Friends Childcare Supporter

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founded in 2019
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Coordinator | Rita
Coordinator | Rita
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High­lights

Gain more experience and friends working with special needs children as well as the local professionals.
Take the opportunity to travel and socialize on the weekends, as there is much to do for leisure and fun.
Arusha is a beautiful tourist city with much to appreciate. The people are welcoming, and the landscape and sceneries are magnificent.
Participate in making a better life for people who lack the resources to do so for themselves.
Get chance to see and climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro
Children in Tanzania often need extra support as they are from vulnerable backgrounds. Volunteers may assist in basic tasks such as cleaning, renovation, and cooking. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs
The children in Tanzania always need extra support as they are vulnerable. Given that the schools and day care centers are underfunded with limited resources, the childcare project always appreciates the support, love, and care provided to the children as well as any advancements to enhance the capacity of the institutions. 

This program is very important. Childcare consists of providing basic education, playing games, teaching the essentials of healthy living, and working alongside supervisors to improve and run the center. Volunteers may also assist in basic tasks such as cleaning, simple renovation, and cooking.

Tanzanians are very friendly, conversational, and hospitable. There are general safety rules that enhance the cultural experience. Our accommodations are safe spaces protected by high security and are located at a safe neighborhood. Volunteers will be working with placement directors and other local staffs; please be cooperative.

It is heavily advised that volunteers do not go out at night alone, especially without a local guide or coordinator with you. It is also best to be very careful with your belongings when outdoors. Foreigners in general are targets for pick-pocketing and theft. We advise against carrying too much cash, bringing expensive items with you, and leaving your possessions unattended.

Volunteers will be working with 12+ organizations as partners while conducting the volunteer program. You can work with schools, medical placements, and other fulfilling programs. Medical placements require a 80 USD fee.

Volunteers should follow these roles:

  • Attend to their duties at the placements from Monday to Friday.
  • In the case of changing placements, the volunteer has to have a meeting with all the staff at the current placement.
  • Stay at the placement for the required time (hangovers cannot be excuses not to attend to your duties).
  • Report to the coordinators, supervisors, or placements whenever sick or unable to attend; it is best to provide prior notice.

Volunteers should expect to be involved in working with a younger age group in schools, day care centers, and the likes. The conditions in these centers and institutions might not be what you expect, and the approaches to the environment can differ. It is better to approach this project with limited or no expectations. Rather, expect to be proactive and adapt by initiating ways to improve the conditions, as any activity can be assigned to any volunteer.

The childcare project involves teaching, playing with and caring for the children, assisting teachers and staff in providing basic education, teaching hygiene and healthy living, as well as other activities like cooking, cleaning, and preparing children for school. The volunteers can also engage in implementing class schedules, creating class decorations, and enhancing the capacity of the centers by assisting in advancing the administrative departments. It is imperative to familiarize yourself with the Tanzania curriculum.

Participation in any of these activities depends on how comfortable you are with tending to the task provided. If a volunteer feels uncomfortable with a task, it is okay to be substituted with a member of staff. 

Volunteers are not required to bring anything on your volunteer placements, but if you feel like donating and sharing it will be appreciated. There are many needs due to the limited resources the centers have. 

Typical day

In general, volunteers have the freedom to choose how they spend the day. However, a daily routine is recommended and may be coordinated with the project coordinators based on your program. A general day may look like this:

  • Breakfast between 6:30 and 7:30am
  • Commuting to placement via public transport
  • Lunch between 12:30am and 3:00pm either at the placement or at the accommodation
  • Placement ends usually between 2pm and 4pm depending on the project
  • Free time for the rest of the day and preparation for the placement the day after (if necessary)
  • Soup and bread will be 05:00 pm
  • Dinner between 6:30pm and 7:30pm
  • Visiting a house of babies after come back from your placement or during the weekend.

Free-time activities

Day trips 

  • Walter falls 
  • Zip line 
  • Coffee and banana plantation
  • Visit a Maasai village, where you will learn and see the lifestyle of the strongest culture in Africa.
  • Hiking and climbing the mountains such as Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
  • Visit Zanzibar for diving and water sports

Tours and Safaris

  • Visit Ngorongoro national park, where you can go down into the historical crater conservation
  • Serengeti national park 
  • Manyara national park
  • Mikumi national park, and many more!

