At a glance
- Explore Maasai culture and get involved in the daily activities of a tribe
- Work with professional human rights lawyers and help to protect the rights of women and children in Tanzania
- Build classrooms in a rural Maasai community to provide children with a safe place to learn
- Weekend trip options to visit the popular tourist attractions including Tarangire National Park!
- Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to discover Tanzania on this unique Gap Adventure alongside other gap year students!
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Anyone aged 18 or over can join
Maasai Cultural Project
You’ll be working in a Maasai community and you’ll have the chance to help with a range of tasks. Here are some examples of what you’ll do:
- Learn more about the Maasai people and their culture
- Help with daily chores like cooking and collecting wood
- Teach English to children in the community
- Help build classrooms and other school buildings
With the help of an experienced builder, you’ll construct classrooms and other school buildings. It will be tough work, but knowing that you’re making a long-term positive impact on the local community will make the effort worthwhile. You will do things like:
- Work alongside experienced local builders
- Dig foundations, mix cement, build walls, or construct a roof
- Give completed buildings a fresh coat of paint
Women’s Empowerment and Human Rights Project
You'll assist with a variety of activities to empower women, promote gender equality and tackle human rights issues in Tanzania. This is what you’ll get up to:
- Raise awareness about the importance of women’s empowerment
- Promote gender equality amongst children in schools and in the community
- Run skill development classes for local women
- Research cases and conduct interviews to find out about human rights issues on the ground
- Give presentations about human rights to help raise awareness
Where will I work?
This project will see you traveling to two different locations in Tanzania: Arusha and Endulen.
You’ll be based in Arusha for the Women’s Empowerment & Human Rights aspect of the Gap Adventure. Arusha is a city in Tanzania at the foot of Mount Meru. It’s home to over 400,000 people and has a buzzing city centre with exciting colourful markets. Communities on the outskirts are less developed, with dirt roads and less modern buildings.
You’ll do your office work, like research and report writing, at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office (PAHRO). The office is well-equipped and our staff are there to answer your questions. You’ll also do fieldwork in local communities. These areas will usually be more remote and rural, and people here don’t have access to legal advice.
We’ve partnered with a local women’s organisation and a lot of your time will be spent working with them. You’ll also have the opportunity to work in a juvenile detention centre.
You will be based in Endulen in the Ngorongoro National Park, an ancient area rich in natural beauty and wildlife. Your project work will be in a Maasai community within the national park. This community is rural and you’ll spend your days surrounded by the African savannah. The semi-nomadic Maasai people live in traditional homes without electricity or running water, so you’ll get to experience a very different way of life.
What are the aims and impact of this trip?
The aim of this trip is to construct a classroom that will have a long-lasting positive impact on the local community as well as empowering women and standing up for the human rights of women and children.
Tanzania has a history of human rights issues, particularly in terms of women’s and children’s rights. As a volunteer, you’ll work with qualified lawyers and help them advise local people. You’ll also help with raising human rights awareness, and promote women’s empowerment. You’ll do this by giving presentations and workshops about human rights.
Through research work and assisting local lawyers, you’ll also help provide free legal assistance to those who can’t afford it. The communities where we work are usually remote and the people here don’t have the funds to speak to lawyers when their rights are violated.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Food and accommodation
In Arusha, you'll stay with a host family. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Tanzania and have a truly unique experience. You live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer who is also on the Gap Adventure programme.
In Endulen, you’ll live in a shared house in the Maasai community with all the other Gap Adventure volunteers. This is an opportunity to live in an area that no other tourists get to visit!
Your room in Arusha and Endulen will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe. Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
Read more about our accommodation here.
Leisure activities and free time
A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa. There’s plenty to see and do here during your free time on your project.
A project in Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a safari! This is a chance to see the beautiful wildlife of this country, like elephants, rhinos, and lions.
What’s more, Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Hiking around the base through lush vegetation is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon.
Browsing through a vibrant, local market is a must while you’re there. You can also spend time in a Maasai village, getting to know a completely different way of life.
There will likely be many other volunteers in Tanzania with you. This means you have the option to explore the country independently or with a group of like-minded volunteers from different projects.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
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