At Volunteer Plus we carefully select projects that will bring the biggest positive impact to the community and to the volunteer. Because Volunteer Plus management and staff are from Tanzania, the organization has intimate knowledge of what works and what doesn’t work in the culture, what needs are present locally in communities, and how to access local resources to support a fluid and productive volunteer experience.
Because Volunteer Plus focuses all of their resources and energies on a central location and country, Tanzania, the organization is able to focus 100% of their energies and resources on individual projects and volunteers.
Volunteer Plus has intimate relationships with all of the organization’s partners, and collaborates closely with these partners to implement effective and productive projects. These close-knit relationships ensure consistent support and feedback about a project before, during and after the volunteers stay.
Transparency and honesty are key to the work Volunteer Plus does. An accounting summary of how any funds were used during the project is provided.
And finally, Volunteer Plus takes no chances when it comes to a volunteer’s safety and security, safety and security are the organizations number one priority! When working in the Arusha area, volunteers will stay in Volunteer Plus homes that are fully fenced with a 24 hour guard. Volunteers will be provided with a Volunteer Plus driver to transport to/from the airport to Volunteer Plus housing, and to/from project sites. Staff are also available 24 hours a day to answer any questions or assist volunteers with any needs! If volunteers express an interest in collaborating on a project outside of the area, or wish to participate in leisure travels during their stay, staff will make sure all housing and travel accommodations are reputable and secure.
Volunteer Plus was launched in May of 2017 by Godlove Lekule. Mr. Lekule is originally from Tanzania, and is now living in the United States. “All this came in my mind after these trips back and forth between Tanzania and the United States. One country with so much, and one with hardly enough to get by. And I call these places both my home. We are not living in this world forever, and I am not going to leave this world without leaving a positive impact”, quotes Mr. Lekule.
After doing research on opportunities to make a positive impact, forming a non-profit with 501(c)(3) status was an answer. Mr. Lekule contacted a close friend, Trevor Shoniwa, Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, explained the plans for Volunteer Plus, and asked Mr. Shoniwa to partner. Without a doubt Trevor said “let’s do this!”. With the need for more brainpower and support, Renee Langan, BS in Environmental Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and with prior volunteer experience in Tanzania, and Vanessa Lekule, Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design from Southeast Community College joined the effort. Godlove, Trevor, Renee and Vanessa provide support and management in the United States. Dr. Elias Issack Mashala, M.Med. from the University of Dar es Salaam and orthopedic and trauma surgeon at Mount Meru Hospital, Novath Herment, a graduate of Morogoro Teacher’s College, Florah W. Temu, Heavenlight Temu chairperson, Gilbert Meleck secretary and Benjamin Tillya treasury offer support in Volunteer PlusTanzania.