Viva Tanzania

Teach & Educate Children

Arusha, Tanzania show on map
Help children achieving their goals and escape from poverty. Only through good education you can have a better life one day. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

The project

Like everything in Tanzania, the level of education someone can achieve usually depends on the parents’ income. Schools in Tanzania can not be compared to the ones in Europe or North America. Pre- and primary schools work differently than the ones in your home county, with frontal teaching and monotonous copying from the blackboard being the norm. However, after class there is also time to play with the children and do some recreational work.

The preschool and the primary school are in the same compound so that you can either choose one project or switch between them. In the preschool, 56 children are being taught by five teachers divided into a baby class, a middle class, and a preparatory class. In this primary school, more than 60 pupils are taught by ten teachers. The children are divided into six classes, reflecting a good ratio of teachers to students. You can step in wherever your help is needed and wherever you feel comfortable to support the teacher’s daily routine.

Please keep in mind, that schools in Tanzania are being run differently than in your home country. Things like corporal punishment and poorly equipped classrooms are normal. The language spoken in both is English, which all of the teachers speak fluently.


Your work

The school is located only ten minutes walking distance from the volunteer house. Usually work starts at 8am in the morning. You will support the teachers in the classes where they need you the most: teaching English, mathematics, history, geography, arts, sports, or biology as agreed with the head master. You will support the teachers during the lessons, making sure that the children listen and follow. Since some children need intense individual support, you can decide to do some one-on-one teaching. The preschool ends at 12:30pm and the primary school at 3pm, with 40 minutes lunch break in between. In the afternoon, you can play with the children, help them during tuition and homework, or help fix things in and around the school. If you are interested, you can receive Swahili lessons from some of the students. Furthermore, you can help prepare food for the students and beautify the school. Your ideas are welcome, and you can let your creativity run freely and be active wherever you wish. You choose if you will only work in the preschool, only in the primary school, or support both schools with your passion and knowledge.

Typical day

The school is located in 10 minutes walking distance from our volunteer house. A typical day starts at 8:00 am in the morning when you are asked to be at the school. From 8:00 am you will support the teachers in the class where they need you the most, teaching English, mathematics, history, geography, arts, sports, and so on.
You will support the teachers during every lesson, making sure that the children listen or also do one on one teaching with children who need more support. The preschool ends at 12:30 pm and the primary school at 3:00 pm, with 40 minutes lunch break in between.
In the afternoon you can play with the children, help them during tuiton and homework or help fixing things in and around the school.
Your ideas and input are welcome at the school!

Details on Arrival

You can start working at this project any day of the week that suits you.
On your first day we will do a town tour showing you Arusha, how to use the buses, where to find ATMs and exchange money and much more.
The next day one of our staff members will take you to your project showing you the way and making sure you are always safe.

Free-time activities

We offer a wide range of activities at affordable volunteer rates like:
1. Hiking/Walking tours to waterfalls, through forests and around a lake.
2. Swimming in paradise like hot springs with a blimps of the Mount Kilimanjaro.
3. Cultural tours to Maasai markets and the possibility to visit different ethnicities.
4. Coffee plantation tour to learn about the process from the bean to the finished product.
5. Safaris to the national parks of the Northern Circuit (Arusha NP, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Area). 6. Climbing Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.
7. FREE town tour for all our volunteers!

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
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
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.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by Viva Tanzania.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Viva Tanzania (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 Viva Tanzania

All pre-arrival support, two airport transfers, orientation tour in Arusha,  being taken to the project on the first day, donation to the school in form of our Viva Tanzania volunteer 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 included. One of our friendly staff members, will be at the airport/bus stand with our "Viva Tanzania"-Pick-up-sign, just in time when you 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 volunteer house has dorms; each contains comfortable beds & shelves to store belongings, the maximum is four people in one room. We try to keep the rooms separated by gender but can not guarantee this. As storage space is limited in the rooms please consider packing light, too. Accommodation in a single room is possible (extra charge).
The hostel is located 25 walking minutes from the city centre. Although the house is close to the busy town and is surrounded by a green environment. In the garden we have different fruits, like bananas and avocado. Our hostel dogs Takwa and Nala are part of the family and stay in the compound as well. The house is equipped with hot water showers and the possibility to use the kitchen through out the day.

Moreover we offer you the possibility to stay with a host 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 that's necessary. All family members speak English fluently and are very welcoming. As their new family member you will have your own lockable room, featured with a bed and access to the living room, kitchen, bathroom and the beautiful compound. If staying with a guest family, we will of course still provide our 24/7 in-country support by our staff members. For further information please let us know that you are interested in staying in a guest family within your application on Volunteer World.

Dorm Room Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
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
Limited 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
5 weeks
$ 782
6 weeks
$ 893
7 weeks
$ 1,005
11 weeks
$ 1,451
19 weeks
$ 2,343
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,800
Average fees
$ 142 /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.
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 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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