Computer Skills Training Volunteer

MDFT Open Door Training Center - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-834 Location: Arusha, Tanzania Sector: Education Category: Employment Skills Training Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Maharishi Development Foundation of Tanzania's, (MDFT) Open Door Training Centre offers vocational training to young girls who have been living in vulnerable situations.

MDFT Open Door Training Centre is looking for volunteers with advanced or basic computer skills who are willing to share their knowledge teaching groups of young girls computer technology that would increase their ability to obtain a higher level of employment, thus better paying jobs.

This organization has dedicated some of their financial and teaching efforts in providing a computer training skills course to these vulnerable young girls. Right now they have one computer teacher who is providing computer lessons to a group of 25 young girls who are at the centre, (these numbers fluctuate each semester).

The main work that a volunteer computer teacher would be doing at this placement would be to assist in computer lessons based on the topics that the centre has developed and in accordance with the level of each class taught.

Volunteer computer teachers are needed to teach basic to advanced computer skills to the students. This may involve lessons from simple keyboarding to challenging computer programs. Basic skills would include computer knowledge such as: sending and receiving emails, using the internet, word processing software, spread sheet software and social media. A volunteer computer teacher would be expected to contribute according to his/her level of computer skills.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Introduction to Computer

A volunteer would help teach all computer application programs such as Msword ,Msexcel, Mspublisher, MsPowerpoint, Msaccess, internet and emails. The volunteer computer teacher would work together with the local teacher in providing these lessons.

IT Engeering

A volunteer computer teacher would be expected to deliver lessons according to the topics that the centre has established. A volunteer would also be expected to contribute his/her own personal skills and experience that would be applicable to this course of computer programming.

Computer Manteinance

A volunteer computer teacher would be expected to give computer maintenance lessons to these group of girls; working together as a team with the local teacher.

These skills would be a great asset for them going out and look for jobs as IT professionals.

English Lessons

English is an essential language when it comes to using the computer. A volunteer computer teacher would be expected to conduct English language lessons that are applicable to computer programs. These girls knows very little English.

Host Organization Details

MDFT Open Door Training Center

Maharishi Development Foundation of Tanzania's, (MDFT) Open Door Training Centre offers vocational training to young girls who have been living in vulnerable situations.

They first started with only five girls who were rescued from situation that put their lives at risk of getting pregnant at a early age and/or contracting sexually transmitted diseases e.g HIV/AIDS. They were from poor families and/or no families at all, living in horrific circumstances with no hope of improving their lot in life. This organization since discovering such distressful situations has dedicated it's efforts to assisting girls living in these dangerous realities. The organization has a passion to save as many lives of young girls living in dire circumstances as possible. However, they are constantly facing financial challenges which has allowed them to only save a very limited number of young girls although there are many, many more desperately needing help.

The organization, (regardless of financial challenges) managed to carry on with projects from 1997 to 2001 operating on their own initiative without any outside support. In 2001 to 2002 they were able to receive grants from an American organization called USAID but this only lasted for one year. Since that time, they have been operating with financial support from local and international individuals, as well as churches and other organizations inside and outside of the country.

Since this organization started they have rescued over 200 young girls. Currently their are approximately 25 girls at their centre who are receiving vocational training. Classes are conducted in computer training, photography, sewing and English language training. The centre also provides a stress management course.

When They Were Founded

The MDFT Open Door Training Centre Organization was founded in 1997 by Pastor Norbert Mbwiliza, after he saw the hardship that many young girls where going through in their lives; especially those who were kicked out of their families and rejected completely after getting pregnant at a young age. Pastor Norbert saw the dire need of assisting these young girls and other young girls living in horrific circumstances and thus he started the training centre.

How Are They Funded

The MDFT Open Door Training Centre Organization receives funding from individuals and different NGOs inside and outside the country. They are currently receiving food donation from an American Christian organization called All For His Glory Global Ministries. They also receive operational funds from a Netherlands organization called Global Country Of World Peace. In the year 2001 to 2002 they received grants from USAID.

Donation Requests

The MDFT Open Door Training Centre Organization would appreciate any donations such as:

- Computers (can be second hand computers) - Digital Cameras (can be second hand cameras) - Clothes for youth, mainly girls ages between 14 to 24 years old - Computer teaching books - English language books

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

The Open Door Training Centre is located in Ngulelo which is only 15 minutes away from the city of Arusha. At the Ngulelo location there are mainly necessary services available like small shops, fruit markets, local restaurants and internet cafe's. At the centre they have two classrooms and two offices. The classrooms are used to deliver the computer training sessions, sewing classes and English lessons.

They have 10 computers at the centre they use for computer training lessons and 16 sewing machines for sewing lessons. The lessons have an average of about 25 students per class. The centre provides various computer and English language books for learning.

The community is very friendly and welcoming and this gives foreigners a chance to move freely in the area if they desire.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp Centre walk to the main road down from the hostel. Then catch a daladala (public transport) to the city and get off at the very end of the ride. From there walk north to the main bus station (Stendi ya Daladala) and get a dalalada to Ngulelo or Tengeru. This daladala should have a green or blue stripe on the side which shows their route. The drive to Ngulelo will take about 15 minutes and ask to get off at Kwa Ngulelo. From there turn left and walk towards the hill; after about 10 minutes of walking you will be able to see the sign of the organization.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 5km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:20

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

MDFT Open Door Training Center

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


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

  • 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.

Oct 01, 2021 Nov 05, 2021 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


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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