Volunteer Opportunity

in Tanzania

VOLUNTEER WITH CHILDREN IN ARUSHA, TANZANIA

  • TYPES OF CARE PROJECTS: Orphanages, Care centers, kindergartens, special needs schools.
  • AGE OF CHILDREN: 0 – 14 years
  • NUMBER OF PEOPLE CARED FOR: Ranging from 10 and above
  • VOLUNTEER AGE REQUIREMENTS: 18 and above
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host families/Hostels
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible

A variety of volunteer options available for you in Arusha Tanzania include: working in childcare centers, Orphanages, special needs centers, and kindergartens with children aged from 0 to 14 years old. Our Care placements are located in the Arusha Region in northern Tanzania.
Volunteering on a Mbassa Adventures Care project in Tanzania is a way of offering your contribution to help improve lives and the level of education for Tanzanian children. We welcome you to join our volunteer care project anytime, be it during a vacation, college break, gap year, career break, or even after you retirement. You may be a volunteer with qualifications and experience but you do not need to have either, to volunteer. You just need to have energy, passion, and a commitment to the children that we work with.
In the 80s, Tanzania was listed among the five poorest countries in the world. Although it is no longer in the list, but due to the increase of HIV/AIDS in the country and a life expectancy that remains low, many children in Tanzania still need extra help.

Volunteering in Care Centers in Tanzania

In Arusha, we have many daycare centers to which we can send our volunteers to help children’s development through teaching and tendering. Some children come from single-parent families, some are orphans and others are born of street beggars. Volunteers are expected to spend time with the children playing games, giving them the needed attention, creating friendship and emotional support. Apart from teaching, there will be other activities such as arts & crafts and sports.

Kindergarten Volunteers

With the support of local staff in the kindergarten schools, volunteers can help organize fun and educational activities, helping out with day-to-day tasks. The medium of communication widely used in Tanzania is Kiswahili. Volunteers can, therefore, make a meaningful impact by teaching English and helping children develop their conversational skills at their Care placement.

Volunteering in Special Needs Centers

Special needs centers are composed of children with disabilities like blindness, autism, downs’ syndrome, deafness, mental disabilities, etc. Volunteers will help to improve the quality of life for these children and young adults

Volunteering at a Care Placement in Tanzania with Mbassa Adventures

We are sure of you being kept busy regardless a volunteer Care project you join with Mbassa Adventures. The children will keep you busy and demand your full attention. Even some placements are more challenging than others. There may sometimes be children in your care who have health problems or who need special attention due to disabilities.
It is worthy to note that in many of the care centers availability of toys is limited. It is in this regard you will find that sometimes you will assist the local staff carry out basic lessons with young children in order to keep them occupied and stimulated.
The birth rate in Tanzania and Arusha in particular is as high as 4 children or more per woman. And most of these women work alongside with their husbands in one of the economic activities be it an employment, a business or even farming and livestock keeping. Here you therefore note an important role day care centers play to ensure both parents can continue to work provide needs to their families.
The importance of education for the younger generation in Tanzania is also beyond question. We encourage our volunteers therefore to work alongside local teachers to develop resources and classroom activities to make lessons more interesting. We also encourage volunteers to get involved with these lessons and carry out basic educational activities with the children, including arts and crafts, coloring, and simple math games.
The Mbassa Adventures team in Arusha is very committed to creating a good working environment to our volunteers. We regularly organize workshops for care volunteers to enable them fully understand their working environment. The content of the workshops varies and can focus on cultural differences in placements, learning key vocabulary in Swahili, reflection and feedback sessions between volunteers, or practical ideas for care activities. We aim at giving you a deeper insight into the care system in Tanzania and Arusha in particular and the background of your placement. Some workshops are held at the placement itself so that you can learn from the local supervisors and share ideas.

