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Our groups may include 1-7 volunteers so you will be able to experience many more things more intimately than big group tours can offer. You will also get to know our staff, crew members and translators well.
The Jan 2020 group above included 3 volunteers, one experienced trip leader, one head guide, one guide/driver (who is a Tanzanian Ranger), two drivers and 2 translators.
Couples, Solo Travelers, Families (mature youth 15 and older with parent/guardian), 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 we can help place you with a same sex roommate.
Note we are a group that is accepting of all races, creeds, mature people, youth +15 (with parent or guardian), colors, lifestyles, religions & we are non-political (we ask that everyone refrains from religion & political discussions).
Our project is non- smoking. We do however have limitations as people need to be fairly able bodied to join us and participate.
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 a one or more past villages to see how they are doing and replacing filters and/or nets 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.
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 helpers for this.
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. We use a lot of demonstrating and sign language (and laugh a lot). We also have some wonderful interpreters with us to help explain the concepts.
It is all 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 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!
All of our trips include visits to explore 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.
Almost always we are able to find and shop with local artisans in some of the small towns and villages along the way.
Some of our lodges will have a pool, bar and 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.
Cost is $4100 double occupancy rates, see exclusions below.
A $700 Deposit is required to hold your spot. (Note we have had a lot of interest, so please reserve early.) Balance is due by
Dec 1st 2022.
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. Price is based on double occupancy rates. Single room and "family/friend triple room" accommodations, when available, cost more).
If you are solo, we can try to match you up with another person of the same sex to share a room with separate beds.
INCLUDED: 3 meals a day, non-alcoholic beverages, airport transfers, lodging, guides, translators, National Park admissions and entrance fees, safari style 4x4 vehicles with roofs that open & close 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, Health & 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 other helpful advice, etc.
As of July 1st, 2022 Tanzania and several airlines and airports in countries you may travel through to get to Tanzania may still require a Covid rapid test when entering their country as well as proof of full Covid Vaccinations.
The USA is no longer requiring Covid tests 24 hours ahead of departure to re-enter the USA.
Currently you may also be required to wear a mask in all airports and planes.
UPDATED JULY 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.
COVID: Currently you are NO LONGER required to be immunized to fly and go / come on this trip.
All flights and most airports may still be requiring masks except during meals. This may change by January 2023.
We will also advise you on how to obtain a Passport & VISA that you will need to get into the country.
We will give you dates and details on the itinerary for your flight plans. We are not travel agents so you will be responsible for getting to our meeting location at JRO airport in Tanzania the day before we depart.
Our guides will pick us up from the airport.
Note we also expect volunteers to be flexible once we start our trip as the "planned" itinerary is a guideline that may change.
CURRENT COVID & IMMUNIZATIONS
As of July 1st, 2022 Tanzania and several airlines and airports in countries we travel through to get to Tanzania may still require a Covid rapid test when entering their country as well as proof of full Covid Vaccinations.
The USA is no longer requiring Covid tests 24 hours ahead of departure to reenter the USA.
Several other immunizations are also highly recommended when traveling to Tanzania.
Please check with your local doctor at least 4-5 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.
We Pickup at JRO Kilamanjaro, Tanzania, between noon and 10 pm Airport: Tues, April 19th, 2022
(10 Days in Country)
Return you to JRO Airport
Thu, Apr 28th, 2022
between 11 am - 9 pm
(will drop you off 3 hours prior to your flight)
(Note if you need something different just let us know.)
Cost is $4100 plus airfare and exclusions. Double occupancy.
A $700 Deposit is required to hold your spot.
(Note we have had a lot of interest, so please reserve early.)
Balance is due by Dec 1st.
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 (Covid shots are not currently required as of July).
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 are a registered 501(c)(3) International public non-profit and your donation is tax deductible. Thank you!
Our Staff is entirely volunteer, including the president and Board members.
African Photos courtesy Georgia Evans and will go to benefit VCP.
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