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I H MOS DESTINATION GUIDE


Your Volunteer Location: The address of our volunteer house is: Impact Community, Umoja Street, Mdawi, Moshi, Tanzania. Your home away from home is situated on the foothills of Kilimanjaro, approximately 6km east of Moshi Town. A handful of local shops that sell basic items are located just a short walk away. The house is simple yet comfortable and has all the amenities you’ll need – in-house chefs will cook 3 fresh meals for you each day, including weekend. Drinking water and tea/coffee will also be available throughout your stay. Cold drinks can be purchased at the house. You’ll be sharing an en-suite (hot water) dorm room with a maximum of 3 other (same gender) volunteers and we provide daily housekeeping for your comfort. Towels, pillows, bedding and mosquito nets are provided as are shelves to store your things.

Wifi is NOT available at the house, however, you will be able to purchase a sim card locally for calls, texts and data. Please ensure your phone is unlocked from your home network before you leave. The closest internet access is at Honey Badger Lodge, a 15 minute walk away. We can cater for most dietary needs, but please do let us know beforehand what your requirements are. We also provide a volunteer fridge for your own shopping if you fancy extra snacks or drinks. Everyone has their own locker/lockbox to lock up valuables. It's large enough to store a laptop, tablet, camera and purse or wallet. You can use your luggage lock or combination padlock on them. We offer a laundry service at a minimal fee per week of USD5 per pillow case load.


Immediate surrounding area. Moshi is a clean and vibrant town located in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania and home to three main cultural groups: the Chagga, the Maasai and the Pare. Here you will find a warm and welcoming community living life at a leisurely pace in a sunny climate. While Moshi itself isn’t especially large, however, you will find plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars around town. Kilimanjaro is the perfect location for adventurers wanting to explore a fascinating part of Africa. Located just a few hours’ drive from some of the best game reserves on the continent (Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire NP), it’s perfectly positioned to take off for a weekend on safari. Closer to home, waterfalls, hot springs, lakes and coffee are dotted across the landscape. And who could forget the view on a clear day of the snow-capped peak towering high above you.

The Country The largest country in East Africa, Tanzania is a paradise for outdoor lovers. Home to the tallest mountain in Africa (Mt.Kilimanjaro), the largest crater in the world (Ngorongoro Crater), the highest concentration of animals per km² and with more 30% of its area covered with National Parks, you don’t need to look far to find nature at its most impressive. Add to this backdrop the beaming faces and colourfully dressed Tanzanian people, and it’s an unbeatable combination.


Steps for planning your trip Make note of the start dates! You can join from 2 weeks to 12. Project start dates are every second Monday of the year. PLEASE NOTE ON BANK HOLIDAYS WHICH FALLS ON A WEEKDAY IN TANZANIA, NO PROJECTS WILL RUN ON THOSE DAYS 2020: 6, 13 & 27 January | 10 & 24 February | 9 & 23 March | 6 & 20 April | 4 & 18 May | 1, 15 & 29 June | 6, ,13, 20 & 27 July | 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August | 7 & 21 September | 5 & 19 October | 2 & 16 November - 2 week placement only for 16 November

ARRIVAL IN MOSHI We will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport between 7AM and 10PM on the Monday that your placement begins. Please keep this in mind when booking your arrival flights. Make sure that you have provided us with your correct flight details to ensure that we can collect you from the airport at the right time. When you arrive, look out for the African Impact sign and your name with a friendly face to welcome you. Please do not leave the airport if you cannot find an African Impact representative. Please call the Project Manager/Team whose numbers are noted below. We will be there and will certainly never leave without you.

FOR YOUR DEPARTURE You can book a departure flight on the Monday that your project ends. We will drop you off at Kilimanjaro International Airport between 7AM and 10PM. If your flight departs in the afternoon/evening, you are more than welcome to come to the projects for the day.

Early arrival? If arriving in Kilimanjaro earlier than Monday, you will need to arrange transport from the airport and your own accommodation until Monday morning. Please advise us of where you will be staying as early as possible – we will collect you and drop you off at the volunteer house around lunchtime. Alternatively, if you' would like to stay an extra night at the Volunteer House, you are welcomed to for an additional US$30 per person including 3 meals. Please note, if you arrive or depart outside these times, you will need to pay for an airport transfer at your own cost. One-way taxi fare from/to the airport is approximately US$25.

