Major FAQ

When and where should I arrive?

Volunteers may arrive either at Dar es Salaam  or Kilimanjaro International Airport on their arrival dates.

Volunteers will be met on arrival and taken to hotel in either the city of Dar es Salaam or Moshi.
The cost of your first night accommodation on fullboard is inclusive in your placement fees when you arrive in Tanzania

Volunteers will transfer to the project placements on the next morning.

How far is the project from Dar es Salaam and Moshi and how do volunteers get there?  Who will take them there?

The project placements are about 350kms from Dar es Salaam and Moshi, and volunteers are transported by public bus.
The trip takes about 5 hours and a TeV Coordinator will accompany them.

Do I get orientation before the start of project?

In-Country Orientation is done in Tanga – introduction to the project, rationale of doing the project and where does this work fit in sustainable community development. More detailed orientation at the projects will include a lecture on what the work entails, data collection protocols, do’s and don’ts of project life, emergency response and general day to day itinerary etc. Normally takes half- a day.

What about accommodation? Do I need to bring sleeping bag? Mosquito nets? Anything else?

Volunteers sleep at the hostel or with host families. Mosquito nets and pillows are provided. Read your accommodation document profile.

What kinds of food do you offer? Who cooks food? What are local food item?

At the hostel, one meal is served in the evening after your day’s hard work. We do have a full time cook, who prepares meals. Food consists of eggs, toast / bread, fruit and fruit salad, vegetables and vegetable salad, rice, beef, chicken and meat.

How many days do volunteers work in a week? What can they do in weekend?

Volunteers work from Monday to Friday, and have the weekend off. In the weekend, volunteers generally travel to interesting places around Tanga like Amani Nature Reserve, the Usambaras, Pangani, Zanzibar and Saadani National Park.

Tentative daily work schedule

• Early morning wake up 06h00
• Breakfast 07h00
• Work Placement 08h00–13h00
• Lunch Break 13h00–14h00
• Work Placement 14h00–17h00
• Dinner at the Hostel 18h00

Are there Internet, telecommunication, and medical facilities in the project? How far?

Your Project and Accommodation Information carries that information.

How much extra money do I need?

Answer to this question depends up on your spending habits. Programmes basically cover most of expenses of accommodation, breakfast and a meal. However, we would say an amount of $150 a week to be more than sufficient unless you wish to participate in extra optional tours or excursions then your may require more.

Do I need any vaccination and immunization?

We suggest you to consult your local travel doctor before your leave the country; you must discuss about malaria prevention.

Are there any other requirements? Dress code for most projects should be natural color clothing.

Rules and regulations of each project should be respected.

The minimum age restriction is 18, with the maximum age limit being 60. Applicants are expected to be physically able to complete tasks and generally get involved with the rest of the younger group of volunteers. Understanding Basic English is required and our programs are open to anyone who has an interest in Volunteering with Us.

Our strong field support:

We support our volunteers by:

• Running a 24-hour back-up service to volunteers any place any time while in Tanzania you can call our hotline for tips, assistance and a chat. • We Volunteer with You! • Please leave TeV contact and of your In-Country Coordinator with your family. • Assisting with your bookings be it for tours, flights etc., while in Tanzania.

RECOMMENDED KIT CHECK LIST:

Please be aware that your clothes are going to get dirty! Also it can get very cold during the evenings during the African winter so please bring a warm jacket and long trousers.

• A “willing to learn and participate” attitude
• A sleeping bag and pillow
• Natural color clothing and hat
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Raincoat
• Thick socks
• Personal toiletries and towels
• Sunscreen lotion
• Insect repellent
• Malaria tablets (Only if visiting a malaria risk area)
• Powerful flashlight
• Sunglasses
• Passport, Visas and Medical & travel Insurance documents