Working With Children in Tanzania

The orphanage we work with is home to 50 children between the ages of 2 and 9. The children are split into two groups. The baby class has approximately 40 under-4s and the kindergarten usually has 10 pupils. The two-to-four year olds are taught the basics of identifying letters and numbers. Those aged 4 to 9, meanwhile, are being prepared for elementary school and are taught to read, write and do simple mathematics. All pupils are taught English.

The program, in its role as the children’s legal guardian, also takes care of their medical needs, such as conducting tests for HIV, and treating children for flu, malaria, TB and other conditions. Volunteers in Tanzania interested in working with children are urgently needed at the orphanage. No prior experience is necessary.

Another dimension to this volunteer work in Tanzania is to find within the community, prospective sponsors to finance individual orphans’ elementary school education. Volunteers in Tanzania can also help with sponsoring Children. With the help of our sponsors, 10 students have graduated from the orphanage and gone on to elementary schools since 2008. For these youngsters, provided they work hard, their future looks bright.

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What to Expect?

Volunteers stay with host families. The volunteer rooms are comfortable and may be shared with one or two other volunteers in Tanzania. Accommodation is usually within walking or cycling distance of the project or a short bus ride away.

Two common ingredients in Tanzanian cooking are coconut and bananas. Not just found in desserts, coconut milk often features in soups and in dishes based on fish, meat and poultry. A regularly encountered staple is Ugali, a porridge made from cornmeal. Chapati, the Indian bread, is often served, as are curry dishes, cassava and rice.

Dining in Tanzania involves sitting on the floor on a mat and eating using three fingers of the right hand. Hands are washed before and after, and dried on a towel which gets passed around the diners.

  • Program ID: # 2249
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Arusha (ARK)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Teach Overseas
    Women's & Youth Programs
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