Musha Care Foundation

Childcare Assistant in Local Community

Ilemela, Mwanza, Tanzania show on map
Non-profit
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founded in 2001
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Coordinator | Andrew
Coordinator | Andrew
This project is well suited to caring individuals who want to assist in providing basic education for the children and offering support wherever your help is most needed This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

The aim of the program is to provide assistance in a childcare center which need extra help as the center is under-funded and under-resourced. These center cater to children from low-income families, providing them with education, interaction and food.

Volunteer tasks mainly focus on teaching the children basic English and Math, as well as assisting with the general running of the center and daily chores. This can include cooking, cleaning, farm work, caring for children and babies, and assisting with feeding programs.

Volunteers are welcome to bring along books, pencils, basic first aid supplies and musical instruments to help entertain the children and assist with activities. These supplies can generally be purchased in Tanzania.

This project is ideal for anyone who wants to help where it’s really needed and improve the lives of young children. Volunteers  gain practical experience of working in childcare, which could help thier future career. It will help volunteers to develop important life skills such as teamwork, leadership, and planning.

If you have loads of energy, take a playful approach to life, and enjoy the antics of little ones, childcare volunteering is definitely for you. No experience in childcare? No problem! As a volunteer working with children, you’ll support the local staff close at hand to help guide you along.

What will I do on this project?

Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your placement:

·         Run educational activities like helping children learn to read

·         Share ideas with other volunteers to create new, fun activities

·         Run hygiene awareness campaigns to help keep the children healthy

·         Track the development of children and placements using special tools and techniques

Volunteers will  enjoy loads of opportunities to take initiative, while having a strong support system and reliable curriculum to guide them along.

 

Volunteer work with children  will be divided into four main categories:

Present hygiene awareness workshops

Some of the children may never have learned about the importance of basic hygiene. Volunteers  can help improve this by teaching them how to brush their teeth properly and to wash their hands regularly throughout the day. Make this fun with songs, games, and little class challenges.

Every day at work will be different. On certain days you might help run an arts and crafts programme, while others may include outdoor sports activities or basic English lessons.

During the hours you aren’t working, you’ll have ample free time to explore with your fellow staff or other volunteers. 

Typical day

First Day: On the first day of the volunteering placement, you will be escorted to the project by our local staff and introduced to the staff at the project you will be working with.

Weekdays: A typical day would be as follows:

7.30 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house or homestay.

8.00 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at.

2.00PM - 5.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel home, prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing.

8.30 PM Dinner at the volunteer house or homestay.

Details on Arrival

The program orientation begins on the 1st and 15th of every month and volunteers need to arrive in Arusha on the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Mwanza International Airport (MBA) in Mwanza. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Mwanza. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are traveling in Tanzania prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Arusha on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by our local team at the volunteer house in Arusha. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date. If your start date falls on a weekend or a public holiday, your orientation will begin on the Monday or day following the public holiday. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Tanzania – Introduction to Tanzania, Tanzanian Customs, Rules and Expectations, Language Lessons (Kiswahili) Safety, Travel Opportunities in Tanzania, Introduction to your Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

Free-time activities

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of their local town or visit Arusha. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield to destinations, such as Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Uganda and Kenya, or to embark on a safari.

Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking

Program 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
Education Requirements
at University and High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Knowledge
Dedication
Good communication
Flexibility
Passion
Professionalism
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 08:00 - 17:00

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Musha Care Foundation (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Musha Care Foundation
  • Airport Pickup
  • Induction and Orientation
  • 24 Hour/h Supervision
  • 3 meals a day
  • In Country Supervision
  • Host Family Accommodation
  • Admin Costs
Airport Pickup at Mwanza Airport

The program orientation begins on the 1st and 15th of every month and volunteers need to arrive in Mwanza on the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Mwanza International Airport (MBA) though you will connect direct flight to Mwanza from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Mwanza. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are traveling in Tanzania prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Arusha on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by our local team at the volunteer house in Mwanza. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date. If your start date falls on a weekend or a public holiday, your orientation will begin on the Monday or day following the public holiday. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Tanzania – Introduction to Tanzania, Tanzanian Customs, Rules and Expectations, Language Lessons (Kiswahili) Safety, Travel Opportunities in Tanzania, Introduction to your Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

Accommodation

Volunteers in Tanzania are either accommodated in a volunteer house or a​ ​homestay with a host family. Volunteers can expect to share a room with 1 to​ 5 other volunteers of the same gender and volunteer houses can accommodate up to 5-10 volunteers at one time.

 Volunteers in homestays can expect to be living with at​ ​least 4 other volunteers. Living is basic but the volunteer house and homestays have running water and electricity, however it is important to note that there are​ ​often power outages which affect availability of hot water and power. 

Bedding is​ ​provided, however you will need​ ​to bring​ ​your own towel and toiletries. It is​ ​also​ ​recommended to bring​ ​a​ sleeping bag for weekends away​. ​In the volunteer house, there is a cook who​ ​​prepares meals for the​ ​volunteers and there is a security guard.​ ​The local​ ​​team​​ are also available on a daily basis​ during the week for support and via phone over the weekend.​

If you would like to keep connected during your stay, we recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone and purchasing a local SIM card when you arrive in Tanzania. The local team can assist you with purchasing a SIM card during your program orientation. 


Dorm Room Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Tanzanian cuisine varies across the country, owing to the difference in produce inland and along the coast. The immigration of Khoja Indians has resulted in local dishes influenced by Indian cuisine. Staple foods in Tanzania include rice, ugali (maize porridge), chapatti and coconut milk. 

Volunteers are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Breakfasts generally consist of chai (tea), toast, fruit and mandazzi (deep fried dough). A typical lunch can include meat and vegetables with rice and fruit, while dinner usually sees traditional food, such as ugali and chapatti accompany the meat and vegetables. 

Meals are served at the accommodation​,​ however a packed lunch can be provided upon request if you​r​​ ​placement is due to finish after lunch time.​ ​Bottled water​ ​is​​ ​readily available in Tanzania and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this (2 liters per day). If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know so we can make arrangements for you. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible.

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 Mwanza Airport (MWZ) in Mwanza. 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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 960
4 weeks (max. stay)
$ 960
Average fees
$ 240 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Ilemela, Mwanza/Tanzania between 4 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Musha Care Foundation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Tanzania.
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 Musha Care Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Eastern Africa Tanzania  Ilemela, Mwanza,  12 Block D ilemela District 12 Block D llemela District

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