Siret Volunteers

Childcare & Orphanage Worker

Arusha, Tanzania show on map
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. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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 orphanage centres provide where local children can feel hopeful about

their future, learn and grow.


The Problem

With so much poverty and socioeconomic issues in Tanzania, many children end up being abandoned or

become orphans. There are many reasons that create this heartbreaking situation.

• Many mothers do not survive childbirth

• Unwanted pregnancies

• Lack of family planning/contraceptives available to prevent unwanted pregnancies

• Teenage pregnancies

• Babies born disabled or with special needs

• Families who cannot afford to feed or care for more children

As a result, there are many babies and children who need food, shelter, love and care. Local leaders in the

community have opened their homes, children centres or orphanages, to take care of orphaned children. But

many need outside help of volunteers to help them develop the children and meet their basic needs.


The Mission

Many bright and motivated volunteers have shone the light and shown the difference that can be made through

volunteering. By providing time and care to orphanages, volunteers introduce new ideas, hope and development

to the work already being done. Some have even gone on to sponsor children, providing them with funding for

education until they finish school, giving children with a fighting chance at future. Through interaction with

foreigners, the children also learn how to easily engage with people from different backgrounds from them, they

pick up basic English very quickly and learn to love to socialize.

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. 

  • Overseeing the children during class time

  • Assisting the staff with the more disabled or children who need more attention during the day

  • Helping with the upkeep of the centre-cleaning, cooking and maintenance every day

  • Tending to the children during play time

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, even photography or helping build their websites.

Training and supporting the staff: As well delivering small scale teaching and training to the local staff on first aid and general skills support. 

  • First Aid and child health/nutrition
  • Improving their current curriculum for pre schoolers
  • Teaching basic child development and child counselling skills

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.

But will you make a difference?

Yes. Many bright and motivated volunteers have shone the light and shown the difference that can be made through volunteering. By providing time and care, volunteers introduce new ideas, hope and healthcare at ground level, adding to the work already being done.

Your Stay

You will stay in the 2017 award winning Siret Hostel; one of the highest rated and reviewed guesthouses in Arusha. We provide safe, clean and comfortable accommodation, comfortable bedding, excellent breakfast and dinner and housekeeping. This will be a quiet and friendly neighbourhood only 15 minutes from the main hustle and bustle of town. You will have 24 hour gated security, a domestic/cook (who will happily do your laundry for a small fee) and a coordinator who will ensure you settle in quickly and comfortably into your new town. This is a shared home where you will be staying with other volunteers and guests from across the world, so you will never be on your own in your new environment. The house is impeccably clean, well kept, modern and spacious.

How will you get around?

For your placement, you will travel like a local and walk or take public transport. You will need to set a small budget aside for this (around $1 per day by local minibuses, 4 to 5 days per week). It is important you are prepared and comfortable to travel around town, this is a demanding role that requires dedication.

Important VISA & Permit Information

You will be required to pay a $50 USD VISA to enter the country at the aiport. This is a quick and simple process at arrivals in the airport.

Once in Arusha we will process your Volunteer Permit to allow you to legally carry out your volunteering. This will be $200 USD and will be arranged by us and paid directly to the local government. Your permit will be permanently stamped in your passport and valid for 90 days.

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.

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. 

Night life

The social life in Tanzania is amazing, because Tanzanians are so open, friendly and love a good laugh. Tanzanian’s are famous in East Africa for their partying. They really do know how to have a good time. Their DJ’s and musicians are some of the best in Africa and there are many bars, clubs and restaurants popular amongst tourists and volunteers where you can let your hair down and socialise with locals and people from across the world.

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. 

What else is there to do?

There are endless possibilities. Most volunteers rave about climbing Kilimanjaro. This usually takes about a week, so ensure you organise this with us before you arrive. Take advantage of this amazing tourist treasure.

Hot springs

An oasis in the middle of a barren landscape. The hot springs are truly magnificent. This can be organised as a day trip at any time. 

The Waterfalls

Another hot favourite. Hiking across lush vegetation to the spectacular waterfalls.

Safari

Ah yes, what Tanzania is world famous for. Safari is once in a lifetime adventure that is unique to the Africa experience. Unforgettable and jaw dropping landscapes is what is promised. This will need you to sacrifice some days, so please ensure you organise this long in advance. 

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

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
Required Documents
CV, proof of education, relevant certifications, passport copy and criminal background check or two signed character references
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

Included Services

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Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by Siret Volunteers.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Siret 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 Siret Volunteers
  • 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
Airport Pickup at Arusha Airport
We can transfer you to the airport on your departure date for $75. Please mention this in your application
PICK UP POINTS:
Kilimajaro Airport
Arusha Airport
Arusha Bus station
Accommodation
  • Volunteer placement facilitation-full program scheduling and supervision
  • Pre-arrival support & preparation of your project/work placement
  • Airport pick up 
  • Orientation (usually begins on a Monday
  • Accommodation Room & Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Housekeeping
  • Free Wifi
  • Daily in-person availability of a local coordinator
EXCLUDES
  • Airport transport on departure (can be arranged)
Dorm Room Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Our volunteers stay in fabulous refurbished guest house close to town, popular amongst tourists. 

  • There is a live in coordinator,
  •  Housekeeper, hot showers, 
  • Good wifi, 
  • 50 in HD TV, 900+ satellite channels, 
  • Gated security with electric fencing and intercom entry. 

We make regular visits and inspections of the accommodations to ensure they remain suitable for our Medi Trippers.

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 Arusha Airport (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.
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)
$650.00
5 weeks
$812.00
6 weeks
$975.00
7 weeks
$1,137.00
8 weeks
$1,300.00
9 weeks
$1,462.00
10 weeks
$1,625.00
11 weeks
$1,787.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,950.00
Average fees
$163.00/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. Siret 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 Siret Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.

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