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

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
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We are welcoming anyone with useful skills, such as having experience in music, being an artist, playing football, etc.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 12:00

What's Included

Services by Ndulilo Volunteer Residency
The program fee includes

- Airport pickup
- Accommodation
- Meals.


Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

The program fee includes airport pickup. It takes 45 to 60 minutes to ride to Arusha from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). You will be picked up by a coordinator with a driver from our ground team. The ground team will be active to get to the airport on time and communicate well.

Note: When you exit the arrivals area you will see a coordinator with a sign of NVR. Please don't look for your name, look for the sign. Wave and our team will see you. On the way to the volunteer house, the coordinator will give you a short briefing about the country and Arusha in general. We will give you a paper with your name, with full information about your placement and details.

You will get to meet and know the ground team while giving you a house tour. We will show you your room, and the next day you will have orientation.

Accommodation

Volunteers in Arusha are accommodated in a volunteer house and home stay. The volunteer house can host up to 30 volunteers at one time. Volunteers can expect to share a room with one to five other volunteers of the same gender. The  house provides a comfortable and warm stay with running water and electricity. However, it is important to note that there are often power outages which may affect availability of hot water. Bedding is provided, which includes a pillow with pillow case, bottom and top sheet. A mosquito net is also provided. You will need to bring your own towel and toiletries. 

In the volunteer house, there is a cook who prepares meals and a cleaner who keeps the place clean and tidy. Safety is paramount, therefore there is also a security guard during day and night. Staff members are available on a daily basis during the week, and via phone over the weekend. All volunteers under the age of 18 years are accommodated in a separate room in the volunteer house. To access the internet during your program, we recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone and purchasing a local SIM card in Arusha. The local staff will assist you with this upon arrival.

Bungalow
Food & Beverages

One of the greatest ways to explore Tanzania is to eat like the locals. To make things easy for you, your program fee covers the cost of your main meals, which will be cooked by the in-house mamas.

Because we choose to partner with international people, the mamas will usually be cooking food typical to the Tanzanian taste. This is an authentic way to get a taste of the wonderful flavors of Arusha, and immerse yourself fully in the local culture.

All programs will include options for vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and other diets. You should note any dietary requirements in your application so we can make sure the program caters to your needs beforehand. 

The number of meals provided varies from program to program. Our programs fee covers breakfast, lunch, dinner, soup and some snacks at evening.

The project fee includes three meals per day, 7 days per week. Meals generally consist of authentic Tanzanian cuisine, with some western style dishes. A typical breakfast may entail eggs, bread with butter and jam, pancakes, fruits, tea and coffee.

Lunch and dinner usually contain options of meat and fish as well as vegetables and fruits. Rice, potatoes, pasta, and fries may be served, topped with typical Tanzanian sauces and stews.

We are extremely mindful of food allergies and will adapt to requests accordingly.

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 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.
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

Program duration

The Program commencement includes the night before your start date. If you choose to arrive before the starting date, you will have to pay extra according to the days of your stay.
  • The duration of your stay and program is counted in weeks. For instance, if a volunteer is registered for 4 weeks and the start date is January 1st, the program fee accommodates the night of December 31st until January 28th respectively.
  • Travel and leisure holidays are of no exception; they are within the program duration. If a day or more is taken for travels in the 4 week program, the end date will remain the same.
  • There is the possibility for program extension whenever necessary. A one day extension costs 18 USD, where as more than a week would be assigned program fees in regard to the duration of the stay. It is advised that if volunteers require an extension, they should provide a week's notice prior to the end of their original program.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$450
5 weeks
$554
6 weeks
$658
7 weeks
$762
8 weeks
$866
9 weeks
$970
10 weeks
$1,054
11 weeks
$1,138
12 weeks
$1,222
13 weeks
$1,306
14 weeks
$1,390
15 weeks
$1,474
16 weeks
$1,558
17 weeks
$1,642
18 weeks
$1,726
19 weeks
$1,810
20 weeks (max. stay)
$1,915
Average fees
$104 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Ndulilo Volunteer Residency 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 Ndulilo Volunteer Residency during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Friends Childcare Supporter

Children in Tanzania often need extra support as they are from vulnerable backgrounds. Volunteers may assist in basic tasks such as cleaning, renovation, and cooking.

$104/week

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