"In Jan 2020, three of us travelled to Tanzania with Georgia to deliver malaria nets and water filters. Georgia (aka Momma Africa) was a great guide and so knowledgeable about the place and its people. We made a huge difference and had a great time seeing the country and experiencing the culture at the same time. I highly recommend this project and if possible, the trip experience. I am truly grateful."
Dr. Eric J. Holsapple, Partner, Broker, CCIM, LC Real Estate Group | LC Home
1712 Topaz Drive, Loveland, CO 80537
Our groups are small, so you will be able to experience many more things, more intimately than big group tours. You will also get to know our staff, crew members and translators well.
FIRST COME FIRST SERVE
Adults, Couples, Solo Travelers, Youth (mature youth 15 and older with parent/guardian) and active Seniors are all welcome. Accommodations at some locations are limited however we will try to do our best to make you comfortable.
Solo travelers are welcome and TRY to help place you with a same sex roommate if available or you can pay extra for a single room, when available.
Note we are a group that is accepting of all races, creeds, colors, lifestyles & religions and non-political. (we ask that everyone refrains from religious, covid related & political discussions).
Mature Youth +15 (with parent or guardian) are welcome.
Our project is non- smoking.
We have some limitations, as people need to be fairly able bodied to join us and participate. Many of the roads we travel are remote and very rough, with potholes, so people who have neck or back problems should probably not come.
We will be going to 5-7 remote villages in Tanzania where the people collect contaminated water to drink from surface ponds & rivers. The water often contains waterborne illness like cholera, typhoid & giardia.
One main purpose is to deliver, assemble and educate the villagers on how to use water filters to obtain clean, safe drinking water that will help them stay healthy and productive.
We will also be distributing mosquito bed nets that prevent malaria and tarps to help villagers waterproof their mud/thatch huts to
stay dry during the rainy monsoons- as needed.
This next Jan 2023 trip may also include revisiting one or more past villages to see how they are doing and replacing water filters and/or nets and tarps as needed.
Yes, we have free time in between all of the villages. So we will explore several national parks on mini safari game drives.
We will also stop at one or two local towns or vendors to shop some.
Bring your bathing suit, some lodges and camps will have swimming pools.
All the volunteers will be rolling up their sleeves and working directly with the villagers. You do not need any experience, just a willingness to learn and pitch in. We will show you all you need to know.
The most difficult part of the trip will be traveling and bringing suitcase(s) to airports. As a volunteer, we may give one medium size suitcase full of village supplies to check in one way. (You are allowed two free 50 lb. bags plus a carry on)
You will also have to deal with luggage at customs airports going in and out of the USA as well as going into Tanzania.
Note this is a road trip and we will be staying at lodges and camps near villages.
Some of the roads are pretty remote and ROUGH!
You will need to be able to climb in & out of safari vehicles, up/down stairs and walk on uneven surfaces.
There is nothing really heavy or difficult, we have strong local helpers for this. Our lodges will all have luggage handlers.
We will show you how to assemble the filters (very easy, anyone can learn it) and you will learn how to maintain the water filters so you can help people in the villages understand how to use them. We use a lot of show & tell, demonstrating and sign language (and laugh a lot). We also have some wonderful interpreters with us to help explain the concepts.
It is relatively easy and a lot of fun.
The more hands we have on the ground in the villages the better the villagers will learn how to use and maintain these lifesaving tools.
The appreciation you will experience from the villagers is hugely rewarding!
You will be working with an experienced American, English speaking trip leader as well as local guides and translators who know the area and customs. You will be visiting many places that the majority of typical tourists would never see or experience.
It is a true immersion and cultural trip of a lifetime!
Just a WARNING you may fall in love with the people.
The gratitude from the village people for helping them will often fill your heart.
Mini Safaris: All of our trips include visits to explore 2 to 3 nearby National Parks in our free time in between visiting villages. You will see exotic African wildlife up close and personal in comfortable 4x4 safari style vehicles with roofs that open up for better viewing and photography.
