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You will stay in a newly refurbished volunteer house. Providing safe, clean and comfortable accommodation, comfortable bedding, excellent breakfast and dinner and housekeeping. This will be a quiet and friendly neighbourhood only 10 minutes from the main hustle and bustle of town. You will have 24 hour gated security, a domestic/cook (who will happily do your laundry for a small fee) and a coordinator who will ensure you settle in quickly and comfortably into your new town. This is a shared home where you will be staying with other volunteers and guests from across the world, so you will never be on your own in your new environment. The house is impeccably clean, well kept, modern and spacious.
Important VISA & Permit Information
You will be required to pay for your VISA for entry and voluntary work assignment, this is non negotiable legal requirement and your responsibility to ensure it is organised on arrival. We will support you with this process, so please enquire for details.
Where do my fees go?
Most of your fees are spent locally. Fees ensure you have above standard accommodation meals and amenities. That you have full support and advice from the moment you apply until you leave. To ensure everything is organised for your arrival at the placement so all you have to do is your best job. To ensure a personal coordinator picking you up at the airport, orientating you and you have a coordinator day to day and your program is planned and facilitated specifically for you, to match your skills and get you to provide the very best to those that need you. All these things take a team effort and a lot of time.
Do any fees go directly to the projects?
Yes they do. Although we don't necessarily think that making financial contributions solve the complex issues faced by deprived areas, we do make a charitable donation on your behalf to your project placement. This is not mandatory. We do this as we know how challenging it can be for our partners to host, supervise and very often teach volunteers. We want our partners to know they are valued and respected for their time as best we can.
What should I wear to placement?
Loose casual clothing are a great option as they will be kind to you in the warm weather, easily identify you as a clinical volunteer and can be discarded if damaged or contaminated. Uniform that covers your arms /egs and comfortable shoes that protect and cover your feet.
Should I bring any gloves, personal protective equipment or working equipment?
Remember you're going into poorly resourced area, they will not have access to the same equipment you would at home. So depending on your area we encourage you to think about what may be needed to be used day to day or fundraise to buy equipment once you arrive.
Due to ongoing health crisis of COVID-19 we encourage volunteers to bring a box of gloves for personal use and to share with colleagues, hand sanitiser and reusable masks. Secondhand books/information you may want to leave behind (teaching workbooks etc) is also a simple but great resource to share with your colleagues and refer to together on placement.
What insurance should I get?
You should ensure you're adequately covered by comprehensive travel insurance for the duration of your stay. You should also ensure you have indemnity insurance where possible. Please check with your employers/university/college or national employment body on indemnity as they may cover you for your trip in some cases.
What vaccinations should I get?
Please visit the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention for excellent up to date travel vaccination information or enquire via email. Visit your primary health provider first for advice before making any decisions.
Where can I get cheap flights?
There are dozens of great websites online for cheap flights. It is advisable to get your flights as early as possible to be able to logistically plan your trip.
Is Africa safe for me to travel alone? Do I need to be with other volunteers?
Regardless of whether you're volunteering on a clinical mission, you're still a tourist. Forward planning is key to protecting yourself from risk as you would anywhere in the world. As a group or a solo traveller from abroad, you will attract attention but, you will also have a great support system in your volunteer coordinators, fellow travellers/volunteers and supervisors. It's important to try and be conscientious of your new surroundings and respect and follow local customs as much as possible and insure yourself from any possible risks.
Africa is a large continent with every country varying greatly in local culture, customs, rules and regulations. Research your destination as much as possible and ask as many questions as possible. We would never place you at risk or in harm's way, however it is important you take ownership of your journey and behave responsibly.
PICK UP POINTS on your arrival:
Kilimanjaro Airport (KIA)
Arusha Airport (ARK)
Arusha Bus station
Still have more questions? Ask away and get in touch!