Tanzania is an overwhelming country! It is immense, has incredible flora and fauna, sympathetic and peaceful people, still a lot of poverty and a climate that many Dutch people love. Tanzania is also a land that develops fast, and it is subject to a lot of interference from other countries.
Volunteer work and safari-tourism play a big role in this development. This role often has a somewhat doubtful character. This is where GoTanzania comes into the picture: how to hold on to the good and how to keep away from the bad qualities (or, at least, prevent) of voluntourism!
- Some insights in ‘voluntourism’: there is an abundance of organizations that offer volunteer work. They compete against each other and it looks as if they do not only work in favor of the people they claim to be helping (and you want to be helping as a volunteer).
- A comparative perspective: what are all these organizations doing? What are you paying for? How transparent are they?
- Being able to make the decision of whether or not to involve an ‘intermediate party’ or not: there are some schools, orphanages, etc., that are willing to make agreements with you. That way, you will be sure none of your money will end up at the wrong place! These organizations and projects are, however, more difficult to find as they pay less attention to their marketing than big organizations do (which also link ‘voluntourism’ to, for instance, safaris)
- Upon request: insights in the safari possibilities and its ins & outs: there are some traveling organizations (international and Tanzanian) that organize tourism in an ecological responsible and transparent manner.
Yours truly has come to love Tanzania, and decided to share his insights with the visitors of this website after having spent an enervating time in Arusha, Tanzania. Read more about his experiences in Tanzania in the article ‘Who benefits from volunteer work?’