  • PLACEMENT LOCATIONS: Arusha
  • TYPES OF SCHOOLS: Elementary Schools owned by locals
  • AGE OF STUDENTS: 5 – 16
  • CLASS SIZES: 10 – 45
  • ROLE: Teacher or teaching assistant (English)
  • EXTRA-CURRICULAR ROLES: Art, Drama, Geography, Music, Sports, Mathematics
  • AGE REQUIREMENTS: 18 and above
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host families/Hostel
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible

Mbassa Adventures needs volunteer teachers in Arusha Tanzania to teach in local elementary schools owned by locals. Our teaching placements are based in Arusha region and mostly in Arusha City. To join this teaching program with Mbassa Adventures, you don’t need any formal teaching qualification. The teaching period doesn’t matter, whether you want to do volunteer teaching during your gap year, career break, or vacation period, you will have an important role to play and your efforts will be greatly appreciated.
The impact you have on the lives of your students will take time, but are long-lasting. As you teach abroad, you will also be part of a much wider volunteer network that is making a positive contribution to the communities where we work.

INTERNING IN MEDICINE IN TANZANIA WITH MBASSA ADVENTURES

What you will precisely perform within the hospital or clinic will depend on your level of medical experience as well as by the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. Pre-university interns usually start by observing the doctors and nurses. You may find more practical opportunities arise once you get to know the local staff and if you can demonstrate a good understanding of local medical conditions.

Facilities within the hospitals and clinics are necessary and treatments are sometimes not of the standard we would expect in developed countries. You should be prepared to see some shocking cases and try not to get emotionally involved with the patients.

Interns who already have some medical experience will have varying roles. What is important is to build up trust and a good relationship with the local doctors.

Your working hours will usually be decided on a weekly basis, and most volunteers work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free.

You can stay in a hostel or stay with a local Tanzanian host family. They will welcome you into their family and you can learn about their daily lives and Tanzanian culture. You can spend your free time exploring the area with the Mbassa Adventures volunteer community.

Volunteering as a Teacher in Tanzania

As already pointed out, the medium of communication in Tanzania is Kiswahili. Kiswahili and English form the two official languages but it is mandatory that education in Tanzania from secondary schools up to university be offered in English. For that case, schools owned by locals have chosen to teach in English from kindergarten although the government allows kindergarten and primary education to be offered in Kiswahili. The main feature of Tanzania’s education is therefore its bilingual policy. Many Tanzanians also speak one of a hundred tribal dialects. Speaking English is crucial to getting a good job in business or the tourism industry. English is also the language of technology, commerce, and administration. Swahili remains the language that keeps Tanzanians in touch with their cultural heritage and values.
Despite the bilingual policy in Tanzania, levels of spoken English vary throughout the country. As a teaching volunteer, you can make a difference helping improve the standards of English in the school where you volunteer.
Volunteers who can only commit to a minimum of two weeks will automatically be placed at only one school. Volunteers who work on a Teaching project for four weeks or longer will have the option of teaching in different educational institutions. Please let us know what your preference is so that we can make arrangements for you.

As a volunteer, your encouragement and some well planned, interesting lessons are often all that are needed to spark an increased interest in the language and a desire to improve. When volunteer in elementary schools we often suggest that you start as a classroom assistant helping the local teacher. Thereafter, depending on your ability and preferences, you may be asked to take the scheduled classes for a range of ages teaching the subject of your interest.

SPORTS / PHYSICAL EDUCATION VOLUNTEERING IN TANZANIA

  • PLACEMENT LOCATION: Arusha
  • ROLE: To work alongside local teachers to teach children the importance of sport and to improve their skills
  • AGE OF STUDENTS: 7-14
  • CLASS SIZE: 10-40
  • AGE REQUIREMENTS: 18 and above
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family/Hostel
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible

As a volunteer with Mbassa adventures on our Physical Education project in Arusha Tanzania, you can help teach children and young adults the importance of sports and inspire them to be healthy and active. This can be done without any previous experience in coaching, although it is fantastic if you already have some.
Soccer is the most favorite game and widely played all over Tanzania. You will often see young children kicking around homemade soccer balls in local villages. However, children are excited to participate in a wide variety of sports so feel free to come up with new ideas and new games altogether as a Sports volunteer.
Volunteers of all stages of life are welcome – students on a gap year or summer break or professionals on a career break or volunteer vacation. All we ask is that you have a passion for sports and a desire to help others develop their own physical fitness.

