will need a tourist
visa since you are categorized as
a tourist because you do not get paid for any services you provide
while in the
country. For the same reason you do not need a
work visa. A non-tourist
unnecessary, difficult to obtain and twice as expensive as the tourist
much do I need
to pay for a visa and how do I get
provide all our
participating applicants with all this
information. Any traveler in East Africa can stay on a tourist visa for
months at $50 US dollars. You can get the tourist visa at the Kenyan or
your country. Zanzibar Island is served by the same embassy that issues
visas for Tanzania mainland. Kenyan visas can also be obtained from
International Airport upon arrival.
Q. Will I
be safe in East
Tanzania Mainland and Kenya are
safe countries. Millions of people
travel to these countries every year. As
other country, isolated incidences of crime are reported mainly in the
but crime is rare in rural areas where you will be located.
in the borders of
Kenya with Somalia and Sudan
are crime prone because of unrest in neighboring countries. These
however more than 700 km away from anywhere that you will be located
course of our programs and the safaris and present no concern for our
participate in your volunteer teaching abroad program, do
I have to go through the teaching orientation?
Yes, the teaching orientation is aimed at providing you with some basic
necessary teaching skills that will enable you perform your duties well
local school environment.
What if I already
have teaching qualifications or experience? do I
still have to go through the teaching orientation?
Your teaching orientation may be shortened depending on your proven
qualifications and/or experience but you will still need some
assistance to get
familiar with the local teaching environment. The teaching orientation
takes about a week although it is more of an in-service orientation.
do you charge
more for the HIV/AIDS Internship program?
These programs cost more to run so we have to charge more.
Suppose I plan on
coming with a group but end up coming alone, do I
still get the group discount?
Unfortunately we will not be able to give a discount in such cases. The
discount is supported by the possibility of lowering costs when we work
groups, this possibility is lost when you end up coming as an
need to attend
church on Saturday. Please let me know if your
programs require me to be working on Saturday?
You will not have to work on Sunday or Saturday. Our program
weekends off all the time, they do not work over the weekends at all.
you need to be absent from work on any other day on a regular basis, we
arrange for that. But you will need to inform us in advance. Unless
arranged with our office, absence from work within the pre-agreed work
has to be arranged with staff at the project site.
many hours per
day do I have to work?
our programs, require between a minimum of two and generally between 3
and 6 hours of work per day. If you
smaller daily work load, please contact us. One can work for upto 8
have a group
of high school students and teens I lead
in my community/church/school and would want to bring them for a trip
program - would you have provision for them?
High school students and teens who have reached the age of
sixteen can come on their own. We
special packages for
high school students and teens under the age of sixteen who
accompanied by adult leaders or supervisors. Please contact us to for
Is this program
affiliated to any religious organization?
No. We do work with both secular
and religious organizations but are not affiliated to any.
I would like my
internship to be counted for college credits at my school.
internship will transfer to credit depends on your school requirements.
We suggest you ask your school what they need to make the internship
transfer into credits, let us know and we will tell you if we can do it
- we are not a school and so don't offer the internship for credit but
we do supervise students and grade their reports so they can qualify
for credits at their schools. We have done it for students before but
each school is unique.
I would like to come with
my friend and be placed with them the
whole time that we will be in the program. Is that possible?
Ans. Members of the
same sex can be placed in the same
project and with the same host family. But most of the time culture
doesn't allow unmarried people of different sexes to be put together
under the same host. We might be able to place you together depending
on the project. Do write us and enquire. In the worst case scenario we
can place you in the same area with host families about 5-10 minutes
walking distance apart and you can work at the same place. We will
normally put you under the same project placement.
Will my money and
valuables be safe at my host home?
Ans. We have had no
reason to believe that your monies
will not be safe. We do encourage you however to take the necessary
precaution to safeguard your monies and personal properties, as we
cannot be held responsible for any loses. Some of the precautions you
could take include locking your bedroom when you are out of the house;
not leaving your valuables exposed when you are outside the room; no
inviting people to your room unnecessarily, etc.
What gift can I bring for
my host family, school or orphanage?
Ans. Suitable gifts
include t-shirts, mugs, a family
oriented movie DVD or CD; coloring pencils and books for kids; balls
for games and other sports equipments for kids and schools etc
I would like to send books
to the school/orphanage that I will be
placed at - can I do that?
Ans. Yes, ask us
for the address please.
I would like to
participate for more than 3 months, is that
Ans. It is possible
to do so in some cases. In other cases though, we are unable
to provide you with placement that will last
longer than 3 months in any one country. In such cases we would
placing you for about 12 weeks in Kenya and another 12 weeks in
Zanzibar and/or Tanzania Mainland. The two countries are neighbors and
you can easily get to one
from the other.
Kindly asks us how to go about this if you need to, and we will assist
My Visa Processing in the
city of entry will take time - will someone wait for me?
Ans. The visa
process at the airport will normally take
at 30 minutes to 2 hours. If we know that you will be getting visas at
the airport our party will wait for you however long it takes.
Can you book me a hotel
since I will be arriving earlier than the
scheduled arrival date?
Ans. If you want us
to book a hotel for you we can do
that - it will mean though that weather you spend a night there or not
you will have to refund us the cost of that hotel accommodation since
the hotels wont refund it.
If that is what you
want, please let us know and we will
We can also give you telephone numbers of a few hotels that you can
call up from the airport so if you don't find us you go ahead and call
them up for accommodation - some of them will provide airport pickup
too. Simply let us know.