You are spoilt for choice in things to do in your free time. Arusha’s historic sites, markets, shops, restaurants and bars are just 20 minutes away by bus. Numerous renowned National Parks for wildlife, stunning scenery and mountain climbing are surprisingly close. The director of the project, Salim Hassan, can organise any trips for you at a good value price. He gives 50% of his $10 commission to the project.
Perhaps start by visiting the city of Arusha where you are volunteering. It sits on the lower slopes of Mount Meru and is home to many nationalities. The Clock Tower in the city is the halfway point between Cape Town and Cairo, a sign of the old British Empire in Africa. This Clock Tower also leads to one of Arusha’s oldest structures, the German Fort. The renovated building is now a museum displaying the colonial past of Tanzania.
Then maybe try some day trips in your free time. Between Arusha and Moshi to the east is Kikuletwa Hot Springs, where you can even include a swim! The Meserani Snake Park west of Arusha is a special treasure of Arusha. You can learn about the most dangerous snakes in the world.
For longer trips away, go for safaris. You might visit Serengeti National Park, hosting the largest migration on earth of wildebeests, gazelles and zebras towards Kenya. Its extensive lion population marks it as one of the top ten travel wonders of the world. It is also popular to make a safari circuit, visiting many wild parks in turn. Visit Tarangire known for its elephant population. Lake Manyara is known for the tree climbing lions, the soda ash lake and its flamingos. The amazing Ngorongoro Crater has masses of wildlife with the backdrop of the unusual geologic features of the Rift Valley.
And last but no means least, from Arusha, you might also consider climbing Mt Meru, 4,562 m. Or how about climbing the highest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, 5,895 m. above sea level?