Dental Volunteer

LOHADA - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-785 Location: Arusha, Tanzania Sector: Health Care Category: Dentistry Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic Placement Fee: 18 USD / week
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Volunteer Job Description

LOHADA provides care for children under the age of 17 and the poor elderly people who come from the Arusha and Shinyanga regions of Tanzania.

The LOHADA organization needs dental volunteers to help provide dental care to the children at their centre and to the other orphanage centres that they collaborate with. Volunteers may also be expected to provide dental care to the people in the surrounding communities.

Many people in Tanzania lack dental care awareness and this leads to very few numbers of dental patients at medical centres in the country; however this doesn't mean that there are no people who suffer from dental problems. Dental volunteers at this placement, will not only need to help provide dental treatment but also help to raise the importance of good dental care to the people in the communities they will be serving.

A dental volunteer would be expected to attend to routine dental problems and would also be expected to participate in educational seminars, as well as assist with administrative duties if and when necessary.

Dental volunteers interested in working for this organization in Tanzania would be required to bring their own supplies and dental equipment as the organization HAS NONE. Volunteers must have completed their dental school training and have had some work experience in their chosen field.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Dental Check-Ups

The dental volunteer would be expected to provide dental care to all the children at the orphanages and should be aware that many of these children have never been to a dentist.

Raise Awareness

The dental volunteer apart from giving dental care service would be expected to teach all aspects of correct oral hygiene at their placement. Unfortunately some people in Tanzania are not aware of good dental health habits and what that involves plus the fact that they can seek help for dental problems; so this is a crucial part in their dental education.

Community Dental Care

A dental volunteer at this placement would be expected to attend to the dental needs of the people in the community, if time allowed; as many can not afford to seek help for dental problems they may be having. The director of the organization would arrange for the members of the community needing dental treatment to come to the centre where the volunteer was located. This would probably be a mixture of adults and children.

Proper Nutrition

A dental volunteer would be expected to help to raise the awareness of the importance of good eating habits, especially the dangers of consuming sugary foods.

Host Organization Details


LOHADA is an organization that is dedicated to providing on going care to: children under the age of 17 and elderly people who are in destitute situations. Most of the children and the elderly come from the Arusha and Shinyanga region of Tanzania.

The founders of this organization saw a need to start a program for these two demographics because of the high number of children and elderly members in their community that were living in unsafe and unhealthy conditions with little means to survive.

The children at LOHADA, come from various backgrounds that have a high risk factor of children ending up living on the streets or are already doing so. Most of the children at their centres are either orphans or come from backgrounds where their parent(s) are either begging to survive or they have mother's who make their living as prostitutes. Therefore, the children are not able to receive the care and guidance necessary for their welfare.

In addition to working with children LOHADA , has a number of programs dedicated to helping the elderly who are severally disadvantaged or who do not have family members who are able to care for them.

The three primary goals of this organization include:

PROTECTION: To protect children and the elderly against social-economic destitution caused by numerous factors such as: the death of their care givers, prostitution, neglectful behaviour, divorce or separation or sicknesses such as HIV/AIDS. The elderly are also being cared for by LOHADA, if they have been socially excluded from their families, community or society because of common superstitions in the Shinyanga region of Tanzania.

REHABILITATION: This is done by social workers, based on counselling and capacity building to the destitute parents who's children are cared for by LOHADA. LOHADA, conducts seminars and training to parents through the support of other institutions, eg. health and financial institutions. Families are visited regularly by the staff to ensure that a safe and nurturing environment is developing and/or being maintained once the child returns home.

EDUCATION: LOHADA, provides education to all the children cared for by the organization through Camp Joshua and Camp Moses located in Arusha. Camp Moses is a pre-primary school that cares for children below 7 years old while Camp Joshua cares for children 7 to 17 years of age.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

LOHADA, promotes Christian beliefs but volunteers do not need to participate in any religious activities or practice any type of religion.

When They Were Founded

Happiness Wambura began the organization while sitting under a tree, taking care of beggars children. She would bring them food and assist their mothers however she could. From this, LOHADA, was founded in July, 1998. LOHADA, was officially registered in 2000. Since its registration, three centers have been built. They are: Camp Moses, a home for children under 7 years of age, Camp Joshua, a school for more than 110 children from the Arusha's slums, ages 7 to 17 years of age, and Camp Patmos, which is home to over 80 abused elders.

Who They Work With

LOHADA cares for children under 17 from the Arusha and Shinyanga region and the disadvantaged elderly in the Shinyanga region. The children come from many backgrounds and are at risk of going to the street. LOHADA serves children of prostitutes, beggars, and orphans.

How Are They Funded

LOHADA, receives funds from the small tuition costs to children who live outside of the orphanages, as well as, from donors. Donors include individuals, charities, churches and other civil societies.

Donation Requests

Bed sheets and mattresses Washing machines and detergents Clothes for children 2 years to 14 years old, including casual wear, pyjamas, sleepers and shoes etc. Towels and school bags. Computers to establish a computer library for the children and laptops for the teachers Projectors Printers and Scanners Joysticks Children's computerized games Stationery including books, exercise books, pens, markers, crayons, movable board for teaching Office stationery including paper rims, printer cartridges, and any other related official stationery Educational toys such as memory, play dough (which can be made while at the center) Calculators, rulers, binders Shoes for the children First aid supplies to ensure they have the basic supplies to perform first aid on children and staff

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

Camp Joshua is located in a village area outside of the city of Arusha, called Uswahilini. This area is near to another area called Unga Limited, which is very well developed with many small shops, local restaurants, and schools. Uswahilini, and specifically the area directly surrounding Camp Joshua, is much less developed, with only dirt roads and few small fruit stands and other shops.

