Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti-wide, or Lake Victoria – in addition to these classic sights Tanzania has so much to offer. The best conditions for diving, secluded beaches, barely touched trekking paths and of course safaris with a variety of exotic animals, all come together to make a charming adventure package for Africa travelers. Tanzania is not only known for its scenic beauty, but also for the rich, unique culture, which is represented among others by the Maasai.
The economy of Tanzania has blossomed, and gold, tanzanite and diamonds are in the spotlight. Tourism and agriculture are important sources of income as well. However, this only benefits the major cities like Dar-Es-Salaam. The small farmers in rural areas still live off what they grow, since the per capita income is extremely low. They make up at least 80% of Tanzanians. Just as many people also have no way to medical care. Outside the big cities there are only a few scattered clinics and most of them have no trained doctors and lack proper equipment. Particularly communicable diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV are a huge problem for the population.
Malnutrition and lack of access to medical care are the causes of diseases such as malaria, typhoid, hepatitis A and HIV. Of the 33 million people infected worldwide, 1.2 million live in Tanzania. Volunteers are needed in understaffed hospitals. Various hospitals located either centrally or in the suburbs of Arusha, have too many patients and the staff is overwhelmed. Especially medical volunteers with previous experience are wanted, they will put their knowledge into practice and bring new ideas and experience with them.
Especially for volunteers who want to teach English, here there are many options. Because the English language is the so-called "lingua franca" in Tanzania, it plays a central role in the future of the younger generations. In 2002, basic education for all was made available at no cost. At that time, the number of students increased by 100 percent. Therefore, most preschools and schools, now have a shortage of trained teachers. For most students, the school is not just a place to learn. Many children walk miles to school where they will get their only meal of the day. Teachers take on the role of a caregiver - caring for the health and welfare of the children. This is the case for a small school in Arusha. 50 children are taught here. Volunteer teachers can also teach in larger nursery and primary schools where up to 900 students receive basic education. In addition, orphans and children from poor families can receive an education in a well funded, innovative school for children with AIDS.
Since basic education for all was made available at no cost, schools have a shortage of teachers
Both in Arusha and in the small town of Moshi Kilimanjaro there are orphanages, children's homes and kindergartens that depend on the international volunteers as nurses and teachers. The children come from Arusha and surrounding areas and from different family backgrounds. Many of these institutions take on mostly infants. When the children are ready to start school, these organizations take over the school fees. A large part of their education involves learning through work in vegetable gardens and farm houses. Caregivers teach the children to deal respectfully and responsibly with their environment and how to eat healthy.
Volunteer at children's home in Moshi