Family Volunteer Trips

Make A Difference Near Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa

Nestled amidst the snows of Kilimanjaro and just a few hours from the Serengeti, our guest house offers a home away from home. Our Service Learning Program will teach you about the local culture, cuisine and language while you work on projects that give back long term. Our program is great for both individuals traveling alone as well as families and organizations.

Steps to Get You to Tanzania! 

Untitled design (5).png

Click below to register & pay $250 deposit

Untitled design (5).png

Read Before You Go to help you plan your trip.

Untitled design (6).png

Apply for a travel visa through your embassy & buy your plane ticket.


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. Here is what they had to say:

The problems we often face are not nearly as difficult as the ones many of the friends we have made in Africa have faced. 
— Grace (daughter)
We see a happiness amongst many people here, despite the lack of material goods.  The world is so much bigger than the U.S.   
— Sean (son)

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…


+ Itnerary

Typical Week A typical week schedule with MAD would be as follows:

  • Day 1 Arrival (most flights arrive at around 830pm into Moshi/Kilimanjaro airport). Meet and greet from 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 meet the children at one of the schools we help and tour their school.
  • 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 simply 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 a 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.

+ Hours

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.

+ Cost

Our Program Includes: Housing, meals, language courses, cultural learning, orientation, airport pick up and drop off, volunteer related transportation, house security, guide, cook, planned sight seeing and educational trips.

Rates Per Week

  • 1 Person 1 Wk $1,200.00 USD
  • 1 + People 1 Wk Discount PP $600.00 USD
  • 1 Person 2 Wks $1,700.00 USD
  • 1 + People 2 Wks Discount PP $1,100.00 USD
  • 1 Person 3 Wks $2,200.00 USD
  • 1 + People 3 Wks Discount PP $1,500.00 USD
  • 1 Person 1 Month $2,500.00 USD
  • 1 + People 1 Month $1,800.00 USD

+ 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.

*Must be 18 years of age or have a letter from a guardian stating you have their permission to go.

*Insurance is manditorry.

+ Optional Safari

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.

Need to make a payment or pay your remaining balance? You can do that here.

*Dates and fundraising minimums are subject to change. Please confirm with us before you purchase your flight. 



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 the vulnerable children MAD helps.



Before you leave on your journey, purchase a MAD t-shirt, hat or bag and help educate a child. 

Shop and Make a Difference.