Tanzania Orphanage Projects
The orphanage projects in Tanzania are based in Arusha in the foothills
of Mount Kilimanjaro!
You will be based at a home for about 70 children on the outskirts
of the town. The boys and girls come from very mixed background.
Some have been abused, some abandoned and some have parents who
can just not afford to look after them. The children come to the
orphanage at a young age and are supported right up to when they
leave for university or are encouraged to learn a trade.
You will start at the orphanage quite early in the morning, helping
to get the children ready for school. During the day, you help with
the running of the orphanage, general maintenance, painting and
cleaning or help the children in their trade workshops.
You will be busiest in the afternoons after school when you help
with homework and after school activities. You might also elect
to work at weekends, taking a couple of days of to go travelling
during the week instead, when the orphanage often arranges trips
to local parks.
School hours: Juniors 7am – 11am
Seniors 7am – 2 am
You will arrive at 8am. In the morning you will be assisting
and teaching children in the nursery class or attending school with
the older children, this will be arranged with the local schools
by the Director. This is very helpful as it ensures the pupils attendance
at school. Some of the primary school children don’t start
school until 11am so time will also be spent with them.
The younger children take a nap 1pm until 3pm during
which time you can spend time teaching interacting with the older
children. After 3pm, most of the children will be at home from school
and this is when you will be busiest with after school activities.
You will play sports or do arts and crafts with the children until
the end of the day at 4.30 pm.
Opportunities also exist to spend time in the workshop helping
and instructing the children on projects to help the home. For example,
construction projects currently in need of assistance are a new
basketball court with hoops etc. There is also plenty of general
maintenance and painting the volunteers could help out with.
There are regular day trips organised for the children which you
will be asked to help with. These include trips to local beaches,
picnics in the country outside of Dar, museums and even the airport.
The school terms are listed below. We recommend that you should
aim to arrive during the school term as some of the children go
home to visit relatives during the school holidays. If you can’t
come during term time there will still be work to do. Even during
the holidays, the orphanage will still run activities and vacation
classes for those without families to go home to.
January – March
April – July
September – November
All costs shown above are for one month. Additional months can
be added for £495.
You choose your dates for teaching, orphanage, journalism and medical
placements but spaces throughout the year are limited so reserve
your space now.
Why are some dates cheaper than others?
Our pricing policy explained.