Administrative Assistant Volunteer

Maasai Pastoralist Foundation - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-767 Location: Arusha, Tanzania Sector: Community Development Category: Organizational Support Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Maasai Pastoralists Foundation (MPF) works with sheep and cattle farmers and nomad farmers, as well as other vulnerable groups in Tanzania.

MPF needs database development volunteers to help with the general computer work at their foundation as they lack IT experts due to financial restraints.

The work that volunteers would be doing at this foundation would include website developing and editing, creating newsletters and managing the computer database.

Database development volunteers would be asked to develop and implement an electronic library for primary and secondary schools to use in the Maasai areas. The volunteers would be asked to create an electronic school study system. They would create a cord which would allow the Maasai people to access books in the computer. This method would help the students and teachers in the schools, as well as the people in the communities that are unable to afford a library in their area. The volunteers would work with local staff who would provide the current information to develop and edit their website. Other tasks would include networking and any other IT work that the foundation requires.

Volunteers with lots of enthusiasm and creativity; with IT expertise and experience, as well as people who enjoy working with individuals from different cultures would find this placement to be a truly fantastic and enriching experience.

Volunteer Tasks Required


A database development volunteer would be required to assist in developing as well as, managing and maintaining the foundation's database of their computer systems. The staff would help to provide you with information necessary to accomplish this task.

Website Editing

An IT volunteer would be expected to help out with the foundation's website editing. The volunteer would do a day by day visit to the site and do any necessary editing and updates, as well as add new photos etc.

Create Newsletters

A database development volunteer may be asked to produce newsletters for the foundation. These newsletters may contain information about programs they have just completed, are currently developing or are active at the present time. The newsletters may also be about other information that the foundation would like to provide to various organizations or individuals.

Network System

A database development volunteer would be expected to create a network system on the computer that would enable the foundation's staff to communicate between the different lodges.

Develop Electronic Library

The foundation needs a database development volunteer with IT expertise to help them establish an electronic library for the Maasai communities and schools. One of the tasks would include creating a primary and secondary school syllabus in the computer system to be accessed by students and teachers.

Host Organization Details

Maasai Pastoralist Foundation

Maasai Pastoralists Foundation (MPF) is a non- profit and social justice organization which works with Pastorate,(a sheep or cattle farmer), agro-pastorate,(nomad), farmers and vulnerable groups in Tanzania.

MPF's primarily AIMS are: community ownership of natural resources, strengthening the capacity of local pastorate minorities to better access, management and full control over their creativity and development of their social and economic resources.


1) MPF shall advocate for human rights, economic and social justice of the vulnerable groups in the communities. 2) MPF is committed to promoting a sustainable environment and improving the livelihood of agro- pastorate, pastorate and farming communities. 3) MPF shall advocate for the promotion of economic rights of marginalized groups in society. 4) MPF shall promote community participation in their social welfare. 5) MPF believes in community solidarity and integrity. 6) MPF is committed to gender equity between men and women in society. 7) MPF shall be transparent and trustworthy. 8) MPF shall promote communal ownership of land and natural resources. 9) MPF values traditional knowledge and skills. 10) MPF is committed to empower local communities. 11) MPF will respect and adhere to all good practices of the communities. 12) MPF shall advocate for social justice. 13) MPF will always maintain a team spirit.

MPF's VISION is to empower the Maasai community through traditional knowledge, cultural activities and social investment.

MPF's MISSION is to create investments that will provide cultural, social and economic opportunities for diverse incomes, resulting in sustainable livelihoods.

When They Were Founded

The organization was founded by Emanuel Ole Kokan,the Director in 2005 with the assistance of the board of directors. The MPF started as a youth group who's energies were directed at community social, economical and environmental issues through business approaches. It was officially registered in 2006.

There was a time when the organization stopped operating when the Emmanuel went back to school and there was no one to supervise. They shut down until he was done with his schooling, (2years). Since than MPF has been targeting to support livelihoods and community activities.

How Are They Funded

The organization is funded by private donations from individuals and organizations. The board of directors and fellow members also contribute funds when the need arises. At times they seek funds from their friends, as well as the community.

Donation Requests

1. COMMUNITY EDUCATION - School donations e.g building classes, student texts books , pens and solar panels bio-gas

2. COMMUNITY SUPPORT - To create partnership in investment into community based natural resources aimed at supporting community livelihood programs; (e.g. Water infrastructure, micro-loans-bead work facility,energy source -- solar power and bio-gas for vulnerable communities). 3. CULTURE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS - They need funding to support this project

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

MPF is located nearby the city center. The office is on its own property, fully gated and fenced and has all the working facilities, desks, tables, computers, bookshelves and wireless internet.

