Help and assist at an orphanage for children

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Coordinator | Kira
Coordinator | Kira


Learn everything about an local orphanage in Tanzania and bring in your own ideas and support.
Be yourself and grow beyond yourself!
Have a great time and learn from the children and the nannies.
Immerse yourself in African culture by getting in touch with lots of locals.
Make new experiences and enjoy your African dream.
At this orphanage you support the team by taking care of the young children and offer them an age-appropriate free time arrangement. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The Samaritan Village Children's Home was established in 1994 and currently accommodates approximately 40 children aged 3 months to 17 years. All children at Samaritan Village were rejected by their parents often shortly after birth so the families of the children are unknown.

 Since its founding, the Samaritan has been able to provide more than 70 children in adoptive families at home and abroad. Unfortunately, the Tanzanian adoption law changed some time ago, making foreign adoption much more difficult. Children who do not find adoptive or foster care families remain in the children's home and grow up there in family structures.

The children's home is based on Christian values ​​and above all receives support from various church congregations worldwide. Josephat Mmanyi is the coordinator and children's home father for all children in the children's home. But Although the children's home is under Christian leadership, but happy about volunteers of all religious and cultural backgrounds. 

As a volunteer you should be prepared to adapt to the needs of the children in everyday life. In the morning care of the toddlers and help with household chores are therefore in the foreground, while in the afternoon the care of the schoolchildren is added. The children's home has a very good staffing key, so volunteers do not act as a substitute for local workers. Nevertheless, they can assist employees in many areas. There is also plenty of time to spend time with the kids, playing with them and building the center together. Volunteers should generally show a willingness to perform all of the above tasks, including domestic activities such as cleaning, washing and cooking. 

Typical day

Samaritan Orphanage is located in Moshono, Arusha. To get from the volunteer house to the children's home, you have to change with the Daladala (local minibus) once and cover a walk of about 1km. Overall, it takes about 50 minutes for a route.

Volunteers usually work from Monday to Friday in the children's home, and also on weekends. Working hours are tailored to your needs and interests. A normal working day has about 6-8 hours, starts from 9 o'clock and ends at 17 o'clock at the latest. Volunteers support the permanent employees with all necessary work. This includes:

• Caring for babies and toddlers who are not yet in school (feed, wrap, play)
• Help with cooking, washing and cleaning
• Tutoring and homework help of schoolchildren
• Planning games and leisure activities
• Administrative tasks / sponsorship coordination
• Own project ideas are always welcome
• Help in the adjoining vegetable garden

Volunteers can be involved in this project in all areas and the team on site is happy about every helping hand!

Free-time activities

The project is based in Arusha, Tanzania. There are several free time activities volunteers can engage in. We organize Safaris, mountain climbs and shorter tours like hiking, horse riding, visit to a nearby massai village, trip to the hotsprings and waterfalls, coffee tours, etc. to the nearer surroundings at affordable rates. We always make sure, that all guides and staffs are being paid fair wages. At the same time there are lots of things you can do during your free time or at the weekends in Arusha itself. There are different markets like second hand market, spice markets or massai market, as well as typical african restaurants and bars. Furthermore, the area you will live is very beautiful and you can either go to a lake and do canoeing or you can go to a lodge with a pool near to the hostel to relax for little money. Our other volunteers from the hostel will be happy to show you everything and if you join them at your free weekends!



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
at High School level
Required Documents
CV und introduction letter
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 and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by STEP Africa

The STEP Africa Program Fees are calculated as follows:

− A one time application fee which includes 2 way airport transfers, pre-departure support, preparation handbooks, orientation day and project support 

− Program fees to stay at the STEP Africa House (including breakfast and dinner from monday to friday), on-the-ground support and supervision by the STEP Africa Team (our office is in Tanzania!) and 24h emergency contact. 

Important Note: To keep it transparent we do not add any donation to our program fees (which are entirely used for your preparation, supervision and accommodation) but encourage you to raise some funds among your family and friends prior to your arrival or once you have arrived in Tanzania. Any small or big amount is highly appreciated and you are entirely free to decide on how you want to utilize your donation within the project. By doing so you will see how much of a difference donations can make and its a great feeling to see this first hand. We understand volunteering as a holistic approach of helping each other and learning from one another and while you will do amazing daily work as a volunteer we want you to also understand that no project can entirely survive if it wasn't for financial support as well. 

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

Airport Pick-up is included in the costs. Volunteers can be picked up at any day and night time. Possible Arrival Airports are Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha Airport.


The STEP Africa Volunteer House is located 20 minutes out of Arusha Town and all projects are easily accessible by public transport from here. We have 6 dorm rooms, 4 bathrooms (western toilets and almost always warm showers), a big communal rooms and an outside area for sitting together and enjoying the leisure time with fellow volunteers. You will share your room with one to five person and all beds are equipped with a mosquito net. Our hostel dogs Robby and Congo are also part of the family and are responsible for your safety. We are sure that you will find new friends very fast and there will be always be someone to talk to and share the experiences with.

Food & Beverages
Food (breakfast and dinner) is provided from Monday to Friday at the STEP Africa House. The breakfast includes tea, white bread, butter, jam, peanutbutter and an african special of the day like Mandazi or cooked banana. Our house mother cookes delicious typical tanzania dinner for you e.g. rice with beans or chapati. During the weekends volunteers can use the kitchen for cooking or eat in one of the several restaurants in and around Arusha. Safe filtered drinking water as well as the fridges in the kitchen are available for all volunteers. Even as a vegetarian, you will not have problems either at the hostel, nor outside at local restaurants in Arusha.  
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

We do not have specific arrival dates. You can join our program throughout the year and on any day of the week / month. Our driver can pick you from Kilimanjaro Airport at any day or night time. The airport shuttle is already included in our program fees, so we do not charge extra costs. The day following your arrival you will receive a detailed orientation from us. Our supervisor will show you Arusha town, you will get a local SIM card, go together to an ATM and you will get the chance to go buy anything necessary at the supermarket. The weekday following your orientation day is usually your first day at the project. On your first day you will be joined by one of our lovely team members.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 575
5 weeks
$ 690
6 weeks
$ 805
7 weeks
$ 920
8 weeks
$ 1,035
9 weeks
$ 1,150
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,495
Average fees
$ 134 /week

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

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Help and assist at an orphanage for children

At this orphanage you support the team by taking care of the young children and offer them an age-appropriate free time arrangement.


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