Maasai Tribe Empowerment – Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Members of the Maasai tribe traditionally have less access to education than other demographics of the population in Tanzania. Many adults have not graduated primary school and many have never been enrolled in formal education at all. As a result, many adults cannot read or write which impacts their ability to find employment.

This project seeks to overcome this challenge by teaching Maasai adults to read and write in Swahili, as well as some basic English language instruction. Volunteers will develop teaching materials and resources to support the curriculum and teach small, interactive groups using these resources.

The impact of this project is immediate – seeing an adult write his name for the first time in his life or watching someone read a full sentence for the first time is a direct result of volunteer engagement.

Highlights

  • Building relationships with members of the Maasai community in Moshi
  • Getting an opportunity to stay in a Maasai village to see traditional Maasai life
  • Helping to teach our literacy programme to Maasai members
  • Working with our team to develop sustainable business ideas for Maasai members in Moshi
  • Raising awareness within the Maasai community about relevant health and gender issues

Quick Facts

  • Where Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • When All year
  • Price $1,297
  • Who Anyone looking to help our team make sustainable change

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LOCATION

You’ll be located in Mdwai which is outside of Moshi town on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. You’ll fly into Kilimanjaro International airport where you’ll be met by someone from Big Beyond and it takes about an hour to get to the project base. The Big Beyond team will orientate you on your arrival, so you’ll feel right at home in next to no time!

Volunteering in Tanzania with Big Beyond means you’ll be living and working closely with the our community in Moshi. There are many ethnic groups such as the Chagga and Maasai who have very different cultural identities in Tanzania. Living here means you’ll experience the real and genuinely friendly side of Tanzania without the strange relationship gap a tourist sometimes has to endure. The language spoken is Kiswahili and we’ll be teaching you the basics once you arrive so that you feel comfortable speaking with people.

CLIMATE

The climate in Tanzania is very comfortable and it’s normally warm and dry outside of rain season. The long rains fall in March, April and May and the short rains in November. As we’re close to the equator the sun is strong and sunscreen is important. It’s generally best to wear light and breathable clothing for your trip with warmer clothes for the night time if needed. A light rain jacket, and hiking boots or gumboots are useful during rain season for walking around.

ACCOMMODATION

Your accommodation in Mdawi and all your meals are included in the Big Beyond volunteer fee, so you won’t need to worry about organising anything. During your stay with the Big Beyond Tanzania team, you’ll stay in our volunteer house in shared accommodation with up to two other people with an en-suite bathroom. You’ll be fully catered for, with three meals a day and filtered water at camp. Big Beyond provides a menu with a mix of local and international dishes to accommodate all tastes.

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Maasai Literacy Programme

Members of the Maasai tribe traditionally have less access to education than other demographics of the population in Tanzania. Many adults have not graduated primary school and many have never been enrolled in formal education at all. As a result, many adults cannot read or write which impacts their ability to find employment.

This project seeks to overcome this challenge by teaching Maasai adults to read and write in Swahili, as well as some basic English language instruction. Volunteers will develop teaching materials and resources to support the curriculum and teach small, interactive groups using these resources. The impact of this project is immediate – seeing an adult write his name for the first time in his life or watching someone read a full sentence for the first time is a direct result of volunteer engagement.

The Projects:

Foundation English Programme

maasai-2When the Maasai graduate from the literacy programme, they begin to learn English which also helps them increase their employment opportunities. It also helps them instill the importance of education in their own children and wider communities and makes them “education ambassadors” in their tribe.

Volunteers working on this programme teach the Maasai English, developing lesson plans, resources and educational materials to support this.

Maasai Youth Empowerment Programme

There are still many challenges facing young people, especially girls, in Maasai culture. Two of these are Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early childhood marriage. We partner with a shelter for these girls, running a variety of education and empowerment programmes with them. Volunteers work alongside our project staff to design and implement these programmes at various times throughout the year, depending on the needs of the shelter and the girls.

Business Development Programme

maasai1-3840We have started a small income generation project with a group of our Maasai students. Maasai are famous for their traditional jumping and dancing and we are working with this small group to develop this as a tourism product for local hotels and guesthouses.

Volunteers working on this programme work on all aspects of this business product, working on developing the service, marketing, training with the group on customer service and managing the finances.

