There are many ways to contribute to the communities in and around Arusha. Working with an organisation in Arusha offers volunteers an opportunity to teach, work in day care centres, orphanages, with women’s groups and much more.
Many of the organisations we partner with have very limited resources. However others have reasonable support from donors and are relatively self-sufficient. Generally speaking, the organisations with better resources have a greater structure to their programs. Flexibility and a proactive approach towards contributing are very important when working with many of the smaller placements. We will help you to understand the needs of each program prior to the start of your volunteer assignment.
The ability to speak, read and understand English is usually of great benefit to Tanzanians. There are many reasons for this, one being that better paid jobs are often in tourism. Secondary school classes are taught in English, while primary school education can be taught in English or Swahili. Much of the cultural exchange between foreigners and locals is through the use of the English language. Many of the programs directly or indirectly help locals to improve their English skills.
Please do keep in mind that an ‘orphanage’ in Tanzania is not usually what westerners would generally consider an orphanage. Only a few children actually live at the orphanage; the rest stay with relatives or neighbours and go home at night.
Each orphanage carries a common goal of helping these children become productive members of society and find their inner ambition when it comes to education and moral conduct. It is their hope that an orphanage can become a bright and happy place to live for these children rather than a reluctant situation that is forced upon them.
If you love working with kids and have a soft spot in your heart for the misfortune of others, this program is an excellent choice as you will be working closely with children who are beyond grateful for your presence and assistance. .
Located in the Sakina area and only a 10-15 minute walk from the volunteer house, this school has over 140 children ranging in ages from 3 to 13 years. They have several classes from nursery, preparatory, standard 1 (one) to standard 7 (seven). They also have a school van, which they use to pick up children who live far from the school. This is a Private English Medium school, but they do accept orphans who are in great need. Volunteers here have traditionally taught English, Mathematics, Science, French, Social Studies, Art and Sports. In the pastsome of the volunteers have even sponsored a few orphans.
Located along Arusha-Nairobi Road about 3-4 km from the volunteer house is a school for those with learning disabilities. Here, there are 20 disabled individuals ranging from 3 to 20 years old. The aim of the centre is to provide education for these students and prepare them for their future lives. Volunteers here assist in the classroom, care for the children, help with speech therapy, music, arts and craft, pre-vocational skills, sewing, sawing, painting and teaching.
Uhuru Peak is an English medium primary school and has over 136 children ranging in ages from 3 to 12 years. Their classes run from baby class to standard four. Volunteers will assist with a variety of jobs in the school, but the main tasks and roles are centered on teaching subjects like Mathematics, English, Science, Arts and sports. There is also an afternoon English program for teachers. The school is especially looking for volunteers who will be able to teach French.