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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.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
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
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:
Playing with the children
Used materials like;
Playing materials like,
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 e welcome as well to help us with this.
Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent
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 :)
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.
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.
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:
Malaria tablets (please consult your doctor before departure)
A sun hat
Comfortable shoes you can work in
Buses for Mafinga leave Dar es Salaam at 6am, so you must be at Ubungo bus station for 5.30am. 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.
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
.Gangilonga ( historically - speaking stone)
And other normal close place like
.Going to Gym
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week