Caring for children with disabilities

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Coordinator | Tizia
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Help fight the stigma and care for children with different disabilities. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
The project:

This private NGO was founded in 2017 by a dedicated special needs teacher who has more then twelve years of experience working with disabled children. The centre provides essential care for children born with mental and/or physical disabilities. In Tanzania children with disabilities are often not approached with the care and education that they need and deserve. Some never get a chance to socialize or meet with other children their own age. Parents often feel ashamed of having disabled children.
This is where the foundation steps. About ten children are permanently living in the centre as their parents can't or don't want to take care of them. A very important work of the NGO is their Outreach Program that supports around 80 children in the area ensuring disabled children get the care and love that they need.

The services provided are:

  • Physiotherapy

  • Speech therapy

  • Visual stimulation

  • Community awareness building

  • Survival activities and life skills

Every child is at a different level and age, so care levels must be tailored to every child very specifically. There is a team of qualified therapists, nurses and teachers working alongside the volunteers to make sure that the correct care and procedures are being followed.

Typical day

A work day starts at 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday, however the centre is open seven days a week, so working on the weekend is possible if you want.

Your tasks will involve the following:

  • Assisting the staff in providing love and care to the children that live in the centre in their daily routine.

  • Helping with physical therapy under the supervision of a nurse or therapist, as well as playing, reading, and writing.

  • Preparing food for the children

  • Supporting the outreach program the help the children who can't come the centre.

Free-time activities

We offer a wide range of activities at affordable volunteer rates like: 

1. Hiking/Walking tours to waterfalls, through forests and around a lake. 
2. Swimming in paradise like hot springs with a blimps of the Mount Kilimanjaro. 
3. Cultural tours to Maasai markets and the possibility to visit different ethnic groups. 
4. Coffee plantation tour to learn about the process from the bean to the finished product. 
5. Safaris to the National Parks of the Northern Circuit 
6. Climbing Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. 
7. Free  town tour for all our volunteers!



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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV and Picture of the volunteer
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No prio experience is needed
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Viva Tanzania
All pre-arrival support, two airport transfers, orientation tour in Arusha, being taken to the project on the first day, donation to center in form of our Viva Tanzania volunteer's fund, 24/7 in-country support, accommodation in a dorm, daily breakfast and dinner, lunch is usually provided in the project.
Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

Two airport transfers are included on the program fee. Your driver will pick you up from the airport on your arrival and take you to your accommodation.
After your stay with us we will take you back to the airport for the farewell.


Our hostel has dorms and private rooms; each contains comfortable beds and shelves to store belongings, the maximum is four to six people in the big dorms. Single and double rooms are available for a surcharge. The house is equipped with hot water showers and the possibility to use the kitchen throughout the day. Breakfast and dinner will be served by our chef.
The hostel is located 30 walking minutes from the city centre. We also host tourist and travelers from all other the world so there is always something going on. Furthermore, our hostel has a pool and a roof top with private bar that invites you to enjoy your time with us.

Furthermore, we offer you the possibility to stay with a host family. Choosing a local family will get you the unique experience of sharing your daily live with and in a Tanzanian family. In their house you will have your own lockable room, featured with a bed and access to the living room, kitchen, bathroom and the beautiful compound. If staying with a host family, we will of course still provide our 24/7 in-country support by our staff members. For further information, please let us know that you are interested in staying in a host family within your application on Volunteer World.

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

During your stay with us we provide you with breakfast and dinner.
In the hostel all meals are prepared by our chef who can cater for any dietary restriction or allergy. In the morning we serve tea, coffee, bread, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, fruits, vegetables and usually a local Tanzanian breakfast dish.
Dinner will be international as we cook Tanzanian as well as Western Food.
If you are not eating in your project you can cook in the hostel's kitchen where you can store your groceries in the fridge or the cupboards.
Also the host families can handle all dietary restriction and allergies, here you will get to know a lot of different Tanzanian dishes.

Internet Access
Limited 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 Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Kilimanjaro. 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


Details on arrival

You can start working at this project any day of the week that suits you.
Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) your driver will take you to your accommodation (hostel or host family). You will recognize him by his Viva Tanzania shirt and the Viva Tanzania sign.
On your first day we will do the orientation and town tour showing you Arusha, how to use the public transport, where to find ATMs, exchange money, local market and supermarket and get you a sim card with mobile data.
The next day our volunteer coordinator will take you to your project making sure you are safe and know how to get there.

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)
5 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$191 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Viva Tanzania will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Viva Tanzania during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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