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Viva Tanzania

Little Stars Children Learning Centre

Arusha, Tanzania

The centre was designed to provid good quality education. The children are being taught according to the principles of creative learning.

Education in Tanzania can't be compared to what we know from home. Often children get corporal punished, creativity and independent thinking are not encouraged. That's why this learning center was established. Two Tanzanian women wanted to give their children a better education according to the principles of creative learning. In this learning centre about 30 children at the age of one and a half to five years are being taken care of by five professionals. The nursery school is a very new establishment that opened its doors on April 2015.

The daycare is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The exact duration of work will be discussed individually. You will play with the children, speak English and help them with their daily routine. That means for example, teach them to tie their shoes, etc. Furthermore, you will conduct educational games, reading books, singing and leading their activities.

Generally, this project is open to everybody who has some experience with child care. This can be through taking care of younger siblings, babysitting, leading of youth groups etc. If you are a trained educator or teachers you could also be active in the training of the local professionals. Creative minds are very welcome to apply for this project.

Typical day

Your day starts in the morning at 8:00 am. The children arrive and you will play with them. After some time the children get seperated according to their age and skills. You will support the care taker and teacher in educating the children in basic skills like mathematics, English, writing and reading.  In general you will play with the children, speak English and help them with their daily routine. That means for example, teach them to tie their shoes, etc. Furthermore, you will conduct educational games, reading books, singing and leading their activities. 
Depending on what's discussed you leave after lunch or stay untill the day care closes at 5:00 pm.

Free-time activities

We offer a wide range of activities at affordable rates like:

1. Hiking/Walking tours to waterfalls, through forests and around a lake.

2. Swimming in paradise like hot springs with a glimps at the Mount Kilimanjaro.

3. Cultural Tours to Maasai Markets and the possibility to visit different ethnicities.

4. Coffee Plantation Tours to learn about the process from the bean to the finished product.

5. Safari in the Nationalparks of the Northern Circuit (Arusha NP, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Area).

6. Climbing of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. 7. FREE town tour for all our volunteers!

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV and Picture of the volunteer
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience with child care are required: This can be through taking care of younger siblings, babysitting, leading of youth groups etc.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Viva Tanzania are happy to help you.

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Services by Viva Tanzania

All pre-arrival support, two airport transfers, orientation tour in Arusha, being guided to the project on the first day, donation to the learning centre in form of our Viva Tanzania volunteers fund, 24/7 in-country-support, accommodation in a dorm, daily breakfast and dinner, lunch is usually provided in the project.

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

In your program fee the pick up and drop off from/to the airport/bus station are inculded. Martin, the founder of Viva Tanzania, or Philbert, our friendly staff member, will be at the airport/bus stand with our "Viva Tanzania"-Pick-up-sign just in time when your plane or bus arrives. And after your volunteer experience - when it's time to say good bye - we will take you to the airport/bus stand for the farewell.

Accommodation

The hostel has different 4 bed dorms; each contains comfortable beds & shelves to store belongings. As storage space is limited please consider packing light. Accommodation in a single room is possible (extra charge). The hostel is located 25 walking minutes from the city center. Although the hostel is close to the busy town the house is surrounded by a green environment. In the garden there are different fruits. Bella and Ava, our dogs are part of the family and live on the compound. The house is equipped with hot water showers and the possibility to use the kitchen all through the day.

Moreover we offer the option to stay with a guest family during your volunteering with us. The charges remain the same, but you will get the unique experience of sharing your daily live with and in a tanzanian family. They will provide you with everything necessary as accomodation and board and we make sure that they live in a secure area of Arusha. All family members are fluent in English and very warm and welcoming. As a new family member you will have your own lockable room, featured with a single bed and access to the living room, kitchen, bathroom and the beautiful compound. If staying with a guest family, we will still privide 24/7 in-country support by our volunteer coordinators. For further information please let us know that you are interested in staying in a guest family within your application on Volunteer World.

Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single) Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Breakfast will contain tea and coffee, bread, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, as well as fruits and vegetable. Dinner will be international as we cook Tanzanian as well as Western Food. Don‘t worry if you are vegetarian (like Tizia), vegan or have any allergy, we can cope with everything. The hostel is also equipped with a fridge and shelves to store your own groceries.

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)
$670.00
5 weeks
$782.00
6 weeks
$893.00
7 weeks
$1,005.00
11 weeks
$1,451.00
19 weeks
$2,343.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$5,800.00
Average fees
$142.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Arusha/Tanzania between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Viva Tanzania will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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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 Viva Tanzania during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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