Legal Support and Research Volunteer

Young and Mike Associates - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-885 Location: Arusha, Tanzania Sector: Community Development Category: Human Rights Min Duration: 8 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

YOUNG & MIKE ASSOCIATES is looking for legal volunteers who are willing to come in and help them with legal matters, thus giving the volunteers a chance to gain broader legal experience. They are open to giving the volunteers a chance to observe from them how the legal system operates in Tanzania and at the same time, they hope to acquire some information as to how the legal system works in other countries.

In this placement legal volunteers would be mainly helping to draft legal documents because the law firm basically deals with contracts, affidavits, deed pool, etc. They are looking for legal volunteers who would contribute and share their experiences and skills on corporate matters and issues.

Volunteers with legal knowledge and backgrounds would be a great asset at this placement. The law firm is also seeking legal volunteers with very good English language skills since most of the legal documents are in English and require advanced knowledge of the English Language. Most of the work would be office work, however occasionally field trips may be necessary.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Legal Drafting

A legal volunteer would be required to be conversant in legal drafting as the law firm deals mainly in this aspect of the law. Most of the clients need service in legal drafting for example memorandum and articles of association , constitutions of various organizations, contracts, affidavits etc.

Legal Opinions

The law firm requires legal volunteers who are knowledgeable about such matters as probate, administration of estates, labour laws and various corporate matters as they may be asked to discuss such topics with the firm's various clients.

Negotiations and Resolutions

Legal volunteers are expected to have acquired skills in negotiating in order to help their clients at times reach solutions out of court. The law firm does receive some clients who are in dispute and want to solve their matters outside the courtroom.


A legal volunteer in one way or another has to contribute in areas of litigation. Not necessarily to be in court but to participate in drawing a road map for a case and in case analysis after receiving the facts of the case, drafting the necessary documents.

Host Organization Details

Young and Mike Associates

The law firm is registered by the name of YOUNG & MIKE ASSOCIATES. It consists of six staff members; the management is comprised of three members who are lawyers -- Mr. Young Saviour Msuya the managing director, Mr. Mike A. Karava a managing partner and Mr. Baraka Kabululu the administrator. Other staff members are Ms Mary Shio the secretary and supervisor of the office, Ms.Edna Sumari the office attendant and estate supervisor and Ms Agness the kitchen keeper.

They generally deal with provision of service in regards to legal, corporate and tax issues. Tanzania society benefits from their service as they help some of the people to know their legal rights and assist them to make sure that justice is done.

In Tanzania the private legal departments are slowly growing, with however very limited resources, which means that usually any legal assist entails extremely expensive legal fees. Therefore, the people in most Tanzanian communities are unable to seek legal assistance due to lack of funds to pay these fees. Thus most people can not afford to get legal service when needed.

YOUNG & MIKE ASSOCIATES help support some of the people in the Tanzanian community with their legal problems that can not afford to pay high legal fees by offering them their service at a very reasonable rate or sometimes free of charge.

VISION: To be a center of excellence in provision of legal services in the community.

MISSION: To support the community to realize their rights and help facilitate any other legal matters to be done.

When They Were Founded

The Young & Mike Associates law firm was founded in Arusha, 2010. Young Saviour Msuya and Mike A. Karava were the co-founders. They were classmates at university and soon after obtaining their Bachelor of Law degree they decided to establish a law firm to provide legal services to Tanzania society. Four years has lapsed since its establishment.

How Are They Funded

YOUNG & MIKE ASSOCIATES law firm does not have donors, however their source of funding is through contributions from its members. Therefore funding is obtained within the law firm.

Donation Requests

Legal books and other relevant materials, stationary supplies and equipment such as rim paper, printer, computer etc.

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

YOUNG & MIKE ASSOCIATES is located on Ingira Street which is on the same street as the famous tourist hotel Kibo Palace Hotel. The office is very close to the city center and only a five minute walk to the clock tower which is in the center of the city, as well as the center of Africa from Cairo to Cape Town, South Africa.

The center has all kinds of facilities to offer people from supermarkets, curios and craft shops, gemstone dealers, airline offices, restaurants, coffee shops, as well as internet cafes and many more services as well. Volunteers need not worry about working facilities as YOUNG & MIKE ASSOCIATES has most of the necessary office supplies, however if the volunteers wish to bring in any donation they are most welcome to do so, but it is not a must thing to do.

The area is considered safe for travellers, with easy access to public transportation and various food sources.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp center take public transportation (Daladala) to the AICC stop and when you get off there turn left and walk south. After 200 meters you should be able to see the sign for YOUNG & MIKE ASSOCIATES. From there turn right in the direction of the sign and after the first building on your left the placement office is just the next building.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 4 KM
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

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

Placement Address

Young and Mike Associates
Ingira Street

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.

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.

Give us a Call
Canada / USA 866-646-4693 (toll free)
UK 866-646-4693 (toll free)
Australia 866-646-4693 (toll free)
International 613-353-3000
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