Viva Tanzania

Women Shelter Activist

Arusha, Tanzania show on map

Help fighting discrimination and violence against women and children trough educating them, teaching them important skills and guarding their children while they study.

The Pippi House Foundation was founded in 2011 by Aristides Nshange who saw a great need to care for homeless girls and young women and their children. The foundation runs a women's shelter, where more than 50 girls and women between the ages of 12 and 24 are cared for together with their children. They are all given the opportunity to attend school or to get an education depending on their age. The girls and women come to the shelter to escape poverty, homelessness and other dangerous living conditions. Many of the inhabitants were forced to marry and/or are victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and physical and/or sexual abuse. All girls and young mothers can get medical assistance, counselling and advocacy. The plan is that all girl go to school, finish their education and start vocational training as tailor, hair dresser or supporting the Pippi House itself.

Your tasks

The tasks of the volunteers are diverse and mostly freely selectable. You can teach English and mathematics, give tuitions, create sporting and handcraft offers in the afternoons, plan and coordinate fun and social activities for the girls, offer cooking classes, teach computer skills, provide health and education services, support administrative tasks, improve and maintain the website, do marketing, fundraising and much more.
The working hours are usually Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. The can be reached easily by bus.
Support our teams and projects and help us improve the situation of disadvantaged Tanzanians. Embrace a breathtaking land and a new culture. Teach and learn from one another.
The effects and changes that your work brings about can be experienced by yourself depending on the length of your stay. Either way, you will make your contribution to the improvement of women's lives and have fun at the same time.

Note:

Keep in mind that the girls and women were victims of human trafficking, were raped or experienced other horrible things. Please be confidential about what you learn about the girls and be sensitive about their background. Don't ask them anything, which could make them feel uncomfortable. The women shelter is a safe space for them.

Typical day

After you walked and took public transport for about 45 minutes, you will arrive at the project's site in the morning at around 9am or 10am. You are able to start your work day with taking care of the young children, giving a hand at the sewing shop or the hair dresser or helping to approve the administration work at the Pippi House.

At around noon the girls will come back from school, so from afternoon you can help them with their homework and tutoring. Eventually they are open minded for some educational games you might bring along.

You will work together with the director Aristedes, the grown up girls and the young children due to your interest and the needs of the project. Some days you are asked to give a helping hand with the daily cooking, shopping or cleaning of the compound.

Some days might not come with a special task to do for you, so you have to be able to become creative and look and ask for things and actions, where your help is needed. Once in a while you can take some of the girls on a walk through the neighbourhood, listen to their stories and problems,  can help them to prepare for the next market, where they will sell their products or even open up a fundraiser. Since most of the girls were not able to finish school or to attend college, donations are always needed to ensure a better future for the girls after their graduation. Schools and Colleges in Tanzania are not for free, so they face those challenges daily. If you want to help, a part of your work can be opening a fundraiser.

Your work may variy from day to day (depending on the need of the Pippi House Foundation). You are not required to have a previous training or to bring any things along.

Details on Arrival

You are able to start the project at any day of the week. We will arrange your first day at the project regarding your flight and arrival here in Arusha, Tanzania.

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
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)
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.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 15:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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

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 - just let us know. 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)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$450.00
3 weeks
$561.00
4 weeks
$673.00
5 weeks
$784.00
9 weeks
$1,230.00
17 weeks
$2,122.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$5,800.00
Average fees
$171.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Arusha/Tanzania between 2 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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Eastern Africa Tanzania  Arusha, P.O. Box 10978

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