Community Village Project in Tanzania
- Placement locations: Ngorongoro National Park
- Role: Teaching English, providing additional resources, and constructing homes and buildings for the Maasai people
- Requirements: None. Anyone aged 16 and older can join
- Accommodation: Communal house
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
The Projects Abroad Community Village project in Tanzania is in need of volunteers who are interested in providing important assistance to the Maasai people and immersing themselves in a rich, traditional culture. As a volunteer on the Community Village project you will experience a rare insight into their way of life by working directly alongside members of this distinct tribe. Whether you are volunteering on a gap year, summer vacation, or a career break, this is an exciting opportunity to be exposed to a completely different way of life and give back to the Maasai community.
As a volunteer you will be based in the Maasai lands, located in the world famous Ngorongoro National Park in Northern Tanzania. Even though this National Park is a major tourist attraction, you will be working and living in a community that is far removed from the safari route. This remote location might be far from civilization, but it is where volunteers are needed most. With breath-taking views and wild animals roaming freely nearby it will be an experience you will not forget.
Volunteering on the Community Village Project
Projects Abroad works closely with two neighboring Maasai communities in the heart of the Ngorongogo National Park. With tough living conditions and limited resources, these communities need as much help as possible. In recent years the Maasai tribes have realized the importance of education and are encouraging their children to attend school. However, educational facilities and resources are scarce. Many children and teachers have to travel miles every day to get to school. Volunteers in this community will play a vital role when it comes to teaching English, providing additional resources, and also constructing homes and buildings for the Maasai people.
The Maasai tribe has been able to maintain their traditions and unique culture regardless of the encroaching modern world. As a volunteer you will get involved in some of their day-to-day activities. These could include looking after the livestock, milking the cows and goats, cooking, and learning about how the women make their iconic jewelry. These tribes have limited resources and often battle with the natural elements in order to survive. However, you will find that they are some of the warmest and friendliest people you will meet in Tanzania and will share what little they have with you.
Given the vibrant history of the Maasai tribes - their different traditions and rituals - you will have regular cultural workshops and Maasai language lessons in order to help you integrate and understand these unique people. Volunteers who will gain the most out of this project are those with an open mind and a respect for the Maasai culture.
Volunteering in Tanzania with Projects Abroad
Volunteers will fly into the town of Arusha where you will be met by one of our local staff and taken to the Maasai community where you will be based for the duration of your placement. The community you are working with is a five hours’ drive away from Arusha.
Given the private nature and often poor living conditions of the Maasai tribe, you will be living with other volunteers on the Community Village project in a communal house that has basic facilities. Your working hours will usually be decided on a weekly basis. However, most volunteers work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free.
Having always wanted to experience Africa I was drawn to the placements available in Tanzania. The water sanitation project allowed me to make a long-term difference to an orphanage, where the water supply was, until then, unreliable and unsafe. Read more...
Projects Abroad also works closely with a Maasai community hospital, where volunteers can work alongside the local doctors and nurses. You can read more about this on the Medicine in Tanzania page.