At this placement there are seven class rooms and two dormitories, in order to accommodate both boys and girls students at the same time.

There is also a teachers' office as well as a kitchen beside the building that houses the classrooms. The school has a big compound with a soccer field in it and they are working on finishing fencing the whole compound, as they only have half of it done. Camp Joshua has its own well in the compound, so they are able to get water for cooking, cleaning, drinking, and watering the garden.

The placement itself is in an open area that offers great views of Arusha landscape.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Take a 15 minute dalladalla (public transport) from the BaseCamp Center to Friend's Corner. From there, take a dalladalla to the Uswahilini area until the very last stop. Walk 150m off the road to the left to Camp Joshua. You will be able to see Camp Joshua from the road.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 15km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:40

Weather in the Area

Despite its closeness to the equator, Arusha's elevation of 1400 mm on the southern slopes of Mount Meru keeps temperatures down and alleviates humidity. Cool dry air is prevalent for the majority of the year. The temperature ranges between 13 and 30 degrees Celsius with an average of around 25 degrees.

Arusha has distinct wet and dry seasons and experiences an eastern prevailing wind from the Indian Ocean, a couple of hundred miles east. Highest average rainfall occurs in March, April and May.

City/Village Description

The city of Arusha has an estimated population of around one million people and sits at the foot of Mount Meru. Mount Meru is the fifth highest peak in Africa; it is a few hundred meters shorter than Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa and encompasses three volcanic cones; Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira (don't worry, they're not active!)

Arusha is surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscape on the planet. With easy access to the Arusha National Park, Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park there is never a shortage of things to do!

Arusha is considered to be one of the best African cities when it comes to great weather and tourism combined.

Arusha is a busy industrial and administrative centre. Some of the main manufacture products include textiles, beverages, processed foods, plastics and electronic equipment. It is well known for the African Congress Centre and the International Tribunal for the Rwandan Genocide.

Nearest Medical Clinic

AICC Hospital
Old Moshi Road
TEL 1: 0744299381
TEL 2: 2544113

Placement Address

Unga Limited

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Tanzania at our BaseCamp Center in Ngaramtoni - Arusha. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Tanzania. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Tanzania you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Tanzania

BaseCamp Tanzania
BaseCamp Tanzania Address

Nelson Mandela Road
Kijenge Ya Chini Mt. Meru Gas Station
Ngaramtoni - Arusha, Tanzania

BaseCamp Tanzania Contact Details

Tel: 255 719 177 084
Mobile: 255 754 683 347

BaseCamp Tanzania is located in the Kijenge area of Arusha. The centre is located just a few minutes from the famous Clock-Tower and many amenities such as banks, internet cafes and international calling centres. You can also find some great local markets selling everything from fresh fruit and fish, to beautiful wooden carvings and amazing East African paintings! Arusha is a comfortable place to live with many of the conveniences of home, while still allowing travellers to experience the African way of life.

BaseCamp Tanzania is set up with a number of dormitory style rooms. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. The house has a large covered balcony on the main floor with a spectacular view! There is also a large common room on the lower level with a small resource centre containing books, magazines, movies, games and other African publications. Outside is a beautiful lawn and garden that overlooks the city and is an ideal setting to catch up on email, review some Swahili or just enjoy a quiet afternoon. Wireless internet access is available throughout the house, making it easy to stay in touch with friends and family back home.

The meal plan at BaseCamp is a 14 day rotating schedule of a variety of traditional dishes from around the country. This allows volunteers to try a wide range of Tanzanian dishes and to gain some knowledge of the food served and meal etiquette before living with a host family. For those who stay on in BaseCamp, the 14 day schedule allows for lots of variety.

BaseCamp Tanzania is also the training and orientation centre. Each day volunteers will spend part of the day in lectures or workshops at BaseCamp and part of the day exploring the city and learning how to get around comfortably on their own.

Living With a Host Family in Tanzania

Living with a host family in Tanzania is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Tanzania.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Tanzania

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Placement Fee Alert

This placement has a placement fee!

In some cases, a placement will have to take on certain expenses in order to host a volunteer. For example, some medical internship placements take time away from paid medical staff to help with educational assistance. This has a cost that is compensated by a placement fee. In other cases, the organization may have to pay for additional equipment, energy consumption or other expense in order to put a volunteer to work.

In such cases, the organizaiton charges a fee. This fee is paid directly to the organization in cash on the ground.

One of the reasons that we keep this fee separate is so that volunteers who do not pay us for accommodation, meals etc (Program Fees), will see that they will still have to make this payment directly to the organizaiton upon their arrival.

The placement fee for this organization is: 18 USD / week

Program Dates


The following is a list of all months during which this placement is not available.

  • December

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Oct 02, 2020 Nov 06, 2020 Dec 04, 2020
Jan 01, 2021 Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021
Apr 02, 2021 May 07, 2021 Jun 04, 2021
Jul 02, 2021 Aug 06, 2021 Sep 03, 2021
Oct 01, 2021 Nov 05, 2021 Dec 03, 2021
Jan 07, 2022 Feb 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022
Apr 01, 2022 May 06, 2022 Jun 03, 2022
Jul 01, 2022 Aug 05, 2022 Sep 02, 2022


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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