Childcare at a local Baby Orphanage

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High­lights

Support the team and give the babies some extra attention and love.
Be yourself and grow beyond yourself!
Have a great time with the babies as well as the mamas at this project.
Immerse yourself in African culture by getting in touch with lots of locals.
Make new experiences and enjoy your African dream.
Help the local staff at the Baby Orphanage to feed, bath and change the Babies and give them a lot of extra attention and love! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

At Cradle of Love Baby Home volunteers engage in various tasks. The children are divided into 3 age groups, the "Nursery", the "Crawlers" and the "Toddlers": Usually Volunteers work mainly in one of the age groups although they are gladly allowed to spend time with the other kids as well. Many of the children at the orphanage were abandonded at a very young age, some are premature and several have lost their mother during childbirth or due to desease and have no family member able for caring for a young baby. Thus the kids need a lot of care and attention and helping hands for the local nannies can never be enough. Feeding the babies, changing and bathing them are as important as playing with them and giving them the extra love and attention they need.

The Orphanage is located roughly half an hour out of the Arusha City Center in a suburb called Usa River. Usa is like a small town on its own and you can even find a german bakery and cafe to relax during your lunch break (when all the little ones are having a nap). The house where the children stay is modern and clean with green gardens all around. The staff is super friendly and well organized. 

While volunteering at Cradle of Love Baby Home you will stay at our volunteer house in Arusha-Shangarai. Our hostel hosts up to 24 fellow volunteers and is a modern double story buidling. It is located next to a primary school in a very typical tanzanian environment with small local shops and restaurants around. You will be sleeping in a dormitory. In total we have 6 rooms (4 rooms for 4 volunteers, 1 room for 2 volunteers and 1 room for 6 volunteers). Our Mamas and volunteer supervisors are available whenever you have questions, problems or need someone to talk to. From our volunteer house its just a short walk to the main road where you catch a direct bus (daladala) to Usa River. The drive is approx 15 minutes long and just a two minutes walk from the bus stop until you reach the Baby Home.

Volunteers at Cradle of Love Baby Home do not have to meat special recquirements or bring certain equipment. The orphanage is looking for highly motivated individuals with at least basic English knowledge and a clear police record who love kids above all and are ready to give them all the extra love they need.  You of course may bring donations for the babies. During the preparation process we will update you on the current needs in the baby home.

The work at Cradle of Love Baby Home is very rewarding and volunteers can be assured to work in a clean and safe environment. It is especially touching to witness one of the Babies getting adopted or being reunited with the birth family. 

Typical day

Your typical day starts at around 8.30am. Our volunteer house is only a 15 minutes daladala (bus) ride from the Baby Home. Upon arrival you will sign in at the orphanage administration and head to your allocated age group. You will there receive news and updates on the children from the nannies of the night shift. 


Your day routine varies depending on the age group that you are working with. In the Nursery your main task is to feed and change the little babies and carry them around until they sleep. There is also cleaning work involved. If you work for an older age group you will also spend a lot of time outside with the children and play age appropriate games and sing songs with them. There is a beautiful little playground nearby and you may take the older children there whenever time allows. 

Further tasks also include assistance with the weekly market shopping, taking sick children to the hospital for check-ups and help the kitchen stuff to prepare food and clean the kitchen afterwards. 

The usual work time for volunteers is from Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 3pm. You are however free to stay longer or support the nannies during night and weekend shifts. 

Cradle of Love welcomes volunteers from all countries and backgrounds with open arms.

Free-time activities

The project is based in Arusha, Tanzania. There are several free time activities volunteers can engage in. We organize Safaris, mountain climbs and shorter tours like hiking, horse riding, visit to a nearby massai village, trip to the hotsprings and waterfalls, coffee tours, etc. to the nearer surroundings at affordable rates. We always make sure, that all guides and staffs are being paid fair wages. At the same time there are lots of things you can do during your free time or at the weekends in Arusha itself. There are different markets like second hand market, spice markets or massai market, as well as typical african restaurants and bars. Furthermore, the area you will live is very beautiful and you can either go to a lake and do canoeing or you can go to a lodge with a pool near to the hostel to relax for little money. Our other volunteers from the hostel will be happy to show you everything and if you join them at your free weekends!

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Riding
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 and Introduction Letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience in childcare or medical fields can be an advantage but everyone is welcome and love for children is the number 1 skill required.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by STEP Africa

The STEP Africa Program Fees are calculated as follows: 


− A one time application fee which includes 2 way airport transfers, pre-departure support, preparation handbooks, orientation day and project support 


− Program fees to stay at the STEP Africa House (including breakfast and dinner from monday to friday), on-the-ground support and supervision by the STEP Africa Team (our office is in Tanzania!) and 24h emergency contact. 


Important Note: To keep it transparent we do not add any donation to our program fees (which are entirely used for your preparation, supervision and accommodation) but encourage you to raise some funds among your family and friends prior to your arrival or once you have arrived in Tanzania. Any small or big amount is highly appreciated and you are entirely free to decide on how you want to utilize your donation within the project. By doing so you will see how much of a difference donations can make and its a great feeling to see this first hand. We understand volunteering as a holistic approach of helping each other and learning from one another and while you will do amazing daily work as a volunteer we want you to also understand that no project can entirely survive if it wasn't for financial support as well. 

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

Airport Pick-up is included in the costs. Volunteers can be picked up at any day and night time. Possible Arrival Airports are Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha Airport. 

Accommodation

The STEP Africa Volunteer House is located 20 minutes out of Arusha Town and all projects are easily accessible by public transport from here. We have 6 dorm rooms, 4 bathrooms (western toilets and almost always warm showers), a big communal rooms and an outside area for sitting together and enjoying the leisure time with fellow volunteers. You will share your room with one to five person and all beds are equipped with a mosquito net. Our hostel dogs Robby and Congo are also part of the family and are responsible for your safety. We are sure that you will find new friends very fast and there will be always be someone to talk to and share the experiences with.

Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Food (breakfast and dinner) is provided from Monday to Friday at the STEP Africa House. The breakfast includes tea, white bread, butter, jam, peanutbutter and an african special of the day like Mandazi or cooked banana. Our house mother cookes delicious typical tanzania dinner for you e.g. rice with beans or chapati. During the weekends volunteers can use the kitchen for cooking or eat in one of the several restaurants in and around Arusha. Safe filtered drinking water as well as the fridges in the kitchen are available for all volunteers. Even as a vegetarian, you will not have problems either at the hostel, nor outside at local restaurants in Arusha. 

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

We do not have specific arrival dates. You can join our program throughout the year and on any day of the week / month. Our driver can pick you from Kilimanjaro Airport at any day or night time. The airport shuttle is already included in our program fees, so we do not charge extra costs. The day following your arrival you will receive a detailed orientation from us. Our supervisor will show you Arusha town, you will get a local SIM card, go together to an ATM and you will get the chance to go buy anything necessary at the supermarket. The weekday following your orientation day is usually your first day at the project. On your first day you will be joined by one of our lovely team members. 

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 575
5 weeks
$ 690
6 weeks
$ 805
7 weeks
$ 920
8 weeks
$ 1,035
9 weeks
$ 1,150
10 weeks
$ 1,265
11 weeks
$ 1,380
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,495
Average fees
$ 134 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. STEP Africa 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 STEP Africa during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.

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Childcare at a local Baby Orphanage

Help the local staff at the Baby Orphanage to feed, bath and change the Babies and give them a lot of extra attention and love!

$134/week

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