• TYPES OF CARE PROJECTS: Care centers, kindergartens, special needs schools
  • AGE OF CHILDREN: 0 – 14
  • ROLE: Volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including running educational games and group activities, providing emotional support, and helping improve general hygiene
  • AGE REQUIREMENTS: 18 and above
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host families
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible
  • Volunteering on a Mbassa Adventures Care project in Tanzania is a way for you to help improve conditions and the level of education for local children. You can join a volunteer care project during a gap year, career break, or vacation, or even during your retirement. Volunteers with qualifications and experience are welcome but you do not need to have either to volunteer. All you need is energy, passion, and a commitment to the children that we work with.
    Tanzania is no longer one of the poorest five countries in the world, a position it occupied in the mid-1980s. However, 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.
    We have a variety of volunteer options for you in Tanzania – 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 and around the town of Arusha in northern Tanzania.

Volunteering in Care Centers in Tanzania

We have some placements in smaller day care centers that look after children from single parent families or the children of street beggars. At these placements, volunteers will able to give the children much-needed attention, friendship, and emotional support through spending time with them and playing games. Volunteers will also be able to contribute to the children’s development by teaching basic lessons and doing activities such as arts & crafts and sports.

Volunteering in Kindergartens in Tanzania

As a Care volunteer in Tanzania, you can work in kindergarten, where the local staff will welcome the extra help. Volunteers can help by organizing fun and educational activities, helping out with day-to-day tasks such as mealtimes, and giving children individual attention. English is an important skill for people in Tanzania, and volunteers can make a meaningful impact by teaching English and helping children develop their conversational skills at their Care placement.

Volunteering in Special Needs Centers in Tanzania

Volunteers may also work at a special needs placement in Arusha. Disabilities include autism, Downs’s syndrome, deaf or blind children, and other varied physical and mental disabilities. Volunteers play a key role when it comes to improving the quality of life for these children and young adults.

Volunteering at a Care Placement in Tanzania with Mbassa Adventures

Whichever volunteer Care project you join in Tanzania, the children will keep you busy and demand your full attention. 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.
In many of the and care centers they have limited toys for the children and so the local staff carry out basic lessons with children as young as three in order to keep them occupied and stimulated. Education is very important for the younger generation in Tanzania, so it is vital that volunteers work alongside local teachers to develop resources and classroom activities to make lessons more interesting. These lessons help improve the children’s level of English as well as basic numeracy. We 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.


Tanzania has one of the highest birth rates in the world at 4.8 children per woman. Daycare plays a vital role in ensuring both parents can continue to work and provide an income for their family.

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