Haria Hotel is run as a not for profit, with 100% of profits going back to the local community through projects run by Team Vista. We are more than happy to assist you in arranging volunteer placements in a variety of projects, either with Team Vista or with other organisations that we are aligned with, that are also working towards sustainability. We are the only not-for-profit organisation working in the Kaloleni ward of Moshi. This area, built up around the dump, is one of the poorest in the Kilimanjaro region, and our community projects are varied.
In order to encourage sustainability, we at Team Vista believe in placing volunteers into areas they are skilled in, therefore we do not promote placing unskilled people into roles or replacing local jobs.
We also do not believe in charging a volunteer fee for people who wish to help. Volunteering with us or one of our partner organisations is completely free. Haria Hotel is the closest accommodation to the Kaloleni area, where our projects are situated, and we do offer discount for those who stay for a week or longer. Our discount does differ from room to room, so please do not hesitate to send us an email via our contact page or chat with our friendly reception staff here at Haria Hotel.
Team Vista work closely with Kaloleni PrimarySchool, and Msasani Secondary School in Kaloleni, which are both constantly stretched for resources, and are in need of assistance. In Tanzania, primary is taught in Swahili, but secondary is always in English, meaning schools are constantly in need of English speaking teachers. If you are a qualified teacher and believe you can help out, please let us know.
Otherwise, If you have no teaching qualifications and still want to assist, we can offer placements as a teachers aide or as a tutor for older disadvantaged students who may be falling behind in their study. Volunteers can also help with taking extra curricular activities such as sport, art and craft, as these are often not provided in government schools.
Women’s Empowerment Projects
Team Vista has two main women’s empowerment projects, the Women’s Group, and the Young Women’s Empowerment Group.
The Women’s Group is made up of 7 artistic and talented women who for years were scavenging on the dump to make ends meet. The women now run a sustainable enterprise based in Kaloleni, creating crafts, clothing, reusable sanitary pads, and more. Any volunteers with entrepreneurial skills, tailoring skills, ability to teach English, or any other way to assist The Women’s Group, are encouraged to get involved.
The Young Women’s Empowerment Group runs in conjunction with Msasani Secondary School. Each year, 20-30 girls from form 4 (final year) are identified as at-risk of failing, dropping out and/or becoming pregnant. The girls meet 2 days a week to encourage empowerment, support each other, learn their rights, study, and engage in activities important to them such as sport, arts, dancing, music and much more. A positive female role model guest speaker often attends as inspiration. If you feel you have the skills necessary to assist in running the afternoons with Msasani teachers, please get involved – anyone with relevant skills or experience is welcome, especially those with a women’s empowerment background, or passion.
In 2013, Team Vista purchased some farmland in the village of Newland – around 20 minutes from Moshi, where we are growing food crops to sell. This project was established as a local solution to fund-raising for Kaloleni projects, rather than relying solely on fund-raising and donations from Australia. A family live for free onsite and receive a wage to care for the farm. If you have any skills in agriculture, farming, or are simply keen to harvest or plant, please get involved.
Team Vista has a partnership with a small community medical clinic. The clinic is very poorly equipped, and is constantly understaffed, so assistance with this project would be of huge benefit to the local community. Professionals with experience as doctors, nurses, family health practitioners, or public health workers are urged to get involved. Medical students are also encouraged to help out.
Our projects and placements are constantly changing, so we would love to hear all about the skills you can share with the local community. This way, we can find the perfect position for you – whether with Team Vista or with another organisation. As an example, we can have connections with projects needing drug and alcohol counsellors, social workers, graphic/website designers, and many more.
Finally, if you wish to take advantage of the incredible sites and activities around Moshi such as safari, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, or heading out on various day trips, our friends at Tanzanian Trails support our community projects through giving 20% of their profits to Team Vista.