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Khaya Volunteer Projects

Community Outreach Assistant

Arusha, Tanzania

Experience the Tanzanian life from close up in Arusha! Volunteers need to help at the community centre, pre-primary school and a small orphanage.

About the Program
Tanzania and all the Sub-Saharan African countries are badly affected by the epidemics of poverty and HIV. The number of orphans and street children is growing. Efforts have been made by various local organisations to protect these children by offering much-needed education as well as skill-development training. Most orphanages in Tanzania lack resources and are under-staffed; and they focus primarily on offering formal and informal schooling and a safe place to live and study.

This grass roots project on the outskirts of Arusha is led by local Pastor Charles who started looking after street children and orphans by providing them with a safe place to stay. As there was a lack of education for these children, educational needs resulted in starting a school and vegetable gardens to provide in their own needs. Today the center houses both a small orphanage with 9 yound children, the school (during the mornings), adult education and skills development projects.

We have a strong focus on further growing and increasing services at the Tunawapenda Watoto Center (meaning ´we love children´ in Swahili) such as homework guidance classes, sports and game activities, adult education, women sewing classes, computer classes, micro credit advise and more to offer not only the children but all those in need of basic services in this community.

    Needs
    There is, besides daily teaching and assistance, also a need for financial support. If volunteers would like to give a donation or a gift to the project, it would be greatly appreciated. If you wish to donate, affordable stationary and school uniforms are available on location for you to purchase.

    Guidance and Supervision
    The work of any volunteer or student is coordinated by our Khaya coordinator in Arusha, who will bring you to the project the first day and look after your needs and questions throughout your stay. He will show you around Arusha, teach you how to take local transport and organizes fun and exciting weekend activities for you such as safaris to Tangarire National Park, Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater, hikes on Mount Meru or Kilimanjaro or visiting the Maasai communities in the area.

    It is important that volunteers of this project understand the importance of the following:

    • You are a guest and only here for a couple of weeks or months; things don´t change overnight.
    • Be respectful at all times even if you don’t agree with certain ways.
    • Come openminded and keep your expectations realistic; things will always be different from what you thought they will be.
    • Don´t expect western standards, you will live and eat like most locals will do and see it as an opportunity to learn and experience.


    Typical day

    Day to Day Activities

    Volunteers generally get involved in the following activities:

    • In the morning, you assist at the school and assist in your allocated class room. You will work together with the teachers to see how and where you can assist.
    • Assist with feeding, washing and clothing the children where needed.
    • There are lots of possibilities if you want to be involved after school by helping in the creation of vegetable gardens, playing with the children, assisting with sports activities, arts and much more.
    • Setting up new programmes, helping with painting, fixing up the community centre and other practical support.
    • Visiting surrounding communities and families and supporting any current projects.
    But your main activities will be assisting and teaching English at the community centre; assisting at the local school; organising after school activities or helping with general care and education for the orphans. You will focus on a variety of possible activities depending on your field of expertise or level of training. After your initial introduction, it is important to focus on one or more classrooms, and to create a programme together with the principal that will best meet the needs of the classes and the abilities of you as a volunteer!

    Free-time activities

    Go on safari in the national park near Arusha where you can spot different animals! If you like sports, go hiking or canoeing, there are several hiking trails where you climb up a mountain to see a stunning view. There are cultural tours as well, experience the traditional culture of Arusha by visiting the locals or the local market where you can find some souvenirs to buy before you go home!

    Water Sports
    Climbing
    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).
    Language Skills
    You need to speak English (basic level)
    Health Declaration
    required
    Criminal Background Check
    required
    Education Requirements
    at High School level
    Nationality Restrictions
    No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
    Time Commitment
    Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:00

    Suitable for

    Singles
    Couples
    Groups
    50+

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

    Contact Project Coordinator
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    All program fees are charged directly by Khaya Volunteer Projects.
    Services by Khaya Volunteer Projects
    • First days introduction to the project and surroundings
    • Accommodation in shared facilities
    • All basic meals included (3 meals a day)
    • Direct donation to the project
    Accommodation

    Depending on the amount of volunteers and time of the year all volunteers stay at the community center and live together with the children. Some volunteers possibly stay with our coordinator and his family if needed which is within walking distance.
    Water and electicity supplies can be challenging at moments showing you the realities of every day life for normal Tanzanians.

    Dorm Room
    Food & Beverages

    All your meals are included but take note that you will be served local dishes and local standards which can be basic compared to what you are used to back home. Tanzanian food includes meat, chicken, cassave, bread and vegetarian dishes.

    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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
    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)
    $1,045.00
    8 weeks
    $1,905.00
    12 weeks (max. stay)
    $2,765.00
    Average fees
    $246.00/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. Khaya Volunteer Projects 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 Khaya Volunteer Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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