Volunteer to work work with child development and nursery education Arusha. The pre schools provide food, shelter and care. The centres need volunteers to help provide childcare, play, help with feeding and caring for the children.As a volunteer you will help provide this care or help with the general running and managing of the preschool.
About the project
This project will focus on supporting the children reach their full potential as early as possible.
This is a vital community service these orphanage centres provide where local children can feel hopeful about
their future, learn and grow.
With so much poverty and socioeconomic issues in Tanzania, many children end up being abandoned or
become orphans. There are many reasons that create this heartbreaking situation.
• Many mothers do not survive childbirth
• Unwanted pregnancies
• Lack of family planning/contraceptives available to prevent unwanted pregnancies
• Teenage pregnancies
• Babies born disabled or with special needs
• Families who cannot afford to feed or care for more children
As a result, there are many babies and children who need food, shelter, love and care. Local leaders in the
community have opened their homes, children centres or orphanages, to take care of orphaned children. But
many need outside help of volunteers to help them develop the children and meet their basic needs.
Many bright and motivated volunteers have shone the light and shown the difference that can be made through
volunteering. By providing time and care to orphanages, volunteers introduce new ideas, hope and development
to the work already being done. Some have even gone on to sponsor children, providing them with funding for
education until they finish school, giving children with a fighting chance at future. Through interaction with
foreigners, the children also learn how to easily engage with people from different backgrounds from them, they
pick up basic English very quickly and learn to love to socialize.
The children's ages range from babies, toddlers to 6 year's old. Many of them need a lot of care and attention everyday. You will need to be motivated, positive and enjoy working with children as much as they enjoy playing with you.
Your role as a volunteer
Your role as a volunteer will be to assist the staff meet the children's development and social needs.
The children require a lot of support and stimulation to learn throw play and social interaction. The centres mainly require general day to day and people who are enthusiastic, patient and passionate about child development.
General childcare: Supporting the care of the children day to day.
Overseeing the children during class time
Assisting the staff with the more disabled or children who need more attention during the day
Helping with the upkeep of the centre-cleaning, cooking and maintenance every day
Tending to the children during play time
Project Management: The centres require a lot of management support ensuring that it stays open. You can help by overseeing the weekly budget, fundraising, ensuring the centres are providing adequate meals, that the property is kept safe and clean, even photography or helping build their websites.
Training and supporting the staff: As well delivering small scale teaching and training to the local staff on first aid and general skills support.
Teaching assistants, students and interns are vital to help deliver the care the children required as the centre is also understaffed.
Why this is important
Many of the children come from a very poor social background, have special needs, disabilities and require extra class room support, additional psychological care and special education.
These are exceptionally bright and engaged children who have the support of passionate and hardworking staff fighting for their futures. But there is so much more to be done. Many of the centres are in need of full refurbishment and stimulating and educational toys and equipment is needed to progress these children.
Much deserved funds are desperately needed to help the centres progress and reach their full potential. Educational toys, books, classroom materials and food donations are also what volunteers have contributed which have made a huge, long term difference to the children.
But will you make a difference?
Yes. Many bright and motivated volunteers have shone the light and shown the difference that can be made through volunteering. By providing time and care, volunteers introduce new ideas, hope and healthcare at ground level, adding to the work already being done.
You will stay at an award winning hostel; one of the best rated and reviewed guesthouses in Arusha. We provide safe, clean and comfortable accommodation, comfortable bedding, excellent breakfast and dinner and housekeeping. This will be a quiet and friendly neighbourhood only 15 minutes from the main hustle and bustle of town. You will have 24 hour gated security, a domestic/cook (who will happily do your laundry for a small fee) and a coordinator who will ensure you settle in quickly and comfortably into your new town. This is a shared home where you will be staying with other volunteers and guests from across the world, so you will never be on your own in your new environment. The house is impeccably clean, well kept, modern and spacious.
How will you get around?
For your placement, you will travel like a local and walk or take public transport. You will need to set a small budget aside for this (around $1 per day by local minibuses, 4 to 5 days per week). It is important you are prepared and comfortable to travel around town, this is a demanding role that requires dedication.
Important VISA & Permit Information
You will be required to pay for a VISA to enter the country at the airport. This is a quick and simple process at arrivals in the airport.
Background Education: To lead any projects at your placement, teach or get involved in curriculum development work a minimum university level education or relevant experience in children's education is required.
To volunteer as an assistant you will be working under the supervision of experienced staff.
Minimum Duration: 4 weeks minimum
$50 registration fee
$125 per week placement fee