A real Maasai experience helping a small charity in a remote area of Loliondo, Tanzania

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    We run a small charity, striving to improve the life chances of Maasai children and their communities in a very very remote part of Northern Tanzania. Our projects include sponsoring children to go to school, building cookers chimneys in houses, bore holes and water wells and occasionally renovating classrooms.
    The charity has been in this area for over twelve years and has forged real, deep friendships with the local community. Our charity is based in Loliondo, a small Maasai town, very few properties have running water, some now have electricity, though this is intermittent. We shower with buckets and jugs, and our main entertainment is sitting chatting by torch light.
    We need volunteers to speak good English to the sponsored children who live in our hostel, to teach our staff and children computer skills, to help with general chores around the hostel and to help in the fields where we grow a wide variety of vegetables to give to the children.
    The accommodation will be provided by our Maasai manager, who is not only delightful and friendly but is also a brilliant cook. Travellers will also have the opportunity to integrate with the Maasai people, learn about their culture and spend nights in houses, singing and chatting around an open fire,

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travellers will learn first hand about Maasai culture, have the opportunity to visit many Maasai villages and to experience the beauty of real Africa. Those who wish to, can learn to speak Maasai and Swahili and to learn the difference between the two varied cultures.
    Because of the close, long time relationship we have with the Maasai people, the travellers will be welcomed with open arms. This is a unique and life changing experience.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We would like our travellers to teach English to our sponsored children by reading books, playing games, singing and dancing. The children go to a local school during the day and stay in a boarding house, run by our charity at night. We also need people who can teach computer skills to our staff, or who would like to work in the fields tending the vegetables that we grow for the children. Most of all, we would love to welcome people who are happy to fit in with the Maasai children and staff.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation provided will be a brick house with a modern bed, intermittent electricity supply and running water. Water and alternative lighting is always available but the ability to charge equipment such as mobile phones is varied. Wifi network is available but very unreliable.
    The travellers will have the opportunity to stay in one of our Maasai houses to get a feel of how the Maasai people live.
    You will be made most welcome in Maasai manager, Salome’s house. She will provide full board and lodging and will always be available to take care of you and to answer any questions that the traveller may have about life in Northern Tanzania.
    She is a fantastic cook and you will experience real African and Maasai culture.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The area around Loliondo, in Northern Tanzania, is stunning. It is on the edge of The Serengeti National Park and the Kenyan border. There are plenty of beautiful hills to climb and gorgeous walks. Nearby is the town of Wasso which has several local bars and lots of African shops selling local produce.
    On Fridays there is a Maasai market in Wasso. This is the highlight of the week for everyone and is wonderful to experience.
    If travellers would like to visit real Maasai villages this can be arranged without any problem. Safaris to the Serengeti can also be organised as the Serengeti National Park is only about three hours drive from Loliondo.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We can accommodate any campervans and sleeping vehicles. They would stay in the grounds of the charity. There is no electricity or running water available. Fresh water is pumped up from our borehole.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We are able to accept small pets as long as they are under control and do not chase our herds of cows, sheep and goats.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 662691294361

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