Early Childhood Education Volunteer

Jerusalem Nusery School - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-843 Location: Arusha, Tanzania Sector: Education Category: Non-Formal Teaching Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The Jerusalem Nursery School is located in the poor section of Njiro and provides children from the parish, as well as other children in the community, an education that they otherwise would not be able to afford.

The Jerusalem Nursery School is very small and classes are held in the church building; where they offer free nursery school education to vulnerable children, as well as some children who's parents can afford a small tuition fee. They only have one teacher who teaches the three levels of education taught which are baby classes, middle and pre-school classes.

Volunteer pre-school teachers are needed at this nursery school to help develop new age appropriate lessons, interactive games and activities that promote early childhood development.

A volunteer pre-school teacher may be asked to teach numbers, colours, English, reading and writing skills or conduct music, dance and art and craft lessons, as well as physical sport activities. 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

Lesson Planning and Teaching

The centre is small with only one teacher so a volunteer pre-school teacher would be expected to help plan the lessons for the kids by following their outlined curriculum and adding new ideas when possible.The volunteer would be expected to teach some of the classes.

Songs and Rhymes

The best way to connect with children anywhere in the world is through music. Volunteer pre-school teachers at the nursery school would be expected to teach the children new nursery rhymes, songs and dances that would teach academic and 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.

Sports & Games

The centre doesn't offer much in sport and game activities for the kids as they are still small and don't have the financial resources/ideas for this; a volunteer pre-school teacher would be able to contribute a lot in this area by organizing different sports and games.


The centre doesn't have a permanent administrator who tends to the centre's operations, so a volunteer pre-school teacher might be asked to help with the general operations at the centre during their volunteering time.

Host Organization Details

Jerusalem Nusery School

Jerusalem Nursery School was established by Mrs. Lotha who is the wife of the director of a church mission in Njiro which has been in operation for over a decade.

The nursery school provides children from their parish, as well as other children in their community, an education that they otherwise would not be able to afford. Mrs. Lotha believes that helping the young children receive a basic knowledge of how to read and write is as important as any other missionary work and fortunately so do the people of the parish. Therefore the church building is used as a classroom during week days and for church services on Sundays.

The Jerusalem Nursery School started educating young children in 2000 and since than have helped hundreds of children to change their lives, by providing them with a nursery school education. Some children are able to receive sponsorships to continue with higher educational endeavours and others who do not obtain sponsorships go back to their families but the initial nursery school education has taught them to read and write, as well as speak some English language which improves their ability to function in their daily lives.

The centre is facing a lot of financial challenges and they are struggling to find different strategies to support their children in need. Therefore, the Jerusalem Nursery School has started a system of receiving some children from middle class families who are able to pay fees for their children to get a nursery school education. Those fees are used to contribute towards teachers salaries and also to provide porridge to the children.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

Yes, This organization was started and is still operating in the church building. However, they receive children from all kind of religions and believes. No one needs to participate in religious activities but must respect the religious ways of others.

When They Were Founded

Jerusalem Nursery School was founded in 2000 by the Lotha's family who have been operating a church mission in Tanzania for over a decay. Mrs. Lotha realized the need to provide a basic education to the poor children in her parish and thus established the nursery school in the church building.

How Are They Funded

The Jerusalem Nursery School organization is privately funded. The director and his wife, (who manage the church mission) and other small sources of income fund the nursery school, as well as the funds obtained through school fees from the middle class families.

The school receives no financial support from the government, any private companies or organizations.

Donation Requests

-nursery school books -pens and pencils -drawing and picture books -exercise books (note books) -markers -crayons -chalk -educational games such as memory, play dough (which can be made at centre while you are there) -sports equipment and games for young children

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

Jerusalem Nursery School is located in Njiro in an area located in the poorer section of the community; the rest of Njiro has fairly wealthy communities living in the area, so there is a huge different between the poor section and other sections and they are kept completely separated.

This area is a little far from the city however, there are still accesses to supermarkets available, shops and a cinema complex. Arusha is close by and it holds a wide range of services from accesses to wireless internet, different restaurants, shopping centres, bars and even gyms.

The placement itself is located in the church building which they use as a school during week days. The nursery school has very limited teaching resources e.g teaching books, drawing and picture books.

The placement is surrounded by a poor community but all other areas are considered wealthy communities. The people are friendly and it is pleasant living in this community.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From BaseCamp Center walk to the main road and catch a daladala ( public transport) to Impala Around About. From there get on another daladala to Njiro and ask to get off at the Tanesco stop. From there turn left towards the direction of the World Vision signs and walk for 10 minutes then turn left again following the world vision sign. After you pass the corner to the world vision office turn right and walk straight until the road kind of ends and from there you will be able to see the sign of the Jerusalem centre.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 4 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:30

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

Jerusalem Nusery School

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.

  • April
  • August
  • 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.

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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