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Group Size: Max. 15
Trip code: TAKO
Duration: 2-12 weeks
Head over to beautiful Tanzania and volunteer with kids of all ages in orphanages in Arusha. Become a role model, teacher, mentor and friend to children in Tanzania while experiencing life in a stunning part of the world. This super-rewarding volunteer experience is the perfect way to soak up a different culture, explore some exquisite African scenery and make a real difference in the community. There’s no greater feeling than giving something back on your travels!
Spend 2-12 weeks volunteering in orphanages in and around Arusha in Tanzania. As a valued volunteer you will become a mentor and teacher on this most rewarding of gap year placements!
About the Project
This fantastic orphanage project works with a number of local orphanages which offer permanent homes to orphaned kids or provide a temporary place of sanctuary for children, becoming a haven of hope for abandoned or bereaved kids.
Why are Volunteers Needed?
The orphanages employ full-time local staff but their vital work is supplemented by part-time volunteers who play a crucial role in the day-to-day running of the children’s homes. As a volunteer you can play an important role in providing much-needed hope, care, love and attention to children who have had a difficult start in life.
Your Volunteer Role
As a volunteer you should:
Working with babies and toddlers
At some orphanages you may be working with babies and toddlers. Your role may involve:
Working with older children
Some of the orphanages work with older children, aged up to 18, some of whom are HIV positive or need regular medical attention. Your role may involve:
As a volunteer, you’ll be rewarded daily as you see the change in the kids’ behaviour and mood as you show them the love and attention they deserve. Make an impact and change kids’ lives in Tanzania.
Your Volunteer Hours
Depending on which orphanage you attend and how structured their routines are, your daily activities and hours will vary. On a typical day at an orphanage, volunteers can expect to work between 9am-12 noon and 2.30pm-4/5pm, with a lunch break, from Monday to Friday. Your exact hours will be agreed on your first day of volunteering.
A portion of your programme fee goes towards the support of the orphanage projects. Your donations are pooled and the project manager will discuss how your donations can be best used at the time that you travel. In the past, volunteer donations have helped make incredible changes to the orphanages, including building a new kitchen, installing a new water boiler and building new bunkbeds for the kids. Many of our volunteers also wish to get involved in further fundraising or make donations of clothes, shoes, or baby products. The project manager will discuss how your personal donations can best be distributed once you are in Tanzania.
When you arrive in Tanzania you will need to purchase a volunteer permit. The local team will help you organise this. The permit currently costs around USD200 although this is subject to change. Please check the embassy website for up to date information.
Alongside your vital volunteer role, you’ll also have chance to kick back and relax with your fellow volunteers, and explore more of the local area. You’ll enjoy weekly nights out where you can have fun and meet up with volunteers from other local projects around Arusha. Arusha has some great bars and places to go out and you’ll have plenty of time for fun and relaxation with the other volunteers in your free time! You can also book safari trips and take in some of the gorgeous wildlife that can be found in Tanzania, and explore a bit further afield. Tanzania is a spectacular country, so make the most of your time away and soak it all in!
Add-on Adventure Tour
Why not add on our awesome 10-day Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure tour after your volunteering ends? Experience African culture, visit the stunning Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater on safari and spend 4 days on idyllic Zanzibar island! If you are interested in booking this fantastic add-on tour, please speak to a travel advisor. Find out more about our Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure here.
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