Caring for children with disabilities

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High­lights

Accompany and support the children in their everyday lives
Be a tutor for children who need special support
Organize your own fundraising and help the program reach even more children
Get creative while doing handicrafts or painting with the children
Explore Tanzania by day trips, safaris or mountain climbs
Help fight the stigma and care for children with different disabilities. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
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!

Climbing
Concert/
Music
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Riding
Safari/
Zoo
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

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
Required Documents
CV, Picture of the volunteer and criminal backgroun check
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
The fees include:
  • pre-arrival support through email, WhatsApp, telephone and video calls

  • advice and guidance about the projects 

  • pick up at the airport or bus station on your arrival

  • drop off at the airport or a bus station when you leave

  • an orientation tour in Arusha personalized to your individual needs, including help buying a local sim card, guidance on how to use public transport and lunch

  • on the first day of your project our volunteer coordinator will come with you to show you which public transport to take, and make sure you settle in well at your project

  • 50 Euro project donation*

  • Accommodation in our hostel

  • breakfast and dinner seven days a week (lunch is included in some projects – see the project description for more information)

  • 24/7 support from our volunteer coordinators who speak English and German

*We donate a quarter of the registration fee to our Viva Tanzania Volunteer’s fund. This fund is used to help the projects we work with when they have extra expenses they cannot afford. For example, medical and veterinary costs, utility bills, salaries and paint, etc.



Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport
In your program fee the pick up and drop off from/to the airport/bus station are included. One of our friendly staff members, will be at the airport/bus stand with our "Viva Tanzania"-Pick-up-sign, just in time when you plane or bus arrives. And after your volunteer experience - when it's time to say good bye - we will take you to the airport/bus stand for the farewell.

Accommodation

Accomondation

Our hostel where volunteers, interns and travelers stay together is located in Arusha close to the city center. It takes 25 minutes to walk to the city center. To get to the city quickly, there are motorcycle cabs and dala dalas (minibuses) everywhere.
In our hostel we have enough space to relax, a pool, a roof terrace with bar, a shop with products from our projects and a small spa.
A wall more than two meters high and our night watchmen ensure a safe stay.

Rooms

In our hostel we have 6 and 4 person dormitories as well as double and single rooms. Each room has its own bathroom with hot shower. There are closets in the room, in addition, each guest has a safe that can be secured with a lock. The rooms are separated by gender. Single and double rooms are available for a surcharge of 50 Euro per person per week.



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

Board

Our cook prepares vegetables, fruit, pancakes and daily changing breakfast highlights. Tea, coffee, margarine, honey, peanut butter, jam are also available.

For dinner there are different dishes from Tanzanian and Western cuisine. If you are vegetarian, vegan or have allergies/intolerances, it is no problem at all.

If you would like to buy food, there is a refrigerator and shelves where you can store your groceries.





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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD 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.



Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$702
6 weeks
$1,566
9 weeks
$2,214
24 weeks (max. stay)
$5,454
Average fees
$201 /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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Caring for children with disabilities

Help fight the stigma and care for children with different disabilities.

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