KARIBU FRIENDS! WELCOME!
How are you?
My name is Baraka and together with my wife Juliana and great colleagues/volunteers we are working very hard with most vulnerable children by running the project, an orphanage and school in the Sakala village, close to Loliondo, Tanzania.
Loliondo is located on the heart of a Maasai community land bordering the world famous Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Park (both considered a world biological reserve for the wildlife it contains). It is a very safe place!
The project was founded in 2003 to provide great education to students and living conditions to orphans from our community who live in poverty. The purpose of our project is to bring relief to the people by fighting against ignorance, poverty and diseases - the biggest enemies of Tanzania. The vision of the school is that through education, students and families will be inspired to attain their full potential and reach social and economic independence.
Today we work with 2 different units. At Unit 1 we have kids from nursery school through primary (grade) 4, as well as the orphanage accommodations. At Unit 2 we have older kids from pre-unity to middle grade, accommodated in 6 classrooms. The project has now 14 teachers and 8 aunties for younger kids. Last year we had 161 kids studying with us and more or less 50 kids living with us.
Currently we are very focused on improving conditions of the project, with many plans for the future. As we have recently purchased the land where Unit 2 is located, our main plan is to join efforts to move our Unit 1 infrastructure to this land and not pay rent anymore. We are very excited about that!
Among other future projects we want to: (A) build new classrooms and a kitchen/eating room at Unit 2; (B) build dormitories as well as a proper nursery place for orphaned students and (C) build a volunteer house. We also are joining efforts to plant trees and improve the current buildings at Unit 2 (such as toilets and staff room).
We also run a health program that is dedicated to tackling health issues that most affect our members such as HIV/AIDS and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
So I hope you feel curious and interested in joining us at the Project. If you need more information than what is provided here, we are happy to answer all your questions and provide the best advice on general issues such health, culture, weather, excursions, travel, visas, safety and special events. Also, please be sure to find us on social networks! There are some good materials.
Travelling by yourself is not a problem. We will guide you all the way to us, we can even make sure someone assists you. Please feel free to contact us.
We hope to hear from you soon!
Babysitting / child care
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
We believe we can offer a life-changing experience to the Project volunteers!!
Not only because you will be able to help us in our great challenge of keeping it running but also because it will change how you see our community, our country, the whole Africa!
You will be immersed on our daily lives, understand deeply our culture, our history, our language. We are sure you will learn swahili and massai words to bring with you! Besides, you will deeply understand Maasai culture, their traditions, their homes and villas, the real maasai dreadlocks, the maasai dancing, the maasai market, etc.
Besides, we can organize safari trips to Serengetti and Ngorongoro parks (considered two of the bests for wildlife spotting) which are very close from our area. We can organize all types of safari trips from budget/camping options to hotels and lodges inside the parks. Since we are so close, day trips are a possibility too! Safari activities include walking safaris, mountain trekking, game viewing, photographic excursions, etc.
Please let us know if you also would be interested in having a certification of appreciation upon completion of your volunteer in the project, so we can apply arrange it for you.
FUNDRAISING AND AWARENESS
In order to further develop, improve conditions and maintain the school and the orphanage, we mostly need help with fundraising and grants. There is a lot of work being done every day, but still the biggest challenge is money.
We would truly appreciate the help of a volunteer who could come with new financing ideas, how to make new partnerships or create a way for us to make money independently. Also if someone could come and help spreading awareness of our project around the world. So, if you have willingness and/or experience with grant writing, fundraising, report writing or if you know organizations, people or businesses which could support us, you could make a huge difference!
Volunteers are also very welcome to use the skills they have to contribute to our project, especially within in our school, health program and orphanage.
This means you can be directly involved in the available daily activities and join us in teaching English or any other subject, artwork, playing with children, help with preparing meals, help at the orphanage house-work, home work, general counseling, computers/internet and as well as gardening.
We hope you can feel at home and introduce your own idea/project!!
English and Swahili
Volunteers are welcomed to stay at our premises, in one of our project's accommodations. We offer simple but clean, comfortable living spaces. You will either stay in a single or shared (same gender) room, depending on the host situation and peak versus off-peak seasons. The bathroom is shared with other people in the accommodation. We provide volunteers with towels, bed linens and blankets laundries.
We also have plenty space around if you want to bring your own sleeping bags, camping tents, etc.
single travelers are welcome and it is a safe place. We make sure to assist you in any way.
Volunteers are offered three meals a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) and vegetarian meals are also available. We offer locally available, fresh and nutritious food in meals held together with other volunteers and people working at the project as well. Please let us know in advance if you have any special restriction so we can adjust it for you!
VISA INFO AND COSTS
In order to be in compliance with the Tanzania requirements, the volunteer must get:
(A) TOURIST VISA: to be obtained upon arrival at the airport or border crossing. Visitors from most countries need to obtain this visa including Europeans, Americans and nationals from Commonwealth countries such as New Zealand, Canada and Australia. It is valid for 90 days.
COSTS: USD$100.00 for American passport. USD$50.00 for other countries. In both cases to be paid in cash at the immigration office. Please check the Tanzania Tourism website for updated information (insert link).
Please note that the work permits “CLASS G1 WORK VISAS – VOLUNTEERS, NGO WORKERS, and MISSIONARIES” are usually are too complicated to get and unnecessary for short periods of time (less than 90 days). For periods of more than 3 months, please email us to enquire about additional visa requirements and related costs.
Finally, we note that the registration fee has been implemented by the Tanzanian government and it is mandatory to anyone volunteering in Tanzania. As hosts we must assist you with this registration and keep appropriate files in case of a governmental visit or investigation.
HOW TO GET TO OUR PROJECT FROM ARUSHA (Kilimanjaro Airport)
The closest international airport is the Kilimanjaro Airport and it is located 50 minutes from Arusha, the biggest city in our region. From Arusha you can reach our project location either by bus (the less expensive option), car or airplane (the more expensive option). The bus will take around 5 or 6 hours. We are happy to give you updated information on costs for each type of transport when you decide to come stay with us!
WHAT TO PACK
Besides suitable clothes for hot days, please also include some light jackets for the night / windy days. Also a rain coat, if you are coming in the rain season. And bring with you flip flops and hiking boots or shoes to allow you to explore the mountains in the surroundings.
Since it is not easy to get medication and other related items in the closest villas, besides your normal medication, it is also important to bring with you sunscreen and mosquito repellent. Also, some people take Malaria prophylaxis pills when traveling to Tanzania so please check if you would like to take it as well (however, note that our project is located in a higher area of Tanzania, with more than 1800 Mt. from sea level, and for this reason it is a rare disease here). We also recommend to bring a solar powerbank if you have, because we have only solar power here and sometimes it is not enough for everybody.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week
In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteer‘s stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
We will strictly not allow listings posted by agents, “middle men” or projects who we feel are looking to profit from a volunteers stay.