What will I do as a childcare volunteer in Tanzania?
There are different tasks you can get involved with as part of your volunteer work with children in Tanzania. The work you do will help prepare them for school and improve their overall development.
- Work in small groups with children, helping with their school work
- Organise games and activities to promote their development and make learning fun
- Monitor each child’s development progress
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Work with children on their education
As a volunteer, one of your most important tasks is making sure no child is left behind. Through lessons with small groups, you can see what each child struggles with. Adapt your lesson plans according to this and provide focused tutoring.
In large classrooms and overcrowded care centres, this is something that teachers and caretakers simply don’t have time for. So by providing added support to the staff, you’ll be making a world of difference to each child.
Promote early childhood development
When children are young, play is one of the most important parts of their development. With the guidance of the Project Coordinator, you can come up with fun games and activities that will make learning more engaging for these children.
You can organise sports lessons to promote physical development or arts and crafts to get them thinking creatively. It all adds up to a more holistic approach to learning and a child that is better equipped for school.
Monitor their progress
As a volunteer, you will be paying close attention to specific children during fun activities, so you can record how they’re doing. You’ll input this data into our Global Impact Database, to help with monitoring children’s progress. Future volunteers will use this database to build on the work you do.
Where in Tanzania will I work?
We have Childcare placements in Moshi and Arusha. These towns are approximately a three-hour drive from one another. Both are beautiful representations of Tanzanian culture.
Moshi is a small town nestled at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. It’s less developed than some of the bustling cities of Tanzania and is the perfect place to get in touch with nature. There are plenty of challenging hiking trails and safaris nearby, ideal for the adventurous looking to explore the African savannahs.
In Moshi, you will be working in care centres, kindergartens, and special needs schools.
Arusha is a vibrant city at the foot of Mount Meru. Surrounded by lush, green vegetation, it’s a perfect balance between peaceful nature and buzzing city life. During your free time, you can visit local markets and buy colourful Batik artworks to take home with you.
As in Moshi, you will be working in under-resourced care centres, kindergartens, and special needs schools.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa. There’s plenty to see and do here during your free time on your project.
A project in Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a safari! This is a chance to see the beautiful wildlife of this country, like elephants, rhinos, and lions.
What’s more, Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Hiking around the base through lush vegetation is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon.
Browsing through a vibrant, local market is a must while you’re there. You can also spend time in a Maasai village, getting to know a completely different way of life.
There will likely be many other volunteers in Tanzania with you. This means you have the option to explore the country independently or with a group of like-minded volunteers from different projects.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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