This project is an awesome initiative by a mother who has a special needs child but couldn't find an adequate care for her child.
People with disabilities face many challenges in Tanzanian society.
Stereotypes are strong, there is a lack of government’s support for
children with special needs and inadequate education is a day by day
challenge. A great number of disabled children still stay at home.
Private institutions are very rare to find and many facilities like
appropriate therapy and schools do not exist. There is where Step by
Step Learning Centre (SSLC) play a fundamental role. Founded in 2005, by
Margaret Kenyi, a proud and caring mother of a Special Needs child, the
SSLC emphasizes on enabling children with learning difficulties to
learn in a quality special needs programme being provided in an
inclusive school environment. Currently taking care of 15 students
supervised by a team of seven staff members, the Centre does not only
support the children with learning difficulties, but also, it is a
welcoming environment to their parents and siblings.
Work is performed in a diverse range of areas such as assisting the Special Education teachers and trainers, painting and repairing/renovating the classrooms and toilets, construction of an irrigation system for the crops and trees, extension of the chicken project, completion of the fish pond and seeding with young fish, purchase and fixing of more bee hives, improving the health and care of the trees.
Everybody is welcome to support this special project, nevertheless special needs students/teachers, physio-, speech, occupational and any other therapist as well as craftspeople are specially required.
If you have a certain project in mind, you are welcome to fundraise beforehand to implement it, as financial resources are limited in the school. For volunteers and interns who can train the staff and/or assist in the classrooms long term stays (at least three month) are preferred. For outdoor projects everyone who is interest and might has knowledge of for example irrigation, livestock or agriculture is welcomed.
As working with speical needs children there is no typical day. In the morning the children are seperated into differnt classes according to the skills and ability of the children. You will support the teachers in their daily routine. If possible the children are taught in English, mathematics, reading and writing. The children learn to take care of themselves, get support in physio and speech therapy and can play in a safe surrounding.
Depending on your skills and interested you can engage in various activities such as painting and repairing/renovating the classrooms and toilets, construction of an irrigation system for the crops and trees, extension of the chicken project, completion of the fish pond and seeding with young fish, purchase and fixing of more bee hives, improving the health and care of the trees.
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.