The area is surrounded with small shops and fruits stands as well as residential houses. Its only a few minutes from the big shopping complex (Shop Rite) where you can get any necessary services including, supermarkets, coffee shops, restaurants and bank facilities.

The placement is easily accessible by walking or public transport and the area is fairly safe for foreigners.

The area is a little busy and populated as its close to the city center where most people prefer to live and do business.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From BaseCamp center walk down to the main road where you will catch the a public transport ( daladala) get off at the very end of the ride, from there turn right and walk north towards the bus station, cross five blocks and you will see the express bus station on your right hand side. Then turn left and walk for five minutes, after which you will see a sign for MPF on your left side, and from there is only 100m to the center.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 3km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:30

Weather in the Area

Despite its closeness to the equator, Arusha's elevation of 1400 mm on the southern slopes of Mount Meru keeps temperatures down and alleviates humidity. Cool dry air is prevalent for the majority of the year. The temperature ranges between 13 and 30 degrees Celsius with an average of around 25 degrees.

Arusha has distinct wet and dry seasons and experiences an eastern prevailing wind from the Indian Ocean, a couple of hundred miles east. Highest average rainfall occurs in March, April and May.

City/Village Description

The city of Arusha has an estimated population of around one million people and sits at the foot of Mount Meru. Mount Meru is the fifth highest peak in Africa; it is a few hundred meters shorter than Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa and encompasses three volcanic cones; Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira (don't worry, they're not active!)

Arusha is surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscape on the planet. With easy access to the Arusha National Park, Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park there is never a shortage of things to do!

Arusha is considered to be one of the best African cities when it comes to great weather and tourism combined.

Arusha is a busy industrial and administrative centre. Some of the main manufacture products include textiles, beverages, processed foods, plastics and electronic equipment. It is well known for the African Congress Centre and the International Tribunal for the Rwandan Genocide.

Nearest Medical Clinic

A L M C (Arusha Lutheran Medical Center)
TEL 1: 0736-502-376

Placement Address

Maasai Pastoralist Foundation
Makao Mapya

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Tanzania at our BaseCamp Center in Ngaramtoni - Arusha. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Tanzania. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Tanzania you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Tanzania

BaseCamp Tanzania
BaseCamp Tanzania Address

Nelson Mandela Road
Kijenge Ya Chini Mt. Meru Gas Station
Ngaramtoni - Arusha, Tanzania

BaseCamp Tanzania Contact Details

Tel: 255 719 177 084
Mobile: 255 754 683 347

BaseCamp Tanzania is located in the Kijenge area of Arusha. The centre is located just a few minutes from the famous Clock-Tower and many amenities such as banks, internet cafes and international calling centres. You can also find some great local markets selling everything from fresh fruit and fish, to beautiful wooden carvings and amazing East African paintings! Arusha is a comfortable place to live with many of the conveniences of home, while still allowing travellers to experience the African way of life.

BaseCamp Tanzania is set up with a number of dormitory style rooms. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. The house has a large covered balcony on the main floor with a spectacular view! There is also a large common room on the lower level with a small resource centre containing books, magazines, movies, games and other African publications. Outside is a beautiful lawn and garden that overlooks the city and is an ideal setting to catch up on email, review some Swahili or just enjoy a quiet afternoon. Wireless internet access is available throughout the house, making it easy to stay in touch with friends and family back home.

The meal plan at BaseCamp is a 14 day rotating schedule of a variety of traditional dishes from around the country. This allows volunteers to try a wide range of Tanzanian dishes and to gain some knowledge of the food served and meal etiquette before living with a host family. For those who stay on in BaseCamp, the 14 day schedule allows for lots of variety.

BaseCamp Tanzania is also the training and orientation centre. Each day volunteers will spend part of the day in lectures or workshops at BaseCamp and part of the day exploring the city and learning how to get around comfortably on their own.

Living With a Host Family in Tanzania

Living with a host family in Tanzania is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Tanzania.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Tanzania

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Program Dates

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Dec 03, 2021 Jan 07, 2022 Feb 04, 2022
Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022 May 06, 2022
Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022 Aug 05, 2022
Sep 02, 2022 Oct 07, 2022 Nov 04, 2022
Dec 02, 2022 Jan 06, 2023 Feb 03, 2023
Mar 03, 2023 Apr 07, 2023 May 05, 2023
Jun 02, 2023 Jul 07, 2023 Aug 04, 2023
Sep 01, 2023 Oct 06, 2023 Nov 03, 2023


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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