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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We are very used to the questions and concerns of prospective volunteers and the families that support and care for them. We invite you to contact us with any questions that you may have and offer the following questions and answers that are so frequently asked of us, to help you get some answers immediately.

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1) Are there specific qualifications that I must have to volunteer with Project Overland?

Most of our placements require only that you are fluent in the English language, even as a second or third language. Our orphanage and teaching placements do not require certification or specialized training, nor do they require prior teaching experience. All that you need to bring is a willingness to share what you know and a little of what is in your heart. Volunteers interested in medical placements are required to be actively studying, or certified, within a field of medical training.

2) Do I need to get vaccinations to volunteer in Tanzania?

Until very recently, the government of Tanzania required that all visitors be vaccinated against Yellow Fever and that they present their vaccination record upon entry in the country. Although the requirement has been lifted, not all immigration officers are aware of this change in policy. It is recommended that every volunteer and tourist obtain the Yellow Fever vaccination to prevent trip interruptions.

We recommend that all volunteers make an appointment with their medical practitioner, or local travel health clinic, for up to date preventative medical advice and vaccination requirements. We also encourage you to schedule a physical examination and dental assessment as preventative measures. Pre-existing health conditions that have not been detected could cause interruptions to your experience, and all that you hope to offer those you wish to help. If you are taking medication on any regular basis, ensure that you bring enough to last a little longer than your itinerary, in case of travel delays.

3) Are there age restrictions and requirements to volunteer with Project Overland?

We invite volunteers of all ages but do require that they are at least 18 years old, unless accompanied by a guardian. We appreciate the enthusiasm and open heartedness of youth and wish for them to share those qualities in acts of giving throughout the world but the legalities of such endeavours would make our fees less affordable for the masses. However, there is no age too great and we encourage those in life transitions, and those who have retired, to come and share their life experiences with our community.

4) Can I communicate with family and friends while I am in Tanzania?

There have been great advancements in technology in the past few years and communications are more readily available than ever. Although the speed and reliability may not be what you are used to, it is very possible to stay connected with your friends and family via telephone, e-mail and social media. You may bring your mobile phone, I-Pad, I-pods and other devices that are SIM compatible, just ensure that they are unlocked and available for alternate service providers. Internet cafes are always an alternative option, should you not wish to bring along your devices.

5) What supplies should I bring to help the project I will be working at?

When your friends and family hear that you will be volunteering in Africa, they will very likely want to support you with donations of supplies and money, all of which is appreciated. The bigger cities and areas that we support are quite advanced in that most supplies can be purchased while you are here, so, we encourage that donation monies be brought with you, in cash. Luggage restrictions and inconveniences can make bringing supplies a challenge. Once you have arrived and determined, first hand, the needs of your placement, you will be better suited to offer long lasting change by using the donations toward the immediate needs of where you will be offering your time. Be it notebooks, a lunch program or play ground, you will be able to support the community by buying needed supplies, locally, all the while sharing your contributions with those as home, as it happens.

6) I recently read that volunteering is harmful to those in developing countries. Is that true?

We are well aware of the controversial views that voluntourism has a negative impact on people in developing nations. It is a complicated issue and there is no easy answer but we have been proactive in ensuring that our programs are established with their own visions, their own culture, able to identify their own needs, and are actively seeking the support of international knowledge to better support those in their community. We do not support projects with a victim approach and choose only those programs that seek to empower those that they support.

7) I am a vegetarian, will I be able to find suitable meals?

Many people, throughout Africa, live on a vegetarian diet, but generally from an economical limitation rather than choice. Your host family will provide vegetarian meal options, upon request, and we will ensure that they do so with your specifications. There are many restaurants, in the larger cities, that are accustomed to international food requests and preferences. The more local establishments will offer non-meat meal options, however that does not mean that utensils and cooking practices prevented your food from contacting meat at some point.