Make sure your passport is valid 6 months after your trip.
You’ll need a tourist visa to enter the country. You can ask for it at the Tanzania Embassy in your country or have it directly at your arrival at the airport.
Get all the vaccinations needed, after consulting your doctor: (here’s a few your doctor should mention)
- A and B hepatitis
- Yellow fever
- Typhoid fever
- Malaria prophylaxis
You can reach Tanzania by direct flights and we will pick you up at the airport. Or you can take tax from Kilimanjaro airport or Arusha airport (for approximately $30). Let us know if you need further information on where to stay in Arusha and how to get a Tax, etc. If you would like us to arrange your transfer from airport feel free to contact us .
Most volunteers will live at Joyland Hostel, located near your teaching assignment. Your stay will typically include daily breakfast and dinner (although self-catering may be arranged in some instances). Depending on your schedule and the location of your placement, self-served lunches will be available at hostel or you may want to bring a bag lunch. You will eat African food as well as European meals . We can accommodate vegetarians if you let us know in advance.
ATM machines are readily available in Town, as are Forex bureaux which change major currencies (though at a lower exchange rate.) US dollars are sometimes required for government fees. Older style (pre 2003) bills in $20, $50 and $100 denominations are frequently not accepted.
Health and Safety Issues
While we make every effort to insure your safety and health, Tanzania is a third world country with limited health care facilities and resources. We require all volunteers to obtain a traveler’s health policy (if their current health care insurance does not cover them) and sign a liability waiver. Tanzania is a safe place to walk around by you at any time. We’ll let you know if there is any place you need to stay away from. Getting lost is probably the greatest risk, especially in the labyrinth of Town but, at least for your first few weeks here or until you’re comfortable on your own, you’ll have a TJV member helping you when you want to go somewhere.
Tanzania is over 75% Christian the country has mosques representing every major and most minor branches of religion. There are several Catholic churches, Hindu temples, and the Anglican Church.
The Arusha lies on 1399m above sea level The climate here is mild, and generally warm and temperate. In winter, there is much less rainfall in Arusha than in summer. This climate is considered to be Cwb according to the Köppen-Geiger climate classification. In Arusha, the average annual temperature is 19.2 °C | 66.7 °F. In a year, the rainfall is 1103 mm | 43.4 inch.
Tanzania culture & clothing .
A combination of appropriate shirts, pants and outerwear helps keep every man and woman comfortable in Tanzania. As minimum requirement for each person on Volunteer program with Tanzania Joy Volunteer while doing laundry in Tanzania, bring four t-shirts and two long-sleeved shirts, and for your trouser khakis, bring one pair of comfortable shorts and two pairs of cotton trousers, two light cargo outdoor pants and five pairs of socks. Undergarments should include five pairs of cotton menswear, and any safari preference for the ladies including five pairs of cotton womenswear and four sports bras that will provide adequate support on very uneven roads.
To help you sleep comfortably, warm flannel pajamas are recommended too as it does get cold at night in the highlands. Outerwear should include one sweatshirt or fleece jacket for early morning and evening wear, sunglasses, safari hat with a chin belt that withstands winds, waterproof raincoat, especially if you are traveling during the rainy season. You should also bring a pair of lightweight, durable, waterproof shoes dependent on your activity and flip flops or sandals for use around the project or in the shower. If your weight allowance is not maxed out, bring extra clothing to avoid laundry while on volunteer program .
Arusha is a city nestled at the foot of Mount Meru. It’s home to over 400,000 people and has a mix of high-rise buildings and less modern developments. With our volunteer opportunities in Arusha, Tanzania, you’ll have exposure to many different aspects of life in Tanzania!
During your free time, you can enjoy the buzzing city center. Visit local markets and buy souvenirs like Batik artworks, or try out local cuisine. There are nearby wildlife reserves which give you the chance to connect with Africa’s amazing nature during safaris. You’ll even have the chance to learn more about the Maasai tribe while visiting a traditional village.
For day to day communication, we recommend using a mobile phone. SIM cards, which will give you a local number and cheap prepaid phone service, are inexpensive and easily available. Cells phones use GSM 900 and 1800 networks so US visitors need to make sure their phones operate on these networks (e.g., a “world phone”) and are unlocked so they can accept a different SIM card. These are sometimes available used or over the Internet. If not, it is possible to buy a functional mobile phone here for under $70 US. We would also appreciate the donation of any used mobile phones for our volunteer or staff to use.
Tanzania uses three-pronged English-style outlets but adaptors are available for European or American style appliances. Please note, however, that the electrical current is 220 AC so Americans and others coming from countries that use 120 current will need to check that any appliances or equipment they bring from home will work on this currency. Mobile phone and camera chargers and laptop computers will often accept variable currency. Other appliances such as shavers and hair dryers may require a “step down” converter to operate here. These are available from travel stores. Please ensure that you have one sufficient for the wattage of your appliance.
Hand laundering is the norm in Tanzania and at our hostel we have mama will help you for small fee .