Cultural Immersion Programme

Acampings part of this programme, all volunteers go camping in a traditional Maasai village where a lot of their students come from. They visit with their students families, eat traditional food, get a tour of the village and learn what life is like in the village for all members of the tribe. They have a chance to ask questions and experience first-hand how this community approaches life.

Village Outreach Programme

During your stay in the traditional Maasai village, you will work with project staff to run an event or workshop that is needed in the community. Examples include health talks or conservation initiatives, depending on what needs have been identified by the community themselves.

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Dates:
January 2nd, 16th & 30th | February 13th & 27th | March 3rd & 27th | April 10th & 24th | May 8th & 22nd | June 5th & 19th | July 3rd, 17th & 31st | August 14th & 28th | September 11th & 25th | October 9th & 23rd | November 6th & 23rd | December 4th

Project participation fees

2 WEEKS USD 1297 GBP 777 EUR 1004 AUD 1423
3 WEEKS USD 1646 GBP 986 EUR 1275 AUD 1806
4 WEEKS USD 1995 GBP 1195 EUR 1545 AUD 2189
5 WEEKS USD 2524 GBP 1512 EUR 1954 AUD 2769
6 WEEKS USD 2853 GBP 1709 EUR 2209 AUD 3130
7 WEEKS USD 3182 GBP 1906 EUR 2464 AUD 3491
8 WEEKS USD 3511 GBP 2103 EUR 2719 AUD 3853

OUR PRICES INCLUDE:

  • All airport collection and returns with a Big Beyond representative
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day (weekends included)
  • 24 hour support with a Big Beyond staff member living on-site at the volunteer accommodation
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

OUR PRICES EXCLUDE:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

HOW YOUR PROJECT FEE IS USED:

Big Beyond projects make long-term sustainable impacts within the communities they work. You’re project fee goes towards your direct expenses on project, supporting our longterm staff who ensure our projects are sustainable and towards the running of Big Beyond to ensure the organisation itself is sustainable. By volunteering with Big Beyond you not only make an impact during your time but help us ensure that everything we do make a sustainable and lasting change.

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ON YOUR DOORSTEP

Volunteering with us on the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro offers you an incredible variety of day trips and activities to fill your weekends. From Chaga cultural tours, traditional coffee tours and trips to beautiful waterfalls and secluded hot springs. As Kilimanjaro is primarily a coffee region if you’d like to explore the local coffee and cuisine there’s no better place than to take a trip into Moshi town.

Tanzania has some of the best wildlife experiences in Africa as the parks are not fenced you get a chance to see all of the animals in their natural environment. Apart from being an ideal place to see the ‘Big 5’ African animals. One of the most incredible things to experience is the annual migration of an estimated two million wildebeest between the Serengeti in the south of Tanzania and the Masai Mara in the north of Kenya. If you’d like to spend a weekend or longer on safari we can help you to arrange the trip along with your volunteering.

For anyone interested in climbing the mountain we’re conveniently based about 40 minutes away from some of the main entry gates onto Mt. Kilimanjaro. We normally suggest arranging to climb it at the end of your volunteer stay with us as it gives you more time to acclimatise to the heat and environment here. We’re also more than happy to advise you and help you organise your climb with a reputable company.

FURTHER AFIELD

For something different volunteers can also visit the historical Zanzibar Island off the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar is culturally deep as it was the melting pot between Arab and African culture. Its main city Stone Town is a World Heritage site with winding streets rich in history the island is surrounded by the picturesque Indian Ocean and white sandy beaches in the North and South East of the Island. You’ll have no shortage of things to do, with cultural and history tours, snorkelling and diving and other day trips.

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The impact of this project is immediate – seeing an adult write his name for the first time in his life or watching someone read a full sentence for the first time is a direct result of your work to help us with our project. Volunteering on the Maasai tribe empowerment project gives you a chance to help give Maasai members the skills to improve their livelihoods with measurable returns.  This project also gives you a hands-on opportunity to contribute to our work on the Global Goals for 2020. Education is recognised internationally as one of the most vital tools in combating poverty, empowering individuals and strengthening communities. This is incredibly true in Tanzania and you can help us continue to make a difference by joining our programme. All our projects are identified from a needs assessment with our community partners you’ll work with us to achieve set goals from these assessments. You’ll lend your skills and passion to our structured programmes to help us improve

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