Orphanage Project (Moshi, Arusha)

volunteer in orphanage project in tanzania
  • Brighten up the lives of children from impoverished background
  • Work with local organizations to provide adequate care and support to children
  • Live with a local family and explore day-to-day Tanzanian life
  • Practice Swahili while discovering a whole host of exciting African experiences in Tanzania in your downtime

Do you have passion for children? Volunteer in Tanzania in the Orphanage project and give much love, care and attention to orphaned children! Poverty, lack of education, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic are persistent and widespread problems for Tanzanians. With very little help from the government, many children are left homeless, and they only have orphanages to turn to. The orphanages are doing their best to educate, clothe, house and feed the children, but they are also underfunded and lack enough manpower to properly care for the orphans. New Hope partners up with the orphanages to lessen their burden and help them reach out to more children. By volunteering, you’ll be helping these orphanages to provide more care and attention to the children. Be a beacon of hope for the Tanzanian children, while discovering the exquisite wildlife and the majesty of Kilimanjaro!

Volunteers' Responsibilities

As a volunteer in Tanzania, you will be working with children from impoverished backgrounds at an orphanage. Depending on your individual interests and skills, and on the needs of the local staff, your daily activities involve, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching basic English, Math, Science, Physical Education, or other subjects of interest
  • Provide care, love and attention to children
  • Providing daily care to the children such as preparing meals and watching over them
  • Help them with their homework
  • Participate in playtime activities
  • Educating on personal hygiene, and safety rules and precautions
  • Developing stimulating new ideas to interest the children to learn
  • Organizing and leading extracurricular activities such as games, sports, art, music, dancing, story-telling, drama lessons, etc.
  • Assisting the local staff with administrative duties, promoting fundraising activities, and helping to plan events and excursions for the children
How You Can Make a Difference

Volunteers will be working in local organizations and orphanages that help children. Besides providing necessities that can allow orphans to grow up better, these institutions also protect the children from exploitation. The orphanages need all the help they can get, and your participation would help them reach out to more children. The small sum that orphanages receive from hosting volunteers will also go a long way in being financially viable in. The children will undoubtedly appreciate the love and time that you devote to them, as you inject a fresh energy into the orphanage.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications needed to join the Orphanage project. However, your understanding of Tanzanian culture and diversity can help improve the experience for you and the children. Consider enrolling in our one-week Language & Cultural Immersion program. Volunteers should also be enthusiastic, reliable, flexible, patient and strive to be good role models for the children. Experience working with street children is considered a plus. Volunteers must also respect the locals and the host organizations, along with their rules and projects.

Project Location

This project is located in and around Arusha and Moshi. Arusha is one of the bigger cities in the north of Tanzania and sits at the base of Mount Meru, not far from the Kenyan border. It is well-known African congress center and contains the site where the International Tribunal for the Rwandese Genocide was held. Safari tours to the Serengeti, N'gorongoro, Manyara and Tarangire usually launch in Arusha. The city is also an excellent base for visiting the Arusha National Park, where volunteers can experience a wide range of habitats and experiences. There are lakes that serve as a gathering point for a kaleidoscope of waterfowl, the imposing summit of Mount Meru is nearby and Moshi is approximately an hour-and-a-half (90 minutes) drive from Arusha.

Moshi sits on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is an often over-looked tourist destination, but offers many intriguing cultural exposure opportunities. The Chagga people call Moshi home and it is in the middle of a major coffee growing region. Central Moshi is busy and colorful, making it an interesting walking excursion. The area around the market and Mawenzi Road is recommended, as there is a slight Asian flavor to the area and a Hindu temple, mosques and Indian traders.

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