Volunteer Program in Arusha, Tanzania Rating: 5 out of 5

Volunteer Name: Anthony Ibrahim
Project Location: Arusha Tanzania
Program Dates: 5/8/2015 to 31/8/2015
Volunteered at: HIV Awareness/Care program

1- How was the local Coordinator/staff and the support provided in-country? The support I received exceeded my expectations. I was well taken care off and help was always a phone call away.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced? The way foreigners are referred to as “muzungus” which roughly translates to “white person”.

3- What was most difficult to experience? Feeling sorrow for the families I had to visit in the communities. My director had me visit local families who had been living with HIV/AIDS in order to check up and help them when needed.

4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations) Get a bulk of cheap clothes and medicines that, if you choose to do so, you could leave behind for orphans. Also expect to help out the orphanage or etc. financially as most are crippled in that perspective.

4.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a.- Get first aid kit
b.- Be aware of “muzungu pricing”, which is common for local goods. You will almost always be given a price which is higher than standard.
c.- collect local taxi numbers for personal use at night
d.- keep hand sanitizers & toilet paper with you at all times

5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
This has been a very eye opening experience for me. I look forward to the many more volunteer adventures I plan on having. Also, if I was to travel with a volunteer program, ABV would definitely be the first pick.

6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)
The accommodation was very pleasant indeed. The food was good and the house was always kept clean. The residence is also very private and gives you the feeling of security.

7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
There are too many memories to count. The people, volunteers and my hosts will stick in my memory though.

8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Very good. They were always very quick and helpful when it came to responding to my emails and calls.

9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers
Yes I am definitely willing to speak to potential volunteers given prior notice.

A Broader View Volunteer (ABV)  allows every traveler to choose their own program start date. This means you can arrive on any flight, any day of the week. Since ABV program fees are 100% tax deductible* we encourage you to fund raise. ABV offers advice and assistance with flight planning, affordable travel insurance, as well as procuring a visa, if necessary. Our ABV staff is available to any your questions. Contact us by email, through the on-line chat feature on our website or call us toll free at 866-423-3258.

WHAT DO MY FEES PAY FOR?

Volunteer Registration Fee – ongoing support from ABV staff, program marketing costs, information pack, administration costs, ABV donation Fund, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.

Volunteer Program Fee – ABV donation fund, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, accommodation and meals during volunteer program period, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs. As a US Non-Profit Charity Organization all your fees are tax deductible and you can fundraise from our website to pay for the fees.

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