Agricultural Training Volunteer

Simanjiro Animal Husbandry VTC - Simanjiro, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-198 Location: Simanjiro, Tanzania Sector: Community Development Category: Agriculture Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Simanjiro Animal Husbandry Vocational Training Centre educates young people from the Maasai Tribe on current agricultural methods and animal husbandry.Through the education of the younger population the centre hopes to be able to influence the older generation who are usually more set in their ways and at the same time, spread the current data throughout all of the Maasai Tribe.

Simanjiro Animal Husbandry Vocational Training Centre is a boarding school and at the present time has an enrolment of approximately 103 students.

Agricultural education & training volunteers are needed at the centre because they do not have an adequate number of teachers to train the students, due to financial restraints.

The centre has an animal laboratory where they do research about various diseases that infect the livestock of the Maasai community. Volunteers with current knowledge in this area of research would be much appreciated.

Volunteers may also be asked to help in their continuous efforts of obtaining adequate funds to support their vocational training centre. This organization is not government funded and the centre is always seeking new donor organizations, companies and individuals. Any effort and/or new ideas in fundraising from volunteers is most welcome.

Volunteers at this placement must be graduates in Animal Husbandry and Agriculture. They need to have a keen interest in helping to educate and support the Maasai Tribe in their endeavours, as well as a willingness to direct their efforts in all areas to accomplish this goal.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Animal Husbandry

Farming and agriculture volunteers would teach animal husbandry training to the students. Volunteers would need to have basic skills and knowledge of domestic animals; as they would provide both practical and theoretical training at the centre as part of this course.

Agriculture Training

Farming and agriculture volunteers would provide agriculture training to the students. Volunteers with this knowledge are very useful at this placement as the centre teaches practical and theoretical training so volunteers would also participate in the maintaining and development of crops grown for this project.


Farming and agriculture volunteers may be asked to help with fundraising endeavours at the centre such as writing proposals seeking financial support for their current various projects and programs, as well as the implementation of new ones. The organization doesn't have sustainable funds and is always looking for new donors. Volunteers would receive assistance from the local staff in obtaining the necessary information to develop these proposals.

Assist in Various Projects

Farming and agriculture volunteers may be asked to help with the care of various animals at the centre, as well as participate in field work at their crop growing projects.

Host Organization Details

Simanjiro Animal Husbandry VTC

Simanjiro Animal Husbandry Vocational Training Centre's main ROLE is to educate young people from the Maasai Tribe on current agricultural methods and animal husbandry.

Through the education of the younger population the centre hopes to be able to influence the older generation who are usually more set in their ways and at the same time spread the current data through-out all of the Maasai Tribe.

Simanjiro Animal Husbandry Vocational Training Centre is a boarding school and at the present time has an enrolment of approximately 103 students.

The Centre's AIM is:

1) to enhance the knowledge regarding all aspects of agriculture to the Maasai Tribe be it: correct rotation of crops, ways to provide irrigation for the crops (if possible), proper nutrition of the soil, best products to produce and the best season to grow them in, etc.

2) to provide informative data regarding the care of the livestock and domestic animals within the Maasai Tribe be it: kinds of food that benefit each type of animal, preventable diseases through proper inoculations, diseases common to different species of animals and the treatments available, etc.

The centre conducts weekly classes for the farmers of the Maasai Tribe, who have been tending to their animals and their fields for many years. At this weekly class they may discuss any farming problems they may be having at the present time. They also receive information that may improve the productivity of their livestock and/or agriculture.

The type of training provided at the centre is both practical and theoretical for example:

1) The Animal Project at the site gives the students practical training and also provides a source of income for the centre by the selling of the products produced by the animals.

2) The Agriculture Project at the site grows different types of crops that are best produced in the soil of this region. The students get first hand experience in the tending of these crops and the centre benefits from the sale of the products grown.

