VOLUNTEERING IN ORPHANAGES IN TANZANIA
Tanzania and all the sub-Saharan African countries are badly affected by the epidemics of poverty and HIV/AIDS. 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 orphaned children who suffer from extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and hopelessness leave their villages and travel to Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Moshi and other cities, where they most often end up worse off on the street. Most orphanages in Tanzania lack resources and are under-staffed. Some are extremely poor, and struggle just to feed the children. Not all of the children can attend school, as they lack sponsors to pay for uniforms, books and so on. Other orphanages are more fortunate and even have their own school close to their premises. All of them, however, rely on volunteer workers and donations of all kinds in order to be able to run the orphanage and maintain an everyday, secure environment for the children.
Some orphanages are in rural areas and volunteers will have to take one of the local minibuses (called “Dala Dala”) to get there, a cheap way of transportation. there, a cheap way of transportation. You can buy a weekly pass for a “dala dala” minibus. Cost approx. $ 5.
Volunteer tasks usually are:
- 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 orphanages. Volunteers who choose not to teach in schools play with these children: sport, art, games, picture books, music. You are welcome to suggest all sorts of activities.
- Organize activities when the children return from school and help with homework.
- Skill training and leisure activities for the children, who are too old to go to school.
- After dinner help, the children wash, brush their teeth and take care of themselves.
- Keeping the orphanage clean and tidy. Help with daily chores such as washing the children’s clothes, repairing and maintaining the premises etc.
This is just a general picture of daily tasks. Each orphanage has its own routine. You will receive detailed information about your work place before traveling.
WHAT TO EXPECT.
A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:
- 7:00 am Breakfast at the volunteer house.
- 7:30 am Bus to your project site.
- 8:45 am Pre-start meeting with the project supervisor.
- 9:00 am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START. -A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and the number of volunteers on hand.
- 3:00 pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END.
- 3:15 pm Debrief with the project supervisor.
- 3:30 pm Bus back to the accommodation-Evenings Volunteers is free to explore the local area, check out the multitude of local restaurants, bars, and cafes, or relax with the other volunteers.