Contact Numbers: Please carry with you while travelling In the event that your flight is changed or delayed at the last moment, please contact one of the below contacts as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements. Programme Manager:Melinda Wulf + 255 752 413 113 (WhatsApp) melinda@africanimpact.com


FLIGHTS With the assistance of our flight partner, Flight Centre, you can now contact us for assistance in bookings of your flights and even accommodation should you opt to arrive a few days earlier and/or depart a few days later.

Don’t let this be stressful. Obtaining visas is your responsibility and the extended information provided on our Visa Guidance is to serve as a guideline only. We advise that you confirm this information with the embassy / consulate of the country that you will be visiting in your home country before departure. Please request the Visa Guidance if you are unable to to allocate it on your Online Portal and feel free to email your Placement Manager as well for assistance.

TRAVEL INSURANCE Prior to your trip you will need to arrange medical insurance which will give you full coverage for any medical requirements which may arise during your trip, including cover for full air evacuation in the unlikely event that this is necessary. Your medical cover also needs to include repatriation. Please ensure that you arrange adequate cover and send your insurance details to your Volunteer/ Internship Placement Manager before departing for the project. Please be sure to check your policy carefully to ensure that it does cover activities which you are hoping / likely to participate in, as cover does vary from one country of residence to another and from one volunteer project-type to another. Our preferred travel insurance partners are World Nomads (https://www.worldnomads.com/Turnstile/AffiliateLink?partnerCode=afrimp&source=link&utm_source=afrimp& utm_content=link&path=https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance/) but you are welcome to use whichever provider you find suitable.

Money (where available) How much spending money you need differs from person to person and depends on how much you shop, drink and eat besides the meals provided for you. It is important that when deciding how much money you bring, you take into account what optional activities you anticipate doing. Activities greatly range in price, from budget-friendly to 5-star luxury. Think of your own budget before you come. As a rule of thumb, you should pay for small purchases in Tanzanian Shillings and large purchases in US Dollars. We have a great partnership with a local, well-respected travel company, and if you book a safari through us or them, you can pay with a card (VISA & MasterCard). There are many ATM’s (VISA & MasterCard accepted) available in Moshi town that accept international cards as well as money changers. US Dollars, British Pounds and Euros will be the easiest to change (be aware that bills should be post 2006 and the higher the note, the better the rate). We strongly advise against bringing travellers’ cheques.

Contact with friends and family – internet or telephone There is no WiFi at the house - You are able to buy a local SIM card for calls, texts and data. Just ensure your phone is “unlocked” to allow foreign SIM cards. The closest Internet access is at Honey Badger Lodge, a 15 minute walk away.


What Else?

POLICE CLEARANCE/ BACKGROUND CHECK CERTIFICATE (In respect to Working with Children and Vulnerable Communities). You must please get a police clearance/ criminal record check certificate PLEASE NOTE: WITHOUT A POLICE CLEARANCE, (in respect to Working with Children and Vulnerable Communities). YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE PROJECT. It is MANDATORY for every Volunteer to complete Police Checks prior to joining any one of our projects. As a Volunteer, regardless of project selection, you will come into contact with minors and/or vulnerable adults during your stay. We therefore feel that it is our responsibility to obtain a check on every Volunteer with us in order to ensure the safety of the people and communities we work with. Depending on your nationality and the regulations in your home country, there may be a small charge, payable to your local authority. Please note that your Police/ Criminal Record Check cannot be more than 6 months old when you start your volunteer program, so if you are booking more than 6 months in advance of your Project start date, please wait to obtain this check closer to the time. Some countries may not allow for an Advanced Check/ Vulnerable Sector check. If this is the case, we will require a Basic check accompanied by two professional character references.

If you are from the United States of America, we can assist you with the process for a minimal fee payable to African Impact. In addition, African Impact insists that Volunteers and Interns avoid any contact with drugs and/or any inappropriate activities relating to alcohol.

Vaccinations Please consult your private doctor with regards to immunizations/vaccinations. Below are details of what is likely to be recommended.

Tetanus: A recent tetanus injection is highly recommended Polio: Recommended Hepatitis A&B: Recommended Tuberculosis: Recommended Malaria: We advise you bring an ample supply of anti-malarial tablets for your entire time in Tanzania. Ask your doctor to prescribe the best one available. N.B: We do not recommend Larium (sometimes known to cause hallucinations) or Doxycyline (many people have had bad reactions to the sun when they use this prophylactic).

