Family Volunteer Trips
Make A Difference Near Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa
Our Service Learning Program will teach you about the local culture, cuisine, and language while you work on projects that give back long term.
Nestled amidst the snows of Kilimanjaro and just a few hours from the Serengeti, our guest house offers a home away from home. Our program is great for both individuals traveling alone as well as families and organizations. Each program is tailor-made to the volunteer’s schedule, so you can start your service any time of the year.
Popular ongoing projects include: Painting schools, helping teach intro to computers, conversational English workshops, playing with and reading to toddlers at a baby orphanage we support as well as resume building and career development with our older students.
Safari Add On Option: 2-day safari to Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater (details below) *The safari company can drop you off at the airport by 6 pm on the last day of your safari for evening flights out.
Kilimanjaro Add On Option: Extend on seven more days after the safari. Hike the Machame Route. Each participant agrees to raise $1,000 on top of their hiking fee for our education endowment. *Airport drop-offs can be arranged after. More Details.
Please read the following information on what to expect from your trip.
If you have any questions make sure to visit our contact page.
+ Volunteer Itinerary
Typical Week A typical week schedule with MAD would be as follows:
Day 1 Arrival (most flights arrive at around 8:30 pm into Moshi/Kilimanjaro airport). Meet and greet our staff. Transfer in MAD's vehicle to our guest house 45 minutes away near Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Day 2 Orientation. Get familiar with the local culture and learn a few key Swahili phrases. Review of your upcoming schedule for the week and later an opportunity to tour one of the local schools we help support and meet the children.
Day 3 Head to a local baby orphanage that MAD supports. Spend time with the children either helping them get outside to play, learn how to walk or help feed them. Later we'd love it if you could teach them songs and read simple early learning books with them.
Day 4 We will be driving 45 minutes near the gates of Kilimanjaro to learn about the local Chagga culture and then hike to a beautiful waterfall.
Day 5-7 In the mornings go to the baby orphanage and every other day work on a project in the afternoon with our older students. Projects vary depending on your experience, interest and our student's schedule; from creating jewelry to raise money for education, making cards and later having our students help you paint them, playing sports with our students, helping them with their English, painting a classroom or teaching short workshops on how to use computers. For the days that you won't be working on a project, we will be teaching you Swahili and cooking lessons so you can learn how to cook some of the local meals.
Optional Safari or Kilimanjaro Hike We encourage our volunteers to explore the country they will be working in and offer suggestions on cultural site seeing trips throughout their time with us.
+ Travel Insurance
To ensure that your time with MAD is enjoyable and free from worries, we have made travel insurance compulsory for all programs and events. This must be purchased on your own. Without limitation, MAD is not responsible for any injury, damage, loss of property or delays during your stay.
For individuals traveling alone, you must be 18 years of age or have a letter from a guardian stating you have their permission to go. Insurance is mandatory.
+ MAD Merchandise
Before you leave on your journey, purchase a MAD t-shirt, hat or bag and help educate a child.
+ Time commitment
Volunteers are scheduled to work 30 hours a week. However, the nature of work is such that volunteers and staff may occasionally participate in after-hours activities.
+ Volunteer Pricing
Our Program Includes: Housing, meals, language courses, cultural learning, orientation, airport pick up and drop off, volunteer related transportation, house security, guide, cook, planned sightseeing and educational trips.
Recommended add on 2-day safari: $545 (US)/person (minimum of 6 people needed, the price goes up if less than 6 people).
Recommended add on Kilimanjaro Hike: Read More.
Rates Per Week:
- 1 Person 1 Wk $1,200.00 USD
- 2 or more People 1 Wk Discount PP $600.00 USD
- 1 Person 2 Wks $1,700.00 USD
- 2 or more People 2 Wks Discount PP $1,100.00 USD
- 1 Person 3 Wks $2,200.00 USD
- 2 or more People 3 Wks Discount PP $1,500.00 USD
- 1 Person 1 Month $2,500.00 USD
- 2 or more People 1 Month $1,800.00 USD
+ Fundraising Goals
Set up a fundraising page and help raise money to support Make A Difference programs before you go! All money raised will be used to support the vulnerable children MAD helps.
Reserve your spot now!
Register and pay deposit of $250 immediately, in order to save your spot (Refundable only if within 24-hours after payment.)
All participants under 18 must have a guardian accompany them or a letter from their guardian stating it is okay for them to go on the trip alone.
2. Pay your remaining balance.
Pay your remaining balance 60 days before your trip.
Read our Read Before You Go page
Dates and fundraising minimums are subject to change. Please confirm with us before you purchase your flight.
One Family’s Experience
Yetta Novak and Family
We’re ending our time in Africa in Zanzibar, by the Indian Ocean. We’ve been talking to our children over the past days to hear their reflections from their volunteer experience.
We watched CNN International the other day and a number of U.S. politicians were calling each other names. This all seems so insignificant in light of the events of the world – poverty, infrastructure collapses, global economic trade issues, etc . We’ve been able to watch international news while here which lets us learn about and see the events that are taking place around the world. Continue Reading…