The major aspect of this project will be focusing on community life styles. Volunteers and Community members will have an opportunity to experience and exchange both work and leisure behavior patents in various activities, attitudes, interest, opinions and values. This provide an opportunity to reflect on each involved person’s self-image or self-concept, the way they see themselves and believe and believe they are seen by other others. This is expected to be a composite of motivation, needs and wants influenced by factors such as culture, family, reference groups and social classes. In realization of the above objective; Volunteers will join series of activities that will include:-
i) Community economic Life ( I do what they do)
Volunteers will participate in the daily of the community members. This will include working in a small businesses, farming, hand craft, Arts, taking care of animals and other daily economic activities of the community members.
ii) Social-Cultural life
Volunteers will participate in various social aspects of community life including traditional medicine and health care (Learning and experience), Rituals: Visiting ritual sites, learning and understanding, Ceremonies: Participating in wedding, initiation and other traditional and religious ceremonies available during that time.
iii) Language exchange
This will include; Intensive Kiswahili Language (1-2 Hours every day), Optional foreign Language teaching Class (1 hour per day preferably English or French).
iv) Knowledge exchange
Knowledge exchange will include Inter generational exchange: age groups knowledge and experience sharing events, Images of my (Self, Culture, Country etc.) Vs Others, Community Exhibitions: Sharing various arts, music food etc.
Accomodation and food
Volunteers will be accommodated in the host families located in an Eco-village. There are standard houses with three bedrooms, living room and kitchen. The houses are surrounded by nature and green vegetation. Basic accommodation facilities will be provided, and you should expect to share room with either host family members or other volunteers from the same or other projects. Depending on the availability of host families; volunteers shall expect to stay as well at the Youth accommodation in the community. Three meals will be provided to the volunteers either at the accommodation or work placement. Vegetarian meals will be available.
Location and leisure
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays are free for volunteers to do their personal activities including exploring what the region offer in terms of cultural and natural attractions. Possibilities are:-
Exploring Zanzibar historical, natural and cultural sites. These include museums, local markets, stone town etc. Enjoy wildlife and marine life. Jozani forest National Park, Blue safaris swimming, tour to small islands, variety of water sports, spice tour among many other options.
Near Dar es Salam possibilities could be; wildlife safari trips, Marine excursions (Mingoyo Islands) eco and cultural tourism activities, Bagamoyo or Kilwa, Dar es Salaam tour (Beach, Museums, and Markets).
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It is believed that the world’s population recently passed more than 7 billion people, an incredible number to measure. In Tanzania, Africa as well around the world many people still barely meet anyone outside of a small circle of family, friends and community while even more never venture beyond the culture in which they were raised. Cultural exposure project is aiming to serve as an important means of introducing people around the world to realities they might not normally be exposed to.
Many barriers have begun to fall between people around the world, with near-instantaneous communication allowing people on opposite sides of the world to meaningfully interact. Cultural exposure project encourage people from all walks of life to appreciate and understand distinct cultures and play a key role in creating productive dialogue across the world.
On arrival in Tanzania, you will be picked up by UVIKIUTA staff/volunteer, or Transport service provider agent. Provide your travel information at least seven working days before the project start to allow time to manage all logistics to welcome you to Tanzania. Please be advised that, we can only provide pick services from one the following points:-
Dar es Salaam International Airport
Dar es Salaam Ferry Terminal
Ubungo main bus Terminal, Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam Central Railway station
Any accommodation facility within Dar es Salaam city centre.
Non-Tanzanian volunteers are required to have business visa in order to join this project. Visa is available online and can be also obtained at the airport or other border of entry on arrival by presenting UVIKIUTA invitation letter.
Potential volunteer for this project need to have sufficient language proficiency to understand instruction given in English. Be flexible, open minded and eager to learn, independent, commitment to treating others with respect, Non-judgmental approach that values different cultures, Interest in people, cultures and their stories and ability to work under less supervision.