Support a community non-profit organisation in Bukoba, Tanzania

  • Tanzania
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  • Last activity: 2 Jun 2023



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


    Hello, Hola, Jambo!

    I along with my colleagues/volunteers, strive very hard with the most vulnerable children and adolescents by catering to projects situated in the Northwest region of the United Republic of Tanzania on the South-Western shores of Lake Victoria.

    This is a small not-for-profit, Children’s Rights organization located in rural Bukoba. Our focus is on the empowerment of children and young youth suffering from abuse, poverty, and exclusion. We focus on teenage girls as well as children living on the street. We continuously try to change the often, unbearable living conditions of our beneficiaries. Furthermore, we co-operate with local schools, social welfare officers, and other NGOs as well.

    The purpose of our projects is to aid our beneficiaries by fighting against poverty and injustice.

    1. Street Children & Young Youth Project
    We visit the local streets to assess their condition, teach children some subjects, conduct sports & games provide first aid, and speak to them to find an opportunity to encourage them off the streets and also reunite a child with their families. We then create a file with background information for every child accounted for, which helps us identify their needs, locate any newcomers and assist them as well as refer them to the applicable services.

    The main focus is on the street project. We want to improve the conditions of young youth and children's livelihood by providing them with soft and technical skills for professions such as handcraft activities, and business skills along with self-awareness. This helps improve their ability to get better job opportunities, resume school, and connect with shelters and families. Moreover, the organization provides literacy lessons for those who do not know how to read and write. We need your experience in employability and turn ideas into viable jobs or create jobs from surrounding challenges.

    Additionally, we helped initiate a program that identifies children and young youth based on their talent or skill which will help them become employed and get off the streets.

    We also assist in initiating activities such as talent shows where children and young youth can participate through musical performances as well as different sports like soccer by meeting with counselors to connect them to the applicable partners according to skill. The project helps collaborate with different organizations or companies, communities, and individuals to create a conducive environment for an apprenticeship to further develop their talents/skills.
     Sports
     Music
     Education
     Technical skills
     Other which can be applicable

    A volunteer will be involved in the following :
    -Prepare lessons and facilitate them in the school
    -Conduct research or assessment when needed
    - Provide mentorship among children
    -Attend community meetings both in the village and in school
    -Prepare a plan and report
    -Prepare monitoring tools for the projects


    (A) At the moment, we are building children's homes, and classes help us accomplish this.

    Also support street youth on the business as a way from the street life to normal skills, whether linking with the fund, preparing a proposal project or business plan, or working on the site with them. Plan to build houses or hostels. Also, ensure the organization sustains its income and maintains its vision.

    The school projects.

    The aim is to educate children on how to report abuse incidences, realize their rights, reduce violence between family and teachers with the students.

    In schools we are running children's club by conducting lessons with children
    -Volunteers can prepare some lessons
    -Teaching, facilitate sports, video, drawings
    -Counsel students
    -Assist teachers with skills on support children in school

    Also can help with other activities such as:

    Organize Visiting / training
    Sports, music, drama
    Media programs Radio, social media, websites, printing materials
    Conduct public events
    Prepare community events

    This is more to ensure children realize their rights, aware of ways of protection, and reporting abusive
    incidences when it occurs.

    Traveling is no such problem. We provide guidance for the destination and can even make sure someone assists you. Please feel free to contact us if you need more information on what is provided here. We will answer all your questions and provide the best advice on general issues such as health, culture, weather, excursions, travel, visa issuances, safety, and special events. Do not forget to check us out on social media!

    Special note for Volunteers/interns: The sooner you confirm, the earlier we can serve you. We receive a lot of inquiries so please send or accept our offer as soon as you receive it!

    Other: the office is separate from the accommodation so volunteers will be responsible to pay for their own transport, roughly $1 per day for the motorcycle taxi. The organization haven't transport facilities to the field, most of them are hired individual, and public transport when is available

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This opportunity provides a chance to develop new friendships, visit new historical sites, and learn about native Tanzanian cultures such as food, language, clothing, housing, and traditional customs.

    We believe we can offer a life-changing experience to the Project volunteers!!

    Not only because you will assist us in our great challenge to meet our mission goals but also because it will change how you see our community, our country, and the whole of Africa!

    You will be immersed in our daily lives, and understand our diverse culture, our history, and our language. We are sure you will learn Swahili and Haya words to enrich your experience! We also cooperate with a Swahili language center. If you are interested, you can join Swahili lessons. This opportunity will give you a chance to understand Haya culture, their traditions, their homes and villas, the Haya dancing and so much more.

    We also organize Safari trips to the Ugandan Border, with nearby National parks that include Rubondo Island, and others like Serengeti and Ngorongoro parks (considered two of the bests for wildlife spotting). We can organize all types of Safari trips from budget/camping options to hotels and lodges inside the parks. Safari activities include Safari walks, waterfalls sightseeing, mountain trekking, game viewing, and photographic excursions to name a few.

    Visit natural tourist attractions in Kagera Region:

    -Visiting the natural trenches located at Bajwa
    -Visiting Kyamunena falls.
    -Visit Musila Island
    -Visit different attractive beaches in Lake victoria
    -Visit historical sites

    Also, you can visit different parts of Tanzania
    -Like Arusha , Zanzibar, and more

    Volunteers/interns can also improve their skills related to working with a non-profit such as program development and grant writing. We will be happy to provide letters of recommendation to our interns/volunteers.

    To get a more enriching experience, volunteers/interns are encouraged to communicate in Swahili, pick up a few words, and learn the language which is entirely optional. We are exploring a new program with cultural tourism so volunteers will have some unique opportunities.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Fundraising and Awareness

    In order to further develop, improve conditions, and maintain our place; we need immense help with fundraising and grants. We do a lot of work every day, but financial aid remains the biggest challenge.

