Community Outreach Assistant

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Coordinator | Samantha
Coordinator | Samantha
Experience the Tanzanian life from close up in Arusha! Volunteers need to help at the community centre, pre-primary school and a small orphanage. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

About the Program
Tanzania and all the Sub-Saharan African countries are badly affected by the epidemics of poverty and HIV. The number of orphans and street children is growing. Efforts have been made by various local organisations to protect these children by offering much-needed education as well as skill-development training. Most orphanages in Tanzania lack resources and are under-staffed; and they focus primarily on offering formal and informal schooling and a safe place to live and study.

This grass roots project on the outskirts of Arusha is led by local Pastor Charles who started looking after street children and orphans by providing them with a safe place to stay. As there was a lack of education for these children, educational needs resulted in starting a school and vegetable gardens to provide in their own needs. Today the center houses both a small orphanage with 9 yound children, the school (during the mornings), adult education and skills development projects.

We have a strong focus on further growing and increasing services at the Tunawapenda Watoto Center (meaning ´we love children´ in Swahili) such as homework guidance classes, sports and game activities, adult education, women sewing classes, computer classes, micro credit advise and more to offer not only the children but all those in need of basic services in this community.

    Needs
    There is, besides daily teaching and assistance, also a need for financial support. If volunteers would like to give a donation or a gift to the project, it would be greatly appreciated. If you wish to donate, affordable stationary and school uniforms are available on location for you to purchase.

    Guidance and Supervision

    Participants are guided in many different ways during their stay with Charles and his team. 

    Paskazia Mazulla, (Charles’ daughter) will be your daily contact person. She will is there to answer your questions and provide support, so please feel free to ask/discuss anything with her. Paskazia is also the person to talk to arrange extra activities.

    Teacher Irene will be your contact person at the school. She will show you around and make you’re your skills are put to good use. If you have any suggestions your very welcome to talk to her about your ideas.  

    It is however very important to take initiative and communicate if you have questions or any issues/concerns. Working with local staff can be challenging and there are not only language barriers but also very different expectations, cultural beliefs and concept of being on time. It is important to communicate openly, with patience and respect towards the local circumstances.

    Nanjaro is the school’s driver. He usually welcomes new volunteers at the airport and takes them on any extra activities. 

    Of course there is also Charles who oversees the team and makes sure volunteers are well taken care of. 

    It is important that volunteers of this project understand the importance of the following:

    • You are a guest and only here for a couple of weeks or months; things don´t change overnight.
    • Be respectful at all times even if you don’t agree with certain ways.
    • Come openminded and keep your expectations realistic; things will always be different from what you thought they will be.
    • Don´t expect western standards, you will live and eat like most locals will do and see it as an opportunity to learn and experience.


    Typical day

    Day to Day Activities

    Volunteers generally get involved in the following activities:

    • In the morning, you assist at the school and assist in your allocated class room. You will work together with the teachers to see how and where you can assist.
    • Assist with feeding, washing and clothing the children where needed.
    • There are lots of possibilities if you want to be involved after school by helping in the creation of vegetable gardens, playing with the children, assisting with sports activities, arts and much more.
    • Setting up new programmes, helping with painting, fixing up the community centre and other practical support.
    • Visiting surrounding communities and families and supporting any current projects.
    But your main activities will be assisting and teaching English at the community centre; assisting at the local school; organising after school activities or helping with general care and education for the orphans. You will focus on a variety of possible activities depending on your field of expertise or level of training. After your initial introduction, it is important to focus on one or more classrooms, and to create a programme together with the principal that will best meet the needs of the classes and the abilities of you as a volunteer!

    Free-time activities

    Go on safari in the national park near Arusha where you can spot different animals! If you like sports, go hiking or canoeing, there are several hiking trails where you climb up a mountain to see a stunning view. There are cultural tours as well, experience the traditional culture of Arusha by visiting the locals or the local market where you can find some souvenirs to buy before you go home!

