Baby Safe Home - Child Care Worker

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Support the Team of local care takers with daily tasks in the Baby Home.
Learn about the important work this project is doing in not only caring for the babies but reuniting them with their relatives or adoptive families.
Give the Babies and Toddlers extra attention and love by organizing fun games, music and trips.
Experience life in Tanzania first hand and make friends for a lifetime.
Learn from the community you live in and make a lasting impact.
Care for the children at the baby home that were abandoned or orphaned and give them lots of love and attention until they can return to their relatives or get adopted. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singoli
Coppie
Famiglie
Gruppi
50+

We are STEP Africa – Exchange for Change, a Tanzanian social enterprise that was founded in German-Tanzanian cooperation in 2014. We organize and supervise meaningful and ethical volunteer placements and internships in Arusha, Northern Tanzania. Till date we have hosted over 500 interns and volunteers from all over the world.

With our programs we aim to contribute towards international understanding and give our participants intercultural and global ability to act. With the support of our participants we are committed to worthy projects and initiatives in Tanzania. We believe that working together in intercultural teams by exchanging ideas and viewpoints will let everyone involved, Organizations such as volunteers and interns, benefit in the long run.

Our team combines relevant qualifications and many years of experience in project coordination, volunteer mediation and social work in Tanzania and abroad. Our supervisors are available as contact persons on site at any time for our volunteers and projects. We offer our volunteers the opportunity to use their knowledge in Tanzania to get involved in meaningful projects and to gain valuable professional experience in different fields such as Social Work, Women’s Rights, Primary Schools, Daycare Center, Health Care, Animal Welfare and Environmental Protection.

We firmly believe in the power of change through intercultural exchange. With our programs we promote and demand equal rights and cultural tolerance. We place our volunteers exclusively in projects in which they can gain valuable experience for their future. Our volunteers do not replace local employees. Volunteers are assistants who offer support to local staff and, for example, perform tasks for which there is otherwise too little time. It is important to us that we only place our volunteers in projects that share our values towards international volunteering.

Our Volunteers are encouraged to start fundraisers for their respective institutions in Tanzania before, during or after their stay in Arusha. We have experienced great success with this in the past and present and saw our volunteers making great impacts in this area as well. We are connected to several European NGOs founded by our former volunteers that are continuing to support and promote their former work institutions here in Tanzania.

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Project Description

The Cradle of Love Baby Home is a children's home founded in 2004, which only cares for babies and toddlers aged 0 - 3 years. 34 children are currently being looked after in the children's home. Most of the children living there have either been rejected by their biological family or have lost their mothers to complications during childbirth or diseases such as HIV / AIDS and tuberculosis. Cradle of Love is a temporary place to stay for the kids. The aim of the children's home is either to reunite the children with living family members or to find responsible adoptive families for the children without family members. The children's home was founded by an American couple.

The need for care facilities for babies is very high in Tanzania. The maternal mortality rate is 1 in 39, which is why many children have to grow up without their mother. Since the care of newborns is very time-consuming and also expensive due to the milk powder, many children's homes only accept children from the age of 2 years. But the infant mortality rate is also very high in Tanzania, which means that many babies have little chance of surviving the first few months within their biological family without expert care and without breast milk. Cow's milk is often used as a well-meaning substitute for infant milk, but this is extremely harmful to newborns. As soon as the children have “grown out of the worst” in the children's home, they can be reunited with their family.

Many of the children who live in the Cradle of Love Baby Home were left as newborns in the hospital or abandoned on the side of the road, in fields and in front of houses. The reasons for this are varied and often go hand in hand with the boundless despair of mothers who are unable to raise their child due to poverty, illness or due to family pressure among underage girls.

For these children, the children's home is looking for foster and adoptive families who can offer the children a safe home. Unfortunately, the adoption law in Tanzania is very strict. According to this, only married couples who are at least 25 years old, at least 21 years older than the child and live in Tanzania for at least 3 years can legally adopt. Volunteers should be aware of these hurdles when working in the children's home, because you usually inevitably fall in love with a certain child.

The Baby Home is located out of the Arusha City Center in a suburb called Usa River. Usa is like a small town on its own and you can even find a german bakery and cafe to relax during your lunch break (when all the little ones are having a nap). The house where the children stay is modern and clean with green gardens all around. The staff is super friendly and well organized. 

Baby Home Volunteer Policy 

We are looking for people who are:

PROACTIVE - Join in and organize activities for the toddlers, see what needs to be done for the other babies or to assist the staff.

