Arrival Procedure in Tanzania
A Projects Abroad staff member meets all the volunteers who are working in Arusha or Moshi at Kilimanjaro airport. Kilimanjaro airport is about one hour taxi ride from the town of Arusha. During peak hour traffic, it will take approximately 2 hours to drive from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi. When the roads are quiet, it will take about an hour.
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.
The volunteers based in Arusha live in various districts in and around the town. Some volunteers live in Arusha town itself, whereas others live in an area called USA River which is about 40 minutes east of Arusha or in the Monduli district about one hour west of Arusha. Volunteers living and working in Moshi will first be introduced to their host 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.
All volunteers will need to get a Business visa upon arrival at the airport. This cost ranges between $250 - $300 based on their nationality and where they are located (either in Arusha or Moshi). If they are travelling for longer than 90 days, they should contact their Volunteer Advisor for more information.
You will then be taken around the town of Arusha or Moshi 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.
The majority of our volunteers stay with host families, however, a few volunteers stay at the 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 some 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.
Both the offices in Arusha and Moshi are spacious and not only have work areas for our members of staff but also workshop rooms where doctors and teachers come and talk to the volunteers on a regular basis. There is equipment in both offices for the volunteers including materials, books and medical equipment. 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 the airport by taxi.