Viva Tanzania

Little Stars Children Learning Centre

Arusha, Tanzania show on map
The centre was designed to provide good quality education. The children are being taught according to the principles of creative learning. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Education in Tanzania can't be compared to what we know from home. Often children get corporal punished, creativity and independent thinking are not encouraged. That's why this learning center was established. Two Tanzanian women wanted to give their children a better education according to the principles of creative learning. Now they run a kindergarden for the 2 to 6 year olds and a schmall growing Primary School for the 6 to 10 year olds.
The daycare is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and the primary School from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. The exact duration of work will be discussed individually. The child care is located just 20 minutes by walking and local transport, to the school it will take you about 30 to 40 minutes. You will be able to work in both institutions for a amount of time after checking out both for some days. Nevertheless your help will be needed either in the day care of the Primary School more regarding on the amount of other volunteers and number of children.
Generally, this project is open to everybody who has some experience with child care. This can be through taking care of younger siblings, babysitting, leading of youth groups etc. If you are a trained educator or teachers you could also be active in the training of the local professionals. Creative minds are very welcome to apply for this project.

Typical day

Your day starts in the morning at 8:00 am. The children arrive and you will play with them. After some time the children get seperated according to their age and skills or class. You will support the care taker and teacher in educating the children in basic skills like mathematics, English, writing and reading.  You will play with the children, speak and teach English and help them with their daily routine. That means for example, teach the smaller ones to tie their shoes, etc. Furthermore, you will conduct educational games, reading books, singing and leading their activities. Furthermore, you will conduct educational games, reading books, singing and leading their activities.  The kindergarden and the school are very welcoming to volunteers, who want to spend time with the children and become a part of this growing learning center.
Depending on what's discussed you leave after lunch or stay untill the day care closes at 5:00 pm or the school closes at 3:00pm. If volunteering at the school you can ride the school bus home to the Volunteers House or the Host Family.

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 and 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.

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 blimps of the Mount Kilimanjaro.


3. Cultural tours to Maasai markets and the possibility to visit different ethnicities.


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
Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Yoga/Meditation

Program 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 and Picture of the volunteer
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience with child care are required: This can be through taking care of younger siblings, babysitting, leading of youth groups etc.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Viva Tanzania (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Viva Tanzania

All pre-arrival support, two airport transfers, orientation tour in Arusha, being guided to the project on the first day, donation to the learning centre in form of our Viva Tanzania volunteers fund, 24/7 in-country-support, accommodation in a dorm, daily breakfast and dinner, 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.

Accommodation

The volunteer house has dorms; each contains comfortable beds & shelves to store belongings, the maximum is four people in one room. We try to keep the rooms separated by gender but can not guarantee this. 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 Takwa and Nala 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 will contain tea and coffee, bread, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, as well as fruits and vegetable. 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. 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.
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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 670
5 weeks
$ 782
6 weeks
$ 893
7 weeks
$ 1,005
11 weeks
$ 1,451
19 weeks
$ 2,343
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,800
Average fees
$ 142 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Arusha/Tanzania between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Viva Tanzania will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Tanzania.
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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