Love Volunteers

Childcare Center Assistance

Arusha, Tanzania show on map

Support the local staff by teaching the youngest children, playing games, cooking, feeding and cleaning up.

The program

The mission of this program is to care for the orphaned, abandoned and impoverished children of Tanzania. The care center Love Volunteers works with in Tanzania is home to over 20 children between the ages of 2 and 14. This family-run center was set up by an older Tanzanian couple who took in their first child many years ago and it has grown from there. As the project has grown, they have moved into a larger premises in order to accommodate and support more children. The care center is government registered but sadly receives no government funding whatsoever, so relies heavily on support from volunteers. The children at the project require a lot of care, attention and most importantly, companionship. Volunteers spend their time caring for the children, helping with their education, playing games and arranging fun activities during leisure time. Attention and companionship is what the children need the most. For volunteers who truly want to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children, those orphaned or abandoned and impoverished, this program serves to protect and care for those who need it most. 

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide essential care to vulnerable children of Arusha, Tanzania
  • Improve the future prospects of orphaned children in Tanzania
  • Give impoverished children quality care, compassion and a sense of hope
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike.
How you can help

Volunteers play an essential role in helping disadvantaged children through this program. Participants will spend their time taking care of children and assist the local team as needed. During the day, the older children attend school while the younger ones are taught at the care center. Volunteers will be busy working with the children, running activities, helping feed them and other care essentials, playing games, and cooking and cleaning. The children love to have international visitors and flourish with the extra attention from volunteers. Volunteers make a huge difference to the lives of these vulnerable children, and are truly needed and appreciated at the center. In their down time, volunteers will find that Arusha is a bustling city, filled with a great many things to do and see, while outside of the city are a great number of national parks and impressive sights. 

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on this program and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Help to feed and care for the children
  • Help to teach the children
  • Attend to and interact with the children
  • Create activities and entertain the children with games
  • Cook and clean as required

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast at the volunteer house

7:30am Walk or bus to your project site

8:45am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

9:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.

3:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

3:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

3:30pm Walk or bus back to the accommodation

Evenings Volunteers are free to explore the local area, check out the multitude of local restaurants, bars and cafes, or relax with the other volunteers.

    Details on Arrival

    This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

    Free-time activities

    Situated in northern Tanzania, Arusha is the capital of the Arusha Region and is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, it has a mild climate and is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as having its own Arusha National Park on Mount Meru.

    Arusha balances well the ‘city life’ with the ‘small town’ feel and that makes it even more attractive in the eyes of tourists and travelers from all parts of the world. The city is surrounded by farm estates growing coffee, wheat and maize. These farm estates are being maintained by the Arusha and Meru tribes since the 18th century. Arusha is commonly referred to as the safari capital of East Africa. This is because it is the main starting point for safaris into Tanzania. It is a vibrant town renowned for its streets filled with tourist vehicles, the Maasai warriors and the famous Central Market. Awesome!

    Safari/Zoo
    Hiking
    Sports

    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, University level
    Required Documents
    Emergency Contact
    Nationality Restrictions
    No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
    Other Skills
    A volunteer’s individual role can often be tailored to suit their particular skills and interests. Ideally, volunteers on this project will have at least a basic knowledge of the local language in order to communicate effectively with staff and students, though this is not a pre-requisite. All applicants must of course display a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
    Time Commitment
    Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 15:00

    Suitable for

    Singles
    Couples
    Groups
    50+

    Included Services

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    We refund your fees if Love Volunteers cancels your trip
    Resolution Support
    We cover your back no matter what happens
    Our services are free of charge!
    All program fees are charged directly by Love Volunteers.

    Before your journey

    Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
    Love Volunteers (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.
    Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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    On-site services

    Services by Love Volunteers
    • Airport pick-up on arrival
    • Orientation & full safety briefing
    • Accommodation
    • 24/7 local support network
    • Project placement & onsite supervision
    • 2-3 meals provided daily
    • Return airport transfer
    • registration fee included
    Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

    Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport volunteers will be collected by a representative of the local project team and transported to their assigned accommodation where they will join a short welcome session. On Monday, volunteers attend the full orientation session where a representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience in Tanzania. You will be taken on a town tour where you can purchase a SIM card so you can access the internet during your placement (you will need to ensure you have had your phone unlocked before your arrival). This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, ask any last questions you may have, and perhaps even start to make those safari trip plans...oh yeah!

    • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
    • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
    • Arrival/Departure Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania (CODE: JRO)

    Accommodation

    Safe and comfortable accommodation will be provided during your stay in Tanzania. Volunteers will be accommodated in a hostel that is run by our partner organization. The hostel includes shared rooms with either 2 or 4 people per room and a shared bathroom. There is wifi available at the hostel but remember it is unlikely to be as reliable as you are used to. As with most parts of Africa, laundry facilities are basic and most volunteers simply use the services of a local laundromat.


    Dorm Room Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel
    Food & Beverages

    Volunteers are provided 2-3 meals per day at the hostel and depending on where they are working, lunch may need to be bought at a small cafe during the day. The meals provided are mostly vegetarian, local dishes. Conveniently, there is also a fridge and basic cooking facilities if volunteers would occasionally like to prepare their own meals. Easy!

    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.
    Costs (Prices in USD)
    4 weeks (min. stay)
    $1,056.00
    5 weeks
    $1,274.00
    6 weeks
    $1,435.00
    7 weeks
    $1,631.00
    8 weeks
    $1,815.00
    9 weeks
    $2,010.00
    10 weeks
    $2,194.00
    11 weeks
    $2,390.00
    12 weeks (max. stay)
    $2,574.00
    Average fees
    $239.00/week

    You can volunteer at the project site in Arusha/Tanzania between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers 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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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