Teach and play with children who have different disabilities. Help them to get accepted in society and make them smile!
In the Patandi school about 800 children with and without disabilities,
learn together. The Special Needs Unit, however, is a little separated,
in order to address the special needs of children. The children in the
Special Needs Unit have deterioration in vision, hearing and mental
impairments such as learning disabilities and trisomy 21.
People with disabilities face different challenges in Tanzanian
societies: Often children are neglected because disabilities are seen as
punishments of the parents. It's really had for adults to find jobs,
many roads are not paved and access to medicine, physical therapy etc.
is very limited.Here special initiative is required, engage yourself and your abilities.
You will support the teachers in everyday teaching and taking care of
the children. The children are divided into different classes depending
on their disability. You can practice songs with the kids, teach,
beautify the school/classrooms and let your creativity run freely.
For this project, you don’t need special knowledge. It is of course advantageous if you are studying special education or similar or had an educational training. It is also mandatory to be open for the children who come from various backgrounds.
A typical day in the Patandi Primary School starts in the morning at 8:00 am. Depending on your interest, skills and the demand of the school you will support the school in one or more of the various classes. Here your enthusiasm is needed to stimulate the children and educate them the best you can! During the lunch break all children are eating together and while eating you will supervise the children. In the afternoon sometimes class will go on or you can engage in afternoon activities such as games, playing football and handicraft according to the ability of the children.
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!
In your program fee the pick up and drop off from/to the airport/bus station are inculded. Martin, the founder of Viva Tanzania will be at the airport/bus stand with our "Viva Tanzania"-Pick up sign just in time when you plane lands/your 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.
The hostel has different dorms; each contain comfortable beds & shelves to store belongings. Accommodation in a single room 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, Luna & Takwa, the three dogs are part of the family. The house is equipped with hot water showers and the possibility to use the kitchen.
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.