Yellow Fever: A Yellow Fever vaccination and the certificate is an ENTRY REQUIREMENT for ALL travellers arriving (including Airport transit) from countries where there is a risk of Yellow Fever transmission or any disembarkation to endemic areas after 24hours. More information here: https://www.taa.go.tz/index.php/traveller-guides/health-requirements. You WILL NOT be allowed to enter the country without it. You will need an adequate supply of sunscreen cream for the hot African sun - SPF 30 and above. Also, please bring a hat and a water bottle with you, as you will be in the sun for a good portion of the day. Even if the sky is overcast, the sun is strong enough to cause burning. Many volunteers and interns get dehydrated during their time with us, don’t let that be you – we do not want you to have to miss out on any of your experience due to being sick as a result of dehydration, so please, please, drink lots of water!


Here is a packing list for you to tick off as you go! PLEASE NOTE:

Tanzania is a tolerant yet conservative country so please dress modestly. Mini-skirts, short shorts, sleeveless tops, see-through clothes, vests, short waistlines and low necklines should not be worn, especially when in the village/town area and whilst doing project work. Leggings or tights are not considered appropriate unless covered by a skirt or dress that reaches the knee. You will be bending and moving in the classroom - your clothing should be appropriate to your environment. Dressing appropriately helps you gain respect of your students and the community. Please make sure you bring comfortable clothes that dry quickly as well as clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. You will likely find that you will be wearing the same clothes day in, day out, so try not to over pack. at night) (it can get cold r ve llo u p e p q Fleece ty ater htweight swe lig d an al n so er irts/Blouses ficates and P that surance Certi ng sleeved Sh In s , Lo ie rt p o q co sp d irts (no shirts as ie P if Sh rt Tq ce r o e m ts ir so g sh ved n includin q Short slee avage) documentatio oulders or cle sh e y th el al at ve ar p re r when it stored se roof jacket fo & Hygiene Kit rp e id A at t w rs t h Fi ig al e edic q Lightw ines, antiq Personal M ers, antihistam is it n sa d an h rains sandals (Including le shoes and ts) ab le rt b fo ta m e h co ac / d ea q Trainers s and diarrhoea & h towel /memory card lm fi gh u o wear & beach en im u h o it Sw (y w t a q en er m am q C your place l (s) e duration of e knee for q Bath Towe batteries for th n or below th (o ts ir y) Sk it ic s/ tr rt q Sho tacts, it is will have elec /glasses/ con es cl ta ec sp r ladies). q If you wea air p e ar sp Pants a g n ri q Tracksuit advisable to b to t es b e ar gs ial Tablets S$ (Shillin q Anti- Malar q Cash in U ) ia n za hange in Tan e q Toiletries gel withdraw/exc (only if you ar n io at in cc d antibacterial va an r s e ve ip Fe w w d llo ver eader q Han q Proof of Ye gh a Yellow fe es, Books/e-r u ro am G th g s, n d si ar as C or p q Snacks, coming from Phrase book y) tr & sun q A Swahili m al b infected coun lip ), 30 or and pen r your (minimum fact q Notebook ggage lock fo lu r q Sunscreen o ck lo ad ion p s q Combinat hat, Sunglasse osquito nets (m t n le el x ep R and Insect locker/lockbo things or q Mosquito s for storing ag b ck lo p ) zi ed q Large clothes. are not requir ean and dirty batteries) cl d n g (a in t at h ar lig p h se q Torch/ Flas e best) itude! Sigg Bottles ar r lt (1 le tt A positive att o B q Water tish 3-pin q DayPack zania uses Bri an (T r to ap d q Travel A plugs))

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Your Expectations and our Requirements on Project You will need to remain flexible, understandable and good – humored. “African time” can be difficult and frustrating for those who are used to a very structured life, so it is something to keep in mind! Once you arrive in Africa, your care is the responsibility of African Impact and our trained Project Managers. We always aim to provide you with all of your daily needs to keep you out of harm’s way and to support you in your Volunteer and Intern work. In exchange, we ask you to attend work punctually and to behave consistently in ways that reflect well upon African Impact and our Project Managers. We ask that you dress according to local norms while in the public eye and to treat people on the work site with kindness and respect. In addition, African Impact insists that Volunteers and Interns avoid any contact with Drugs and any culturally inappropriate activities relating to Alcohol. The African Impact projects rely on networks of people, and those networks are held together by good relationships. If a case should arise in which our staff feels that Volunteers or Interns have repeatedly behaved in ways that contradict the basic spirit of this agreement, we reserve the right to remove you from the Program.

