Tanzania

Give a Heart To Africa

My two months volunteering at Give a Heart to Africa (January-March 2017) were more amazing than I can put into words. Organizations like GHTA are hard to find. Educating and empowering women in developing countries is sadly not always a first priority. When I was researching organizations to volunteer with and I found GHTA I was thrilled. An organization that not only educated women in subjects like English and math, but also vocations and business, was exactly what I was looking for.
The application process was simple and very informative. I talked to everyone involved in the organization and I felt very safe about my traveling plans.
Before I knew it I was landing in Tanzania! This was my first time traveling alone internationally so I was pretty nervous going somewhere completely new. However once I landed and met the people I would be working and living with for the next couple of months I knew that it was exactly where I wanted to be.
GHTA started feeling like a second home within a matter of days. Everyone involved in GHTA, especially the women who are the leaders of the organization, are more than passionate about helping not only women, but anyone in need, in and out of school. Over the years GHTA has been in Tanzania it is clear that they have worked and continue to work effortlessly towards empowering and bettering the lives of women in need. The change is clear. GHTA creates a huge impact in bettering the lives of their students and the community.
Volunteering for GHTA is an experience I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested. I made so many relationship and met people that I will never forget. Moshi is a safe community filled with the kindest people. Teaching at the school is a large responsibility and it is crucial that all volunteers commit their time and are serious about school, however outside of classes there are lots of opportunities to go on day trips, hiking, safari trips, exploring town, and many more things.
Volunteering at GHTA is an opportunity I am so unbelievably grateful to have experienced. If you have the chance, please please please go. It will be worth every minute.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Jun 1, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

In the month that I was there I first spent time at a hospital, where I was able to move around to some of the different departments. Here I was able to see health conditions and procedures that I hadn't seen before. I enjoyed learning from the Doctors, Nurses and other volunteers at the hospital. I then spent time on a HIV and care programme, where I would assist staff with daily tasks at an orphanage for children with HIV. On this programme I also went into communities where I enjoyed seeing people receive support and donations.

I was fortunate to visit a school where the pupils were educated on health matters such as HIV, the class was translated to me and I was shown around the school. We also went to people's homes where it was sad to see people live in poor conditions but it was nice to whiteness how donations were helping families. On these visits I was told that I may have been the first white person that some of the children may have seen. The time I spent with children had been some of the most fulfilling and enjoyable experiences of the trip.

It was interesting to discover the culture and traditions. I also enjoyed seeing wild animals on safari and meeting other volunteers and tourists. Overall the experience was amazing and made me more of an independent person. The only issue was with the dala-dalas (local taxis) ask the price for the ride before getting on.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Feb 7, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My trip to Tanzania with Projects Abroad was the most valuable thing I've done in my life! The support with this program is amazing. One of the best parts is that they had an office on the ground that was totally accessible to everyone in Tanzania involved with their program. You can see Projects Abroad really does great things for the community and gives back. Whenever we needed extra plants for orphanages or decided we wanted to give food to students as a gift they supplied it all happily. I always felt accounted for and listened to in this program, and the itinerary had a broad range of activities for us so I feel like I really got to know everything there was to know about my country. One of our group leaders was born and raised in Tanzania, and that was such a valuable thing because we got to learn about his country from an insider perspective. Projects Abroad was very well organized but also let us adjust our day to day based on what the group wanted/needed. I recommend this to anyone looking to volunteer around the world, and I personally can't wait to go on another Projects Abroad Trip!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Dec 10, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Comments

Thank you for sharing your experience! It's wonderful to hear you had such a great time in Tanzania! Our local staff is always happy to help enthusiastic volunteers such as yourself. We are certain that together we can make a positive difference in the communities that we work in. Thank you for your trust!
Thank you for joining us! I am glad you had such a good time!

Love Volunteers

The "NGO" that Love Volunteers works with in Tanzania is a total scam. The man that runs it gave me and 3 other volunteers at the time (and to countless others before us) fraudulent visas and lied to us on several occasions. He was also extremely rude, aggressive, and made our stay at the hostel quite uncomfortable.
The work that they do in the community is not at all meaningful or impactful. The director himself said that the schools and orphanages don't care about the projects. Volunteers are often told to do gardening work at a school or orphanage, where as soon as they leave the work falls into disrepair and the NGO does no following up and will simply wait until another volunteer shows up and then send them off to do the same project over again.
The director of the NGO spends his time running the hostel and arranging safaris for guests, and takes on volunteers so he has money coming into the hostel. He sends them off to schools or orphanages and isn't concerned with the work they're doing.
I absolutely would not recommend this program or any others with Love Volunteers. After I, along with the other volunteers went to them to explain everything that had happened, particularly the scam with the volunteer visas, they said they were "investigating" it, but ultimately let this guy get away with it all and continue scamming and abusing foreigners' goodwill. They continue to send him volunteers. Love Volunteers does not truly care if you are making an impact abroad. The bottom line is this: if Love Volunteers allows their Tanzania program partner to engage in corruption and fraud, and turns the other cheek to their mistreatment of program participants, none of their other programs can be trusted to do any better. Absolutely don't even consider volunteering with them.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Apr 25, 2016
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I worked for 4 weeks in Arusha, Tanzania with the HIV/AIDS Awareness and Care program. Most days were spent at an orphanage in a nearby village that housed children, all of which are HIV positive. Other days, we would go to remote villages and provide villagers with donations, support, and medical products as needed; most of the villagers we visited were also HIV positive. I definitely worked hard, and there was always a list of tasks that needed to be completed. I felt like I made some valuable contributions, and I really had a positive and rewarding experience.
In country support was excellent. On our first day we were given a tour of the city and shown the highlights of where we might need to go, and were taken to the cell phone store to buy SIM cards. Transport to and from the airport was handled by the local ABV staff, and they also helped us arrange our safaris. They were also accessible the entire time whenever we had a question.
My favorite memory of the trip was being with the children at the orphanage. These children come from many different backgrounds, but they all have HIV, and have burdens I can only imagine. However, they are very loving, energetic, and thankful, and took to me when I first walked in the door. I'll definitely miss spending every day with them.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Mar 3, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I had a great experience volunteering in Tanzania. I worked in a hospital and was exposed to many different diseases I don't see at home. It was quite the experience to see healthcare in a developing country. I enjoyed getting out of my comfort zone in a new city and trying new experiences. I traveled on the weekends. I met a lot of interesting people from that country and also from other countries. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Mar 2, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I was in Arusha, Tanzania for ten days. While the trip was roughly short due to my school starting so soon Projects Abroad was so incredibly helpful! They oriented me to the city my first full day in Arusha and provided support before I left. They helped me obtain a visa, a work permit, vaccinations, and placed me with a wonderful host family! My host family was so incredible as well as my placement in the labor ward at Mount Meru Hospital. I got to assist with many births and had a wonderful time learning new things from the doctors, nurses, and students that were in their residency program there.
I have absolutely nothing bad to say about Projects Abroad. They were so supportive and checked in every day to make sure I felt comfortable with my host family as well as my hospital placement. I highly recommend volunteering abroad with Projects Abroad, and of course I recommend going to Arusha for the beautiful people and the beautiful scenery!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Jan 13, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Give a Heart To Africa

