Volunteer in Tanzania: Orientation and introduction
You will have your induction on the next working day after you arrive. We will come and pick you up from your host family or hostel and show you around the town. You will start the day by going to our office where we will go through the Tanzania Handbook with you, including all the necessary safety and security measures. A member of staff will also give you two forms that you will be required to fill out in order to get your volunteering permit. Volunteers working in Moshi will need to get a Carrying out a Temporary Assignment (CTA) permit, which allows you to work in Tanzania as a volunteer. If you are volunteering in Moshi, immigration authorities require that all volunteers submit the completed forms, 5 passport photographs, a copy of your passport, visa, and resume, and an additional fee of US$300. A member of staff will go to the immigration office and get your CTA permit processed for you. We will then take you around the local area and show you the important sites and landmarks including internet cafes, the post office, where to change money, and how to get to each place from your accommodation. We will also show you where other volunteers live and you will have the opportunity to meet some of them. Depending on the time and your program, 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, which normal costs about 50 cents per ride. The majority of our volunteers stay with host families. 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. Alternatively, a few volunteers stay at the orphanage or center where they work. You will get an authentic Tanzanian cultural experience as you live with locals in the Tanzanian community. Host families speak Kiswahili and 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. Tanzania has two main seasons: summer (dry season), which lasts from June to November, and winter (wet season), lasting from December to May. In the northern and eastern regions of the country (where BCA is based), the rainfall is bimodal, so there are two rainy seasons. The “short rains” or Vuli occur from October to December while the “long rains” or Masika last from March to May. Volunteers should bring a sweatshirt 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 from Moshi to Kilimanjaro International airport.
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