We cannot make promises but you will have opportunities to see elephants, giraffes, gazelles, lions, cape buffalo, hyenas, wildebeests and more!
There MAY also be opportunities to participate in a village dance, stop to explore a coffee plantation, learn how the Massai prepare food, gather water, try out primitive fire making, shoot a native bow and arrows OR maybe visit a local African museum or store in the area for shopping. Every trip is different.
Several of our lodges will have a pool, bar and/or restaurant.
The majority of our trip is a "road trip" to visit remote villages. We are limited to lodging available in that region. However, rest assured, you will have good food, a clean bed with a mosquito net and a bathroom with toilet,
sink and shower.
Whether the lodging is a lovely room with a view or a more rustic safari style tent camp, they are all unique and comfortable living spaces. Some lodges will have a nice refreshing pool and a bar or restaurant for meals and drinks. You will enjoy yourself.
is mandatory to participate on a VCP trip. We can recommend a travel insurance company, however you are free to shop for and select your own. We will need a copy of travel insurance receipt plus your flight details before departure.
Once you arrive in Tanzania, the majority of the trip is all inclusive in the price. The price is also very reduced from other tour groups you will find.
All volunteers with double occupancy will have their own bed and share a bathroom with a toilet, towel, sink and shower.
Price is based on double occupancy rates.
Group room rates for family and friends in same room may be quoted when available.
Solo volunteers welcome. Single room supplements are $50 per day, when available. Or, to save money we can try to match you up with another person of the same sex to share a room with separate beds.
3 meals a day, non-alcoholic beverages, airport transfers are included if you arrive/depart on same day as your trip leader, lodging, guides, translators, National Park admissions and entrance fees, safari style 4x4 vehicles with roofs that open & close and gas are all included.
Your volunteer email travel packet will include details on any exclusions not covered in the trip. (IE: Round trip Airfare, Visa, Alcohol, Laundry and Personal Expenses, Travel Insurance. Tips for guides, translators & lodging staff are also extra in US dollars at end of the trip).
Volunteers will receive an emailed information packet. It will include a suggested packing list, including info on electronics/adapters/plugins/cell phones, wi fi, electricity, weather, travel & covid protocols and two personal covid tests in case of illness, and other helpful advice, etc.
airport transfers are included if you arrive/depart on same day as your trip leader.
We pick you up at JRO Kilamanjaro, Tanzania, Africa between noon and 10 pm
(10 Days in Country, first and last days are mostly for arrival and departure)
On Return we take you to JRO Airport between 1 pm - 7 pm (will drop you off 3 hours prior to your flight) (Note if you need to arrive or depart on different days, just let us know and we will try to help you but there will be add'l transfer fees.)
UPDATED SEP 1, 2022
Once you decide to join us, one of our US based support staff will help you with all the details of planning and logistics to participate.
Most airlines and all airports in countries we travel through are requiring everyone to be fully vaccinated with documentation for covid.
These airlines & airports MAY also require masks except during meals. This has been easing up recently.
The USA is no longer requiring Covid tests 24 hours ahead of departure to re-enter the USA.
Note, with few exceptions, you will not see any masks or vaccinated people once you are in Tanzania. We will not be wearing them unless something changes or someone gets ill.
Several other immunizations are also highly recommended when traveling to Tanzania.
Please check with your local doctor at least 3-4 weeks before travel.
Note: Yellow fever is NOT required where we will be going. Allow 4-5 weeks ahead of travel to get these shots from your doctor, contact your health care professional)
We will provide more information when you receive your volunteer info packet.
All Volunteers will need to submit:
1. Fill out VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM to tell us about yourself. You are not committed until we receive a deposit.
2. Sign and SUBMIT TERMS & CONDITIONS WAIVER
3. Send your Deposit to reserve your space.
We will send you a Volunteer information packet upon receipt of deposit with suggested packing list and more!
