STEP Africa

Childcare at a local Baby Orphanage

Arusha, Tanzania show on map
founded in 2009
Coordinator | Kira
Coordinator | Kira
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:

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.

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 day following your arrival you will receive a detailed orientation from us. 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.

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 (hiking, horse riding, visit to a nearby massai village, trip to the hotsprings and waterfalls, coffee tours) to the nearer surroundings at affordable rates while making sure all guides and staffs are being paid fair wages.


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 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

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by STEP Africa.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
STEP Africa (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 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.


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 5 dorm rooms, 4 bathrooms (western toilets and warm showers), a big communal rooms and outside area for sitting together and enjoying the leisure time with fellow volunteers.

Food & Beverages

Food (Breakfast and Dinner) and safe filtered drinking water is provided from Monday to Friday at the STEP Africa House. During the weekends volunteers can use the kitchen for cooking or eat in one of the several restaurants in and around 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.
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)
$ 575
5 weeks
$ 690
5 weeks
$ 690
6 weeks
$ 805
6 weeks
$ 805
7 weeks
$ 920
7 weeks
$ 920
8 weeks
$ 1,035
8 weeks
$ 1,035
9 weeks
$ 1,150
9 weeks
$ 1,150
10 weeks
$ 1,265
10 weeks
$ 1,265
11 weeks
$ 1,380
11 weeks
$ 1,380
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,495
Average fees
$ 134 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Arusha/Tanzania between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. 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.
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 STEP Africa during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.
  Africa Eastern Africa Tanzania  Arusha, P.O. Box 16737
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