Volunteering in Tanzania: Arrival Procedure

ARRIVAL AIRPORT: Kilimanjaro (JRO); Arusha (ARK)

A member of Mbassa Adventures staff meets all volunteers upon arrival at your respective airport. All Volunteers who are based in Arusha will land at either Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport.

Kilimanjaro airport is about a one hour driving from the town of Arusha, whereas Arusha airport is about 20 minutes from the town center. It is also possible for a member of Mbassa Adventures staff to pick volunteers up from the bus station in Arusha if you decide to travel from Nairobi or Dar es Salaam by bus.

The home base of our volunteers is in Arusha town.

You will be introduced to your host family and then have some time to unpack and settle in after your long journey.

Volunteering in Tanzania: Orientation and Induction

All volunteers in Tanzania will need to apply for a local Business Visa once they arrive in the country. This currently ranges from US$250-$300 based on your nationality and where you are located. The expense is not included in the Mbassa Adventures prices and must be paid by you at the Airport when you are checking in.
If you are traveling for longer than 90 days, you should contact Mbassa Adventures for more information.
You will have your induction on the next working day after you have arrived. A member of staff will come and pick you up from your host family and show you around the town. You will start the day by going through the Tanzanian Handbook with you, including all the necessary safety and security measures.

You will then be taken around the town of Arusha and shown important sites and landmarks including internet cafes, the post office, where to change money, and how to get to each place from your host family or Hostel.
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. If you are volunteering on a Standard Project, all necessary work-related transportation costs will be covered by Mbassa Adventures.

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The majority of our volunteers stay with host families. However, a few volunteers stay at the orphanage or center where they work. 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 outside terrace where you can relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. You will get an authentic Tanzanian home-stay experience. Host families speak Kiswahili and some 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) occurs from June to November and winter (wet season) takes place from December to May. In the northern and eastern regions of the country (where Mbassa Adventures is based), the rainfall is bimodal, with two rainy seasons. The ‘short rains’ or Vuli last from October to December, and the ‘long rains’ or Masika last from March to May. Volunteers should bring a jersey and jacket with them as it can get chilly.
At the end of your placement we will arrange your journey back to the airport. If you are based in Arusha then it will be to Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport.