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Masai women project

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Project Overview

GVS is working across the whole country to empower Tanzanian women but our main focus is Masai women in Arusha. We presently work in association with local NGOs to offer you the opportunity to enjoy Masai culture and their rural life, whilst empowering the Masai women. Masai culture is a wonderful culture that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world, but unfortunately the Masai people are not benefited from tourism industry. Masai communities lack resources and access to information and are often remained under-developed and disadvantaged as compare to other Tanzanian communities. Although Masai men nowadays enjoy the gains from modernization, but their women are still living suppressed far away from civilization as hundred of years ago. Masai girls are often deprived of a formal education and are required to marry between the ages of 12 and 15 years. It is heartbreaking that Mothers do not have access to even necessary health services for themselves and also for their newborn child. Many local NGOs have now initiated its projects to rescue these women and give them opportunities to stand by their own feet. Luckily many of the Masai women are now taught to read, write, and are able to use their skills to earn extra income by selling their traditional products like beads, clothes and handicrafts etc to visiting tourists. GVS working with such NGOs to offers you the chance to further support these women.

Responsibilities and Role of a Volunteer:

Volunteering in this project is quite a wonderful experience as you will work with one of the native tribe which really respects foreigners. You can help the local women by acting as a promoter, where you will be promoting their home made jewels. You will expand their market and their market share. This will help them to increase their wage range. As most of these women are illiterate, so you can teach them mathematical subject as it will help them to understand and calculate their different daily accounting works. You also teach them English language which will help them to communicate with tourists, and thus they can sell their product directly to them. You can also teach them the techniques to sell their product in national and international market. If you know some skills related to crafts, beads, ornaments and handicrafts, then you are welcome to teach the Masai women recent techniques or designs, so that they can improve their products designs. You are also encouraged to help them in teaching vocational skills such as sewing, hairdressing, stitching, computer skills and basic math etc. You have to enhance their confidence and make them aware about the importance of family planning, motherhood, healthcare and cleanliness. You can also run various English language classes for Masai children and local youth to improve their fluency in English, so that local NGOs can hire them as tourist guides. You are also expected to work in administrative section for fundraising and other activities. Thus your help can empower these women and will make them able to face the world with confidence.

PLEASE NOTE: while volunteering, you can get the daily working schedule from project staff. They are helping people and are ready to provide you any kind of help that you need in the project. You might also find some distraction in the working schedule because of national holidays, traditional and cultural festivals, your exams or other similar situations. During these times we recommend you to manage your free time for a short holiday trip. In your volunteering period, your work availability will depend upon the number of volunteers. But normally, you will be working for 3 - 4 hours a day and 5 - 6 days a week. However if someone is interested to do extra work, then he/she need to consult project staff.

Project Skills and Education Requirements:

The main requirement for volunteering in this project is to have a keen interest in Masai culture and the development of Masai women. No other specific qualification, training or experience is needed. You should be at least 18 years of age. You should have some knowledge of spoken and written English. Working in new environment is always challenging but Open minded, flexible and enthusiastic people can really enjoy working in the project. We expect our volunteers to be hardworking, patient, imaginative, and willing to learn. You need to understand Masai cultural aspects in different ways like how they live, talk, which type of clothes they wear, what they like or dislike etc. Other than this, if you have some skills related to crafts, beads and arts etc, then it would be more benefit for this project.

Project Factfile

The below given project fact file gives you a quick and general overview about the program. If you having any confusion or questions about the given program, then please feel free to write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org and let us know about your problem. We will solve your problem and our customer care centre will reply you in 1-2 days.

Country: Tanzania
Project Type: Teaching in Primary and Secondary School
The Locations:  
The project starting dates: Our orphanage project begins on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. If you are not able to schedule your flight date in the above mentioned date, then please write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org for other alternative dates so that we could arrange alternative dates for our volunteers.
Who can apply – This project is open for all ages and nationalities. You should be at least 18 years old. How ever, if a volunteer is less then 18, then he/she has to take permission letter from their parents or from their guardians.
Requirements and other skills: this project does not need any specific qualification or special experience, all you need is lots of enthusiasm, flexibility, self-motivation, full confidence and open mind to learn from new cultures. A volunteer must have at least medium level of English communication skills for this project, as you will need English to exchange your views with others
Project Duration:

We have both short-term and long-term projects. How ever it will depend on the volunteer's demand and flexibility. Projects are available from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.

Required Donation: You pay $ 220 for 2 weeks, US$75 for every week thereafter except registration and application processing fee.
Donation Contribution: almost 70%-80% weekly program fee directly goes to your food and accommodation plus project support. Remaining 20% -30% donations goes to field management, coordinators and other general expenses in the host county.
Arrival/Departure Point:  
Accommodation: you will get minimal types of accommodation. Volunteer should not expect any luxurious accommodation while stay and work in the project site. Our Accommodation depends on your project locations. You may stay with a host family or in a Guest House in single or shared room with a fan, with a shared bathroom with cold water and half board.
Food: Host family provide 2-3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or as per the itinerary. You will receive normal and same types of food that local family prepares for themselves. Volunteers do not expect special food from the host family. Some volunteers have lunch at the orphanage or as per the itinerary
Project Hours: Working Hours are flexible; 5-6 days a week, approximately 3-4 hours per day, all other time is free. The project coordinator or staff will provide you all the working hours and activities that you will need to prepare in the project.
Cost of getting to the project from host family: Depending on location; up to 1 hour bus ride or other types of transportation (Budget approximately US$10-15 per week). This is NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WEEKLY FEE.
Support Group: GVS has an effective and sound support system which is always present to route and guide you whenever you need any kind of help. You can contact our local coordinator 24/7 for any help or assistance.
What you will gain: From GVS orphanage project, volunteers will learn a lot. Volunteers will have a breath taking experience in Sri Lanka, as you will be helping the disadvantaged and poor children's. Visits to different tourist sites and ancient temples and fords will unable volunteers to learn from Sri Lankan culture and their tradition. This project will also help to develop your socializing skills, confidence level. Besides learning, this project will add tangible things to your resume, which will help you in your professional career, and you can easily achieve your goals and brighten your future.

Program Dates & Costs

In order to adjust the flight schedule of the volunteer and to make our schedule more flexible, All Global Volunteer Solutions programs start on every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month Volunteers are advised to adjust their flight schedule and other important works according to language program schedules (not available in Cambodia). It is very unlikely to make extra arrangements for the missed classes. Internees and volunteers can stay and wait at the hotel on their own expense to start the program from the beginning.

Note: if a volunteer could not schedule or arrange their flight date in the above mentioned dates, then please write us for other alternative dates

You Pay 275 for 2 weeks, US $75 for every week thereafter 
Fee For Volunteer Programs
2 Wks  3 Wks  4 Wks  5 Wks  6 Wks  7 Wks  8 Wks  9 Wks  10 Wks  11 Wks  12 Wks 
$225 $300 $375 $450 $525 $600 $675 $750 $825 $900 $975
Fee For Volunteer Internship
2 Wks  3 Wks  4 Wks  5 Wks  6 Wks  7 Wks  8 Wks  9 Wks  10 Wks  11 Wks  12 Wks 
$250 $350 $450 $550 $650 $750 $850 $950 $1,050 $1,150 $1,250
Airport pick up, transfer to host family/hostel and orientation: US $90

Allocation of Global Volunteer Solution Fees:

If you are wondering where your volunteer's fees are going, then you should know that all of Global Volunteer Solution's programs solely rely on participant program fees. With the fees volunteers pay to enroll in the program, Global Volunteer Solution is able to attain its goals, thus raising the bar for hygiene, education and social status of local communities and bridging the gap between the Western and Eastern cultures. Ultimately, Global Volunteer Solution, its diligent volunteers, and its hopeful grassroots organizations are able to work towards a deeper cultural understanding, global unity and goodwill.

There are four categories to the Global Volunteer Solution program fees allocation

Application processing Fee
IQ. Most volunteers ask why there is a prerequisite application-processing fee to join the Global Volunteer program.
Registration Fee
Q. Another common question from volunteers: Why is there a prerequisite registration fee? How does GVS use my
Weekly Project Fees
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Language & Cultural Orientation

Lesson Plan: Language & cultural courses Orientation :
One week language and cultural Training

General Questions, Before you Travel

01. What's the best time to apply for a Tanzania volunteer program?
02. How long will it take for GVS to process my application?
03. What are the documents required from me during the application period?
04. Are there necessary qualifications for volunteers in the Tanzania program?

Passport and Visa Information
Visa requirements
Program Informations

01. What in-country support do I have when in Tanzania?
02. Can I get a daily schedule of programs in Tanzania?
03. Where is the Tanzania programs situated?
04. What is the official language of Tanzania?
05. How long does the Tanzania volunteer program last?
06. Will GVS arrange my flight to Tanzania?
07. Is there a particular airport that I must contact and book my flight with?
08. When should I arrive in Tanzania?
09. How will I recognize the GVS country coordinator?
10. What should I do if my flight to Tanzania is delayed?
11. What happens if my in-country contact fails to show up?
12. Is there anything I need to prepare before leaving for Tanzania?
13. How do I travel back to the airport after my volunteer program?

Food and Lodging

01. Where, how and with Whom Will I be staying with in Tanzania?
02. What room will I be staying in?
03. Can I stay with my girlfriend/boyfriend or female/male friend at the same room?
04. Can I bring my local villager friend in my room?
05. Can I bring electrical appliances?
06. What about my meals?
07. What are the dos and don'ts during the project duration and the stay with the host family?
08. What happens if I am unhappy with my project or hosting facilities?
09. May I decide how long I want to stay once I get there?
10. What do I do in my free time when I am not working in the project?
11. What about drinking water?

Health and Safety Queries

01. Is it safe in Tanzania?
02. What are the principle healths risks in Tanzania?
03. Do I need to get health insurance?
04. Who do I contact in case of a health-related emergency?
05. What are the sanitary conditions in Tanzania?

Money Information

01. Is it safe to carry cash with me?
02. How much money should I bring with me?
03. What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
04. Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
05. How do I make contact with the GVS in-country coordinator?
06. How can my family members contact me?

Local Culture Information

01. Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Tanzania?
02. What should I know about Tanzania's religious conduct?
03. How do I respect the Tanzania's people?

Materials to Bring

There are different materials that you can bring with yourself

Free Time

01. Enjoying free Time in Tanzania




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is derived from generic information about the country, and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly, and the information contained here may not be up to date. Participants should consult Global Volunteer Solutions staff or travel advisors to verify this information.