Welcome to our School in Arusha, Tanzania (no fees are charged at our project)
We registered in 2019 and are just starting right now to invite Volunteers from all over the world to join our project and help us to improve. Our mission is to support especially underprivileged children and orphans. The main goal is to provide a high quality education and enable thereby the chance of equal treatment and a decent future.
The founder of the school was a teacher by profession and later on employed as an accountant in a Tour Company based in Arusha. After working in this company for more than 25 years, he founded the school in 2013 and returned to teaching. He wanted the school to be a safe place where children get the chance to build a foundation for their future.
Today the school is run by the descendants of the founder. Upendo is the first born and acts as the administrator of the estate. Additionally, Selemani coordinates as the head teacher the day to day life in school and is responsible for the supervision and instruction of the volunteers. Apart from them, five more teachers take care of the pupils. At the moment 70 children are enrolled in the school. Among them are 30 non-paying orphans and also children, who pay a low school fee to support parents with a low income and enable them to enroll their kids in a school with a better education.
Currently, all of the classrooms are used for the nursery and primary school up to standard three with children from the age of 3 to 10 years. As the school is growing further more classrooms will be needed in the next year. This is why we plan to move to a new area, where all of the school buildings and also the orphanage and administration office will be combined in one place.
We are happy to welcome volunteers at our project, who want to help us in our day to day life in school. We'd like to introduce you to our culture, food and language and show you why we work so passionately for this project. At the same time we'd love to get to know your way of living and your ideas and improvements for the project.
ARUSHA AND WHAT TO DO:
Arusha is a city in north eastern Tanzania and the capital of the Arusha Region. It has approximately 400 000 inhabitants and is located at the foot of Mount Meru. Since the city is located in the foreland of mount Kilimanjaro, the climate is all year round moderate and humid. Arusha is close to several National Parks like Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Many safari operators leave here for the breathtaking national parks, which is why it is perfect for a trip on the weekend. Apart from that, there are the Arusha Waterfalls, the Masaai Market, the Meserani Snake Park and many other things to do. We are happy to assist you in planning your activities here in Arusha.
Please be aware that we can't bear the costs for flights, visas or transportation to and from our place. We provide however free accomodation and food for all volunteers. The daily transport to and from the school is covered by the volunteers (approximately 1500 TSH per day). We are happy to pick you up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha Airport or the bus station in Arusha. As mentioned before, the costs for the pickup are covered by the volunteers according to the following list:
KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
It depends on your arrival time whether it is possible to take a shuttle or taxi.
30 000 TSH for shuttle
80 000 TSH for taxi
30 000 TSH for taxi
BUS STATION IN ARUSHA:
10 000 TSH for taxi
Your safety and security during your stay at our project are very important to us. You can be sure to be in a secure home and feel safe. We'll also watch out for your belongings like laptops, cameras, mobile phones, money or clothes.
We already have a bit of experience in being a host and made a lot of good experiences so far. However, there are some habits like drinking, smoking, drug abuse etc. that we can not tolerate in our organization. We expect, that you respect these rules during your stay. Apart from this we recommend you to get a health insurance for the duration of your stay.
We believe that volunteering is a great possibility for all of us to learn and improve.
Karibu Sana – You are very welcome!
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT WE ACCEPT VOLUNTEERS ON A FIRST CONFIRMED, FIRST SERVED PRINCIPLE – It helps us when you reply fast, so that we can confirm your stay at our project. Thank you!
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
We really would love to teach you how to cook some Tanzanian meals and introduce you to our way of living and speaking. We even can help you learn a little bit Swahili!
Of course we'd also like to get to know culture and lifestyle, so feel free to teach us how to cook your favourite meals or how to speak your language.
The children are the stars of the show here! You will be amazed at how well you can communicate with them. They start learning English at a very young age, which is why they love to talk to volunteers, show off their English in school and learn further.
The main activity for volunteers in our school is to assist in teaching the pupils. Since all subjects are taught in English, foreigners are of great value for the improvement of the language skills. Apart from that you are welcome to draw pictures on the school walls, play games with the kids or realize your own ideas. The working hours are connected to the timetable of the school, which starts at 8:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch are eaten at school together with the pupils. We appreciate it when you offer your own skills and abilities to improve our project and move forward.
We accomodate our volunteers in private homes. We always provide a bed with a mosquito net, access to electricity and most of the times even an own room. Just sometimes, when we have a lot of volunteers at the same time, we ask you to share a room. Since there are mosquitoes in Arusha we advise you to take Malaria prophylaxis. Unfortunately, we can't provide a wifi connection, but you easily can buy a sim card and get a mobile connection to the internet.
Since you will participate in our day to day life, we'll cook our normal food and introduce you to our culture. The food usually depends on the season and originates from the Arusha region. When you have any special dietary requirements, just feel free to tell us, so that we can consider this during your stay (vegetarian, vegan, Muslims avoiding pork, etc.). Please also let us now when you feel hungry, so that we can offer some snacks for to you (sometimes the day is so busy that we are late for dinner).
When you want to join our organization it is really important that you have the correct visa. There exist a special kind of visa for volunteering and working in Tanzania, which you can get at the airport. It is called Business Visa, valid for three months and costs 250 US Dollar. There is another type of Visa for volunteering (Tourist Visa for 50 US Dollars), which is only eligible for national organizations and therefore not suitable for a private organization like ours. If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week