Mkuza Youth Development Association in Kibaha, Tanzania



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    We are a non-governmental, non-profit making youth organization placed in Kibaha District outside Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
    We are teaching the youth the value of education, the power of the individual and inspiring them to reach for their goals. Our goal is to help the community through educating the youth.

    It was founded in 2003 by Obedy Kuguru. As child he had the lucky chance to get support from a German family for his education. From that point he decided to give this possibility to other children. When he came back to Kibaha after finishing school, he was met by the same reality that most of the Tanzanian youth face: The lack of education and work opportunities. In the light of this he started two new projects. The first project was concerning small kids, the second concerning youths.

    In January 2003 the Pre & Primary School opened. The school was meant for orphans and otherwise vulnerable children in the community. The Pre & Primary Scholl is not getting any Support from the government so we are only able to exist because of many helping Hands and financial Support from outside.
    When the School started there were 30 children attending and we were teaching the children in the church of our community. Since then the number has increased to 61 children.
    After a lot of years and many helpers the first building of the school is neraly finished and our happy children are able to learn in a real school.
    We are teaching the children from Monday to Friday from 08:00- 14:00 in different subjects like mathematics, english, hand writing, health/ care and environment and many more. At the Moment three very motivated and caring teacher are teaching three different classes. The classes are devided into age and the knowledge of the children.
    The children are enjoying the school a lot and they are very happy to learn more about our colourful and big world!
    For a lot of children the school is their second home where they can explore the world, practicing their skills and having a great childhood.
    At the moment we are able to provide breakfast and lunch for the children in School. This is very important because most of the childrens families are very poor and they are not able to give the children healthy and neutrens food.
    But sometimes there are months were we are not having enough money for providing the food and it is more difficult for the children to listen carefully and being concentrated.
    There is still a huge gap in materials to make teaching more exciting, interesting and effective.
    For example there is a big need in exercise books, teaching books, pencils, blackboards, colours, learning games etc.
    In addition to that the children have to wear a school uniform which is also expensive and a lot of parents cant pay for it. Most of the time the school has to pay for this as well.

    We would like to have a lot of volunteers that come down here to help us with our projects. Our main focus right now is on teaching the children in the Pre & Primary School but there are also evening classes for older children. As well as teaching you could also help out in building, office work in the project office, running seminars to the community and many other things.

    We are really looking Forward to hear from you !!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    While globalization reaches all around the world, the economic inequality continues to create a gap between the global north and the global south. It is the perception of association, that it is important for people of the world to meet and exchange ideas and thoughts. We believe that interaction between people with different cultural backgrounds is the best way to start the dialogue, crucially needed, as the only way towards building a foundation for a more peaceful and equal world.

    This is why we have a program for volunteering in a Tanzanian community. By requesting people to come and live and work in a community far from their own, we hope to help building bridges and create understanding between two cultures.

  • Help


    Teaching the school Kids in the Pre & Primary School in different subjects, teaching computer skills to youth, seminars on health matters (especially HIV, Malaria etc.), teaching entrepreneurship skills, helping with office tasks in our office (fund-raising, counseling, website designing, project designing etc.)

  • 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.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    The volunteers may be accommodated either in a host family or at a hostel. Usually it is a great experience for the volunteers to stay with a host family. This way the host family as well as the volunteer can get to know each other, their cultures and traditions. It is a great possibility for the volunteers to get to know the Tanzanian way of living and be part of this unique culture.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The volunteers will have a good time visiting other places of our beautiful country. Serengeti National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Mikumi National Park are just some of those special attractions you could visit. Furthermore Dar Es Salaam and Zanzibar are very close to our village and can be explored easily on the weekend. Kibaha and the village Kwamathias are along the main road which connects Dar Es Salaam to the other parts of Tanzania, this makes it easy to travel from here to other places without any problem. Also I will always be happy to give you advice on how to get around.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours/day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 965351423474