Help at a unique safe home for girls

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High­lights

Show commitment and you will get a lot back from the women.
Be yourself and grow beyond yourself!
Have a great time with the woman and their children and learn from them.
Immerse yourself in African culture by getting in touch with lots of locals by talking, playing and joking with the girls and woman.
Make new experiences and enjoy your African dream.
You will be responsible to take care of the girls and their kids, as well as help them to start a new and independent life. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Pippi House is a sanctuary for girls and young women who have experienced physical and sexual violence, lived on the street due to extreme poverty, or were victims of child trafficking and child labor. The house offers young women safe accommodation, food and access to school and education. There are currently over seventy girls and young women living in Pippi House, some of whom have small children themselves. At Pippi House, the young women are helped to make a new start and lead an independent and self-determined life in the future. The project was found in 2011 by Aristides Nshange to offer the girls a family atmosphere in which they can process their traumas.

Volunteers should be creative, open and willing to independently look for job roles / activities within the house. They are given free space to contribute their ideas independently and actively to the work of the Pippi House Foundation. That is, starting small projects with the girls (Artistic things like making friendship bracelets or teaching skills as well as offering sports such as self-defense, yoga or dance workshops) are absolutely welcomed!

Pippi House is located in Njiro, Arusha. With the DalaDala (local minibus) it takes about 50 minutes to get there, where you have to change once and walk about 1km long footpath.

Typical day

Working hours at Pippi House can be chosen freely and flexibly but most of the time you start at 9am to 10am and end up at around 4 pm. There are different tasks at any time of the day and on any day of the week, offering a great variety. The morning can be used for administrative work and shopping. As well as for the care of the smaller children. Since most of the girls are in the mornings in the school, the working hours can also begin in the afternoon. At the weekend the house is full and can be used for special activities and projects. 

Pippi House staff are happy to get volunteers who are ready to engage in all aspects of the facility and are not afraid to work. The following work areas belong to the tasks of volunteers: 

- Mutual building of trust, conversations with individual girls (the girls are partially traumatized and need empathetic people, who give you the feeling that they are worth something and can achieve their goals)
- Attend and support doctor visits and hospital stays of women and children
- Attend to authorities (government, waterworks, etc.)
- Child-friendly care for the children while their mothers attend school / bathing and washing babies and toddlers
- Daily homework and tutoring for the girls, English lessons to learn the basics
- Help with housework (cooking, washing dishes, cleaning, washing clothes)

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!

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
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
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

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.

Accommodation

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.

Guesthouse
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 any problems at the hostel or in 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.
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

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.

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)
$ 575
5 weeks
$ 690
5 weeks
$ 690
6 weeks
$ 805
6 weeks
$ 805
7 weeks
$ 920
7 weeks
$ 920
8 weeks
$ 1,035
8 weeks
$ 1,035
9 weeks
$ 1,150
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 at a unique safe home for girls

You will be responsible to take care of the girls and their kids, as well as help them to start a new and independent life.

$134/week

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