DENTISTRY INTERNSHIPS IN TANZANIA

  • PLACEMENT LOCATIONS: Arusha
  • ROLE: To work alongside skilled local staff in the treatment of a number of different dental problems
  • AGE REQUIREMENTS: 18 and above
  • TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Dental clinics & health centers affiliated with local hospitals
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY INTERNSHIPS IN TANZANIA

  • PLACEMENT LOCATION: Arusha
  • ROLE: To help evaluate and create a treatment plan for children who have difficulty completing daily tasks
  • TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Therapeutic Special needs school and rehabilitation center for children
  • REQUIREMENTS: Interns must have completed one year of Occupational Therapy studies or training, or one year of studies or training in a related medical field
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 4 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible

The number of disabled children is a significant one in Arusha-Tanzania. However, most of them receive little or no support from their communities. As a Mbassa Adventures intern on the Occupational Therapy Project, you will be in a position to help provide disabled children with the support and therapy they desperately need. You will be able to make a hugely positive impact on their lives while gaining meaningful practical experience in the field.
During your internship, you will focus on improving basic skills. This could include anything from improving a child’s hand-eye coordination to working on basic counting skills.
You will work for eight hours each day during the week, from 8am to 4pm. Although you may not see results immediately at your placement, it will be a rewarding experience for you to see the gradual improvements in your patients’ abilities.

You will work at a therapeutic and rehabilitation center for children, where you will teach occupational therapy techniques to children to help them overcome difficulties they might have with school activities, play activities, and self-care. Throughout your internship, you will work under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist. This is a great opportunity for you to learn from a professional and observe treatments that may be different to what you see in your home country.
To participate in this project, you must have at least completed one year of Occupational Therapy studies or training, or one year of studies or training in a related medical field. It is also important that you be patient, motivated, and compassionate.

SPEECH THERAPY INTERNSHIPS

  • PLACEMENT LOCATION: Arusha
  • ROLE: To help treat children with speech and language difficulties
  • TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Rehabilitation center for children
  • REQUIREMENTS: Interns must have completed at least two years of studies in speech therapy or a related field
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 4 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible

All Speech Therapy interns in Tanzania must have completed at least two years of studies in speech therapy or a related field by the time they join this project. As a Speech Therapy intern with Mbassa Adventures, you can have a significant impact by helping children improve their communication impairments and giving them increased confidence. This project is a great opportunity to enrich lives while adding valuable experience to your resume.
Interns who take part in this project will be placed at a rehabilitation center or special needs schools. The Speech Therapy program at the center focuses on improving the daily living skills of children. You will be involved in various tasks, including to help assess, diagnose, and treat patients with speech, language, or swallowing difficulties. You will also assist with the development of individual treatment programs for different patients.

Interning as a Speech Therapist in Tanzania with Mbassa Adventures

This project requires interns to be patient, motivated, and compassionate. Although results may not be seen immediately, it is rewarding to see the gradual improvements in the patient’s abilities. We encourage interns to use their initiative and to be eager to learn and practice new techniques and methods when working with the children.

The activities you can get involved with on this speech therapy project include:

  • Helping discuss, diagnose, and treat children with speech, language or swallowing difficulties
  • Monitoring patients’ improvements through progress reports
  • Evaluating and designing treatment plans with specific goals for patients
  • Teaching speech therapy exercises/techniques to overcome or remediate difficulties
  • Monitoring patients’ improvements through progress reports

You will work independently, without supervision by a local speech therapist. There will be a qualified occupational therapist on site who has excellent working knowledge of speech therapy, who will be able to assist and guide you when needed.