Upholding the good name of African Impact and its partner organizations We ask that you do not bring yourself or African Impact into disrepute nor involve any other Employee, Volunteer or Intern in any behaviour that might amount to disrepute. If your behaviour is found to be detrimental to the program that you are involved with, you may be asked to leave immediately without compensation

Child Protection Our Child Protection Policy and Guidelines are there to help Volunteers, Interns and Staff be clear on our role in safeguarding children (anyone under the age of 18). It’s important to be aware of what good practice is and who to talk to if you have any concerns. You will get more information when you start your Volunteering or Internship placement. Any evidence of poor practice towards children will be acted on immediately and the relevant steps taken based on our policy and code of conduct

Drugs If you use or even come into contact with drugs, drug users, drug pushers or anyone remotely connected with drugs, illegal or otherwise, other than for medical reasons, your placement will be terminated immediately. If you are taking drugs for Medical reasons and have not informed us of your medical condition the same rules and conditions apply

Discrimination on Any Grounds If you see, hear or encounter any discrimination of any kind, do not challenge that person or intervene. If you feel that you need to express your views, please tell your Project Manager and they will take the necessary actions. African Impact is strongly against any form of Discrimination and any information given to us is taken very seriously.

Relationships Whilst on your placement we do NOT encourage any sexual relations. In addition, the program neither allows nor encourages Volunteers and Interns to develop intimate personal relationships with general staff and partners. This would not promote a good working environment and could result in the dismissal of the staff member and your termination from the program


HIV and AIDS The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that infects cells of the immune system, destroying or impairing their function. As the infection progresses, the immune system becomes weaker and the person becomes more susceptible to infections. The most advanced stage of HIV infection is Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). It can take 10 – 15 years for an HIV –infected person to develop AIDS. Antiretroviral Drugs can slow down the process even further (WHO). We highly recommend that you do some research before arriving at your project as HIV is widespread across Africa with an estimated 24.7 million people living with the virus on the continent (UNAIDS) . A good source of information is “28 stories of AIDS Africa” by Stephanie Nolan. The book is available on Amazon

Termination of Placement In the event that your placement is terminated due to your failure to abide by the code of conduct laid out below, you will be required to pay for any costs incurred for your return home from the placement.

Safety – what to do in an emergency We take your safety very seriously and on arrival, we will give you a comprehensive talk on the do’s and don’ts around the area. We pride ourselves on our record and give all our volunteers 24 hours support. We also live on the premises of the Volunteer house with you so we have the best knowledge of the local area and how to have the best experience. Please respect this advice. Some safety guidelines you should be aware of:

· Avoid travelling alone, especially at night. ALWAYS use a taxi · Find out where the unsafe areas are and avoid them. · When travelling, keep all important documents and valuables in a safe place like a hidden pocket or money belt. · Carry only as much cash and personal items as you think you will need for that day. · Don’t wear expensive jewellery or watches. · Be wary of people who seem too friendly too fast. · Keep cameras out of sight and always keep bags and purses in your sight. · Before swimming, ask how safe the area is. We would advise not sharing your personal contact details with anyone under any circumstances. In addition, you will be working outdoors, in an unfamiliar community and environment. Listen to your Project Manager and respect the local rules and customs at all times! Know the emergency numbers of the Project Team. Make sure we have a copy of your emergency contact person at home


Volunteer Code of Conduct 1st Offence

2nd Offence

3rd Offence

General Bad Conduct

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Poor Punctuality

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Laziness

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Minor Breach of Safety Rule

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Minor Damage or misuse of company property

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to follow instructions from African Impact Staff members

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Conservation Projects: Failure to follow Game Drive Rules

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to attend an Activity without just reason

Written Warning

Termination

Staying out all night without prior notification to staff

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to use taxis as form of transport after dark Being rude, unfriendly or disrespecting local customs (language, clothing, etc)

Written Warning

Termination

Written Warning

Termination

Discrimination in any form

Written Warning

Termination

Minor Offences

Breach of our Child Protection Policy

Written Warning

Termination

Not upholding the Reputable Name of African Impact on and off site

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to keep the PAAZAB code of ethics

Written Warning

Termination

Disrespecting or potentially harming any animals (domestic or wild)

Written Warning

Termination

Wildlife Projects only - ethical standards in the good treatment & management of animals in captivity

