If you are thinking of volunteering anywhere in Africa, you have made the right choice............Africa is exceptionally beautiful and colourful. The people will change your life and inspire you and you should get as much out of the experience as you give.
Volunteers in the Ugandan projects (Orphans care and teaching) will be accommodated with local family homestays, within the project in the parish of Nabweru in the district of Wakiso. The house contains a boys’ room, a girls’ room, a room for StayAway's staff, a lounge, a garage, the orphans' rooms and an inside shower room. The toilets are inside however there are also outside sit-on toilets. Your home away from home in Africa!!!
The guest house is contained inside a gated compound. The gate and metal doors are locked at night. The windows are all barred.
ELECTRICITY AND WATER
The guest house has electricity, and electronic devices can be charged at power supply outlets around the house. There is lighting available at the house. Running water is available in the house though with cold showers!!
Internet is available in the guest house via a small USB device that connects to a computer. The internet costs 2,000 shillings ($US 0.83) per hour. The overall consensus of the internet speed is "good enough for email and Facebook". Faster internet connections are available in the local town.
The compound is also shared by StayAway's staff. They sleep in the so-called boys’ quarters. These are small rooms that are not connected to the main house. The only exceptions to this are the staff and Betty Birungi (the house mother ).
MEALS AT THE HOUSE
A daily breakfast is prepared for the volunteers by the house cook, This meal is shared with the staff there and Betty. This is a self catering program, the volunteers are responsible for organizing/buying their own food. Note: Neither Betty nor the cook should ever ask volunteers for money. Accommodation and the daily breakfast are provided free of charge.
Typical components of the meals include: madote (boiled green bananas), rice, cassava, g-nut (peanut) sauce, likote (a type of green vegetable), potatoes, seasonal fruit, omelettes, fish, goat meat (tastes very similar to lamb), pork, and beef. Note: meat is expensive and in short supply. Meat is usually served twice a week. Bread and spreads are available for snacks.
The town of Nabweru takes is a 15 minute walk from the house. Volunteers can hire boda-bodas (a motorcycle) for 1,500 ($US 0.83) shillings going down to the city (Kampala) and 2,000 shillings ($US1.11) to get back to the guest house.
Any “western conveniences” volunteers might require can be got from the city center
While you're volunteering in local Ghanaian communities, you will be accommodated in a shared house alongside like minded volunteers and experience the traditional Ghana diet.
Teaching volunteers are placed at schools and are accommodated on-site or with a local Ghanaian family. Volunteers are accommodated in a volunteer house where they live with other volunteers and local staff. On some projects, volunteers also stay together in a volunteer house alongside a local family. There are separate rooms for male and female volunteers with shared common room and toilet facilities.
Living is basic but the majority of volunteer houses have electricity, while only few have running water. Power cuts are common in Ghana and most rural houses do not have running water during times of drought. Bedding (pillows and sheets) is provided, however it is recommended that volunteers bring their own towels and mosquito nets (these can also be purchased in Ghana).
Volunteers in Ghana either serve themselves food as it is selfcatering or get a free Breakfast, generally consists of tea and coffee, toast and fruit. Food is available for purchase from the local markets and shops. When food is provided for the volunteers, If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you.
Volunteers in the Tanzanian projects' accommodation is basic , cultured and local at the Masai village (Mondooli Juu ). The volunteers stay with a local family and have the opportunity to learn about Maasai people and Maasai culture. They also see Masai warriors in the community and in the Maasai village
You will share a room with a number of other volunteers of the same gender and will sleep in bunk beds. Couples are provided a separate room. The house can only house upto 16 volunteers at a time!
You will share a bacis sit on toilet and enjoy a bucket shower with other volunteers. Living conditions on the Tanzania Maasai volunteer projects are basic. Masai home stays having no running water or electricity but water is supplied throughout the day by the Massai families hosting you. As our program offers self catering option, If your busy with the project and have stored food for yourself in the house, there is someone to help prepare it for you.
Living conditions on the Tanzania Maasai volunteer projects are basic. Masai home stays having no running water or electricity. The areas tend to be very dry but scenic.
There is internet available in the local town and prices vary but also the speed is slow at times so be aware of this.You will be helped by your local coordinators in case of anything or need to get in touch with home!
FREE MASSAI CULTURE AND LUNGUAGE IMMERSION!
We prepare our volunteers for cultural immersion and the contact with the local people. Up to 10 Swahili language lessons every week assure that your Swahili skills are quickly improving. Fully enjoy cultural immersion and soon make new friends! The language course may take place at the Volunteer Guesthouse and independent living volunteers and camping guests are invited to join in the community and learn together!
.......I took a lot of opportunities which I wouldn’t have taken at home. The stay here opened my mind, made me more sensitive for other people and cultures and I hope it also changed me, what I will see back at home.
˜ Jakob Zscheischler / Horkenweg, Germany
Safety and a great community atmosphere The village can be easily reached by foot. The village and its surroundings are very safe and generations of volunteers have been enjoying this wonderful path into the village center. Hikes into the flat land paradise, starting from the volunteer house can be an exiting adventure and why not take a day to the 2-hrs away Mountain Kilimanjaro, there are trails which lead to a 360 degree sight seeing spot on top or to a wild desert!.
South Africa Home
Volunteers will stay at the volunteer's guest rooms by the orphanage, facilities are with running water and electric lights at night However, the accommodation is not what you're used to at home, and probably not the average volunteers idea of luxury.
There is a sleeping platform in the main house, where vounteers sleep on "local bunk beds" or matresses spread on the floor. As our program is self catering, volunteers will either prepare their own food or buy it and someone help them at the house during their stay.
This is by far the only available accommodation option for this incredible project. It offers spectacular views of Orange Farm.
The volunteer house gets frequent visits from children and community members . When not working on the project, the volunteers spend their evenings braaing on an open fire, socialising with new friends and enjoying the night sounds of the African life.
SAFETY AND COMFORT
We put safety and comfort first as we deliver enriching and consistent experiences for our international travelers. Our support is multi-faceted while volunteers are in South Africa and our Project Coordinator is in contact with our volunteers on a regular basis face-to-face . Key support comes from our country Director. These individuals are employed by our organisaton and committed to ensuring your experience the best it can be. Your chosen project staff and host family offers support as well, and they are familiar with working with international volunteers and accustomed to answering questions and providing guidance.
Living participants share a particularly enjoyable time-table whereby community volunteer work, cooperative living tasks, and organizational meetings combined do not extend to more than the amount of hours per week which each volunteer individually decides to dedicate. A personalized weekly working plan distributes tasks based on necessity and personal preferences. Past volunteers confirm the special nature of this living convergence and have enjoyed it tremendously.
Considerations We feel that it is important to highlight that we have created an environment of respect and consideration. The Living staff and volunteers are encouraged to improve constantly the environment which they are creating for themselves.