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ENGINEERING

TANZANIA

Work with the country's leading engineering company, participating in large scale projects. The work includes civil engineering, commercial and private developments as well as noteable projects such as UN projects. Participate  on developments in a fast growing urban city with a severely underdeveloped and problematic infrastructure.

ABOUT THIS PLACEMENT 

Age requirement: 18 years + 

For Student Intern Requirements: Degree/University/College level minimum second year Engineering, Architecture or related studies.

For Professional Volunteer Requirements: Minimum 6 months work experience in a related field

Number of volunteers: Solo individuals, Groups are welcome

Duration: From 4 weeks to 12 months.

Start date: No specific start date, start at any time during the year.

Fees:

  1. $150 registration fee

  2. Book between 2 weeks and 12 months (see exact fees)

    • Includes accommodation​

    • Placement preparation, facilitation & coordination

    • Airport pick up + drop off

    • Free 1 hour Swahili Language class with an experience professional instructor

About the project

A first in Arusha.

This is an internship program to work with an engineering company, participating in large scale projects. The work includes helping to work on developments in a fast growing urban city with a severely underdeveloped and problematic infrastructure.

 

The company is a general construction engineering company which include work in: 

  • Class one buildings

  • Class two Civil Engineering work

  • Class two mechanical engineering

  • Real estate development

  • Water work

  • Specialist plumbing and sanitation 

  • Ventilation systems

  • Class six electrical work


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Times of the year program  would be unavailable:

  • None

 

The Team

  • Managing Director (Bachelors of Science, Masters in Business Administration and P. Eng (Professional Engineer).

  • Engineer

  • Project Manager

  • General Manager

  • HR Manager

  • Two Quantity Surveyours

 

Overall objectives:

  • Participate in client meetings and consultations

  • Site visits 

  • Surveys

  • Participate in the planning, implementation or construction of large scale projects

  • Work directly with qualified, experienced and educated engineers.

Daily Schedule:

Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm

Schedule depends on the project, project site, stage of implementation and construction.

 

Challenges  to consider:

  • Self direction when situations appear unclear/unambiguous

  • Strong cultural differences in pace, level of understanding and backgrounds

  • Lack of some technologies or resources

  • Working in a rural and very basic setting with no modern conveniences

  • Long distance travel (risk assessed: safe)

  •  You may be in a city/country witnessing true poverty for the first time 

  • Sometimes scheduling  may be slower paced or changeable  

  • Working environment and regulations may differ slightly from what you may be used to. Make sure you enquire if anything appears unclear

  • Long distance travel and difficult or harsh terrain may very well be present on work sites

 

How will you get around?

Please note this project is 45-60 mins travel. For your placement, you will travel like a local and walk or take public transport. You will need to set a small budget aside for this (around $1 per day by local minibuses, 4 to 5 days per week). It is important you are prepared and comfortable to travel across town to reach the school, this is a demanding role that requires dedication. You will also need to budget for your own lunch.

Out of town and rural sites are part of the role and you will be expected to participate with the team to work on projects out of Arusha which may require overnight travel. Your supervision and coordination will be covered by the engineering team.  Accommodation and transportation will be provided accordingly. This will require you to be resilient, proactive, professional and mature.

 

Important VISA & Permit Information

You will be required to pay for a VISA work assignment. Please note this is a legal requirement and your responsibility. Please enquire for more details.

Where will you stay?

You will stay in a volunteer house. where we provide safe, clean and comfortable accommodation, comfortable bedding, breakfast and dinner (dinner's Monday to Friday) and housekeeping. This will be a quiet and friendly neighbourhood 15 minutes from the main hustle and bustle of town. You will have wifi, hot showers, 24 hour gated security, a domestic/cook (who will happily do your laundry for a small fee) and a coordinator who will ensure you settle in quickly and comfortably into your new town. This is a shared home where you will be staying with other volunteers from across the world, so you will never be on your own in your new environment. The house is impeccably clean, well kept, modern and spacious.

Important VISA & Permit Information

You will be required to pay a for a VISA for voluntary work assignment. Please enquire for details.

Clinical Practice Fee

This is a payment all medical volunteers in Tanzania must make towards your host hospital (Ministry of Health, Tanzania). 

 

Where do my fees go?

Most of your fees are spent locally. Fees ensure you have above standard accommodation, that you have a personal coordinator picking you up at the airport, orientating you and you have a coordinator day to day and your program is planned and facilitated specifically for you, to match your skills and get you to provide the very best to those that need you. 

 

Is Africa safe for me to travel alone? Do I need to be with other volunteers?

​Regardless of whether you're volunteering on a clinical mission, you're still a tourist. Forward planning is key to protecting yourself from risk as you would anywhere in the world. As a group or a solo traveller from abroad, you will attract attention but, you will also have a great support system in your volunteer coordinators, fellow travellers/volunteers and ​supervisors. It's important to try and be conscientious of your new surroundings and respect and follow local customs as much as possible and insure yourself from any possible risks. 

Africa is a large continent with every country varying greatly in local culture, customs, rules and regulations. Research your destination as much as possible and ask as many questions as possible. We would never place you at risk or in harm's way, however it is important you take ownership of your journey and behave responsibly. 

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