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Malezi Aids Care Awareness Organization (MACAO)
Geographical Area:Tanzania (Ngorongoro District, Arusha Region of Northern Tanzania) <macaotz@yahoo.com>

About us:
MACAO is a non-profit and membership organization founded in October 2003 by Tanzanian and International volunteers from American and Macao is a non-profit organization reaching out to neglected Indigenous people in Ngorongoro District, Arusha Region of Northern Tanzania. Macao is a humanitarian organization that provides assistance to the Maasai community in Ngorongoro district. The founder members had a common desire to join forces and take steps to touch the souls of the needy, troubled and suffering people in community through humanitarian services. Initially, the members participated in some events which included visiting orphans homes to spend time with children who needed love, cleaning the polluted rivers and jointly organized a beauty show for slum poor girls’ education bursary in Tanzania.

Macao has volunteer placements in urban and rural Tanzanian communities and villages. This project is based in Arusha District and volunteers will need to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport, if travelling to the program by air. As one of our younger placements, we are currently only placing volunteers in and around Arusha, however as this program develops we will expand into other cities and rural villages within Arusha Tanzania. While we would like an indication of your location preference, rural or urban Arusha, when applying, this can be finalized with our program partner on arrival in Tanzania.

Our Volunteers Programmes
1. Teaching
2. Orphanage
3. Medical Research program
4. Wildlife volunteers
5. Elephant Conservancy Project
6. Lion Conservancy Project
7. HIV/AIDS Prevention Education
8. Food security program
9. Sustainable agriculture
10. Medical Research program
11. Maasai Traditional Research
12. Environment Research and Human Rights

Placements begin on the 1st and 15th of each month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods of one week to six months.

What’s included in Program
Macao Volunteers offers three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner). We offer locally available, fresh and nutritious food throughout all the projects.

Depending upon the volunteer's particular country, location, time of year and situation, volunteers will either stay with a host family, at a hostel or at our country home base. We offer simple but clean, comfortable living spaces. Volunteers will stay either in a single or shared (same gender) room, depending on the host situation and peak versus off-peak seasons. Volunteers are provided with towels, bed linens and blankets. Volunteers may want to bring their own sleeping bags.

MACAO Volunteer Placement:
We strive to place in a safe humanitarian volunteer work environment. Our projects are researched and established with safety in mind. This focus on safety means that the project will not be in an area riddled with crime and unsafe conditions.

Volunteer Care and Other Services:
MACAO’ managing director Mr. Baraka shall support volunteers by answering all questions and providing the best advice on issues from general fundraising to personal issues like health, culture, excursions, travel and visas, safety and special events.

Certificate of Appreciation/Completion:
We will provide a certification of appreciation upon completion of your volunteer in MACAO project. This is an accomplishment and the certificate is an important addition to the professional resume/CV.

Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the program and have at least a high school education. Volunteers participating in the Hospitals must have appropriate training and certification to be presented to MACAO partner staff on arrival in Arusha. Medical volunteers must also register at least 4 months before their start date due to the registration process with local Tanzanian authorities. There is no time restriction on registering on other Arusha placements.

Baraka Eliud

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