PROJECT FAQs

Start Date:

Our start dates are flexible. You are at liberty to choose a date that works for you. We’ll then crosscheck if we have a spot for you at that date.


Duration:

We have both short-term and long-term volunteering opportunities, ranging anywhere from 2 weeks up to 6 weeks.


 Program Location:

We currently have opportunities available in Kindergarten Schools in Dar es Salaam for now


 When to Apply:

To volunteer in Tanzania, we don’t have a set deadline for applications. However, we do recommend that you apply at least 2 months before your intended departure date to ensure you have adequate time to prepare for your trip. If you have a spontaneous desire to volunteer, give us a call and we’ll see what we can do.

Visa:

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your date of entry.
  • You can obtain a single entry (3-month visa) or multiple entry (6-month) visa either on arrival at the airport or in our Tanzania Embassy in your Country.
  • You will need a tourist visa for your volunteer program. This can be renewed while in Tanzania in case you wish to stay longer. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to assist you with it.
  • Travellers who are also visiting Uganda,Rwanda and Kenya may find it more useful to apply for an East Africa cross-border joint visa, which allows entry into all three countries on a single visa.

 Orientation:

You will be greeted and picked up by the in-country team at the airport. You will be taken to your accommodation, where you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with some local and international volunteers and staff members. You will also have the chance to freshen up and contact home of your safe arrival. Attend an orientation session that will introduce you to the host organization, project, area, and staff members. You will learn about safety and security, culture shock, customs, basic everyday local language, etc. Work begins either the same day as orientation or the following day, depending on your day of arrival.


 Vaccinations

Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required. Also make sure your routine vaccines are up to date. Please note, you should also be taking preventative measures for Malaria and Cholera. Please visit your local travel health clinic to discuss this with a professional and which vaccinations are suitable for you. It is recommended you visit the clinic at least 6 weeks before your departure date.


BRIGHT AID FORTANZANIA CHILD VOLUNTEER PROJECT ACTIVITY:

Tanzania's sophisticated education system was severely affected in the 1980s by economic difficulties, and the literacy and school attendance rates have since plummeted. Government programmes are in place to have all primary school-aged children in school, particularly girls, to address the poor attendance rate. In addition, only 5% of secondary school-aged children currently attend school.

You could be working at a variety of institutions, interacting with kids from age of 3 to 6 years, teaching basic conversational English. Lots of people will be keen to learn English and practice speaking with you. To teach, you will need to be patient, flexible, a confident communicator and able to use your initiative and imagination.

Learning a few basics in Swahili will help you a lot but don’t worry, – you will have plenty of opportunities to learn when you get here! Lessons will be fun and interactive, developing the students' confidence and conversational skills.


 

PROJECT SCHEDULE - Location: DAR ES SALAAM

Project NO: TECH-01

FIRST-WEEK   

Day/Time

07:00 07:30am

08:30am 01:00

01:00 to 02:30

02:45 to 05:00pm

07:00 08:00

Sunday

ARRIVAL DAY

 

Monday

 

Breakfast

with

Host family

 

Introduction Day

Teachers, Kids and Volunteers

 

Lunch Break

 

 

Planning Activities for Kids for first week,

Dinner

with

Host family

 

Tuesday

 

Breakfast

with

Host family

 

Working Placement

 

Lunch Break

 

 

Swahili Class

Dinner

with

Host family

 

Wednesday

 

Breakfast

with

Host family

 

Working Placement

 

Lunch Break

 

 

Free afternoon

Dinner

with

Host family

 

Thursday

 

Breakfast

with

Host family

 

Working Placement

 

Lunch Break

 

 

Swahili Class

Dinner

with

Host family

 

Friday

 

Breakfast

with

Host family

 

Working Placement

 

Lunch Break

 

Lesson Planning for second week,

Dinner

with

Host family

Saturday

&

Sunday

 

                                               FREE WEEK-END


SECOND-WEEK   

 

Day/Time

 

07:00 07:30am

 

08:30am 01:00

 

01:00 to 02:30

 

02:45 to 05:00pm

 

07:00 08:00

 

Monday

 

Breakfast

with

Host family

 

Working Placement

 

Lunch Break

 

 

Planning Activities for Kids for

Dinner

with

Host family

 

Tuesday

 

Breakfast

with

Host family

 

Working Placement

 

Lunch Break

 

 

Swahili Class

Dinner

with

Host family

 

Wednesday

 

Breakfast

with

Host family

 

Working Placement

 

Lunch Break

 

 

Free afternoon

Dinner

with

Host family

 

Thursday

 

Breakfast

with

Host family

 

Working Placement

 

Lunch Break

 

 

Swahili Class

Dinner

with

Host family

 

Friday

 

Breakfast

with

Host family

 

Last day at School

 

Lunch Break

 

Project Evaluation

Dinner

with

Host family

 

Saturday

 

 

                                               DEPARTURE

 

This schedule should only be considered as an example of the kind of activities and timescales to expect.  Actual Schedule may vary depending on the season and the requirements of the project.

Meeting Point

When you are booking your flight, please make sure that your arrival is at Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport in Nairobi. There will be an orientation seminar for new volunteers lasting three days including city tour introduction before project stat and weekly evaluation. It would be good if the volunteers can arrive at least one day before the orientation starts. However, if a volunteer will arrives on another date, we can still organize for their own orientation.

Additional Comments

FUTURE DREAMERS is partner with safari tours after the program if you’re interested, please visit our tour company partner website www.expectinafricasafari.com

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave from you country to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications needed to join our volunteer English teaching in Tanzania project beyond a fluency in English. However, your understanding of Tanzanian culture and diversity can help improve the experience for you and your students. Consider enrolling in our one-week Language & Cultural Immersion program. Volunteer teachers should have strong English fluency, both written and verbal, although no previous teaching experience is required. Volunteers should have a love for teaching, English and conversation. Volunteers should also be enthusiastic, reliable, flexible, and patient and strive to be good role models for the children. Volunteers must also respect the locals and the host organizations, along with their rules and projects.

Clothes and Climate in Placement Areas

Volunteers should dress modestly when at their projects. We suggest female volunteers not to wear short skirts or shorts in villages. Tanzanian culture is partially Islamic therefore, do not wear revealing clothing and try to cover your shoulders at all times. Lightweight clothing and rainwear is recommended as well as warmer clothing for the evenings (light jackets/sweaters). A solid pair of walking shoes is highly recommended for trekking.

Weather in Tanzania varies from place to place. coastal areas like Dar es Salaam can be extremely hot and humid. On the other hand, areas in the north and west can become quite chilly in the evenings.

What are the characteristics of good volunteer?

If you have attributes like independence, patience, a sense of humor, tolerance, willingness, flexibility, self-motivation and open-mindedness, you get the most out of your stay in Tanzania.

What about vaccinations and medication?

No vaccinations are required for entrance into Tanzania; however, you should consider the following vaccinations:

  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Rabies
  • Malaria tablets
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow fever

What should I bring for myself?

This will vary depending on what activities you want to participate in and how much you need to be comfortable during your placement. With the exception of medicine and first-aid kit, you can buy everything that you would need for your placement in Tanzania. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sun cream
  • Water purification tablets and/or good quality water purifier
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight (torch)
  • Penknife
  • Books about your country
  • Photos of your family/friends/home
  • A few examples of your local currency

Why choose us?

All our activities cover projects in the communities, implementing all parts in the proposal of each project and becoming each one a part of it (identification, objectives, financing, implementation, beneficiaries and supervision).

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