First Aid Training Volunteer

Professional Tour Guide School - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-881 Location: Arusha, Tanzania Sector: Health Care Category: Public Health Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The Professional Tour Guide School has been striving to deliver tour guiding and leadership skills as a mechanism for creating employment in the communities of Arusha and in Tanzania as a whole. It's well known that unemployment figures are critically high in Tanzania and that the tourism sector has been a great booster of employment. However, in order to be able to fit in this sector of employment an individual requires specific knowledge, of which one is first aid training. The Professional Tour Guide School is looking for current qualified first aid teaching volunteers to train their students in first aid techniques. When the students in Tanzania can add this qualification to their resumes they have a greater chance of getting employment in the tourism industry.

The volunteers would be expected to deliver a full first aid training course and if possible upon completion of the course the students would receive a first aid certificate from the teacher which could be used in the students job applications.

The first aid course would consist of both theoretical and practical branches of learning and at the end of each course the volunteer would be required to create tests for the students to insure which students have mastered the training and who require further lessons.

A first aid training volunteer must have a current certificate in first aid. Must be willing to set-up a teaching course in first aid knowledge and techniques and provide all the necessary data for the students to receive a first aid certificate on completion of the course.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Prepare Lessons

All first aid training volunteers, before they start the teaching courses, would work together with the school staff to prepare lessons to ensure the lessons are within the school's expectations.

Teach First aid Course

The first aid training volunteer would be expected to teach both the theory and practical methods of the course and would be responsible for all classes in first aid training.

Create Tests

A first aid training volunteer would be required to create appropriate tests during the course based on the subjects taught . Thus giving the volunteer a chance to understand which students have mastered the training and who are having areas of difficulty.

Create Certificates

After the completion of the course the school would expect the first aid training volunteer to provide first aid certificates to the students who attended and passed the course.

Host Organization Details

Professional Tour Guide School

For the past 14 years the Professional Tour Guide School in Arusha has worked hard and produced competent guides that work for prominent companies and organizations all over Tanzania and in other countries.

Producing professional guides has never been an easy task. With contributions and efforts from members of the Technical Team a National Curriculum is now in place - THE CURRICULUM FOR TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATE IN TOUR GUIDING NTA LEVEL FIVE. The Professional Tour Guide School in Arusha has incorporated this National Curriculum in their Core Curriculum. It is a very intensive and extensive program that covers most of the needs in the tasks of Professional Tour Guiding & Leadership.

Guided by the industry demands for "Professional Tour Guides" the school strives to become a trend setter and leader for tour guide training colleges.

Their success is partly due to their decision to specialize only in "Tour Guiding and Leadership" thus focusing all their efforts and resources on tour guide training.

Mission: Their Mission is to produce professional tour guides and make tour guiding a recognized profession in Tanzania.

Vision: Their Vision is to become a high learning institution and center of excellence for professional tour guides.

This requires a lot of strategy, effort and innovation and they intend to share it with you in their blogspot.

When They Were Founded

The school was founded on Sept 15, 1995 by Mr Izoba who is the school principal at present. He had previous tour guiding and tour operation experience and he saw a great need for creating a module that could support many unemployed people in communities around Tanzania; by providing them with tour guide and leadership skills that they could use in the fast growing industry of tourism, to obtain employment.

How Are They Funded

The organization is funded by student fees and a large percentage is funded by Mr Izoba's family. Mr Izoba is the current school principal. Authentic Explorers is a sister company of PROTS. and one of its early achievements was to establish a "Scholarship Fund" that has already sponsored more that 10 students.

Donation Requests

-Binoculars and cameras -Stationary material -Wildlife books both mammals and birds (East African ) -Educational wildlife DVDs -English language learning materials ( books, audios, DVDs)

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

The Professional Tour Guide School is located in the Sanawari area, which is only a few minutes from the city center of Arusha.

Around the area there are tons of shops and a ten minutes walk can take you to the main city streets where you can find all kind of services from internet cafe, restaurants, hotels, public transports, supermarkets and many more.

At the center they are fairly well equipped with the basic necessities, so an individual coming to volunteer at this center shouldn't worry about lack of facilities. However, the First Aid Course has very little supplies or training materials so volunteers may wish to bring a few items to help teach the course. This could be arranged through your country coordinator.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp Center take a transport (daladala) to the center of the city ( clock tower ) and from there walk towards the north of the city alongside the East African road. At the very end of the road are traffic lights, cross the main road and turn right. After a three minute walk turn left and that path will lead you to the school center.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 4 KM
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

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

Placement Address

Professional Tour Guide School

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.

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
Apr 02, 2021 May 07, 2021 Jun 04, 2021


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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