PATIENT - Things move slowly in Africa. Relax and enjoy the slow pace. Remember that life here is not as organized and predictable as life in America or Europe!

FLEXIBLE - Plans change and we need you to "go with the flow" so to speak. For instance, you may be working with the toddlers for the most part, but we may need to have you work with the babies, if a caregiver is not at work.

CONSIDERATE - We do not have a lot of rules and restrictions for our volunteers. However, we do ask that you respect the ones that we do have.

RESPECTFUL-There are times when you may not agree with, or understand our decisions or direction. Although your suggestions are welcome, your faith, respect and consideration for our long-term work and commitment will be appreciated.

FRIENDLY-Tanzanians are warm and friendly people. Don't be afraid to make friends and learn some Kiswahili. You may learn more about Tanzanian life and culture than you ever thought possible.

TOLERANT - The food, culture, smells and sounds will be unfamiliar to you at first. We recommend that you experience Tanzanian life to it's fullest. You will be surprised at how quickly you will adapt.

SENSE OF HUMOR - Once again--Life here is NOT what you are used to! The electricity WILL go out. The water supply WILL cut off. You WILL have to take cold showers and use candles from time to time. Service WILL be slow in restaurants, banks, supermarkets... Keep cool and use your sense of humor while still being respectful. Learn to handle difficult situations with patience, tolerance and a SMILE.

DEDICATED - We trust that you are coming to volunteer to truly reach out and touch the lives of others. This is not a vacation (although you will have time to travel and see around), and this is not a way to escape issues that you may have with family or situations back home! Volunteering is about helping others and learning that when you do that, you will find happiness in your own life. “

The work at Cradle of Love Baby Home is very rewarding and volunteers can be assured to work in a clean and safe environment. It is especially touching to witness one of the Babies getting adopted or being reunited with the birth family. 

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Further important Information: 

Fundraising
The Baby Home is a charity organization and does not receive additional public funds but solely relies on local and international sponsors and supporters. Running a baby home is far from cheap as many staff have to be paid, as well as expensive infant milk and high medical bills. Raising funds in addition to your volunteer work is of course not a must but we highly encourage our volunteers to start a little fundraiser before, during or after their stay in Arusha. We have experienced great success with this in the past and present and saw our volunteers making great impacts. Besides of this it is very rewarding to see with your own eyes how far even a little amount of money can go. Several of our former volunteers even started NGOs and associations in their home countries and are continuing to support and promote their former work institutions here in Tanzania

Preparation
Preparing for a volunteering assignment abroad isn't always a simple task as there is a lot to keep in mind. Our team will be there for you along the way. We have our own STEP Africa preparation area. Once you apply and we confirm your application you will get online access to this area where you find a detailed 90 pages preparation handbook as well as many further updates & information and the contacts of other volunteers travelling at the same time as you. In case of any questions you will always be able to reach us via E-Mail or Phone / WhatsApp. 

On the Ground Support and Emergency Availability
The whole STEP Africa Team is on the ground in Tanzania. We are like an extended family and you will always be able to talk to us in case of any problems, questions or if you simply want to have a chat. We are there for you! Of course we are available 24/7 in case of any emergency.

Vaccinations/ Medical Care in Tanzania
We recommend that you consult your trusted travel doctor for individual advice on travel vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis. There aren't any mandatory vaccinations for entering Tanzania and the risk of contracting malaria is considered very low in Arusha due to the altitude. If you plan a trip to the island of Zanzibar, you will need to get a yellow fever shot as it is mandatory there. 

Arusha has some good private medical facilities, so in case you fall ill you will be in safe hands. 

Booking of Flights and Insurances
Booking your flights and respective travel insurance is not included in our fees and will be your own responsibility. This however is an advantage for you, as you will be able to scan for the best and most affordable offers from your home country or country of residence. Of course we are always happy to help and offer advice in case you are unsure what is the best solution for you. 

Visa
In order to volunteer in Tanzania you will need a Visa for Humanitarian and Charity Activities which costs $100 for US-citizens and $50 for citizens of all other countries. This visa is valid for 3 months. Those planning to stay for up to 6 months will need a visa extension which costs $300 ($250 for non US-citizens respectively)

COVID-19
Tanzania received the "Safe Travels Stamp" from the World Travel and Tourism Council. There are no entry restrictions or quarantine when entering the country though some airlines require PCR and / or rapid tests before check-in. Both tests are available in Arusha as well. Tanzania has chosen a slightly different approach during the pandemic and decided to remain mostly open in order to allow economic activities to continue. Approaches such as lockdowns seem to be right for many western countries but in a developing country like Tanzania where there isn't any functioning social security system such measures can do more harm than good. Of course also in tanzania hygiene measures were raised and regular hand washing, sanitizing and checking of body temperature are conducted. You may choose to wear a mask in daily life. All our projects are open and grateful to receive volunteers, especially during these challenging times. 

