FAQs

 What are the volunteer fees?

To volunteer with GLP, the fees are $140 USD per week. (Different prices apply for the medical placement). It is our belief that you should not have to pay to volunteer, therefore the fees cover your accommodation (lodging plus breakfast, lunch and dinner), pick-up from Kilimanjaro airport, Arusha airport or Arusha town upon arrival (if volunteering for 4 weeks or more), orientation, and all project costs. The volunteering experience is free. Fees do not cover airline tickets, travel insurance, resident permits, visas, volunteer visa and any optional day or weekend trips.

What do my fees cover? 

Your volunteer fees cover food, housing, airport pick-up on your arrival day, orientation and all project costs.
Fees do not cover airline tickets, travel insurance, resident permits, visas and any optional day or weekend trips.

What are my passport and visa requirements?

A visa is required for entry into Tanzania. Tourist visas can be easily obtained at Kilimanjaro airport, Dar Es Salaam airport or at the border crossing between Kenya and Tanzania upon payment of the required tourist visa fee. The tourist visa fee depends on your citizenship. Please check http://www.moha.go.tz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=38&Itemid=137 for the appropriate tourist visa fee that applies to you.  A tourist visa is valid for up to 90 days from your date of arrival. Please ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months from your date of arrival.

Tanzanian law states that as a volunteer, you must also obtain a Class C volunteer work permit after you arrive in Arusha. The Class C permit can be obtained from the Immigration Office in Arusha, GLP Director will assist you in applying for the permit. The permit fee will be in addition to the tourist visa fee and is valid for up to 90 days.  Please contact GLP Director for more details.

Do I need insurance?

We recommend that you purchase travel medical insurance prior to your departure so that you are protected. You are exposing your body to a new environment, new foods and different sanitation levels and you can never know how your body will react.  It is relatively inexpensive, but in the case that you require medical care it will allow you to receive medical attention at the best medical facilities in Tanzania without having to worry about the cost.  Travel insurance also often covers instances of theft and baggage loss.

What vaccinations do I need?

IMPORTANT: At the point of entry into Tanzania you may be required to show your yellow fever vaccination certificate. You may be denied entry or required to pay for and receive the vaccination at the point of entry into Tanzania if you do not have a yellow fever vaccination certificate on you.

Once I arrive in country, how will I get to Green Living Planet?

The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport located between Arusha and Moshi, Tanzania.  When you arrive at the airport or bus/train station (if coming from Nairobi or Dar es Salaam), you will be greeted by the GLP Director who will take you to the volunteer house where you will have your room and a warm meal prepared for you.

Will I be able to use my debit/credit card?

Credit and debit cards are not generally accepted in shops.  Previous volunteers have found the easiest way to access money while in Arusha is to use the ATM terminals.  You will need an ATM card that has VISA access (although there are a couple of ATMs with MasterCard and Cirrus access).   There are, of course, fees associated with this.  It is also advisable to notify your bank of foreign travel so they do not suspend your card for unusual activity.

Will I be able to communicate with friends and family back home?

There are several communication options available during your stay in Arusha.  You can purchase a basic cell phone for about $30 USD and buy phone credit to text home.  Receiving calls is free, so we advise that you have your family call you with an international calling card.  Internet cafes are also easy to find and for $1-2/hour you can use the internet for an hour but be prepared for a slower connection.

What items should I pack?

  • Camera
  • Unblocked mobile phone
  • Sleeping bag & travel pillow
  • Insect repellents with at least 30% DEET
  • General medicine (headache, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, malaria pills)
  • Flash light with spare batteries
  • Electricity adapter/converter
  • Laptop (We can help you purchase a modem for 50,000 Tsh)
  • Footwear (for work and travel)
  • Seasonal clothes
  • Hand disinfectant and cleansing wipes
  • First-aid kit
  • Towel
  • Ear plugs
  • Sun-block

What are The Green Living Planet rules?  

Because the GLP is a place where we care for community, we need our volunteers to abide by the following rules:

No drugs on the premises.
No smoking around the schools or orphanage projects where you will be volunteering.
No smoking inside the volunteer house.
No inappropriate behavior or language in front of children.
No visitors in the volunteer house.
Failure to abide by these rules can lead to termination of volunteer agreement.

I want to raise money for The Green Living Planet.  Do you have any ideas? 

We love that you love us!  Please email us at the contact information below and we will send you back a fundraising packet loaded with ideas to help you support The Green Living Planet and our projects.

Is The Green Living Planet a nonprofit organization?

Yes!  Unlike many of the volunteer abroad organizations you will find on the internet, The Green Living Planet is a registered Tanzanian-based nonprofit organization.  We believe one of the best parts about choosing to volunteer with us is knowing that all of the money you spend on your volunteer project here in Tanzania, stays in Tanzania!  We hope you are as excited about that as we are!

Can I contact previous volunteers if I have more questions?

Of course.  In fact, we are so confident that our previous volunteers have nothing but great things to say about their experience with The Green Living Planet that we hope you will contact them!  Please send us an email and we will be happy to provide contact names and email address for previous volunteers from all over the globe who can answer all of your questions.

What is The Green Living Planet’s contact information? 

The Green Living Planet

info@greenlivingplanet.org
www.greenlivingplanet.org
P.O. Box 14888,
Arusha, Tanzania
Benson F. Mariki (Managing Director)
+255 715 181825 +255 784 181825

Facebook page: The Green Living Planet.

 

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