Pre and Primary Education and Activities Assistant

founded in 2014
Stichting Dinka
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Coordinator | kimberly
Coordinator | kimberly
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Quality education! We offer the Tanzanian curriculum and enrich this with many co curricular activities like sports, music, arts, dance, gardening, cooking, life skills etc.!
Everyone speaks English! Next to the Religion lesson and the Swahili subject lesson, we teach our students only in English and English is the only language at school.
Safe environment! We have a comfortable volunteer house with privacy, washing machine, airco, warm running water, kitchen with gas and microwafe, tv and internet at the office area.
You can bring your own great ideas to our attention so we can implement these and develop Dinka School together ! Implement reading programs, arts programs, special sports, language, dance etc.!
Weekly transport to Arusha town- If you need our guidance or round tour in Arusha town, we will arrange our assistant to go with you! If you want to see more of Tanzania or do weekend trips, we help!
Dinka School is offering quality education to 200 children. We also take care of 50 children in our boarding facility. The children are in the age of 2-12 years old. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Dinka School is a Pre and Primary school with class one to seven and a nursery level and Pre- unit level. We educate 200 children and take care of 50 children in our boarding facility.
We established the school in 2014 and are proud to say we have a beautiful school with happy people!
We would love to welcome you to our team and work together in developing new programs and techniques.
We are located in Manyire village close to Arusha and children around the school and staff member's children are being sponsored.
We have 9 classrooms, a dining hall/ multi functional hall, dormitories for boys and for girls, an administration block with offices, library and ICT room. We also have the volunteer house, a garage and store and 3 sport fields (basketball field, volleyball field, football field)
Our team exists out of gardeners, cleaning ladies, mama's, cooks, drivers, security, teachers and office staff. During your stay with us, the academic master will guide you together with the head master.

Which social issues do you face?
We are located in the village and our children around us are being sponsored by the school. There are so many children in the village we don't sponsor yet.

And how do you try to solve these issues?
Because we would like to give so many more children the opportunity to come to school at Dinka,  we are always fundraising through our Dutch foundation, Stichting Dinka.

What is your program exactly about?
Educating children from poor backgrounds and to make sure they have a bright future ahead of them.

What is the role of the volunteer?
The role of the volunteer is to assist the teachers in classes and to guide/ implement co-curricular programs and subjects like sports, music, theater, drama, reading, writing, dance, gardening, cooking etc.!

What do we expect from the volunteers?
To follow the same timetable as our teachers and to implement our programs and new programs into the daily lives of our students.

What can the volunteers expect from you?
We would like to guide you from even before you come to Tanzania so you get the most out of this amazing experience !

Do the volunteers have to bring special equipment?
We would like you to bring your own laptop if possible to work with when you are here and we have a wish list which we can send to you if you would like to bring donations for the school.

Typical day

Together we can design your volunteer experience before you come to Tanzania, prepare your schedule and your timetable.

You will be able to assist in different classes with children of different ages.

A day program starts at 08:00 and ends at 15:15.

Your timetable will include time whereby you join school assemblies or team meetings in the morning and you will assist in different classes, but in between, you move around to go to specific classes where you teach (with assistance of the Tanzanian teacher). Co-curricular programs such as international lessons, arts lessons, sports lessons, music lessons, reading program, gardening, cooking etc. could be taken over by you but you will always have assistance from the class teacher. NECTA (the Tanzanian curriculum) can only be taught by the Tanzanian teachers but they very much appreciate your assistance ! The best classes to assist are Nursery, Pre Unit and STD. 1 and STD. 2.

We have two breaks at 10:00 for tea/ porridge and at 13:00 for lunch. The school ends at 15:15 but there are tuition classes for STD. 4 and STD. 7 until 18:00 and there is homework time and playtime for our boarders until 18:00.
You are welcome to assist but many volunteers like to rest after a full day from 08:00 to 15:15 :) !

As a volunteer at Dinka School we welcome you to share your ideas, talents and hobbies. Together we can design your volunteer experience before you come to Tanzania through email and create a rough timetable.

