Fundraising and Grant Writing Volunteer

Mobility Care - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-773 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

Mobility Care constructs durable, repairable and efficient wheelchairs for use on Tanzanian roads and paths. It provides a means for most who, without a wheelchair, would not be able to leave their homes.

The reason they need a fundraising volunteer is because there are only four staff who work at the centre and they are usually kept very busy tending to the operational duties of the organization and don't have much time to organize fundraising events etc.

Mobility care needs volunteers to help them with fundraising and grant writing proposals. This is a very important endeavour as the organization relies on donations as its only means of support other than its sale of some of its wheelchairs. Most wheelchairs are donated to poor disabled people in Tanzania.

During your time there you would be asked to develop and implement fundraising campaigns for the organization at a local, national and/or international level. A fundraising volunteer would send emails to the current donors and seek out new ones from within and outside of the country.

This is an important placement for the organization and they are looking forward to working with motivated volunteers. A volunteer does not need to have had previous experience fundraising but should have good communication skills, be knowledgeable of various social media sites and willing to devote quality time towards fundraising endeavours.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Connect with Donors

The fundraising volunteer would be expected to connect with donors that the organization is currently working with or has been in the past and update them about their production and distribution of wheelchairs and various issues on producing said wheelchairs for the poor disabled people in Tanzania.

Search For New Donors

A fundraising volunteer would seek sources of information on the type of donors to reach out in Tanzania; for out of country donors the volunteer would need to go to the internet and search out companies that give aid to non profit organizations.


A fundraising volunteer would be asked to develop and implement fundraising events for Mobility Care. A volunteer may organize a mountain bike rally, a rafting, trekking or hiking expeditions. It is up to the volunteer to exert enough effort and time in fundraising activities to make them successful.

Social Media

Volunteers can raise funds through the social media in various ways such as: Facebook, Tweeter or Google Plus. Once volunteers are in Tanzania and better understand some of the difficulties encounter to produce wheelchairs, as well as the great need of wheelchairs for disabled people in said country they will be able to contribute more effectively towards social media data.

Write Reports

A fundraising volunteer may be asked to write a current record of resent wheelchair transactions. This may include their positive achievements up until the present, as well as information about the difficulties they have encountered and may still be encountering. This data will be stored in the office for future reference and may be used to update donors.

Host Organization Details

Mobility Care

Mobility Care, provides appropriate wheelchairs to those in need in Tanzania. Wheelchairs are not manufactured in Tanzania and most rely on donations from other countries. Many of the donated wheelchairs are old, heavy, and are damaged during transportation, making them inefficient for use by Tanzanians. Parts for imported wheelchairs are not available in Tanzania, making repairs and replacement parts nearly impossible to obtain. By recycling old parts from local bicycles, carts, cars, etc, Mobility Care, is able to construct proper, durable, repairable, and efficient wheelchairs for use on Tanzanian roads and paths, as well as, providing a means for most who, without a wheelchair, would not be able to leave their homes.

Mobility Care, offers a range of thoroughly tested wheelchair models that are able to perform in the harsh African environment. All wheelchairs are made by local crafts people from locally available materials. It makes repairs easy and keeps the costs down.

As well as, making wheelchairs, Mobility Care, offers training and help for technicians wanting to start wheelchair production workshops in different regions. By means of regular visits, the international disability charity Motivation, provides valuable support in training and technical advice. Gradually a regional service network is being formed. Mobility Care, has an advisory board for assistance and advice on general management issues.

When They Were Founded

In 2001 in a small workshop in Arusha, two men started making wheelchairs. Their efforts were noticed by several development organizations who helped them make the project into a proper business. Now there are four technicians working in the Mobility Care, workshop. They are all trained in wheelchair technology. To involve local industry, manufacturing of many wheelchair parts are contracted out to local companies.

Who They Work With

Housebound and immobile people of Tanzania as well as patients of hospitals all over East Africa.

How Are They Funded

Initially Mobility Care, was sponsored by various organizations and trusts with donations of funds and land but funding has now ended in hope that sales of wheelchairs will continue to support the work of Mobility Care.

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

Mobility Care is located in a big building where they have an office, workshop and one store. They have the necessary equipment for both the disable people themselves and for training.

The community that surrounds the area consists of local farmers - there are big coffee and banana plantations in the area which bring a lush environment. There are animals like monkeys around the center which are attracted by the rich environments. The area itself is very quiet with a scattered population of farmers living in the community.

There is a big tourist lodge neighboring the center and has some good facilities for foreigners, such as restaurants, internet and a swimming pool.

To access services like shops, supermarkets or internet cafes you have to travel further into town.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From BaseCamp take a public transport to the city center and get off at the very end of the route. Walk towards the main bus station and ask for the daladalas to Tengeru. This ride will take about 20 minutes - ask to get off at the Chama stop. From there cross the road to your right hand side in front of the Kigongoni lodge sign and walk down the dirt road for about 5 minutes. You will see the sign of Mobility Care Center on your left hand side, walk towards the the sign and you will find the center just at the end of the of the road.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 5km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:50

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

Arusha Health Centre for Women and Children
TEL 1: +255 754 288 764
TEL 2: +255 754 288 764

Placement Address

Mobility Care
Chama - Tengeru

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.

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 Dec 01, 2023 Jan 05, 2024


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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