Children Empowerment through Sports

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Coordinator | Tizia
Coordinator | Tizia
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Work with highly motivated children
Help the trainers to create a training plan
Give your own courses, no matter what sport
Support the talent program with your own fundraising
Explore Tanzania through safaris in the most famous national parks like Serengeti or climb Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain
Have fun doing sports with the kids and help them achieve their personal goals. See how they improve skills like teamwork, confidence and ambition. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The football project Meru Warriors was founded in 2013 by the Tanzanian teacher Joseph Smith and is still led by him. His goal is to make football and other sporting activities more popular in schools in order to bring the children and the whole community closer together, true to the motto: 'Come with passion, leave with vision'. To share his passion with as many children and young people as possible, he works with various schools in Arusha. There he and other coaches offer football training several times a week for children aged three to 17 for a small fee or sometimes even free of charge. He also supports particularly talented young people through special training courses and grants. Some of the children and young people whom Joseph trains come from particularly disadvantaged families and without Meru Warriors would never have the opportunity to play football in a real team, so often prove to be the most disciplined and ambitious in training. For children and teenagers who show violent behaviour at a young age, regular practice of a team sport can strengthen characteristics such as self-control, discipline and the ability to work in a team which will help them in later life. The "Meru Warriors Talent Program" is constantly looking for talented children in the student league throughout Tanzania, who are then supported by scholarships and housed together in a house in Arusha. These children train hard with the aim of being placed in a professional club once they turn 18.

Your work

The training takes place several times a week on three different training grounds. Depending on your previous knowledge and interests, you can train a group yourself or support one of the trainers in their work.

Many of the children and teenagers are also interested in yoga classes, acrobatics, running and everything else that has to do with movement. So if you have previous knowledge of another sport and want to share your passion for it, you are cordially invited to support Meru Warriors.

In addition to regular football training, the club also often goes to tournaments in the area on weekends. You are welcome to go to the competitions to support the team.

You can also help Joseph organize fundraising, maintain the club's social networks or train a coach.

Please note:

Soccer training usually takes place in the afternoons when the children and young people come home from school. Since the training grounds and the office are around 20 kilometres from the hostel, we recommend that you stay with our host family, whose house is within walking distance of the project. So you are back in your accommodation before dark and your safety is ensured.

Typical day

You can agree with Joseph on site what is coming up and then plan your day flexibly. Either you help with training, support the children in the talent program with learning or organize fundraising or social media campaigns in the office. When tournaments are pending, you are cordially invited to accompany and support the team.

On Saturdays the training starts at 9 am and lasts about three hours. At the same time, the children in their age groups train with their own trainer. After this training you can devote yourself to the special talent development of one of the children or just enjoy the time off.

You can also offer your own courses for the children in the afternoons and introduce them to other sports.

Free-time activities

We offer a wide range of activities at affordable volunteer rates like: 
1. Hiking/Walking tours to waterfalls, through forests and around a lake. 
2. Swimming in paradise like hot springs with a glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro. 
3. Cultural tours to Maasai markets and the possibility to visit different ethnic groups. 
4. Coffee plantation tour to learn about the process from the bean to the finished product. 
5. Safaris to the national parks of the Northern Circuit (Arusha NP, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Area). 
6. Climbing Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. 
7. FREE town tour for all our volunteers!

Water Sports


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, picture and criminal background check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

What's Included

Services by Viva Tanzania

All pre-arrival support, two airport transfers, orientation tour in Arusha, being taken to the project on the first day, donation to the school in form of our Viva Tanzania volunteer fund, 24/7 in-country support, accommodation in a dorm, breakfast and dinner daily, lunch is usually provided in the project.

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

In your program fee the pick up and drop off from/to the airport/bus station are included. One of our friendly staff members, will be at the airport/bus stand with our "Viva Tanzania"-Pick-up-sign, just in time when you plane or bus arrives. And after your volunteer experience - when it's time to say good bye - we will take you to the airport/bus stand for the farewell.


The volunteer house has dorms; each contains comfortable beds & shelves to store belongings, the maximum is four people in one room. As storage space is limited in the rooms please consider packing light, too. Accommodation in a single room is possible (extra charge). 
The hostel is located 25 walking minutes from the city centre. Although the house is close to the busy town and is surrounded by a green environment. In the garden we have different fruits, like bananas and avocado. Our hostel dogs are part of the family and stay in the compound as well. The house is equipped with hot water showers and the possibility to use the kitchen through out the day.

Moreover we offer you the possibility to stay with a host family during your volunteering with us. The charges remain the same, but you will get the unique experience of sharing your daily live with and in a Tanzanian family. They will provide you with everything that's necessary. All family members speak English fluently and are very welcoming. As their new family member you will have your own lockable room, featured with a bed and access to the living room, kitchen, bathroom and the beautiful compound. If staying with a guest family, we will of course still provide our 24/7 in-country support by our staff members. For further information please let us know that you are interested in staying in a guest family within your application on Volunteer World.

Dorm Room Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast in the morning is self service. Tea, coffee, bread, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, as well as fruits and vegetables are available. Dinner will be international as we cook Tanzanian as well as Western Food. Don‘t worry if you are vegetarian (like Tizia), vegan or have any allergy, we can cope with everything - just let us know. The hostel is also equipped with a fridge and shelves to store your own groceries.

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.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

You can start working at this project any day of the week that suits you.
On your first day we will do a town tour showing you Arusha, how to use the buses, where to find ATMs, exchange money and much more. 
The next day one of our staff members will take you to your project showing you the way and making sure you are always safe.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 26 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks
17 weeks
26 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$241 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Viva Tanzania 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 Viva Tanzania during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Children Empowerment through Sports

Have fun doing sports with the kids and help them achieve their personal goals. See how they improve skills like teamwork, confidence and ambition.


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