    Tours and Outings (Full Day Tours)

    To arrange extra activities and/or tours for weekends and public holidays, you can talk to Paskazia. Prices will depend on how many volunteers what to join in, but to give you an idea of the options, check out the list below. 

    Lake Duluti (full day tour)

    Included 

    Transport and driver

    Entrance fees

    Packed lunch and water 

    1 hour hike and canoeing trip

    Minimum 2 people

    40-50 USD per person

    Sanuwari Waterfall Hike (full day tour)

    Included 

    Transport and driver

    Entrance fees 

    Packed lunch and water

    3-4 hour hike to waterfall

    Minimum 2 people

    25-30 USD per person

    Arusha National Park (full day tour)

    Full day safari

    Transport & Driver.

    Entry to Arusha National Park

    Packed lunch and water

    Minimum 2 people

    120-180 USD per person

    Majimoto Hotsprings (full day tour)

    Included 

    Transport and driver

    Entrance fees

    Packed lunch and water

    Visit hot springs

    Minimum 2 people

    40-50 USD per person

    Materuni Waterfall and Coffee Plantation (full day tour)

    Included 

    Transport and driver

    Entrance fees 

    Packed lunch 

    Waterfall hike 

    Visit coffee plantation 

    Local beer tasting.

    Minimum 2 people

    50-60 USD per person


    Water Sports
    Climbing
    Safari/
    Zoo
    Hiking
    Sports

    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 High School level
    Nationality Restrictions
    No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
    Other Skills
    You need to have experience in childcare.
    Time Commitment
    Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:00

    What's Included

    Services by Khaya Volunteer Projects
    • First days introduction to the project and surroundings
    • Accommodation in shared facilities
    • All basic meals included (3 meals a day)
    • Direct donation to the project
    Airport Pickup at Arusha Airport

    Airport Transfer - Return - $50

    Bus Station Transfer - Return - $20

    Accommodation

    Depending on the amount of volunteers and time of the year all volunteers stay at the community center and live together with the children. Some volunteers possibly stay with our coordinator and his family if needed which is within walking distance.
    Water and electicity supplies can be challenging at moments showing you the realities of every day life for normal Tanzanians.

    Dorm Room
    Food & Beverages

    All your meals are included but take note that you will be served local dishes and local standards which can be basic compared to what you are used to back home. Tanzanian food includes meat, chicken, cassave, bread and vegetarian dishes.

    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 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

    Volunteers have the option to start or finish with their project at any given time, so we are flexible! Your stay will need to be booked per full weeks only and if you like to extend your stay you will need to arrange this with Khaya.

    Please keep in account that the Tanzanian school holidays (2 weeks in April, 4 weeks in June, 2 weeks in September and 4 weeks in December) can change the program. The school will then be closed and most of the children at the boarding house go back to their extended family. In the school holidays, you can help taking care of the children who remain at the centre, teach English and assist with a variety of other volunteering possibilities (think of painting and beautifying the projects, fixing furniture, visiting the community, creating a holiday program and much more).

    You are most likely to arrive in Arusha by bus from Dar es Salaam or Nairobi (Kenya) or by air to either Arusha airport (domestic) or Mount Kilimanjaro International airport (direct flights from many international destinations). At any point of arrival, the coordinator will welcome you personally to take you to the volunteer house. Please keep in mind that there are additional costs involved for the pickups of 50 USD from Kilimanjaro Airport or 20 USD from Arusha Airport or any other pick up point in Arusha. These additional costs need to be paid in cash to Charles.

    After arriving you will be given some time to freshen up and have a walk around to see the surroundings and meet all the children and staff.

    holiday program and much more).


    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)
    $ 1,045
    8 weeks
    $ 1,905
    12 weeks (max. stay)
    $ 2,765
    Average fees
    $ 246 /week

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

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    Community Outreach Assistant

    Experience the Tanzanian life from close up in Arusha! Volunteers need to help at the community centre, pre-primary school and a small orphanage.

    $246/week

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