Childrens Development Assistant

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High­lights

Experience a life changing cultural journey to Africa.
Gain perspective of how developing nations keep their cultures alive in our modern fast changing world.
Become more passionate about healthcare and gain a sense of community!
Make memories you will never forget with people from all over the world sharing your experience with you.
See some of the most incredible nature scenes in the world including Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Hot Springs, waterfalls and so much more.
Work in a children's centre that serves underprivileged children who rely on this community centre for basic care and pre-school education. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Singles
Couples
Groups

About the project

This project will focus on supporting the children reach their full potential as early as possible.

This is a vital community service these orphanage centres provide where local children can feel hopeful about

their future, learn and grow.


The Problem

With so much poverty and socioeconomic issues in Tanzania, many children end up being abandoned or

become orphans. There are many reasons that create this heartbreaking situation.

• Many mothers do not survive childbirth

• Unwanted pregnancies

• Lack of family planning/contraceptives available to prevent unwanted pregnancies

• Teenage pregnancies

• Babies born disabled or with special needs

• Families who cannot afford to feed or care for more children

As a result, there are many babies and children who need food, shelter, love and care. Local leaders in the

community have opened their homes, children centres or orphanages, to take care of orphaned children. But

many need outside help of volunteers to help them develop the children and meet their basic needs.


The Mission

Many bright and motivated volunteers have shone the light and shown the difference that can be made through

volunteering. By providing time and care to orphanages, volunteers introduce new ideas, hope and development

to the work already being done. Some have even gone on to sponsor children, providing them with funding for

education until they finish school, giving children with a fighting chance at future. Through interaction with

foreigners, the children also learn how to easily engage with people from different backgrounds from them, they

pick up basic English very quickly and learn to love to socialize.

Your role as a volunteer

Your role as a volunteer will be to assist the staff meet the children's development and social needs. 

The children require a lot of support and stimulation to learn throw play and social interaction. The centres mainly require general day to day and people who are enthusiastic, patient and passionate about child development. 

General childcare: Supporting the care of the children day to day. 

  • Overseeing the children during class time

  • Assisting the staff with the more disabled or children who need more attention during the day

  • Helping with the upkeep of the centre-cleaning, cooking and maintenance every day

  • Tending to the children during play time

Project Management: The centres require a lot of management support ensuring that it stays open. You can help by overseeing the weekly budget, fundraising, ensuring the centres are providing adequate meals, that the property is kept safe and clean, even photography or helping build their websites.

Training and supporting the staff: As well delivering small scale teaching and training to the local staff on first aid and general skills support. 

  • First Aid and child health/nutrition
  • Improving their current curriculum for pre schoolers
  • Teaching basic child development and child counselling skills

Assistants, students and interns are vital to help deliver the care the children required as the centre is also understaffed.

Why this is important

Many of the children have special needs, disabilities and require extra class room support, additional psychological care and special education.

These are exceptionally bright and engaged children who have the support of passionate and hardworking staff fighting for their futures. But there is so much more to be done. Many of the centres are in need of full refurbishment and stimulating and educational toys and equipment is needed to progress these children. 

Much deserved funds are desperately needed to help the centres progress and reach their full potential. Educational toys, books, classroom materials and food donations are also what volunteers have contributed which have made a huge, long term difference to the children.

But will you make a difference?

Yes. Many bright and motivated volunteers have shone the light and shown the difference that can be made through volunteering. By providing time and care, volunteers introduce new ideas, hope and healthcare at ground level, adding to the work already being done.

Your Stay

You will stay in the 2017 award winning Siret Hostel; one of the highest rated and reviewed guesthouses in Arusha. We provide safe, clean and comfortable accommodation, comfortable bedding, excellent breakfast and dinner and housekeeping. This will be a quiet and friendly neighbourhood only 15 minutes from the main hustle and bustle of town. You will have 24 hour gated security, a domestic/cook (who will happily do your laundry for a small fee) and a coordinator who will ensure you settle in quickly and comfortably into your new town. This is a shared home where you will be staying with other volunteers and guests from across the world, so you will never be on your own in your new environment. The house is impeccably clean, well kept, modern and spacious.

How will you get around?

For your placement, you will travel like a local and walk or take public transport. You will need to set a small budget aside for this (around $1 per day by local minibuses, 4 to 5 days per week). It is important you are prepared and comfortable to travel around town, this is a demanding role that requires dedication.

Important VISA & Permit Information

You will be required to pay a for a VISA & Permit for voluntary work assignment. Please enquire for details.

Typical day

Your typical day will usually begin very early, helping the local staff prepare the centre for the children's arrival. You will then be given specific duties within the school, either assisting organisation at the centre or helping with general childcare (health, day care, running of the centre) for the day. 

Your day can be either very hectic and extremely challenging or slow and very quiet. You will need to be motivated, resilient and work well in a team in order to get the best out of your experience. 

What will your schedule look like?

