Business Development Volunteer

Education and Care Organization - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-877 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

EduCare works with small women groups in the Arusha villages in micro entrepreneur projects. They seek loans from different organizations both governmental and non governmental to implement micro businesses thus creating employment for the women groups they works with.

The organization welcomes volunteers to come and help them on their micro entrepreneur projects. They lack the funds to employ staff, in this area and tend to relay on volunteer support.

Volunteers would be working to train the local women on how to manage their businesses. To teach them business skills/strategies, teach them basic accounting techniques and help them create and develop businesses that are applicable to the environment in which they live. The micro entrepreneur volunteer may also be asked to help with administration work.

A volunteer with business knowledge would be very useful at this placement, this could be someone currently in business school or a graduate.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Business Management Training

A micro entrepreneur volunteer may be required to provide training to women groups. Most of the women group members don't have skills on how to manage businesses. The volunteer together with the local staff will engage on training the groups the basic ways of managing their businesses.

Assist on Creating Businesses

A micro entrepreneur volunteer may be required to help the women groups on developing and creating their own micro businesses, as most of the women group members don't have the skill to develop their own business.

Basic Accounting

A micro entrepreneur volunteer may be required to provide training on basic accounting, as many of the women don't have accounting knowledge. The volunteer would be expected to give them basic training on accounting skills so that they could manage to run their micro businesses.

Business Assessment

A micro entrepreneur volunteer may be required to work on assessing the running businesses; to ensure that each member of the group is running their business well. If there are challenges the volunteer would be expected to outline the challenges and provide solutions to the troubled areas.

Host Organization Details

Education and Care Organization

Located in the Moivaro area of Arusha, the Education and Care Organization works with youth groups, orphans and women's groups to offer support in whatever way possible, whether it be training for a career or providing education in the surrounding areas. They accomplish this mostly through micro-financing the local community groups. Their ultimate goal is to connect the communities which are close to each other, so there is a larger network of support for the businesses started in each community and for the schooling and health care of all community members. Currently, they hold a meeting every Thursday for their micro-finance groups, which consist of 50 people who borrow money and buy stocks. These meetings also allow persons looking for loans a chance to receive the money.

They reach out to, and offer loans to women to pursue micro entrepreneurship opportunities through connecting with other community groups and follow up on these loans through twice weekly visits. They also have a kindergarten classroom, which offers an education to local children aged 4-5. Their long term goals include opening up a primary school to help the children from the surrounding community, ensuring they do not have to travel far to attend school. They would also like to have a health care centre for the areas, as there currently isn't one near by.

When They Were Founded

The organization was founded in Arusha in 2007 by Novat Shija. It originally started as just micro-finance or micro-entrepreneurship, but has since expanded to also include a kindergarten class for local children. Novat started this organization as a way to support local communities and to help them connect with each other.

How Are They Funded

The organization is primarily funded by the director, Novat Shija. Additional funding is also received through income generated from the businesses the organization helps to run and repayment from the micro-loans which the organization gives out. Some volunteers have also provide some assistance both monetary and in donations of goods.

Donation Requests

This organization would greatly appreciate donations of the following:

  • Laptop
  • Desktop Computer
  • Printer

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

EduCare has two buildings which they work out of - an office and a classroom. They are located within three minutes walking distance of each other. The office is a one room building that is older and finished as well as equipped with electricity. There is a computer and desk area available.

The kindergarten classroom is still under construction, with the inside walls cinderblock exposed, still not plastered or painted. There are limited teaching supplies available as the classroom is for only one grade of children. There is a chalkboard as well as drawing paper and writing utensils. Any donations along these lines would be greatly appreciated.

The area of town where EduCare is located is rural, 1.5 kilometers off the highway. Both buildings are along an unpaved road, where there is little traffic. The area of town is fairly populated, which is normal for rural communities in Tanzania.

Transfer From BaseCamp

To get to EduCare, the volunteer would take a daladala with a red stripe from the BaseCamp hostel into town until the very end of the route. Then they will catch a different daladala, with a green stripe, until the Shangarai stop. The volunteer will then walk 1.5 kilometers from the main road.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 10
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:45

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)
Mkaomapya
Arusha
TEL 1: 0736-502-376

Placement Address

Education and Care Organization
Moivaro
Arusha
Tanzania

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
250
 
  1 Week
395
 
  2 Weeks
505
 
  3 Weeks
615
 
  4 Weeks
725
 
  5 Weeks
830
 
  6 Weeks
935
 
  7 Weeks
1,040
 
  8 Weeks
1,145
 
 
 
  Additional Weeks
100
 
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.

Apr 05, 2019 May 03, 2019 Jun 07, 2019
Jul 05, 2019 Aug 02, 2019 Sep 06, 2019
Oct 04, 2019 Nov 01, 2019 Dec 06, 2019
Jan 03, 2020 Feb 07, 2020 Mar 06, 2020
Apr 03, 2020 May 01, 2020 Jun 05, 2020
Jul 03, 2020 Aug 07, 2020 Sep 04, 2020
Oct 02, 2020 Nov 06, 2020 Dec 04, 2020
Jan 01, 2021 Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021

PLEASE NOTE:

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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