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



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

    Although the project is young, it has grown rapidly and we continue to grow our vision. We need help expanding and maintaining the gardens, renovating and building new structures, and want to learn from you about the latest developments in sustainability and organic growth practices.

    Many of the children we support are orphaned and/or from poor families. 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.

    We also teach through "informal education" self reliance, the importance of recycling and sustainability, and proper hygiene.

    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.

    We also have recently acquired 3 hectares of land where we have planted potatoes, beans, peas, and soon avocado trees. This is a new permaculture project that will continue to expand. Our intention is to use the food we grow in our meal program for the children, and sell excess to support the school.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Pratique d’une langue
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique / avec Internet

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    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".

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

    Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.

  • Aide


    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 here.

    We started the school almost two years , And the good things we see many changes

    Volunteers started to come to join with us for volunteering like:
    Assisting teachers
    Playing with the children
    Gardening and growing the permaculture project
    Renovations of the old classroom

    One volunteer supported us to build one new class that we are using now:
    You can see in our pictures.

    Right now this place we rent, however our plan was to buy our own land and to build the permanent
    School and to be independent. And the good news is that we succeeded to buy the land from volunteers help.

    For the moment we are looking building permanently school
    NB: We finished the classroom for pre school and now we are looking way forward classroom
    for primary school here, which will be helpful to the community,
    At the moment we don't have enough income to continue with buying building materials and other expenses.
    So if you can help us in any way, you are warmly welcome too.

    Important works is
    Fundraising campaign for building the primary school.
    Writing the proposals, to find the supporters who can help us to build the classroom
    Construction activities
    Gardening and farms and
    Helping in the kitchen - bring your favorite recipes and take a turn cooking! We love trying new meals.

    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. Volunteers are welcome as well to help us with this.

    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 as a teacher, or to help us to build a new school for the kids too. Farming and gardening are the third option.
    We DON'T ask any money from the volunteers but we do need your help. Then if you are able to help us by bringing and / or buying some stuff of course most welcome.
    Basically we have low incomes from the kids to our school.

    Everyday all day is not easy to run the school. We serve them breakfast and lunch each day.

    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...
    - Electronics stuffs (keyboard, old laptop, iPad etc.
    - Boarding games, toys, games, balls etc...
    - Seeds for the garden, soaps
    And..anything you can think of that would be used in a nursery school :)

    FOR THE KIDS-a pack of rice (just an example) or any foods for THEM.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Swahili (Kiswahili): Courant

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    Cet hôte a indiqué qu’il souhaitait faire partager sa propre langue ou en apprendre une nouvelle.
    Contactez-le pour en savoir plus.

  • Hébergement


    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 :) Fresh ginger and cardamom.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    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 varies, but is generally hot in the day and cooler at night. We advise you to bring suitable clothing accordingly.

    Please bring whatever you feel is necessary, but our visitors often bring:

    Mosquito repellent
    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 (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 volunteers have a 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 ("Speaking Stone")

    The population of Mafinga: 60,000

    We are just outside of town center, surrounded by nature, gardens etc.

    Walking distance to Mafinga town center: 3 km
    You will find ATMs, hospital, gym, hotels, bars, supermarkets etc in Mafinga town

    Health Center: 100 meters away

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Cet hôte a de la place pour les vans.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

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

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