Typical day

The working hours in the Cradle of Love Baby Home can be designed very flexibly. Most of the volunteers work from Monday to Friday during the core working hours between 8.30 a.m. and 5 p.m., whereas between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. there is usually a longer lunch break during which the children take their afternoon nap. This time can be used at leisure or to help employees with household chores, manage fundraisers etc. You may also choose to take over night or weekend shifts.

Your typical day starts at around 8.30am. Upon arrival you will sign in at the baby home office and head to your allocated age group. You will there receive news and updates on the children from the nannies of the night shift. 

Your day routine varies depending on the age group that you are working with. In the Nursery your main task is to feed and change the little babies and carry them around until they sleep. There is also cleaning work involved. If you work for an older age group you will also spend a lot of time outside with the children and play age appropriate games and sing songs with them. There is a beautiful little playground nearby and you may take the older children there whenever time allows. 

Further tasks also include assistance with the weekly market shopping, taking sick children to the hospital for check-ups and help the kitchen stuff to prepare food and clean the kitchen afterwards. 

Cradle of Love welcomes volunteers from all countries and backgrounds with open arms.

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
Yoga/
Meditation

Requisiti

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
Required Documents
CV and Introduction Letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience in childcare or medical fields can be an advantage but everyone is welcome and love for children is the number 1 skill required.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on lunedì, martedì, mercoledì, giovedì and venerdì from 08:30 - 15:00

Servizi inclusi

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

Our STEP Africa House – located in the quiet and central suburb of Njiro, Arusha – is the “headquarters” of our Organization. It’s the home away from home for all our volunteers and interns during their time in Tanzania. Our office is also in the house, and our Swahili teacher comes here to teach his lessons. 

The hostel is a cozy guest house just a few minutes away from the hussle and bussle of Tanzanian life. It is in a central yet quiet location, a few hundred meters from the closest bus connections, 1 km from supermarkets, the Njiro Complex with restaurants, cinema & more and a short ten-minute drive to the city center of Arusha. All of our projects can be easily accessed from here. At the STEP House you will always meet like-minded people with whom you can exchange experiences and gather new ideas for your project. 

A typical Tanzanian breakfast is served consisting of white bread and black tea and other side dishes such as eggs, fruits and mandazi (Tanzanian baking specialty) and delicious local dishes for dinner (vegetarians are served separately!). We want you to feel comfortable in our House, which is why we attach great importance to a friendly and personal atmosphere. In the cozy backyard and in the garden you can relax from busy day at your project and the sometimes exhausting African everyday life.

The house consists of a total of seven bedrooms (dorm rooms with bunk beds and two double rooms). There is also a kitchen with a fridge for our volunteers, an oven, bathrooms, a common room equipped with comfortable sofas and a TV, as well as a covered dining area with numerous tables and benches outside.

Dorm Room Guesthouse Bedroom (Double)
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
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.

Date e Prezzi

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 team members. 

Availability
gen feb mar apr maggio giu lug ago set ott nov dic
Duration
4 - 26 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$600
5 weeks
$720
6 weeks
$840
7 weeks
$960
8 weeks
$1.080
9 weeks
$1.200
10 weeks
$1.320
11 weeks
$1.440
12 weeks
$1.560
13 weeks
$1.680
14 weeks
$1.800
15 weeks
$1.920
16 weeks
$2.040
17 weeks
$2.160
18 weeks
$2.280
19 weeks
$2.400
20 weeks
$2.520
21 weeks
$2.640
22 weeks
$2.760
23 weeks
$2.880
24 weeks
$3.000
25 weeks
$3.120
26 weeks (max. stay)
$3.240
Average fees
$137 /week

Si prega di notare che le tariffe sopra indicate sono stimate. STEP Africa vi informerà sul prezzo finale durante il processo di candidatura.
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 a cash payment at the project site.

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Baby Safe Home - Child Care Worker

Care for the children at the baby home that were abandoned or orphaned and give them lots of love and attention until they can return to their relatives or get adopted.

$137/week

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