with each guest having their own bunk bed. There are common areas where you can relax, mingle and watch movies. The meals are a combination of local and international foods that you will likely recognize and each meal will offer a vegetarian option.

I am a vegetarian, will I be able to find suitable meals?
The hostel will provide vegetarian options in their menu plan. Locally, vegetarian lifestyles are rarely chosen but are often practiced due to economic limitations. There are many restaurants that cater to tourists and provide vegetarian food choices. More local eateries will offer non-meat options, however their cooking practices may not mean that there has been no contact with utensils and cooking equipment that has been in contact with meat.

Do I need to speak the local language?
It is not necessary for you to speak the local language (Kiswahili), although we will help you to learn some of the local greetings, which will help you in your interactions and catch the interest of local people. In fact, it is your fluency in English that is truly needed to help our projects teach English to its people.

Do I need specific skills or qualification to volunteer?
Generally the only requirement for volunteers is to be fluent in English. However, in most of the medical and health placements, volunteers must be qualified or training in a relevant medical field.

What are the specifics of my placement?
Placing a volunteer into an accurate project or placement requires our program staff to consider a number of factors such as.

  • The program you for which you have applied
  • The projects and work that will be available at the time of your trip
  • Your skills, interests and qualifications

What about public holidays in Tanzania?
These holidays do not affect the volunteer programs, and over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays period the programs continue to run.

  • 1 Jan : New Year’s Day
  • 12 Jan : Zanzibar Revolution.
  • 20 Mar : Birth of the Prophet – Varies Good Friday – Varies Easter Monday
  • 26 Apr : Union Day
  • 1 May : International Labour Day
  • 7 Jul : Saba Saba (Industry’s Day)
  • 8 Aug : Nane Nane (Farmer’s Day)
  • 1 Sep : Eid al-Fitr (Ramadhan)
  • 14 Oct : Nyerere Day
  • 8 – 9 Dec : Eid al – Adha
  • 9 Dec : Independence and Republic Day
  • 25 Dec : Christmass Day
  • 26 Dec : Boxing Day

Will Wakawaka Tanzania Volunteers provide a reference or act as a reference for me once I finish volunteering?
Wakawaka can provide you with a letter stating that you offered your time to volunteer and a general overview of the services that you provided, as long as you upheld your end of the commitment by attending and participating to the requirements and expectations of your role.

Can I help with fundraising?
Absolutely! Many volunteers arrive with articles donated by friends and family, which is greatly appreciated, however bringing along money is generally more useful and contributes best to the specific needs of the project, as well as the overall community. Bringing donated articles can prove challenging for people travelling, due to luggage restrictions.

Can I take time out from volunteering to go sightseeing?
We encourage our volunteers to experience as much as they can during their time in Arusha, and Africa. We recommend that you use your free time to take day and short overnight trips. We also recommend that you allow some time following your volunteer commitment for some longer experiences, such as going on safari and other adventures that require more time. We can help you to organize your expeditions while you are staying with us. We discourage people from booking their trips prior to arrival as we can connect them with tour operators who will offer better prices to our volunteers, or we can arrange things with our own staff, which makes it more personal.

Where do my fees go?
Giving up not only your time but also money to volunteer is a huge commitment. A lot of people struggle to understand the concept of paying to volunteer. Simply put, our projects are often struggling to pay the staff and provide basic services, such as food and water, to the people that they support. Your fees contribute to the operating costs of the hostel, such as rent, staff wages, security and meals. A portion of the fees that you pay are used to help us support the projects. You may find comfort knowing that almost every cent that you pay supports this community in some way, be it the staff, the projects or the local shops and food vendors.