What does Villages Health support/Volunteering do?
Volunteering Solutions offers volunteering and internship opportunities to Tanzania only. We also offer Summer Special Experience Trips as well as 2 Week s or more Special Volunteer and Travel options for our volunteers.
What kind of Programs are available?
There’s a wide array of programs to choose from. Participants can make their choice based on their skills, educational qualification as well as something that aligns with their interest area.
Volunteers can choose to be a part of Childcare Programs, Teaching Programs, Community Development Programs, Disabled Care Programs, Women Empowerment Programs, Medical and Healthcare Programs, Journalism Internships, Dental Electives, Wildlife and Animal Care as well as Sports Coaching Programs.
Why Should I pay to Volunteer?
Most people are surprised to hear that they would have to pay to volunteer abroad. What they often do not realize is that there are significant administrative costs involved in arranging a worthwhile volunteer abroad placement.
Villages Health support Org is not supported by any government funding and runs the programs entirely from the fee that volunteers pay to take part in the volunteer projects.
There are several costs involved, such as food, accommodation, transportation, transfers, project selection etc. The program fee charged by us goes into providing you all these services.
The money that you pay to us is distributed at various stages to provide you a meaningful volunteer abroad experience.
What is the application procedure?
All volunteers need to apply online to book their volunteer placement. The placements are given on an individual basis depending on the information given in your application and the project choice. Medical Visits/Volunteering would also require an applicant to email his / her CV, photograph as well as any other supporting documents as required. We usually confirm your placement information within 5 working days’ time.
When Should I apply?
There is no deadline for registering for your program. However, it is advised to apply as soon as possible after you have decided on your choice of program and the desired dates.
Every program has limited number of spots available and due to this reason, volunteers are requested to book their spot when as soon as they decide their program date. We abide by the first come first serve policy.
What are the Cost Involved?
Please see the Program Costs page to check the cost of the program. Medical Volunteering strives hard to keep costs low and offers one of the most affordable volunteer programs in Tanzania. You can compare our prices and services to other organizations and you would be surprised to see the difference, but
Can I volunteer with a friend of partner?
Yes. We will ensure that you get placed along with your friend or partner in the same project and also stay in the same accommodation. Volunteers need to inform us in advance and mention about the necessary requirements in the application form.
What are the age Requirements?
The minimum age requirement for individual participants for most of our programs is 18 years. Some programs also have a minimum age requirement of 20 years.
However, volunteers below 17 years and children can join the program if they are volunteering as a part of a group (with adult members).
We also welcome families to join our programs. There’s no specific maximum age bar to join our programs – as long as you are healthy and fit enough to volunteer, you can join the journey.
Do you offer Scholarship or Financial Aid?
No, we do not have the funding to offer any scholarships or financial aid. We offer one of the most affordable volunteering programs and strive hard to keep our costs low whereby you can get the best low-cost volunteering experience.
You can fund-raise for the project you want to work for and Villages Health support Org will be happy to provide with any documents or letters which you will require for the fundraising efforts.
Will Villages Health support Help in finding affordable flights?
Villages Health support Volunteering’ Travel Advisors will be glad to guide you while you book your flight tickets. We can suggest you cheap airways and websites from where you can book your tickets.
Will Villages Health support Volunteering Agent helping in getting the Visa?
We shall guide you about the procedure to get Visa, and also provide with necessary documents if needed. For most of the destinations, you can either check online about getting an eVisa or visit your nearest Embassy for more information
Do I need Travel Insurance?
Yes – travel insurance is compulsory for volunteers. For your convenience, we have arranged a comprehensive package specially designed for volunteering. It includes medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, local ambulance expenses and trip interruption.
Where do I stay During the Program?
This depends on the project you chose. In most of the projects, volunteers stay in a volunteer house or at host family accommodations. For certain projects, volunteers might have to stay at the placement site. No matter where you stay, we’ll ensure that you have all the basic necessities
How will I reach the Accommodation?
Our coordinator will be there at the airport to receive you, with a placard having your name written on it. He/ She will accompany you and take you to your accommodation. You will also be given an orientation about the place and transportation facilities.
Will I have time for sightseeing or Exploring the Country?
Yes, you will have the weekends free and you can do sightseeing as well as explore the most popular places of tourist interest in the country where you will be volunteering. Our local coordinators are always available to arrange any local trips. On the weekdays, volunteers and interns are free during the evenings to explore the local markets. We also have planned tours, about which we will propose in your application!
Can I know more about the meals?
Meals are provided 2-3 times a day, as mentioned in your program itinerary. Mainly, the local cuisine will be served, and it’s absolutely healthy. Both veg and non veg food options are available, and if you have any specific preference, you can mention it in your application.
Volunteer are also allowed to use the kitchen and facilities just in case they want to prepare anything special for them.
Can I get private room for staying? What about Internet?
We usually accommodate rooms on same gender sharing basis. However, if you inform us about getting a single room and there’s availability , we shall be glad to offer you a private room.
While all of the accommodations do have internet facilities, we cannot assure you about getting WiFi because the internet in this area sometimes is up and down! However, there shall be internet cafes near your accommodation.