Program Details

Tanzania and all the sub-Saharan African countries are badly affected by the epidemics of poverty and HIV. The number of orphans and street children is growing. Efforts have been made by various local organizations to protect these children by offering mu
Location:
Arusha, Tanzania, United Republic of; Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Children
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
Volunteers generally work with the following activities: In the morning help with breakfast and prepare the children for school. Volunteers accompany the children to and from school. Teach English 3-4 hours a day in the local school. Small children (ages 2-6 years) remain in their orpha-nages where volunteers who choose not to teach in schools play with the children: sports, art, games, picture books, music. All sorts of fun activities are welcome. Also organize activities when the children return from school, both free time fun and help with homework. Skill-training and free time activities for the children who are too old to go to school. After dinner help the children wash, brush teeth and take care of themselves.

Tanzania and all the sub-Saharan African countries are badly affected by the epidemics of poverty and HIV. The number of orphans and street children is growing. Efforts have been made by various local organizations to protect these children by offering much-needed education as well as skill-development training. Thousands of orphan children who suffer from extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and hopelessness leave their villages and travel to Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mo-shi and other cities, where they most often end up worse off on the street. Most orphanages in Tanzania lack resources and are under-staffed. Orphanages in Tanzania focus pri-marily on offering formal and informal schooling and a safe place to live and study.

It is a big challenge to live and work in a poor country. It de-mands courage, some experience and the ability to adapt. It can be overwhelming, especially at first, to have to adjust to completely new conditions, communicate in a foreign lan-guage etc. Things are not as you are used to, the climate, the food, the atmosphere – everything is different. During your work you will be faced with a harsh social reality and experience things a tourist would never see. To take part in the voluntary work program, maturity, flex-ibility, independence and the desire to do social work are ne-cessary. Your stay is an experience you will never forget. Volunteering in Tanzania enables you to experience this great country up close and personal.
Setting Description:
Arusha is one of the bigger cities in the north of Tanzania at the base of Mt. Meru, not far from the border with Kenya. It is well known as an African congress center containing the site for the International Tribunal for the Rwandan Genocide. Climate The climate varies from tropical along the coast to temperate in the highlands. The coastal region is tropical with relatively high humidity. The average temperature is moderated by the sea breeze, especially on the islands, and ranges between 27 and 29 degrees Celsius. In the mountainous areas of the Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Mara regions the temperature occasionally drops below 15 degrees Celsius at night during the months of June and July. There are two rainy seasons - from mid March through May and in November – December, when it rains only a few hours during the day.

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