YOU IN BAGAMOYO
Being a CCS volunteer means more than just traveling, or just volunteering. It means becoming part of a unique community; an international network of CCS alums, in the fellow-volunteers that you’ll meet at the Home-Base, and of course, the local people in your new home away from home. The CCS experience is all about creating community and meaningful connections, and all of this happens organically from the comfort of your Home-Base and with the support of a full-time in-country staff.
Thea Mushi, Country Director: We can’t wait to welcome you in beautiful Tanzania!
A Day in the Life
With its endless opportunities for exploration and cultural immersion, you’ll find that each day in Bagamoyo brings with it new possibilities for eye-opening adventures and “ah-ha” moments. CCS provides you with all the basics that you’ll need for a memorable, safe, and insightful experience, while leaving you enough space to fill in the blanks with your own passions and experience. And no matter how you choose to experience CCS Tanzania, we guarantee that you’ll quickly become “a part of the crew” as you exchange stories, laughter, and knowledge with your new neighbors.
The CCS Home-Base
Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, the CCS Home-Base was designed with your safety and comfort in mind. We know the importance of a cozy bed and a nutritious and authentic meal to help fuel your volunteer work, and that’s exactly what we’ll have waiting for you when you arrive.
As soon as you walk through the gate, you’ll be amazed by the beautiful gardens surrounding the Home Base. One of the first things the staff might suggest is to grab a yoga mat and relax under the warm Tanzanian Sun. The Home-Base is also just a ten minute walk from the Indian Ocean.
Literally translated, Bagamoyo means “lay down your heart” and you can sense this sentiment everywhere you go. Whether you’re looking for some fabric to take to the seamstress or some keepsakes to take home, Bagamoyo is small enough that you can really feel the Tanzanian spirit, but big enough to find almost anything you may need.
Can’t wait to share your experience? We got you covered! Staying connected at the Home-Base is easy with a landline for incoming calls (or pick up a phone card for international calls), and there’s always Wi-Fi available.
CCS Staff – Your Family in Tanzania
Our in-country staff members truly are the unsung heroes of your volunteer experience. They all hail from the local community and their unique experiences, insights, and professional demeanors are unmatched. They are the heart and soul of the CCS program, and ensure that your experience is have a safe, fun, and impactful.
Senior Program Officer
Meet Anna & Edna
Enjoying Local Dishes
At the CCS Home-Base, you’ll enjoy three home-cooked meals each day, all safely prepared using locally grown produce and authentic, regional recipes so you’ll get a taste of the culture in every bite! Enjoy some of Tanzania’s favorite dishes like ugali and plenty of fresh fruit.
Your comfort and safety is our top priority and that doesn’t change when it comes to mealtime. Our cooks are all highly qualified in preparing delicious dishes for your dietary needs. No matter what you require, we can make the appropriate arrangements in the CCS kitchen to cater to your specific needs.
As part of the CCS community, you’ll not only represent your home community, you’ll also be representing the CCS mission, vision, and values, and not to mention a community of over 30,000 intrepid alumni. The safety of our volunteers is essential to our programs, and our policies are designed not only to keep you safe, but also to ensure that your shared experience is comfortable, respectful, and as impactful as possible.
While some policies, such as Gift Giving & Donations and Alcohol & Drug use, are included in your volunteer paperwork, there are a few others we’d like you to be aware of:
Drug & Alcohol Use: The use of illegal substances is not permitted on any Cross-Cultural Solutions program worldwide. Any volunteer who uses or distributes any illegal narcotics will be immediately terminated from their program, and may face local legal action.
Consumption of alcohol is also not permitted in any of our Home-Bases worldwide. In Tanzania, volunteers who are 21 and older may grab a beer when out in the community, but it is important to be aware of your surroundings and cultural sensitivities. Any violations of this policy will result in immediate termination from the program. Please review the full Drug & Alcohol Use policy.
Donations & Gift-Giving: Our impact in-country is based on volunteers offering love, care, attention, and to support the organizations with which we partner. For that reason, we do not allow donations or gift-giving on CCS programs, as this alters the motivations and sustainability of our work. Please review the full Donations & Gift Giving Policy for more information.
Curfew: As an international volunteer, it’s important to be well-rested for each day of work, and to be in the Home-Base at a reasonable time as to not disturb your fellow volunteers and to remain safe. In Tanzania, all volunteers must be in the Home-Base by 11:00 pm each night before their volunteer work assignment.
Sexual Relations: On CCS programs, out of respect for the in-country staff and fellow volunteers, sexual relations are not permitted in the CCS Home-Base.
Weapons: To protect the safety of all volunteers, weapons are not permitted in the Home-Base.