3) The Animal Clinic and Laboratory at the centre does research on animal diseases and the laboratory also investigates crop diseases. The students get to observe different types of diseases, be it in animals or crop infections. They can observe first hand different treatments tried and sometimes be still at the centre to observe the results. Since the start of the centre they have been instrumental in producing some positive changes in the Maasai Tribal Community, by providing them with knowledge on how to make their agriculture/livestock keeping activities more productive.

When They Were Founded

This center was started in 1986 by the Catholic Church. They first visited the Simanjiro area and saw the need of the Maasai community in this area for such a educational institution. The Maasai Tribe/Community depended on the products produced by their livestock and their agriculture endeavors, for their livelihood.

They decided to build this center and had the support of the Maasai society.

Who They Work With

Pastoralists of Kiteto, Simanjiro, Monduli and Ngorongoro Districts

How Are They Funded

The center at the beginning was funded by the Catholic Church. They provided the funds for the construction of the center and hired the original staff.

Since that time the funds to maintain the center has been provided by the fees charged to students to attend the center. Some private donations have also been given.

Donation Requests

Text books, computers, teaching and student supplies and animal laboratory equipment; any and all be would very appreciated.

Placement Location Information

Simanjiro, Tanzania

The Simanjiro Animal Husbandry Vocational Training Center is located in Simanjiro which is about a two hour drive from Arusha. It is in the middle of the Maasai Savannah so services like internet and supermarkets are not available in this area. People must travel into town to get these services, but for the internet if you have your own laptop you can use cell internet service by connecting the internet SIM card in your laptop.

At the center they have six classrooms - where they have 103 students - two dormitories, six offices and one animal laboratory. They have many available resources like training materials, entertainment facilities, water and electricity supplied with solar power, for the students who studying and living at the center.

The community who lives in this area are all part of the Maasai tribe who are pastoralist and farmers. Being in the area you will learn a lot about their culture as its the only community in the area. They live in the scatted area as they need space for their animal keeping and farming so the villages are not very populated.

Transfer From BaseCamp

The placement is located in Simanjiro which is 100KM from Arusha and means of transportation are both private and public. If you are taking public transportation from Arusha it will be 10,000TZS and it will take about 1.5 to 2 hours to get there. Land Rovers or Land Cruisers must be used on these rough roads and should be booked well in advance. Ask to get off at the end of the public transport route and you will meet the organization representative when you get off. If you are taking private car it will be very expensive around $250 (USD) per to hire to take you there but they will drive you directly to the center.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 100km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 2:0

Weather in the Area

Simanjiro is more like savannah land hot and dry during the summer but the acacia trees brings in a cool breeze and shade.

The temperature ranges between 18 and 30 degrees Celsius with an average around 25 degrees.

It 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. During the rain season in this time of the year the weather become very cool.

City/Village Description

Simanjiro is one of the five districts of the Manyara Region of Tanzania. It is bordered to the north by Arusha Region, to the north east by Kilimanjaro Region, to the south east by Tanga Region, to the south by Kiteto District, to the south west by Dodoma Region and to the west by Babati District.

According to the 2002 Tanzania National Census, the population of the Simanjiro District was 141,676

The pastoral Maasai community are the ones who live in this area and its one of the famous tribe in Africa because of their fascinating cultures. The community is very welcoming and friendly.

There is the small town in Simanjiro that has small communal shops, but not big enough to have all the necessity services so most people travel to the nearby town of Arusha to do most of their shopping.

Nearest Medical Clinic

AICC Hospital
Old Moshi Road
TEL 1: 0744299381
TEL 2: 2544113

Placement Address

Simanjiro Animal Husbandry VTC

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Tanzania at our BaseCamp Center in Ngaramtoni - Arusha. Given that this placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers here will be living with a host family after your orientation. Living with a host family is an awesome experience for a person looking to really experience Tanzania and its culture.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Tanzania.

If you think that living with a host family is not for you, then this placement might not be the best fit with what you are looking for. You should try completing our application. It's totally free and will allow our team in Tanzania to come up with a list of exactly which placements they would reccommend for you based on your personal preferences, background, skills and interests.

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


The following is a list of all months during which this placement is not available.

  • June
  • December

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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