Physical Therapy Volunteer

Huduma ya Walemavu - Monduli Juu, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-186 Location: Monduli Juu, Tanzania Sector: Health Care Category: Rehabilitation and Therapy Min Duration: 16 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Huduma ya Walemavu needs nursing volunteers especially with physiotherapy knowledge to work giving medical and therapeutic care to disabled youth and children, as well as adults that they serve at the centre.

Huduma ya Walemavu is focused on outreach activities to contact people with disabilities in communities, to educate and treat them. They receive patients from different age groups, both male and female.

Conditions most commonly attended to include Osteoflucrosis (bone deformity caused by excessive fluoride in the water), Cerebral Palsy, Congenital deformities (eg: Clubfoot), Contractures (secondary to wound infections, burns and diseases eg: polio) and others such as stroke, fractures, spinal cord injury, Osteogenic Imperfecor and Achondroplasia. The program serves the rural Maasai villages surrounding the Centre in the area of Monduli.

Nursing volunteers with knowledge and experience working with disabled people would be a great asset at this placement but it is not mandatory.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Therapeutic Care

The nursing volunteer will help the local staff to give therapy to the in-patient and out-patient disabled people who come to the clinic for treatment.

Medical Care

The nursing volunteer will help the local nurses with providing medical care to the disabled patients. This will depend on what diseases are related to their disabilities e.g wound care or fractures.


The nursing volunteer will help the local staff with general administration at the clinic such as: keeping the patients records, helping with patient registration, printing and photocopy of patients documents etc.

Provision and Use of Equipment

The nursing volunteer will work with the local staff on assessing the disabilities of the patients and providing the proper equipment to support them for their disabilities plus ensuring that they know how to use said equipment.

Host Organization Details

Huduma ya Walemavu

Huduma ya Walemavu is focused on outreach activities; to reach people with disabilities within the community, to educate and treat them. They receive patients from different age groups, both male and female. Conditions most commonly attended to include Osteoflucrosis (bone deformity caused by excessive fluoride in the water), Cerebral Palsy, Congenital deformities (eg: Clubfoot), Contractures (secondary to wound infections, burns and diseases eg: polio) and others such as stroke, fractures, spinal cord injury, Osteogenic Imperfecor and Achondroplasia. The program serves the rural Maasai villages surrounding the Centre in the area of Monduli.

To begin with the organization got enough money to rent a couple of rooms with space for twelve children. There was even enough money to employ another nurse. For the first time Anna, (the founder), got a small wage. Before that, Anna and her family had lived off their small vegetable patch! Physiotherapists and more nurses were eventually employed, as well as school teachers, because Anna knew that the children they helped practically never had a chance to previously go to school.

12,500 children with disabilities have gained a better life thanks to the centre Huduma ya Walemavu. Today, 30 people work for the organization. Thanks to this organization and its founder, Anna Mollel, thousands of children with disabilities have a chance to live the life they deserve. They receive medical care, operations, physiotherapy, and emotional support plus equipment to enhance their mobility such as wheelchairs and other aids. The Centre also provides a warm and safe environment with the opportunity to go to school. Anna is constantly speaking out on behalf of the children through talking about their rights with politicians, organisations and, more than anything, with people living in remote rural villages.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

This organization has Christian-Catholic affiliations.

When They Were Founded

This organization was founded in 1990, when a young Maasai woman named Anna Mollel,(who had a passion to help children with disabilities), began caring for and educating these children on how to have a normal life. Thus evolved, Huduma ya Walemavu, a treatment facility and school. Anna spent long hours travelling to reach children in remote villages who needed her help. On every journey, she picked up more and more children.

Who They Work With

Huduma ya Walemavu serves rural Maasai villages sorrounding the Centre in the area of Monduli

How Are They Funded

Huduma ya Walemavu is funded through fundraising events which are organized by the Archdiocese of Arusha, as well as funds from individuals, volunteers, and private donations.

Donation Requests

Teaching materials for nursery level and equipments for physical impaired people like wheelchairs and crutches.

Placement Location Information

Monduli Juu, Tanzania

Huduma Ya Walemavu is located in a rural setting approximately 10km from the town of Monduli Juu and is surrounded by the peacefulness of the African landscape. The center is located in a large compound with many buildings; including clinics, dormitories, a school, dinner hall, play ground and beautiful gardens. The Huduma Ya Walemavu facility itself is well maintained and equipped, but at times is severely under staffed and in constant need of volunteers, particularly people with a medical background or training.

The Center usually houses around thirty children with various disabilities, but this number can rapidly grow or decrease and there are a number of children who call Huduma Ya Walemavu home permanently.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From BaseCamp Center in Arusha take a walk to the Mount Meru petrol station where you will catch a daladal to town and ask to get off at the end of the route. From there walk north towards the main bus station where you will catch the daladala that will take you directly to Munduli town, and once you get there the center is few minute walk from the daladala stop.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 35 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:40

Weather in the Area

Monduli Juu, is located only 50 km from Arusha however you may find that the climate is a bit warmer and dryer than Arusha itself.

Despite its closeness to the equator, Munduli's elevation of 1300m on the southern slopes of Mount Meru keeps temperatures down and alleviates humidity. Cool dry air is prevalent for much of the year. The temperature ranges between 13°C and 30°C with an average of around 25°C.

Munduli has distinct wet and dry seasons, and experiences an eastern prevailing wind from the Indian Ocean, a few hundred miles east. Highest average rainfall occurs in March, April and May.

City/Village Description

Monduli Juu is situated north west of Arusha on the road to the National Parks of Ngorongoro and Serengeti. The Monduli Mountains together with the town of Monduli lie on the right hand side if you are heading to these parks. Monduli is the capital of Monduli District and is a town you will pass when you are going to Monduli Juu. The name Monduli originates from a wealthy Maasai ancestor called Monduli who used to live in former German colonial times.

Monduli Juu is a cluster of four small Maasai villages namely Emairete, Enguiki, Eluwai and Mfereji. Emairete consists of a wonderful crater where, in former times, the cattle of only medicine men were supposed to graze. The Enguiki village is named after its famous pastures. Eluwai is a village named after the trees where certain small ants live and that are whistling in the wind. Mfereji is a village down the escarpment that, a long time ago, develop from a place where a South African lived who dug a ditch to bring water down from the Monduli Mountains.

Around Monduli there are several communal shops, bars and restaurants as well as schools ranging all the way from primary up to college. The main Tanzania Army Camp is also located in Monduli.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Munduli District Hospital
Munduli Juu
Monduli Juu
TEL 1: +255 754 288 023

Placement Address

Huduma ya Walemavu
Near Monduli Juu Town
Munduli Juu
Monduli Juu

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.

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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