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Volunteering in Tanzania: Arrival Procedure in Arusha.

Host family in Tanzania A member of Projects Abroad staff meets volunteers at either Kilimanjaro or Arusha airports. Kilimanjaro airport is about one hour taxi ride from the town of Arusha, whereas Arusha airport is about 20 minutes from the town centre. It is also possible for a member of Projects Abroad staff to pick volunteers up from the bus station in Arusha if you decide to travel from Nairobi or Dar es Salam by bus.

The staff member will be waiting for you in the arrivals area holding an A4-sized laminated “Projects Abroad” sign. You will then travel by taxi to your host family. Some volunteers live in Arusha town itself, whereas others live in an area called USA River which is about 40 minutes east of Arusha. You will be introduced to your family and spend time unpacking and settling in.

Volunteering in Tanzania: Orientation and Induction.

You will have your induction on the next working day after you have arrived. A member of staff will come and pick you up from your host family and show you around the town. You will start the day by going to our office where a member of staff will go through the Tanzanian Handbook with you, including all the necessary safety and security measures.

Mount Meru

You will also be required to fill in two forms which will be given to you by a member of staff in order to get your Permit C. The Permit C allows you to work in Tanzania as a volunteer. In addition you will need to have 5 passport photographs, $120, a copy of your passport and visa and a CV. A member of staff will go to the immigration office and get your Permit C processed for you.

You will then be taken around the town of Arusha and shown important sites and landmarks including internet cafes, the post office, where to change money and how to get to each place from your host family. You will also be shown where other volunteers live and get the opportunity to meet some of them.

Depending on the time and your programme, you may be introduced to your placement on the same day as your induction. If not, we will pick you up and take you the next day. We will show you how to use public transport so that you become familiar with the route and landmarks. You will need to cover the cost of your journey to and from work. Most volunteers travel to work on the local bus, which costs on average 25p per journey.

Tanzanian coast

The majority of our volunteers stay with host families, however, a few volunteers stay at the orphanage or centre where they work. Tanzanian people are known for their hospitality and you will experience this first hand when you meet your family. The houses are spacious and usually have a garden or outside terrace where you can relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. You will get an authentic Tanzanian home-stay experience.

Host families speak Kiswahili and English. The children in the host families are always eager to teach the volunteers Kiswahili and practice their English. Vegetarians can easily be catered for.

Our Projects Abroad office is based in the centre of Arusha town near the football stadium. The local bus station is just next to the office making the office very accessible. It is easy to find, because not only is it based next to the football stadium, but it is in a tall blue building known as Blue Rock House which is a landmark in itself. The office has a great view over the city of Arusha and on a very clear day you can even see Mount Kilimanjaro.

The office has three rooms, one is for staff members, one is a workshop room where doctors and teachers come and talk to the volunteers on a regular basis. This room also has a range of medical books and equipment that can be used by the volunteers. Finally there is also a room for the volunteers with comfortable chairs, a water cooler and local newspapers and books to read.

Tanzania has two main seasons; summer (dry season) from June to November and winter (wet season) from December – May. In the northern and eastern regions of the country (where Projects Abroad is based), the rainfall is bimodal, with two rainy seasons. The 'short rains' or Vuli last from October to December, and the 'long rains' or Masika last from March to May. Volunteers should bring a jumper and jacket with them as it can get chilly.

At the end of your placement we will arrange your journey back to Arusha or Kilimanjaro airports by taxi.

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