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Siret Volunteer

Childcare & Orphanage Worker

Volunteer to work with disadvantaged children in Arusha. Engage in stimulating play, caring for the children during mealtimes and helping the carers with day to day work.

About the project

This project will focus on supporting the children reach their full potential as early as possible. 

This is a vital community service these centres provide where local children can feel hopeful about their future, learn and grow.  

Your role as a volunteer

Your role as a volunteer will be to assist the staff meet the children's development and social needs. 

The children require a lot of support and stimulation to learn throw play and social interaction. The centres mainly require general day to day and people who are enthusiastic, patient and passionate about child development. 

General childcare: Supporting the care of the children day to day. Helping with meal times, overseeing the children, helping with the upkeep of the centre. Tending to their general care and play.

Project Management: The centres require a lot of management support ensuring that it stays open. You can help by overseeing the weekly budget, fundraising, ensuring the centres are providing adequate meals, that the property is kept safe and clean.

Teaching first aid, assessment and delivering general medical care to the children. As well delivering small scale teaching and training to the local staff on first aid and general medical support. Young children are vulnerable to minor injuries and susceptible to sickness and require knowledgeable people who can attend to them quickly. The best gift you can give is training and demonstrating basic care to the local staff that can prevent the children from becoming seriously sick or injured. Basic training on infection control, sanitation and hand washing is also needed.

Assistants, students and interns are vital to help deliver the care the children required as the centre is also understaffed.

Why this is important

Many of the children have special needs, disabilities and require extra class room support, additional psychological care and special education.

These are exceptionally bright and engaged children who have the support of passionate and hardworking staff fighting for their futures. But there is so much more to be done. Many of the centres are in need of full refurbishment and stimulating and educational toys and equipment is needed to progress these children. 

Much deserved funds are desperately needed to help the centres progress and reach their full potential. Educational toys, books, classroom materials and food donations are also what volunteers have contributed which have made a huge, long term difference to the children.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Typical day

Your typical day will usually begin very early, helping the local staff prepare the centre for the children's arrival. You will then be given specific duties within the school, either assisting organisation at the centre or helping with general childcare (health, day care, running of the centre) for the day. 

Your day can be either very hectic and extremely challenging or slow and very quiet. You will need to be motivated, resilient and work well in a team in order to get the best out of your experience. 

What will your schedule look like?

  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 Report to placement
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
  • 15:00 Placement ends

The rest of the day will be yours to relax and enjoy what the town has to offer you!

Details on Arrival

Volunteers can join at any time of the year. There will be full orientatior and pre arrival support.

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Childcare, social work or education experience desirable.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 14:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Siret Volunteer are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Arusha provides an array of activities to get involved in during your free time. Explore the numerous walking trails, enjoy the large amount of cafe's bistro's and local food in town. There is a newly built mall in the town centre which also now has a cinema complex and more places to relax. There is a vibrant night life on most evenings in Arusha, whether you want to enjoy a quiet drink, watch outdoor cinema or go dancing. 

Siret Trip Adventures provide a unique opportunity for our special volunteers to experience more of Africa's beauty. Take a scenic weekend walking tour of the lush rolling foothills of Mt Meru or a breathtaking day trips to some the world's most admired national reserves. Arusha is packed with opportunity to experience unique and unforgettable outdoor adventures. 

Tour packages, Safari's and cultural experiences are all available. 

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

Included Services

What's included?
  • Volunteer placement facilitation-full program scheduling and supervision
  • Contribution paid directly to the host health facility
  • Pre-arrival support & preparation of your project/work placement
  • Airport pick up and transfer
  • Orientation (usually begins on a Monday; Room & Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Daily in-person availability of a local coordinator.
  • We can transfer you to the airport on your departure date for $75. Please mention this in your application

    Pickup points:
    • Kilimajaro Airport
    • Arusha Airport
    • Arusha Bus station
Accommodation

We have a beautiful guest house close to town offering all modern conveniences including hot showers, electric fencing for safety (with video intercom gated entry), a house keeper, wifi, satellite TV (50 inch HD tv), and the option to upgrade your room to a double (shared bathroom) or deluxe en suite. 

Only 5 minutes driver from town or a 20 minute stroll through the local neighbourhood into town. Private hire driver available. Private safari's and tour guide packages available, including culture tours.

Dorm Room Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and dinner only. 

Our chef is happy to accommodate any meal requests including any dietary requirements. Please let us know.

Hot and cold filtered water dispenser.

During orientation you will be shown tasty and affordable places to get lunch during your work day. You will have a good variety of local and western food places to eat lunch. Feel free to utilise our fridge to store personal food.

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$650.00
5 weeks
$850.00
6 weeks
$950.00
7 weeks
$1,150.00
9 weeks
$1,350.00
11 weeks
$1,550.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$3,900.00
Average fees
$163.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Arusha/Tanzania between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Siret Volunteer 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 must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.

Get ready to volunteer in Tanzania

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Tanzania. Please check the visa regulations for Tanzania.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Tanzania and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Tanzania.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Tanzania.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Arusha (ARK) in Arusha. 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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Tanzania while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Arusha, PO BOX 16304 Arusha, Tanzania

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