I decided to volunteer with Give a Heart to Africa Women Empowerment in Tanzania because I wanted to volunteer with a small organization, which didn't have large overhead costs, so that I knew I would be directly impacting the local community.

At the time, I had just graduated from my undergraduate studies in International Development and African Studies (I studied Swahili!) and I was eager to have an opportunity to see what I had learned in the classroom at the ground level in East Africa.

I will always remember the people I met during my trip - both my fellow volunteers and the students at Give a Heart to Africa. This was my first overseas volunteer experience by myself and I always felt welcome. It was such a positive and safe volunteering experience.

I learned so much from each and every one of them and they impacted my life in so many ways that I did not expect. I still continue to keep in contact with my fellow volunteers and with many of the students. I love hearing about their success stories - how the resources they gained from the classroom helped them to improve their livelihoods.

My worldview was enhanced in the most amazing ways as a result of volunteering for Give a Heart to Africa. I believe experiencing life in Tanzania was very humbling. I had an opportunity to connect with our students and had insight into their lives. This gave me a greater appreciation for everything I sometimes take for granted at home - especially my education.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Dec 17, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

This past summer I spent two weeks volunteering with Projects Abroad in Tanzania for the Care and Community High School Special program. I spent two weeks building a kitchen for East Africa Orphanage in Arusha with five other volunteers. In addition, we spent time with the children at Fruitful Orphanage in Arusha teaching and playing games with them.

During my time in Tanzania, I lived with a host family with the other volunteers sharing a room with two other girls. The food was delicious and I felt very at home in the house and with the family. I was provided a bed with sheets, pillow, blanket, and a space for clothing. I had to bring my own towel.

Over the weekend we went on a safari, hiked around a lake in the jungle and visit a real Maasai village. We also tool short classes on Swahili and the Maasai culture. On the first day in Arusha we were given a tour of the city.

There were time when the electricity would go out in Arusha and we were left with only solar powered lights and no hot water but even then were were always given a hot mean and felt totally comfortable.

The staff was always very helpful and I enjoyed spending the two weeks with my program coordinators.

Living and spending all my time with the other volunteers we got very close. We played card games every night and talked about the day and our lives. I am still in contact with the other volunteers and talk to them often.

Last I would like to emphasize that I NEVER felt uncomfortable or unsafe during my time with Projects Abroad.

I HIGHLY recommend Projects Abroad and the High School Program. It is absolutely life changing to meet the children and know I am improving their lives. After this trip I know I want to spend my life working in third-world countries helping children receive the education they deserve.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Dec 8, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

MOSHI - Tanzania

My girlfriend (23) and I (24) spent 4 weeks in Tanzania (Moshi) doing a volunteer program.

First of all I have to say that it has been the best life experience I have ever had. We lived in a guest house with other amazing volunteers all over the world. We lived as a family and we had two incredible local people living with us, who take care, shared moments and cooked for all of us.

I worked in a Hospital (I finished my 5th year in Medicine degree) as a volunteer. I went there every morning. I took an easy ride with a funny bus to the hospital. There I could attend the morning passes, I could go to operating room and help also in some operations. I spent some time in the emergency department. It was an incredible experience. I could share knowledge with local doctors, learn from them and try to do my best in order to help the patients.

Afternoons I often went to the orphanage where my girlfriend volunteered and play with the children and also take care of them. Then evenings and weekends we spent most of our time with the other volunteers. Going to karaoke and having a beer and chating with locals was one of our main hobbies. People there is really friendly, they speak quite a good english and like talking with foreigners and everything was really safe, none of was got in troubles or something that people can thing before going to other countries.

Weekends we used to make excursions, ride bikes, visit falls or even caffe plantations.. It is a life experience that I strongly suggest to anyone that want to spend some time abroad and want to have an amazing experience!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Nov 23, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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