It’s easy to be a Born to Learn volunteer, if you have time, you like kids and you are enthusiastic, you are welcome to our team.
Born to Learn is an educational project so we have a school calendar that we follow, if you are planning to volunteer, you can come anytime and the lenght of your stay is up to your availability, but we do suggest to fit our school calendar so the help is more effective. We have divided the year into class days (pink), weekend days (yellow) and holidays (blue).
We also have divided the school year into terms, and half terms so volunteers maybe can adjust according to their availability and we have designed a hostel pricing template for those cases.
If you can’t come in these periods, don’t worry, you are very welcome anytime of the year, be in mind that during July and August we organize special programs (see below), just let us know your dates. We have attached also a template of the hostel pricing so you can calculate the cost of your stay. As you can see, the longer you come, the cheaper we try to make it, so long term volunteers could afford it. Class days are more expensive because they include lunch and transport to the project (30 min. approx.). Class and weekend days are a pack that volunteers must pay in advance, so we can’t refund if you decide to have dinner or sleep outside in an especial day. Holidays, you can either stay at the hostel or travel around Tanzania, if you don’t stay in the hostel you don’t pay, and we happily keep your baggage. Let’s do a couple of samples so you can understand better the costs: If a volunteer comes from the 13th of April to the 15th of June, we need to know how many weeks are in those dates. So we can count them in the school calendar above, and we count 9 weeks, so we go down to the “volunteer hostel pricing” and we see the price we should pay is up to 10 weeks; total per class day 17 euro, total per weekend day 13 euro and holiday 9 euro. After that we proceed to count how many class days, weekend days and holidays we are going to stay; 41 class days, 15 weekend days and 8 holidays. 41 class days x 17 euro= 697 euro, 15 weekend days x 13 euro= 195 euro (697+195=892 euro), and holidays, you pay only if you stay at the hostel at that moment.
Another example: If a volunteer comes from the 2nd of September until 21st of December. We count 16 weeks, so we check the “over 10 weeks” pricing list. 15 euro per class day, 11 euro pero weekend day, and 9 euro per holiday. And we count the exact number of days; 72 class days, 26 weekend days and 17 holidays. (72×15) + (26×11)= 1366 euro.
And last but not least, our temrs and conditions. If you have any doubts about volunteering, or about the staying cost, just contact us at email@example.com (Asier)
How to get here
There is three main airports closet o Moshi:
- Kilimanjaro airport is the best option, as it is only a half an hour taxi ride away from Moshi. The taxi cost is about 35$ if you book it with us in advance, and one of our project coordinators will pick you up in the airport. You can get the visa in the airport, which costs 50$. Ethiopian airlines, Qatar airways, Turkish airlines, Air France and KLM are some of the companies that flight here. Other option is to get to Nairobi or Dar es Salaam with Air France, Egypt air, Turkish airlines, Qatar airways… and fly then to Moshi with Precision air, kenya airways, fastjet or fly540 airlines.
- The second best option is flying to Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi. You will have to add then another plane ticket with Precision air or kenya airlines to Moshi, or the cheapest option of going by bus. If you choose this option I recommend staying overnight in Nairobi backpackers. You will have to get also the transfer visa (25$) in the airport and the Tanzanian visa (50$) in the frontier (It all has to be paid in dollars). There are many bus companies such us Kampala coach, riverside shuttle or impala tours. Once you arrive to Moshi, one of our project coordinators will pick you up from the bus stand.
- The third best option is flying to Dar es Salaam. After that you either fly to Moshi with Precision air or fastjet, or maybe your option can be to get a bus. You can get the visa in the airport (50$). There are many bus companies such as Kampala coach, Dar express… and the trip takes about 7 or 8 hours. Also check the new cheap air company called fastjet, they connect Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro with very economic prices!
Every person entering Tanzania must get the tourist visa (50$) or (100$ if you are american) and every volunteer must get also -in addition to the tourist visa- the volunteer permit (for those staying up to 3 months costs 200$ and for those staying up to 2 years costs 500$)
It is compulsory for you to get Yellow Fewer vaccine with which you will receive a yellow book that you might need while entering Tanzania. There are a range of other vaccinations that may be useful such as Hepatitis, Tetanus and Typhoid, however you need to discuss these with your Doctor.
