Early Childhood Education Volunteer

Faraja Support - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-314 Location: Arusha, Tanzania Sector: Education Category: Non-Formal Teaching Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Volunteer English teachers are needed at this placement to provide English lessons to both the children and the mamas at Usalama House. Learning how to speak English is a very important skill set for a person in Arusha in order to obtain many of the more desirable and better paying jobs.

The children who live at Usalama House usually come from very difficult situations and most have experienced quite a bit of tragedy in their young lives. As a result, they are more at risk of having challenges finding employment because they have been marginalized within their community.

A volunteer English teacher who is willing to help these children and the mamas at Usalama House improve their English skills would be helping to increase the chances of the children finding employment in the years to come and consequently a brighter future.

Currently there is only one mama at the center who is able to speak any English. This is a challenge for the organization because the children are not being forced to practice their English, therefore their English speaking skills are very limited. A volunteer English teacher would not only give English lessons but would also encourage conversations in English at other times in the house so all could benefit -- an example would be at mealtime.

Although Usalama House has only ten children who live at the centre but they still require additional assistance in helping to make sure that the house is clean and well kept. There are three mamas that work at the house, all doing different tasks. Only one of which is a full-time staff, as the organization can not sustain more than one full-time person.

The three mamas that work at Usalama House rotate their work during the day; while one mama is cleaning the house another mama is washing clothes and the third is preparing lunch for the children. Volunteer English teachers at this placement would be expected to take part in these chores. The house is big, so it requires work to keep it clean and the children properly cared for.

Volunteers may be asked to assist with basic childcare needs like: buying groceries at the market or numerous other household chores that would be of great assistance in the house.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Teach English

Most of the English teaching at this placement would be informal. The English practiced would be during games or other after school activities that you had developed. However, for the mamas, structured English lessons during the day would be appreciated.


A volunteer English teacher at Usalama House would be asked to assist the mama's with washing the children, washing their clothing, helping them to get ready for classes, as well as assisting at mealtime in both the cooking and feeding of the children.

General Household Duties

The mama's are incredibly busy, so they appreciate any help they can get from the volunteer English teachers in regards to: the cleaning of the house, tending to the garden as well as helping them fetch supplies from town.

Proposal/Grant Research & Writing

Faraja can always use more assistance; they would appreciate volunteers who are able to research opportunities for them to receive grants and assist them in the writing of these. Updating the information on their website and brochures that are circulated in town would also be of great assistance.

Organize Games

A volunteer English teacher would be expected to develop and implement games for the children not in school that would teach the English language in a fun and enjoyable manner. These games may involve singing or dancing activities and should encourage the children to interact with each other. The goal is to create a warm and happy learning environment for the children.

Host Organization Details

Faraja Support

In Tanzania there is a high number of street children who are without basic shelter, clean water, continuous food or access to education. Most of the children living on the streets of Arusha are very vulnerable, as most of them have lost their parents due to a number of reasons such as the rising HIV/AIDS Epidemic. As a result, they do not have the guidance of adults to help them choose healthy pathways. Therefore are sometimes led to a life of crime and/or prostitution. In response to this challenge an organization called Faraja Support was created to help provide children in the North-Eastern part of Tanzania a safe and loving environment to grow up in.

Faraja Support believes every child has a right to have a caring and loving family that can provide him or her with all the basic needs including an education. Children who are forced to go on the streets to find food for themselves and/or shelter need help and that is why Faraja Support takes a role in finding these children and taking care of them. "There is nothing greater in a child's life than being happy and celebrating each moment of his or her life". These words were said by Catherine Haley the coordinator/head mama at Usalama House, a home for children who are being supported by Faraja Support.

These Kids come from different backgrounds, orphans and poor families. Faraja Support helps these children to meet their needs by providing a safe and nurturing environment believing that all children have the right to protection regardless of their identity, culture or religious beliefs and backgrounds.

Faraja Support was founded in 2008 by a couple from the UK, Helen and Mike Ross. These two were visiting Tanzania as volunteers in 2007 when they learned of the challenges and the vulnerability orphaned children in Tanzania were facing. They thought of starting an organization that would support these children and in 2009 they founded a house which is now Usalama House.

Since its start Faraja Support has been a big help in the community in which they reside because of the services they are providing to these wonderful kids that cannot be easily accessed from anywhere else.

When They Were Founded

Faraja Support, was founded in 2008 by a couple from the UK, Helen and Mike Ross and was registered in the UK the very same year. It became an orphanage in Tanzania in 2009 with 7 boys to start with and in 2010 three more boys were taken in. In April of 2012, Mike and Helen purchased a plot of land so they would be able to construct their own building, instead of renting. Construction on this project began in May, 2013.

Who They Work With

Faraja Support, has a children’s home in the northern part of Tanzania. This home which is identified as Usalama House is located in a village 5 kilometers away from the city of Arusha. It provides 24 hour a day care and education for 10 kids, ages 3-14 who live at the house with Catherine Haley and her two assistance. The kids adore these mamas because of the love and care they are providing to them. The children are brought up with affection and are provided a simple Tanzanian life style in the home.

How Are They Funded

Many donations for this organization comes from local institutions and schools in the UK. A large portion also comes from individual and private donors and some funding has even been raised by past volunteers.

Donation Requests

The organization would greatly appreciate any of the following donations:

  • Teaching supplies
  • Clothing for the children
  • Black dress shoes
  • A laptop
  • Health and hygiene products
  • English children's books and story books for kids to read

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

The Usalama House is located at Oloirogwa Village just outside of the city of Arusha. This placement is the home for orphaned children that come from inside and outside of the city. Despite the famous tourist attractions and big business places in Arusha, there are still a number of vulnerable children in Arusha and the surrounding areas. Child workers are prevalent throughout the streets of Arusha. Many of them come from families who cannot afford to send their children to school. These families live in extreme poverty and they are required to work long days to try and provide enough food to eat.

Usalama House is located in an attractive area with a nice view of Mount Meru and other surrounding hills. The house is large enough for many kids although currently there are only 10 children in the house. Seven of the kids are orphaned children and three of them are Mama Catherine's kids. The area surrounding the house has attractive flower-beds, grass and a small vegetable garden that the older children and the Mamas maintain. The house is big with three bedrooms, one is for the girls, the second is for the boys and the third one is for two full time Mamas. There is a big gathering room for the kids and guests. They also have a neat kitchen and toilets inside the house.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the Orientation House take a seven minute daladala ride to the clock tower then walk north to the Sanawari traffic lights.

From there take a 10 minute daladala heading east, or walk for about 30 minutes to get to Oloirogwa Village. The Usalama House is located near the Oloirogwa Village office.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 5km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:20

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

Faraja Support

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


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

  • March
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • September
  • October
  • November

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.

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
Sep 03, 2021 Oct 01, 2021 Nov 05, 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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