Do volunteer work in Tanzania for teenagers and help disadvantaged children learn through play. You’ll support staff and caregivers by playing sports and creative games to keep the children active and learning.
You’ll also help make schools and care centres places that encourage learning. You can cover a classroom in a coat of bright paint and create a cute alphabet worm mural. Your work could also involve repairing desks, building playground equipment, or maintaining a vegetable garden. What you do depends on the school’s needs at the time.
You’ll be based in Arusha, a city in northern Tanzania. You’ll meet teenagers from around the world, learn the local culture, and explore the country.
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Transport to and from your work placement
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Visa support and advice
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organised weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
You’ll work with a group of teenagers your age to create resources and help children learn through play. These are some ways you can help, learn, and explore:
- Work with children on their development and encourage learning through play
- Help children maintain a basic hygiene routine to keep them healthy
- Do community work to create long-lasting resources for local communities
- Work with teenagers from around the world and explore Tanzania together
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Work with children
In Tanzania, you’ll work with children to promote their development. This isn’t all hard work - it’s actually loads of fun! We emphasise learning through play, which is a very important part of early childhood development. We encourage you to get out the coloured cardboard and run an arts and crafts class. Or teach hand-eye coordination and teamwork with a ball game.
Maintain a hygiene routine
Maintaining a good hygiene routine will go a long way with keeping kids healthy. You can help make sure children wash their hands thoroughly before a meal. You can also encourage them to brush their teeth correctly to keep their pearly whites sparkling.
Assist with community work
Creating educational resources and helping with community work is an important part of your project. Prepare to get splattered with paint while painting a classroom. Or team up with the other volunteers and build a colourful playground. You can also make educational flashcards and posters which teachers and future volunteers can continue to use once you’ve finished your project.
Work with volunteers from around the world
You’ll be volunteering with teens from around the world, all sharing in this exciting experience abroad. There will be plenty for you to learn from your new international friends. During social activities, you’ll explore and learn about life in Tanzania together.
Where interns work
Arusha is an exciting combination of lush green vegetation and bustling city life. The town is nestled at the foot of Mount Meru and is home to about 400,000 people.
The care centres, kindergartens, and special needs schools where you’ll work have been specifically selected because they lack educational resources. Placements might be less developed than you’re used to back home.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
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