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SAIDIA has succedded in eliminating our programme fees

16 March 11

There have been some big changes at SAIDIA. Owing to our partnership with Honey Badger Lodge and Safaris we have been able to SLASH OUR PRICES. Whilst we always worked hard to keep our fees low, ultimately we never wanted our volunteers to have to pay. So now…unlike large profit making volunteer organisations, volunteering with SAIDIA Tanzania comes with no fee! YES you read it right…there is NO fee to volunteer. Volunteers only need to pay for their accommodation and their volunteering is free. You will receive the following all at no cost:

-          Pre-departure planning – including creating a tentative tailor made volunteer package matching your skills and interests to the needs of the local communities.
-          Pre-departure information packs – including advice on what to bring, visas, vaccinations etc. as well as language information for those keen to get stuck in.
-          In-country briefing and orientation – including meeting the local community, organisations, visits to town and local sites of interest, including the market etc.
-          24-hour in country support – including weekly/bi-weekly progress meetings with volunteers and their partner organisations as well as anything else as needed
-          Language orientation – for those keen to learn, we offer basic language training enabling volunteers to communicate more easily within and around their placements.
What’s more unlike any other volunteer organisation that we know of we have removed the varying costs depending on the length of your stay. Accommodation costs are quoted per night and we offer two different accommodation packages:
Option 1: Fully catered accommodation              $15 per night
Volunteers choosing this option will be placed in the lodge dorm rooms, these are situated in the main lodge building. There are 4 large rooms which can sleep between 6-10 people, each with bathroom access (one is ensuite, one has its own bathroom nearby and the other two rooms share a bathroom). The main building is kept cool by the traditional roofing (makuti) and our solar powered fans. Our hot water and lights also rely on solar power making this an environmentally conscious accommodation option. Volunteers will be able to enjoy the lodge gardens, which are lush and spacious. The rate includes three basic meals a day, however volunteers can upgrade their meal or accommodation options as they wish (please enquire for further details).
Option 2: Self catered accommodation                  $10 per night
Volunteers choosing this option will be placed in one of our three self catered en-suite rooms, the rooms each have a bathroom and share a communal kitchen dining space. The rooms are on a plot adjacent to the lodge campsite and have a spacious garden and outdoor seating. These rooms are ideal for those who are keen to get involved in local life by visiting the local markets and learning to cook local food. Volunteers will be accompanied to the market the first time so as to get their bearings and feel comfortable. There the adventure begins. 
Its important to remember that at SAIDIA we aim to offer tailor made volunteer packages. Therefore if these options do not suit you or you have specific requests, e.g. you want to come with your family and want to block book a whole self-catered or fully catered room then just get in touch. For those who want a little privacy, double or single rooms can be arranged upon request and subject to availability. Anything is possible.
We have always believed that volunteering ones time and skills for the betterment of others should be payment enough. We really hope our set up enables more people to come and volunteer. We want SAIDIA to be attainable for all.


J Renju

J Renju

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