You can assist in the classes, you can teach co-curricular activities, you can give workshops or design a reading level program for the children.
You could teach hockey,Tennis, Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Frisbee, jumping rope, Gymnastics or biking.
Or you could take over the arts program for the time you will be here, teach ICT or French or set up a pop up lesson in a foreign language.
You can also teach music or dance or read with the struggling students.
You could set up a new program in gardening, cooking, sewing, taking care of animals or bring other interesting programs to our attention !
We are more than happy if you come up with your own ideas !
You will be able to assist in different classes with children of different ages from Nursery class- Pre Unit and STD. 1 to STD. 7.
You can also assist our matrons with taking care of the children who live at Dinka School in our boarding section!
You could arrange a special sports day or arrange a school trip!
If you like organizing and cleaning up we are also welcoming volunteers to assist us in organizing toys, books, classrooms and store rooms :) !

Free-time activities

  • Village walk around the school area
  • Village experience with students from our school who live in the village
  • River walk close to the school
  • Arusha town (food markets, masai souvenir market, supermarkets, shops, cafe's, restaurants, bars etc.)- with guidance if you prefer
  • Disco on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night in Arusha  with guidance if you prefer
  • Restaurants in Arusha- Chinese, Tanzanian, Indian, Burgers, Pizza, Greek.
  • Mount Meru climbing
  • Mount Kilimanjaro climbing
  • Safari to Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Arusha National park etc.
  • Hot springs visit in Moshi (another town)
  • Waterfalls visit in Moshi or Arusha (with walking)
  • Arusha National park walking safari and/or drive around in the park
  • Visit to Masai village
  • Horseback riding safari
  • Arusha museum, snake park, masai museum.
  • Swimming at the Kili Seasons hotel
  • Masai market for shopping souvenirs
  • Local food market
  • Big supermarkets in Arusha
  • Coffee or lunch at Africafe in Arusha or other spots


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
Education Requirements
English language at Secondary education level
Required Documents
CV, motivation letter, picture and if under 18- a letter from the parents.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We welcome any volunteer with their own uniqueness, qualities and special skills.
General assistance is appreciated as well!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Stichting Dinka
  • Accommodation shared volunteer room including electricity and water usage. 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Transportation to the city with the school bus (specific times and dates -once a week)
  • You will share the house with other volunteers. Depending on the number of volunteers, it could be possible that you will have to share your room with someone else.

The costs for airport pick up services from the airport are separate.

  • House close to the river inside the School compound. The school is 30 minutes drive from Arusha Town. (with public transport 1 hour)
  • Security day and night
  • Electricity and back up generator
  • Warm running water
  • Standard western toilet and shower (2 showers and 2 toilets)
  • Private garden and veranda
  • Air- Conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Two bedrooms (8 beds in each)
  • One living room with sofa, table, chairs, TV and Dvd's
  • Kitchen with fridge, gas, microwave etc.
  • Internet at office area only
Food & Beverages
Local Menu
  • Breakfast: tea with local small bread called Maandazi
  • Lunch and dinner: Rice, beans, meat, local small fish, corn flower local meal, daily vegetables
  • Clean drinking water from the tap
  • Black tea with sugar
  • Porridge
*No fruit
*No milk
*No extra items from the school kitchen

We offer transport once a week whereby you can visit the supermarket and food market in Arusha to buy your special items to keep in your  house in the fridge. When you don't prefer to join the school menu, you could do shopping and cook in your kitchen as well.
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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

We are closed in April for only two weeks, In June for a month, in September for only two weeks and in December for a month.

In April and in September we do welcome volunteers but the school will be closed. You are welcome to arrive and use these two weeks to go on safari and to visit Zanzibar. The school will be closed for two weeks but volunteers can stay if they want and travel around. (the kitchen will be closed for those weeks in April and September but there is a kitchen in the volunteer house).

In June and December we are completely closed for a month.

When you arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport our driver and assistant will be awaiting you just outside with your name plate so you can recognize them easily ! The airport transfer is costing dollar 50,- per ride per person. You will be brought to Dinka School with one of our Dinka School transport buses. It will take about 45 minutes on the main road and about 10 minutes on a rough road. When you arrive at Dinka School you will be warmly welcomed and a hot shower and food will be ready for you !

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
11 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$150 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Stichting Dinka will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Stichting Dinka during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Pre and Primary Education and Activities Assistant

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