from $1,145 – $4,125
Opening in 2022
EXPERIENCE AND MAKE MEMORIES OF A LIFETIME
Girls are a powerful force for change in Africa, but their potential is often constrained. This project aims to empower, educate, and uplift adolescent girls aged between 11 and 18, while also supporting adult women in the community. Get ready to learn about the challenges facing girls in Tanzania and work as part of a team to ensure their potential is unlocked and utilised.
Facilitate workshops educating vulnerable girls about health, early pregnancy, and family planning
Explore social issues with adolescent boys and girls and how they affect boys and girls differently
Create role models for younger girls through the members of our women’s group
Run social media campaigns which highlight to the world the importance of girl empowerment
Get an authentic African experience by living and working in an African village
Interact daily with members of the Maasai Tribe to understand more about the day to day life and culture
Live and working alongside other international volunteers near the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro!
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most iconic attractions in the whole of Africa, the Continent’s highest peak and nestled at its base is the busy tourist town of Moshi; a colorful town known for its lively streets, Swahili food, local markets, and coffee plantations. Seeing coffee roasted and brewed on an open fire is an unusual but truly mesmerizing experience. As well as being in awe of the different colors, smells, and sounds in Moshi, you can’t help but notice the incredible variety of cultures and specifically that of the Maasai people, colorfully dressed in their traditional ‘Warrior’ clothing and brandishing some of the most impressive jewelry. The Maasai are gentle people who live very traditional lives and you will have the opportunity to spend time with these tribes, dancing, drumming, tasting their food, and begin to understand the vibrant culture of these unique people. Encounters with the Maasai are one of the best experiences you can have in Tanzania. A short distance away, is the authentic rural town of Mdawi, a humble little place where everyone knows each other, and you cannot help but get seduced by the relaxed rhythm of rural life. This will be your home during your stay in Tanzania.
You’ll be accommodated in an exclusive fully furnished volunteer house with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy nights spent under the stars (and trust us, you’ve never seen so many!) and opportunities for you to interact with and bond with the your fellow volunteers and the local villagers. There are dormitory rooms with shared bathroom facilities and communal living areas and we provide housekeeping services for your comfort. There are always fun things going on at the volunteer house, including games evenings, quizzes, or movie nights.
You will receive three fresh and delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community. Breakfast is typically fresh fruit, eggs and toast with a selection of toppings while lunch and dinner are a mixture of local Swahili and international cuisine. You can expect to eat anything from burgers, pizzas and pasta dishes to stews, chapatis and curries. Vegetarian options are available and we can cater to many other dietary requirements, please just let us know your requirements in advance. At weekends, you’re welcome to explore Moshi and visit the many delicious restaurants.
There is free WiFi available at the volunteer accommodation which has good reception.
Moshi lies 805m above sea level and has a tropical climate. In winter (May-August), there is much less rainfall than in summer and temperatures are generally cooler, falling between 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) and 25 degrees Celsius (77°F). From May to September you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures. Summer is from November to February and these tend to be the warmest and wettest months of the year.
PROJECT IMPACT AREAS
VOCATIONAL SKILLS TRAINING
We offer girls from poor communities the opportunity to study vocational skills for the booming tourism sector in the Kilimanjaro Region. Volunteers aim to increase the level of English of these girls, as well as facilitating workshops that look at building confidence, computer literacy, CV and resume writing, as well as setting career goals.
We facilitate a women’s support group that consists of widows and single mothers. You’ll support our women’s group by leading sessions that look at social issues that affect girls and women in the local community. We aim to empower these women through education so they can be role models and agents of change for other girls in their community.
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT CLUBS
Volunteers assist fun and active sessions for young girls and boys in after-school clubs and teach English when the students are on school holidays. Many of the girls have escaped female genital mutilation and/or forced marriage and this extra language support encourages the girls to stay in school for longer and get a good education that can open up so many possibilities when they’re older. Volunteers also hold workshops that look at life skills such as career planning, health, nutrition, and family planning, as well as issues that plague the community such as crime and unemployment. These topics and themes are explored through healthy debates, presentations, and role-plays to ensure the students are engaged.
You’ll work alongside project staff to conduct group discussions and surveys on issues affecting girls in the local community. The outcomes of these group discussions and surveys will contribute to the growth of the Girl Impact project in Mdawi. Areas of research will address issues such as, education, health, early pregnancy, safety, income generation, and confidence.
“African Impact helped me to realise my dream. My experience was unbelievable. Everything was so great: food, accommodation, and people… the people gave me part of their hearts. If you want to be a great volunteer, choose the African Impact team to discover the real vibe of African nations and to feel that you are a very important character in making people happy.“
Girl Empowerment - Moshi
“Best experience of my life. This project is extremely well organised by the African Impact staff who make you feel safe and supported throughout your whole volunteer experience. One of the nicest aspects of this project is that the work you do is very respected and appreciated so the community welcomes you with open arms allowing you to make lots of new friends with your students and other people you work with on the project. Basically, it’s a beautifully inspiring project and I wish I could go back!”
Chelsea Edwards, UK
Girl Empowerment - Moshi
Tanzania is home to some of the most famous national parks in the world and one of the best places on the continent to experience an African safari. You will encounter the iconic Big 5, and if you are around at the right time, the Great Wildebeest Migration. An estimated two million wildebeest cross the Serengeti and Maasai Mara in Kenya in what is called ‘the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth’. You can view this spectacular seasonal event by land, air, or both!
Tanzania is home to the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro, which stands at a whopping 5895 meters. For the very fit and brave at heart, you can embark on a journey to the peak of Africa. There are also Day Hikes for those who may be short of time and just want to get a taste of the climb. You won’t reach the peak but will climb to the first camp at 2720 meters. Hot spring camping trips are also a big adventure at Lake Chala where you can go camping beside some natural hot springs or at the lake shores.
Every day on this project will expose you to local life, but if you want an even deeper look into the culture of Tanzania, you can set out on a full day Marangu Cultural Tour. The tour will take you to the Chagga Tribe Museum, gorgeous waterfalls, a coffee plantation, and end off with a traditional Swahili meal and banana beer. During certain months, you can venture into the heart of the Maasai home and spend the weekend camping, listening to legends, and sharing meals in a Maasai boma homestead.
For some sun, sea, and sand take a trip to the tropical island paradise of Zanzibar, just off the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar offers endless opportunities for marvelous snorkeling experiences, forest excursions, and sipping cocktails while relaxing to some reggae beats. It is only one hour’s flight from Mount Kilimanjaro.
dates and rates
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Manager will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.
project fee includes
- Accommodation throughout your stay at our African Impact volunteer home in the village of Mdawi – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns, and staff
- 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community
- Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
- Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
- A full induction, orientation, and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
- All necessary project equipment and resources you will need on the ground
project fee excludes
- Flights (we can assist you with this)
- Travel insurance (we can assist you with this)
- Visa-related costs
- Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
- Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
- Mandatory contribution of US$25 that is donated to the African Impact Sustainability Fund