ARUSHA HOSTEL & VOLUNTEER HOUSE AND HOMES STAYS
Considering the fact that hotels and guesthouses can be expensive for volunteers especially those wanting to stay for longer periods, we work on a program where we place our volunteers in a home stay where they live with a local family or a volunteer house with other International volunteers (please note that spaces in the volunteer house can only accommodate up to 40 people at once).
Important to know : Sometimes the power and water go out due to some technical problems, but this is for both the volunteer house and the home stays. In this event, we always make sure that we provide bucket of water for bath and toiletries. Bottled water is readily available in Tanzania and volunteers should budget approximately US$10 per week for this (3- litres per day). Breakfasts generally consist of Chai (tea), toast, cereal, fruit and mandazi (deep fried dough). A typical lunch can include meat and vegetables with rice, sandwiches and fruit while dinner usually sees traditional food such as ugali, chapatti and boga accompany the meat and vegetables. Breakfast is taken in the morning, then, lunch, which is served at about 1 pm (or you can take a packed lunch if you wish to eat at your project) and then dinner/supper served at 6 or 7pm.
If you have special eating needs, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible.
Hostel and volunteer house : The volunteer house is a large one, Western-style house with 10- bedrooms (all shared accommodations with bunk beds). Bathrooms in each apartment with Western-style toilets and hot water for showers. The house is safe and secure, with a security guard and a large gate. In the volunteer house, there is a cook who cooks the meals for the volunteers and a cleaning lady.
Home stays : For the home stays, we give the volunteer option off experience Tanzania Culture by allocating him/her to one of the family .The family will give money from your fee for support, food and board. It is exciting to stay with a family. That way you will learn the Tanzanian way of life, meet local people, eat local food and engage in local customs and traditions. Living is basic but all the home stays have electricity and running water and accommodate volunteers in SAFE and SECURE homes (some rural home stays may not have electricity or running water during times of drought). All home stays have been inspected thoroughly by our own local Tanzania staff and chosen because of their safety and security. Do not worry about staying in a home stay—we would not place you somewhere that is unsafe because it will give us a bad reputation.
Most volunteers here love their home stays and feel that they get a more authentic Tanzanian experience by staying there. Volunteers can expect to share a room with one or two other volunteers. While bedding is provided it is recommended that volunteers bring their own sleeping bag and mosquito nets for any trips away. Home stays are located in the town of Arusha and in the villages surrounding the country side of Arusha. Some home stays may be a 20-30 minute drive by public transport from the city centre.
Regardless of the tribe or culture your host family is from, they will be sure to give you a good Tanzanian treat and meals will be relatively varied.