Written Warning

Termination

Serious Offences

1st Offence

Theft

Termination

Drinking on Duty (or between activities) where you could endanger yourself or someone else as a result

Termination

Drinking under the age of 18

Termination

Malicious damage to Company Property

Termination

Breach of accommodation establishment rules

Termination

Relationships between African Impact Staff and Volunteer/Interns

Termination

Assault

Termination

Negligent performance of duties with serious consequences to property or life

Termination

Serious breach of the safety rules (especially at night)

Termination

Under the influence of drugs and/or in possession of illegal drugs

Termination

Major breach of our Child Protection Policy

Termination

Family Volunteering - African Impact considers all minors/children

1st Offence

2nd Offence

3rd Offence

Your child is your sole responsibility at all times, on project or during free time, including weekends

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Your child is no one else's responsibility including African Impact staff. Parents are responsible for disruptive/bad/rude/ culturally insensitive behaviour of their children, and all other aspects of the code of conduct

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

to be anyone under the age of 18

If any family member breaches the code of conduct, the whole family's placement will be terminated

Termination


EXPLORING THE AREA Kilimanjaro Day Hike – From US$160 Don't have the time or energy to conquer the summit? Take a day hike to Mandara Camp and Maudai Crater. This moderate introduction to Kilimanjaro offers a taste of what climbing this magnificent mountain is like while enjoying the perks of a hot shower and a comfy bed once back home later that day. You won’t reach the peak but you’ll still be able to say you’ve climbed Kilimanjaro!

Marangu Cultural Tour – From US$55 Lying higher than Moshi, Marangu is very lush and is littered with a number of waterfalls and banana and coffee farms. Explore these plantations and hike the green forest before visiting (and swimming if you are brave enough) a beautiful waterfall. Get a true insight into local Chagga culture by enjoying a traditional, home-cooked Swahili meal washed down with locally produced banana beer!

Kikuletwa Hot Springs - From US$20 About 1 ½ hours from Moshi, is an oasis in the desert. Surrounded by idyllic trees, this turquoise warm-water pond makes for a picturesque day of swimming and relaxing. The crystal clear water is also home to a school of ‘doctor fish’ that offer a free cleaning service – as you float, you’ll feel them gently nibbling on your feet!

Head off on safari through some of the best game reserves in Africa: Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Scan the horizon for the ‘Big 5’ and witness the contrast of Maasai communities and nature living together side-byside.

Zanzibar – From US$200 With European, African, Asian and Arabic influences, Zanzibar is diverse and very different to mainland Tanzania. Spend a day soaking up the sun on one of many beaches looking out for passing whales and dolphins, explore the narrow alleyways and historical architecture of Stone Town or head to a rooftop and sip an ice cold drink as the sun sets.

Wakipa Homestay – From US$15 WAKIPA are one of African Impacts’ womens groups who have opened their homes to offer volunteers a unique opportunity to be fully immersed into a welcoming Tanzanian family, and have a unique insight into daily Tanzanian life for a weekend!


Fundraising and Donations Interested in raising funds for your chosen project or collecting donations for your Project Destination of choice? Download The African Impact Foundation pamphlet from your online portal to learn more! If interested in bringing some project donations, you can request a detailed Wish List from your Placement Manager of all current needs for your project.

WHO IS AFRICAN IMPACT? WHY VOLUNTEER WITH US? At African Impact, we create the most Transformative and Impactful Volunteer experiences on the planet for communities, wildlife and volunteers. Volunteering in Africa is what we do, it’s in our DNA and what we are awarded for year after year. We’ve built, grown and developed our very own projects, hand-in-hand with local African communities. We work with the most incredible people to make this happen and surround ourselves with inspiring human beings from every corner of the world. Every year is a chance to grow, learn and better our offering – both for host communities and for volunteers themselves. We’re constantly pushing the boundaries of excellence and know that volunteering can achieve even more. What do we believe in?

ü Providing an extraordinary experience to our volunteers ü Making tangible, measurable impacts for our communities and wildlife initiatives ü Transforming the lives and perspectives of everyone who is part of our journey So, welcome to what good volunteering looks like. Join us and go #BeyondVolunteering to a place that connects cultures, mindset and ideas. A place that leaves you awed and inspired, able to do more, discover more and to make a real impact.

Destination Guide: Tanzania (Moshi) Volunteering  

Destination Guide: Tanzania (Moshi) Volunteering  

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