  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 Report to placement
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
  • 15:00 Placement ends

The rest of the day will be yours to relax and enjoy what the town has to offer you!

Free-time activities

Arusha provides an array of activities to get involved in during your free time. Explore the numerous walking trails, enjoy the large amount of cafe's bistro's and local food in town. There is a newly built mall in the town centre which also now has a cinema complex and more places to relax. There is a vibrant night life on most evenings in Arusha, whether you want to enjoy a quiet drink, watch outdoor cinema or go dancing. 

Siret Trip Adventures provide a unique opportunity for our special volunteers to experience more of Africa's beauty. Take a scenic weekend walking tour of the lush rolling foothills of Mt Meru or a breathtaking day trips to some the world's most admired national reserves. Arusha is packed with opportunity to experience unique and unforgettable outdoor adventures. 

What else is there to do?

There are endless possibilities. Most volunteers rave about climbing Kilimanjaro. This usually takes about a week, so ensure you organise this with us before you arrive. Take advantage of this amazing tourist treasure.

Hot springs

An oasis in the middle of a barren landscape. The hot springs are truly magnificent. This can be organised as a day trip at any time. 

The Waterfalls

Another hot favourite. Hiking across lush vegetation to the spectacular waterfalls.

Safari

Ah yes, what Tanzania is world famous for. Safari is once in a lifetime adventure that is unique to the Africa experience. Unforgettable and jaw dropping landscapes is what is promised. This will need you to sacrifice some days, so please ensure you organise this long in advance. 

Tour packages, Safari's and cultural experiences are all available. 

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

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV, Medi Trip application form, proof of qualifications and two character references
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Childcare, social work or education experience desirable but not mandatory.
Hardworking, motivated and compassionate people succeed the most in this role.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Medi Trip
  • Volunteer placement facilitation-full program scheduling and supervision
  • Pre-arrival support & preparation of your project/work placement
  • Airport pick up 
  • Orientation (usually begins on a Monday
  • Accommodation Room & Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Housekeeping
  • Free Wifi
  • Daily in-person availability of a local coordinator
  • EXCLUDES

    • Airport transport on departure (can be arranged)
    • VISA and PERMIT fees
Airport Pickup at Arusha Airport

We can transfer you to the airport on your departure date for $50 USD. Please mention this in your application
PICK UP POINTS:
Kilimanjaro Airport (KIA)
Arusha Airport (ARK)
Arusha Bus station

Accommodation

Our volunteers stay in an award winning guesthouse Siret Hostel and one of the highest rated accommodations in Arusha. The fabulous, refurbished home is close to town, popular amongst tourists. Consistently rated above 9.2 and rated 4 stars.

  • There is a live in coordinator,
  • housekeeper
  • hot showers
  • good wifi, 
  • 50 in HD TV, 900+ satellite channels, 
  • gated security with electric fencing and intercom entry. 

Private Double bedrooms available at request.

Dorm Room Guest Family Guesthouse Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and Dinner. 

  • Continental breakfast with, eggs, toast, cereal, variety of fruit (inc the ever popular avocado), jam, butter! Coffee & Tea.
  • Dinner Mondays to Fridays
    • Unlike other hostels, we don't feed you the same dinner everyday, we have a set menu of spaghetti bolognese, pilau (flavoured rice and veg), rice and chicken, chapati (flat bread) and beans, always served with salad and fruit!
  • We have a filtered water cold/hot water dispenser to save on buying bottled water and make sure you keep hydrated with clean and safe water!

And of course the kitchen is yours to use! We have a fabulous chef who can guide you to local supermarkets if you want to buy your own personal food and snacks!

During orientation you will be shown tasty and affordable places to get lunch during your work day. You will have a good variety of local and western food places. There are amazing cafe's, bistro's and affordable western restaurants to enjoy a burger, salad, seafood etc!

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 Arusha Airport (ARK) in Arusha. 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

Placement begins on the first Monday of each week, except for the last week of each month. Placements still available during public holidays. Please book according to your arrival/landing date, to endeavour to start on one of the following dates:


JAN
14th 
21st 

FEB
4th
11th
18th

MAR
4th 
11th
18th

APRIL
1st
8th
15th
22nd

MAY
6th
13th
20th

JUNE
3rd
10th
17th

JUL
1st
8th 
15th 
22nd

AUG
5th 
12th
19th

SEP
2nd
9th
16th

OCT
7th
14th
21st

NOV
4th
11th
18th

DEC
2nd
9th
16th

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)
$ 560
5 weeks
$ 700
6 weeks
$ 840
7 weeks
$ 980
8 weeks
$ 1,120
9 weeks
$ 1,260
10 weeks
$ 1,400
11 weeks
$ 1,540
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,680
Average fees
$ 140 /week

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

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Childrens Development Assistant

Work in a children's centre that serves underprivileged children who rely on this community centre for basic care and pre-school education.

$140/week

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