Malaria is not so common here but it is worthwhile discussing an anti-malarial treatment with your Doctor. The hostel provides a mosquito net on every bed. Insect repellent is also recommended.
Moshi is one of the big cities in Tanzania with over 150.000 inhabitants. It is also the closest city to the Kilimanjaro mountain so the< views and surroundings are just amazing. There is also all kind of facilities as it is prepared for tourism such as cash machines, internet cafes, swimming pools, cinemas, good restaurants, good nightlife… It is a safe town, however, it is important to be always aware of your surroundings. You are safe during the day but it is recommended to get a taxi at night time.
Talking about climate, there are two main seasons here, the rainy and the dry seasons.
The rain season is between April and May, but it mainly rains at night times so it’s not a big deal. The climate is just perfect as temperatures various between 18 and 30 degrees Celsius most part of the year.
Malaria is not so common in Moshi but it is worthwhile discussing an anti-malarial treatment with your Doctor. The hostel provides a mosquito net on every bed. Mosquitoes only attack when the sun rises and sets and not everyday but insect repellent and long-sleeved trousers and T-shirts are recommended at these daytimes.
The life style is reasonably cheap in Moshi. Here are few examples of prices: a taxi ride anywhere in town 3.000Tsh, 1hour internet access 1.000Tsh, bottle of beer from 1.500Tsh, cigarettes from 1.700Tsh, bottle of water (1,5l) 1.000Tsh, food from 500Tsh up to 10.000Tsh in the most expensive restaurants, Dala Dala ride (local bus) 300Tsh anywhere in town, one banana 20Tsh, swimming pool 3.000Tsh, cinema 3.000Tsh, to buy a sim card approx 2.000Tsh and a new telephone approx 35.000Tsh.
The Tanzanian electrical plug is the British 3 square prong plug. Most people feel comfortable to bring ipods, phones, laptops etc and use them at the hostel.
Activities to do around Moshi:
There are many different activities to do around Moshi, like mount climbing, safaris, beaches and ethnic and cultural excursions.
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the attractions around Moshi. Usually people climbs it in 6 days and the cost is 1.200$. Amazing views from the top of this nearly 6.000 meters high mountain are worth it the cost. Born to Learn works with a local company, very safe and they make good deals to our volunteers and travelers.
Mount Meru is the second highest peak in Tanzania with nearly 4.600 meters high. Very good option for those who can’t afford climbing Kilimanjaro. People climb it in 3 or 4 days and the price vary according to that between 400-500$. Also the views from the top are amazing.
Climbing Ol Donoy Lengai mountain is the third option, and maybe the hardest. It is an overnight hike, with some difficulties of the wind, but seeing fumaroles and even lava sometimes it worths all that. The price vary depending of how many people you share the transport with. Climbing the sacrate mountain of the Masai can cost around 300$. Amazing views from the top also, and not easy to reach.
There are also one day hikes and excursions to do around Moshi, like 100 meter high cascades or amazing hot springs in the middle of nowhere.
Serengeti National Park, The Crater of Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Arusha N.P and Lake manyara are some of the game parks close to Moshi. Once you get to Tanzania it is worth it to do a safari, no matter how expensive it is. It’s like being inside a documentary of the National Geografic, just amazing! The price an be around 165$ a day, if you share the Land Cruiser with at least 5 people, if not, et ready to pay more. Born to learn can help you to get people and share costs.
The cost and the irelands in Tanzania are just paradisiac. Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia, Kipangani, Peponi and Tanga are some of the examples. Blue turquoise water and white sand with reggae vives are perfect spot to chill and have a good time. Diving in these waters is something you should experience, you see everything!
Ethnic and Cultural visits
You can even hunt with the bushmen or dance with the Masai!!
- If you like swimming, bring your own googles, they don’t sell them in Moshi.
- Bring also earplugs in case there is too much noise at night.
- Do not forget mosquito repelent and sunscream.
- Bring some dollars to pay the visa and the safari (if you are planing to do so).
- You will make us very happy if you could bring a book or a film to complete our library.
- You could make kids very happy if you could bring some clothes, shoes, sandals, books, school material or sport material.