In an project volunteering with children in Tanzania a child smiles outside a care centre.

Volunteer with Children in Tanzania

Work on life skills and basic education with children in colourful and vibrant Tanzania

Volunteer with children in Tanzania and help support early childhood development in care centres. You’ll get involved in running educational activities, games, and sports. This is a chance for you to gain childcare experience, learn about the local culture, and expand your horizons.


The care centres we work with are overcrowded and understaffed. As a volunteer, you’ll be a welcome pair of helping hands to local caregivers and teachers. Everything you do here is part of our long-term, sustainable efforts to support children’s development and education.


You’ll be based in either Arusha or Moshi, both lush, green communities where you can connect with nature in your free time. You can spend your weekends on an exciting safari or take a trip to the island paradise of Zanzibar.


Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price

We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 01903 708300 for more info.

When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01903 708300 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Moshi , Arusha (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 16 can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • 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

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • 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

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

What's not included
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is volunteering with children in Tanzania right for me?

If spending your day amongst a group of energetic children is your cup of tea, this Childcare project in Tanzania is ideal for you. It’s a great way to gain childcare experience, while also making a difference to local communities.


Our Childcare Project in Tanzania is open to all ages. You don’t need any childcare experience or qualifications. Our local Project Coordinator will guide you through your activities with local children.


Perhaps you’re interested in a career in teaching and childcare. This is an opportunity to gain practical experience and see if this is the right career path for you.


This project runs all year round, giving you the flexibility to volunteer when it suits your schedule. The minimum duration for this project is two weeks and there is no maximum duration. So you can join for as long as you like!

Childcare volunteers working with children in Tanzania pose for a picture with teachers and children during a Care outreach.

What will I do as a childcare volunteer in Tanzania?

There are different tasks you can get involved with as part of your volunteer work with children in Tanzania. The work you do will help prepare them for school and improve their overall development.


  • Work in small groups with children, helping with their school work
  • Organise games and activities to promote their development and make learning fun
  • Monitor each child’s development progress

Your work will focus on the following areas:


Work with children on their education


As a volunteer, one of your most important tasks is making sure no child is left behind. Through lessons with small groups, you can see what each child struggles with. Adapt your lesson plans according to this and provide focused tutoring.


In large classrooms and overcrowded care centres, this is something that teachers and caretakers simply don’t have time for. So by providing added support to the staff, you’ll be making a world of difference to each child.


Promote early childhood development


When children are young, play is one of the most important parts of their development. With the guidance of the Project Coordinator, you can come up with fun games and activities that will make learning more engaging for these children.


You can organise sports lessons to promote physical development or arts and crafts to get them thinking creatively. It all adds up to a more holistic approach to learning and a child that is better equipped for school.


Monitor their progress


As a volunteer, you will be paying close attention to specific children during fun activities, so you can record how they’re doing. You’ll input this data into our Global Impact Database, to help with monitoring children’s progress. Future volunteers will use this database to build on the work you do.

Where in Tanzania will I work?

We have Childcare placements in Moshi and Arusha. These towns are approximately a three-hour drive from one another. Both are beautiful representations of Tanzanian culture.

Moshi

Moshi is a small town nestled at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. It’s less developed than some of the bustling cities of Tanzania and is the perfect place to get in touch with nature. There are plenty of challenging hiking trails and safaris nearby, ideal for the adventurous looking to explore the African savannahs.


In Moshi, you will be working in care centres, kindergartens, and special needs schools.

Arusha

Arusha is a vibrant city at the foot of Mount Meru. Surrounded by lush, green vegetation, it’s a perfect balance between peaceful nature and buzzing city life. During your free time, you can visit local markets and buy colourful Batik artworks to take home with you.


As in Moshi, you will be working in under-resourced care centres, kindergartens, and special needs schools.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Tanzania Arrival Procedures page.

A typical day on this Childcare Project

On a typical work day, which runs from Monday to Friday, you’ll enjoy a tasty breakfast with a cup of chai, a type of local tea. Once you’re ready, you’ll catch a dalla dalla to your placement.


Depending on which daycare centre you work in, a typical work day will usually start at around 7am or 8am. Your work will usually finish at about 4pm.


Mornings could be spent helping children with their schoolwork, breaking into groups and playing different sports, or running an art class where you make animal faces out of paper plates. You will also have the chance to work in small groups with children, helping them to read and write.


After a hearty lunch with the other volunteers at your placement, you might spend the afternoon preparing activities. We encourage you to do things like plan games or make educational posters to put up in local schools. You can also use this time to enter data into our Global Impact Database.


Your evenings will be free, giving you the chance to travel around Tanzania.

Projects Abroad volunteers with children in Tanzania play ball activities outside a kindergarten.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The aim of this project is to support children’s basic education and early childhood development. Projects Abroad has elected not to work with children in orphanages in Tanzania, but rather focus on community-based programmes that allow children to remain within their families.


In the community-based care centres, kindergartens, special needs schools where we work, classrooms are overcrowded. Teachers often struggle to give focused attention to each child and they don’t always pick up when a child is struggling. Children can fall behind in the school system, setting them up for difficulties later in life.


On top of this, parents or family members often have to work long hours to support their families. Children don’t always get the stimulation they need at home.


Through our development checklists and Global Impact Database, volunteers monitor children and tutor them in areas where they’re falling behind their peers. You will contribute to monitoring their overall development, by observing as they play games or participate in sports.


To make sure we are always working towards our overall vision, we’ve outlined three main goals in our Childcare Management Plan for Tanzania. These are:


  • Promote early childhood development
  • Improve hygiene levels of the children
  • Increase English


Volunteer with children in Tanzania and help us work towards these goals.

Female volunteer working with children in Tanzania high fives a young boy outside a care centre.

Management Plans

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

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.


Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in Arusha or Moshi. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Tanzania and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND FREE TIME

A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa. There’s plenty to see and do here during your free time on your project.

A project in Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a safari! This is a chance to see the beautiful wildlife of this country, like elephants, rhinos, and lions.

What’s more, Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Hiking around the base through lush vegetation is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon.

Browsing through a vibrant, local market is a must while you’re there. You can also spend time in a Maasai village, getting to know a completely different way of life.

There will likely be many other volunteers in Tanzania with you. This means you have the option to explore the country independently or with a group of like-minded volunteers from different projects. 

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.


This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

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