4. Proof of travel insurance
5. Final TRIP Payment
6. Copy of your Flight details
to participate as a VCP volunteer.
Cost $4500. 00 double occupancy rates, see exclusions on left.
and a $800 Deposit must be received before Oct 15th.
Cost does not include airfare, Tanzanian VISA and a few exclusions.
Single room supplement is $50 per day.
FIRST COME FIRST SERVE
A $800 Deposit is required to hold your spot must be received before Oct 15th.
(Note we have had a lot of interest, so please reserve early.) We pay deposits to our vendors months in advance so these are non-refundable).
Balance is due by Nov 15th.
Volunteers will need to arrive and depart on these days:
Arrive JRO Airport, Tanzania, Africa -
Sun, Jan 8th at noon or afternoon
Depart for USA, Tues Jan 17 in afternoon or evening
We prepay for all lodging reservations and vehicles so please make sure you want to go before sending in your deposit.
You will need to get your airfare, Visa and recommended health immunizations.
You are also required to be fully vaccinated for covid to enter Tanzania and to return to the USA.
We can help you. We will also be sharing the trip leaders airfare plans with volunteers so you can try and match these, if desired.
We will all need to be at the JRO airport in Tanzania, between Noon and 10 pm.
Exact Date is still pending for early Jan 2023.
We can advise you on how to obtain a Passport & VISA that you will need to get into the country.
We will give you a travel packet with helpful information plus dates and details on the itinerary for your flight plans. We are happy to help and assist however we are not travel agents so you will be responsible for getting to our meeting location at JRO airport in Tanzania on the same basic schedule as your trip leader. We will advise.
Our guides will pick us up from the airport on the scheduled date..
Note we also expect volunteers to be flexible once we start our trip as the "planned" itinerary is a guideline is flexible & may change.
STEP ONE: To get started please click link below and complete the volunteer application form. You are not obligated to become a volunteer with this application. We will look over your information to make sure we are all a good fit for this project and
will let you know if you are accepted into the program.
We love our volunteers and thank you for your interest!
Once you are approved as a VCP Volunteer, next step will be to get your FLIGHT to JRO Airport. You will need to get a flight that arrives and departs on the same days with similar time frames as your trip leader to get
free airport transfers to our lodge.
If you arrive or depart on another day or time you may have to get a taxi from the airport at your own expense.
Arrive JRO Airport, Tanzania, Africa - Sun, Jan 8th at noon or afternoon
Depart for USA, Tues Jan 17 in afternoon or evening.
We are happy to assist you with your flight, however we are not travel agents.
You can get your VISA after you have your Flight paid for.
Obtain your Tanzanian VISA online.
Be sure you have all your info before starting this process. (Passport, flight info, a digital copy of your passport photo).
We are happy to assist you with your VISA, however we are not travel agents.
Email Village Care Project the following:
Receipt of Travel Insurance purchase
Copy of your Flight details
Email us the following:
Proof of Travel Insurance
Copy of your Flight details
Copy of your Passport
Copy of your Tanzanian VISA
Make Final Payment for your VCP Volunteer Trip
Jan 2023 Trip- "It was life changing. Helping with your time, money, or energy to help others doesn't just make the world better—it also makes you better.
Donating to the Village Care Project is a good way to help others!"
T. Pogoda, Boulder, CO / 2023
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We are a registered 501(c)(3) International public non-profit and your donation is tax deductible.
Public charity status is a 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Our Staff is entirely volunteer, including the president and Board members.
We attempt to be nonpolitical, non-discriminatory and not biased for or against any group or type of person based on gender, religion, race, age, creed, color, politics, sexuality or orientation or ethnicity. Our project however may have some restrictions based on the limitations and capabilities of our local vendors in the country we are serving.
VCP seekS to fight poverty by "helping villagers help themselves" to a better quality of living and improved health while preserving their unique culture.
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