For small charities like ours volunteering is valued so much, there are many ways to volunteer with our organisation:
Raising awareness of the work we do
Raising funds to support the work we do
Be a dedicated grant finder
All of our trustees and members give their time freely to attend, physically or virtually, meetings and events in aid of Nations Together. Our website is voluntary maintained by one of our Trustees.
Our trips to Tanzania with any trustee or member are all self-funded.
Fancy a trip of a lifetime, without the “tourist” costs, working with the chagga, massai and pare tribes of Kilimanjaro you will experience first-hand local and community life.
Volunteering alongside our staff team and amazing service users; who will bring great joy to your life, you will be included as an integral part of our nations Together community. At the Activity Centre, you could take the lead on organising an art, dance, music, numeracy and literacy lesson or supporting the staff team as they lead, you could visit our out-reach service users in their own homes, guaranteed you will be emotionally moved by this experience, you could go on a social inclusion outing with a staff member and service users to name but a few.
Tanzania is a wonderful country to visit not only with the opportunity to volunteer at our organisation but also to engage in many other experiences:
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Safari to the serengetti, ngorgoro crater, lake manyara
Zanzibar – just amazing
Cultural Massai museum
Volunteer will need to pay for their own flights, accommodation and personal funds.
We would also ask that you raise some “project funds” for Nations Together, you will remain with these funds and decide where every penny is spent once you have seen where the need is, that way you can tell the people who helped you raise funds exactly what your funds were spent on.
Please note volunteers will be accompanied by a member of our team at all times whilst with our service users due to their vulnerability. DBS where possible are encouraged.
Volunteering will need to be self-funded by yourselves but please don’t be put off by that, there are many ways to raise funds to support your trip and we can help you do that.
Lucy & Theo
On the 15th February 2020, my son, Theo (age 7), and I began our journey to Tanzania as volunteers for Nations Together. This was my fourth time volunteering in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania and my first with Nations Together. Laura and Keith were extremely helpful in helping us find the most affordable and convenient flights possible at February half term. They also organised our accommodation at two different locations during our week’s trip. Both accomodation’s were very clean, comfortable, had Wi-Fi and provided well-looked after mosquito nets which covered the whole bed whilst we slept; we felt very safe there. There was also food to cater different requirements, ranging from local cuisine to more Western style food.
Before our trip began, Laura provided an itinerary for the week which was well planned to suit mine and Theo’s interests – we wanted to spend time at the Community Wellness Centre with the service users, their families and the staff, experience the culture and meet the wildlife in the Arusha National Park. The whole week was amazing and we did everything we wanted to and more!
Our trip began with a day in Arusha at the Snake Park and Maasai Museum where we were given a tour by knowledge park keepers and tour guides. We had the opportunity to hold a snake, learn about the different types of snakes, get close up with iguanas, learn about the Maasai culture, dress up like Maasai, ride a camel and purchase Maasai items such as jewellery.
The following day, we went to Arusha National Park, along with other Nations Together volunteers, and met the service users and a member of their family. Back in the UK, we had raised money to fund a safari day for the service users and their families. They were so excited and thankful for the chance to explore their local national park; it was an amazing experience to be close up to giraffes, colobus monkeys, zebras and much more.
As a trustee for Nations Together, I have been involved in fundraising and raising awareness of the Community Wellbeing Centre, in Boma N’Gombe, from the UK. Seeing the centre in action, supporting the inclusion and development of the service users through art activities was a great experience. With the other volunteers, we showed the four service users how to weave with paper and create fabric animal collages. The staff at the centre were excellent in translating throughout the activity, helping us to build relationships. It was lovely to see the pride on the faces of the service users when they’d created the artwork. Theo and I enjoyed meeting Dorkus and we now sponsor her each month; we are looking forward to keeping in touch with her through Nations Together.
The centre was vibrant, welcoming and stimulating, although it’s size meant only a few service users could use it at a time. However, during our visit we were fortunate to visit the potential new location for the Community Wellbeing Centre which is much larger and has a vast outdoor space so the service users can learn a wider variety of skills. Since returning to the UK, we received the news that the Community Wellbeing Centre has moved into the larger premises.
Laura and Keith helped us to fit so much into 6 days – Chemka Spring for a swim in the natural oasis, the Maasai Market in Arusha and Arise Community School in Sanya Juu. We hope to visit Tanzania with Nations Together again soon and encourage you to experience it for yourself!