Care Assistant in an Orphanage

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Coordinator | Guillaume
Coordinator | Guillaume
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You will participate in the regular daily activities of running a local children's home to ensure a safe place for the orphans. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Agape Volunteers and KATzVA work with several children’s homes and similar organisations in the Arusha area. There are details below for the orphanages where our volunteers are most regularly placed at the time of writing. Watoto Kicheko is a care home for at-risk babies and children, currently up to the age of 5 years. Watoto Kicheko works closely with the social welfare department and the government hospital in Arusha to ensure that abandoned and vulnerable babies are provided with a safe, loving home and adequate medical and dietary support - greatly increasing their chance of survival.

Cradle of Love is also a home for at-risk babies and young children. Volunteers are most needed for the afternoon shift, so during the morning volunteers are usually placed at Save Africa, a nearby children’s centre, before heading to Cradle of Love after lunch.

Another placement on offer to volunteers is the Walk in Love community centre. Walk in Love provides free daycare for children living with elderly grandparents or single parents – households which often struggle to balance work and childcare. Kids stay at the community centre during the day and return to their families in the evening.

During the school holiday months of April, August and December and on the weekends, volunteers can work at Ujamaa Children’s Home. Ujamaa aims to raise orphans in a family environment as well as providing education for the children who stay there. During term time and the school week, the kids are in classes and placements are not available.

It’s likely that some of your duties will reflect those of teaching volunteers, taking classes at the orphanage. In addition, you will be expected to engage in a wide range of other activities, depending on the specific needs of your placement. This will include plenty of practical work helping with the everyday running of the orphanage, such as cleaning, laundry, cooking and the dishes; as well as helping with development of the orphanage’s facilities (i.e. painting classrooms, gardening).

Typical day

Volunteers are generally expected to work at their placement five days a week. Weekday mornings will start with breakfast with other volunteers at our guesthouse, before you head to the orphanage for around 8.30am. Children tend to learn best during the mornings, so your initial duties may well involve teaching a small class of children. At around 12pm you’ll get a break for lunch, which you can take with other volunteers and local staff. Afternoons are often devoted to games and activities and it will be your job to help run these. 

You will generally finish your placement at around 5pm, though you’ll find that the children will often want you stay around to play more! After your placement you’ll get a chance to unwind with other volunteers and local team members over dinner.

Free-time activities

Agape Volunteers in Tanzania can take a range of extra trips including climbing Kilimanjaro, taking a safari, and a weekend at the Moshi waterfalls and Chemka hot springs. Please ask your trip adviser for full details and prices.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
experience in childcare
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Agape Volunteers

The program fee includes your accommodation, two meals a day, transfers to and from the airport, all Agape registrations, orientation, a dedicated trip adviser to guide you through your booking, and a donation to your placement. It also covers Agape Insurance, a fully comprehensive insurance policy.

Airport Pickup at Arusha Airport

You will be picked up by a uniformed member of staff and driven to Maisha Cottage in the city centre.


You'll be staying at Maisha Cottage, the guesthouse at KATzVA. It is situated in a lush garden just 5 minutes from Arusha town centre. Maisha Cottage is set up to be a home away from home, with a communal lounge area with TV/DVDs, large gardens to relax in, a mix of local and western-style meals and a wonderful support staff.
Bed linen is provided but please bring your own towel. The Cottage has hot showers, WiFi, and plenty of communal space for you to share with other volunteers.
There is also the option to live with a local family in a volunteer homestay. If you are interested in this, please ask your trip adviser.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and dinner are included in your program fee. Food at the guesthouse is a mixture of western and African meals, so you can expect dishes like rice, beans, mixed vegetables, chapatis, curry and stewed meat and a variety of other dishes. Breakfast tends to be based around bread, butter, jam, tea, coffee, fruit, eggs or pancakes.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Arusha Airport (ARK) in Arusha. We assist you to find cheap flights to Tanzania.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Tanzania provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.

Dates & Fees

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
7 weeks
7 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
8 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
9 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$382 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Agape Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Agape Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Care Assistant in an Orphanage

You will participate in the regular daily activities of running a local children's home to ensure a safe place for the orphans.


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