    We would truly appreciate the help of a volunteer who could come up with new financing ideas, develop new partnerships or create a way for us to make money independently. Moreover, we need someone who can assist us in spreading awareness about our projects globally. If you have the willingness and/or experience with grant writing, fundraising, report writing, or if you know organizations, people, or businesses that could support us, come make a difference!

    Our focus lies on areas :

    such as training, workshops, meetings as well as monitoring, coaching, and mentoring

    The strategy is clustered around three general issues:

    Child protection: entails rescuing children from child labour and living in the streets; consulting with communities; social welfare; the gender and child desk at the police; and local and community leaders about policy execution. As a way to reintegrate, we provide counseling to a child, teach them basic skills, and meet their basic needs at a day center.

    Youth Counselling: Assist youth with sexual and reproductive health rights, employability skills, and job opportunities. Ensure that a male youth is aware of gender equality in order to support female youth.

    Prevention: risk to children and youth by assisting families and communities to nurture and care for them, to be sustained by the community; demanding change in attitude, practice, and behavior. Thus, we also empower families to prevent child abuse as well as support them in the economic aspects by engaging relevant stakeholders to collaborate in job placement.

    Additional HELP

    Volunteers are more than welcome to use their skills to contribute to our projects, especially within our learning center program.

    This means you can be directly involved in the available daily activities which include street visits, family visits, preparing lessons, delivering lessons to students, creating artwork, playing with children, preparing meals, household chores, homework, general counseling, computers/internet usage, and gardening. You can also help with writing content, website maintenance and social media networks, wood carving, carpentry, documentation, report writing along fundraising.

    I would like volunteers/interns to work with us for 8 weeks or more, preferably 90 days, these weeks are divided into three:

    1. Earlier week is for the orientation,
    2. Following 2 months are for the fieldwork
    3. The remaining month just supporting long side partners out of Bukoba and exploring more in the community.

    Actually, there is no limitation if you want to stay more than 3 months or even a year in the organization. We believe that impact is people and people are the organization

    Amazing experiences await you!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation :

    Volunteers/interns will be able to stay with a host family . At present, we have 2 rooms for accommodation where one is sharing (same gender) and the other is private. The restroom is shared with other people staying.

    We normally provide volunteers/interns with 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) whenever they are in the home or office where vegetarian meals are also available. We offer locally sourced, fresh, and nutritious produce in meals cooked for other volunteers and people working at the project including children. Please let us know in advance if you have any strict dietary restrictions. Bukoba is abundant in natural varieties of food, with a rarity to have European/American or any dishes. Volunteers/interns will also have the chance to travel to the local market to buy food and prepare it as they wish when working with us.

    Furthermore, a volunteer/intern can learn to prepare local dishes (cook) or prepare his/her home dishes.

    We kindly ask all volunteers/interns to contribute a small amount of (USD 5) per day, this cash will support the host to provide you with the meals during your stay, and it will be paid directly to the host family or the person in charge of purchasing food for a charity/NGO. It will use only for the purposes of food and not as a donation towards the project or charity

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    On non-working days, volunteers/interns can relax at the beach at Lake Victoria and explore Bukoba.

    We have a dear friend who is an excellent guide and can recommend many interesting sights to see! There are cultural attractions and waterfalls among other things. There are also many Boda Boda (motorbike taxis) to help volunteers travel within the city.

    To build a better connection with children, you can surprise them with gifts (used staff suitable to carry) that meet their requirements such as:

    -Clothes, toys, boarding games, sports gear,
    - Electronics stuff (keyboard, old laptop, iPad, camera, etc.
    - Pens, pencils, rubbers, world-map, school bag, exercise books, English books, learning materials, watercolor paint to draw
    -First aid kits, musical instruments, camera, watercolor paint to draw but also support us with anything you think is useful to children and young youth to give them more joy. -
    - Paper (A4 for example) etc.
    - Pens, pencils, rubbers, world-map, school bag, etc...

    HOW TO GET TO OUR PROJECT FROM Dar E-Salaam (Nyerere airport) and Kilimanjaro International AIRPORT:

    We normally advise using a Flight to get to Bukoba.

    There are many kilometers if you use Buses, Dar is more than 1000 Km and it's two days.

    Kilimanjaro is a one-day journey although you will arrive in the middle of the night in Bukoba.

    The closest domestic Airport is the Bukoba Airport, located 20 minutes from Bukoba town. You can travel to our house either by taxi or motorbike known as Boda Boda and will take approximately 17 to 20 minutes.


    'Question 11:
    I would like to come to Tanzania for two months to do volunteering activities in an institution x. what kind of visa will be appropriate for me?

    You will be required to apply for an ordinary visa (A6) which is specifically designated for applicants who wish to do charity and humanitarian activities for a period not exceeding 3 months. Its fee is 50 USD. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS-TANZANIA IMMIGRATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

    (This is a government regulation) which you can apply for online or on arrival where we normally provide an invitation letter. Get more details before you apply for this opportunity by getting in touch with us.


    Apart from clothes for hot weather, please also keep light jackets for the night/windy weather. A raincoat is useful during the rainy season. Do bring along flip-flops and hiking boots or comfortable shoes so you can explore the mountains in the surrounding areas.

    Since medication and other related items are difficult to find, so make sure to bring your sunscreen and mosquito repellent along with your normal medicine prescription. Furthermore, some people take Malaria prophylaxis pills when traveling to Tanzania so please do check if you would like to carry it along.

    Hakuna Matata!

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    USD$5 per day contribution towards food
Host ref number: 347836742569

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