Early Childhood Education Volunteer

Ebenezer Orphanage Centre - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-321 Location: Arusha, Tanzania Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 8 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Since the Ebenezer Orphanage Centre cannot afford to hire full time teachers to teach the three different classes of children, volunteer pre-school teachers are needed to assist in the classrooms. The centre also lacks care workers for the children living at the orphanage. If you are able to remember activities you may have done in preschool or kindergarten, these would be perfect to bring to the children at Ebenezer!

During free time outside of class as well as in the evenings, help is needed with cooking, cleaning, and simply entertaining and stimulating the children. The organization would also look to their volunteer pre-school teachers for assistance with some of these chores.

As Ebenezer's funds begin to dissipate committed volunteers are needed to help with the development and growth of the organization and the children who rely on it.

Volunteers would be expected to develop and implement physical activities that would help the pupils release energy and at the same time teach them other learning skills such as: group participation, sportsmanship, competitiveness and just the joy of physical sports and games.

A volunteer pre-school teacher does not require any background in teaching. However, the volunteer needs to be a responsible, dynamic, energetic and creative individual who enjoys working with young children.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Teach Classes

Volunteer pre-school teachers would be expected to execute lesson plans in the pre-unit and baby classes, where the students are age 4-6 years old. Lessons should focus on basic counting skills as well as enhancing English language abilities.

Songs and Rhymes

The best way to connect with children anywhere in the world is through music. Volunteer pre-school teachers would be expected to teach the children new nursery rhymes, songs and dances that would teach both hygiene lessons, as well as English. So volunteers should do their homework prior to their placement by collecting a repertoire of appropriate songs and rhymes.

Free Time Games

Volunteer pre-school teachers would be expected to teach the children basic games that they can play outside; games that teach them how to share, incorporate English words and keep them active are encouraged.

Organize Outings

The children who live at the orphanage rarely have a chance to leave, so planned outings by volunteer pre-school teachers are more than welcome. Safari day trips as well as trips to the local pool or playgrounds are all possibilities.

Research Grants/Proposals

As Ebenezer is short of funds, any help in both the researching and writing of grants and proposals would be greatly appreciated. Ideas for fundraisers and other means of generating income are also welcome.

Host Organization Details

Ebenezer Orphanage Centre

Ebenezer Orphanage Centre is dedicated to the care and education of orphans, as well as children whose families cannot afford to provide for them. By working to provide shelter, food, education, and regular care Ebenezer is nurturing it's children into becoming effective and responsible citizens of Tanzania.

During her childhood, the founder, Juleith Kivuyo, did not have the opportunity to attend school and was regularly forced to go hungry for days. When her family's land was sold for a large profit she decided to invest her gains into the care of the children in the area in which she lives. By purchasing a plot and building a home and school on the land she was able to take in orphans from around the area and provide education to those living in the area who could not afford private education.

At Ebenezer, they have different activities which are performed every day, such as: teaching the kids who are in daycare, washing the children's clothes, playing with the kids in fun games and activities that not only entertain them but teach them important lessons regarding personal hygiene, communication building with their peers plus many other duties involved in the day to day operation of providing a clean, safe and happily environment at the orphanage.

The majority of the children at Ebenezer are orphans who stay there, but a few of the children are in daycare (including babies) that return home at night.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

The school is primarily Christian but takes in children of all faiths.

When They Were Founded

The organization was founded on October 20, 2006 by Julieth Kivuyo. She had a dream of helping kids who were living a poverty stricken life, because she had grown up under similar difficult circumstances. Julieth's father died when she was young, leaving their family with next to nothing. Ebenezer, was founded by Julieth with the help of some friends who shared in her ideas.

Who They Work With

Ebenezer currently houses 12 orphans from the Baraa area who have lost their parents to HIV, road accidents, as well as other diseases. The children range from 3 1/2 to 10 years of age and some are HIV positive from their mothers. The Ebenezer school also teachers 50 children from the area up to ten years of age from Baby Class to Class I and II.

How Are They Funded

The operational costs for the center and school are still primarily funded by the profits gained by selling nearby land. Unfortunately this funding is limited and will be exhausted in the near future. Ebenezer also receives funding from family friends, previous volunteers and charges a donation tuition fee at the orphanage (when they are able to do so) to the families of the children in their care.

Donation Requests

Any of the following donations would be greatly appreciated:

  • Teaching equipment and supplies
  • Toys
  • Cclothing for the children
  • Dress shoes for the children
  • Blankets
  • Cooking supplies and dishes
  • First aid supplies
  • Food

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

Ebenezer orphanage is located in a very rural area of Arusha, called Moshono. Public transportation does not reach the orphanage, so volunteers will be shown how to walk to the centre from the main street. Because of its rural location, there is very little traffic.

The centre itself has two main buildings - a classroom and a small office. The buildings are very basic, made of just cement bricks and a tin roof with a poured cement floor, but have been constructed fairly recently. The classroom has limited teaching supplies, but does have a blackboard at the front. Mothers will often sit outside of the classroom cleaning and doing laundry as well as taking care of the children too young to be in class.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the Orientation Center take a 7 minute daladala towards Moshono until the top at the hill before Moshono. There, you will get off of the daladala and walk along the dirt road for 15 minutes. You will turn right off the road by the large green gate. Follow the path for 10 minutes to CCM district and the center, which is located on your left.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 5 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:35

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

Ebenezer Orphanage Centre

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

Program Dates

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.

Sep 06, 2019 Oct 04, 2019 Nov 01, 2019
Dec 06, 2019 Jan 03, 2020 Feb 07, 2020
Mar 06, 2020 Apr 03, 2020 May 01, 2020
Jun 05, 2020 Jul 03, 2020 Aug 07, 2020
Sep 04, 2020 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


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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