Help us with our nursery school and experience our way of life in Mafinga, Tanzania

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello, I'm Nitike. My husband Robart and I run a nursery in Mafinga, a town in southern Tanzania.

    Many of the children we support are orphaned and/or from poor families. And our community is severely affected by the spread of HIV and AIDS. That’s why one of our biggest goals is to raise awareness through education, in order to help prevent the spread and to eradicate poverty. Because when children learn important lessons from an early age, those lessons tend to stay with them for a lifetime.

    Robart and I are both teachers and we run the nursery on a voluntary basis. We do not currently have any paid staff working for us on this project. One teacher works with us, also as volunteer.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Tanzania is a wonderful country with a rich and interesting culture. Volunteers will experience first-hand the Tanzanian way of life and get the chance to really make a difference. They can also learn Swahili, a language spoken by many people in Africa, and work in beautiful surroundings.

    The school is located in a beautiful area surrounded by the nature, and you will be immersed in the real "African life".

  • Help

    Help

    We work hard to improve the lives of young children (aged 5 years and under) through early years education and social support. We are looking for an international team of volunteers to help with things like:

    Assisting teachers
    Playing with the children
    Gardening
    Painting
    Language exchange

    We work with all kinds of people with lots of different levels of experience. Professionals are welcome, but you don’t have to be a professional to help us make a difference.
    We also run a small garden as source of source of income. Volunteer's are welcome as well to help us with this.

    Then, you can create your own classroom with your own topics, example : cooking workshop, simple geography, sports, creative arts, simple and fun gardening etc....

    You can coming here like a teacher or also to help us to build a new classroom for the kids too. Farming and gardening are the third option.
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    We DON'T ask any money from the volunteers, we DON'T need your money guys but your help mostly. Then if you are able to help us by bringing and / or buying some stuffs of course is the most welcome.
    Why ? Basically we have low incomes from the kids to our school. Everyday all day is not easy to maintain our direction.
    What we need is probably easier for you than us :) (for the most of this list) :

    - English books, learning materials
    - Paper (A4 for example)
    - Pens, pencils, rubbers, world-map, school bag etc... (furnitures)
    - Electronics stuffs (keyboard, old laptop etc...)
    - Boarding games, toys, games, balls etc...
    - Seeds for the garden, soaps
    > Well anything you want in adequacy with a school :)

    > Then you can also participated -FOR THE KIDS- with a pack of rice (just an example) or any foods for THEM.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We provide shared rooms for individuals or private rooms for couples. We don't have a modern bathroom but volunteers can shower with a bucket, just as we do :) (By the way, is a double-bed)

    We also provide local food for volunteers, like traditional ugali and rice. We are happy to cater to vegans and vegetarians so please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

    We have hot tea all along the day :)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    VISA
    The rules for volunteers in Tanzania have recently changed. You are now required by the government to get a business visa on arrival, which costs $250 and lasts 3 months.

    WEATHER
    Mafinga weather is changeable but generally hot in the day and cooler at night. We advise you to bring suitable clothing accordingly.

    WHAT TO BRING
    Please bring whatever you feel is necessary but our visitors often have things like:
    Mosquito repellent
    Malaria tablets (please consult your doctor before departure)
    Sunscreen
    A sun hat
    Comfortable shoes you can work in

    TRANSPORT
    Buses for Mafinga leave Dar es Salaam at 6am, so you must be at Ubungo bus station for 5.30am (around 35.000 TSH). This means you will probably have to spend a night in Dar before travelling to us. We can help you book a cheap hotel near the station (ask u for the lodge name).

    The bus takes around 9-10 hours and you will see much of Tanzania on the way, including giraffes and zebras as it travels through Mikumi National Park!

    It also makes regular food and toilet stops. It's helpful to have small denominations of shillings so you can buy things to eat and drink at stops, or when sellers come to the window with snacks.

    DURING THE TIME OFF
    During the time of volunteer will have chance to visit some places like;
    One of the biggest National park in southern part of Tanzania (Ruaha National park )
    .Isimila stone age
    .Kalenga Museums
    .Igeleke paints
    .Kitanzini place
    .Tea plantations
    .Gangilonga (historically - speaking stone)

    And other normal close place like (around 2km)
    .Going to Gym
    .hotels
    .Bar
    .And supermarkets

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week


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