GoTanzania - network
The author of GoTanzania gained himself some volunteering experience during a volunteering trip in Arusha, Tanzania, in 2013/2014. Beforehand, although 50 years old, he knew nothing afbout the world of international volunteering.
During this period in Tanzania he got to know, at first hand, that lots of projects and organisations are not really 'doing good'. Too much money goes to the wrong people. Too much projects are made up for the volunteers in stead of the local people and society. Read his story 'Who benefits from volunteer work?'
But he also experienced some good projects. Projects that are not 'commercial', projects that are not tightly linked to touristic adventures. Projects and organisations that are not too expensive.
In most cases these projects are not as easy to be found on internet as the commercial and adventure based volunteering organisations are.
About these organisations GoTanzania wants to tell you more. And these must be the stories directly to be founded on new and personal experiences. GoTanzania wants the travel, feel and see the good projects. To tell the world about them. So that new volunteers, especially those who also feel like they're gonna love Tanzania, can find good volunteering projects.
GoTanzania, journey Summer 2016 (June 6 - July 8, 2016)
Itinerary not yet complete.
GoTanzania, journey Winter 2016 (January 5 - February 17, 2016)
- Moshi: Haria Hotel works for the future of the children in Kaloleni (January 15-20, 2016)
- Mwanza: Upendo Daima gives new perspectives to street children in Mwanza (January 26-31, 2016)
- Sengerema: Young entrepreneurs build up build up their business with microcredit (February 2-10, 2016)
- Musoma: Global Resource Alliance works on improving food quality in Mara-regio Tanzania (Febrary 11-16, 2016)
GoTanzania, journey Spring 2015 (May 18 - August 4, 2015)
On the 19th of May 2015 GoTanzania left Holland for a three months trip to Tanzania. During those three months, GoTanzania visited a group of projects and organisations, sometimes for a longer stay to work as a volunteer, sometimes just to experience the organisations and take interviews. And to write stories on this website:
- Cornel Ngaleku Children Centre (CNCC), vulnerable (orphaned) children under the wings of the Ursuline sisters
- Sarakasi ya Vijana - young acrobats at Mosquito River
- DINKA - Kimberly and Eriq made their dream come true
- The Olive Branch - report from a correct volunteer
- MamboViewPoint - report from a correct volunteer
Information about these organisations:
MamboViewPoint is to be found on the edge of the Usambara mountains, about 150 kilometer southeast of Kilimanjaro. On this spot a Dutch couple built, in collaboration with the community of the Mambo village, a beautiful lodge, high on the cliff. "One of the main goals of MamboViewPoint is the development of the environment of the EcoLodge. The EcoLodge is situated in a poor area with an average income around 1 US dollar a day. We don't want to give aid but we want to cooperate on an equal basis, change ideas and stimulate setting up businesses. Aid makes people dependent, knowledge skills and tools give them a sustainable future."
The project The Olive Branch For Children is located in the far southwest of Tanzania, in the vicinity of Mbeya. "The Olive Branch for Children helps remote communities in Tanzania assess their primary needs and establish programs that target the most vulnerable. We focus on HIV/AIDS prevention and care, early childhood education, food security and vulnerable children and women. The goal is to establish community-led programs that empower remote communities and generate models that can be replicated in communities throughout Tanzania and elsewhere."
Het Cornel Ngaleku Children's Center is situated near the Kenyan border, just northeast of Kilimanjaro.
"Out of love for children, Cornel Ngaleku Children Centre provides a caring home for Tanzanian orphans affected by poverty or HIV/AIDS. Cornel Ngaleku Children Centre was established by Mr Michael Shirima, a Tanzanian entrepreneur, who donated land inherited from his late father Cornel Ngaleku Shayo to build the Centre on the lower eastern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro only 1Km from the Kenyan border and funded its construction. It was always a dream of Mr Shirima’s to provide loving care for the growing number of children in his home district of Rombo in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania who were orphaned due to HIV/AIDS or otherwise lacked family care."
DINKA stands for Dutch Initiative Kimberly Africa. "The aim of the Dinka Foundation is to enhance children's education, especially for children from poor backgrounds. We are primarily focused on street children, orphans and children from ghetto's and country side."
The Twiga project (Sarakasi ya Vijana) is to be found close to Tarangire wildpark in the village of Mto wa Mbu. "Twiga Foundation supports small projects that give children a better future through qualitative education. In Tanzania the ‘Sarakasi ya Vijana’ project ensures sustainable development of infant, primary and secondary school students, who learn to become independent in a right way. Since there are not a lot of jobs in Tanzania, we help the children to find a job, using our network, after they finish their schools. Local staff together with international volunteers and sponsors lead those children to a hopeful future."
During the coming months GoTanzania's experiences visiting these (and maybe more) projects will be shared on this website.