Early Childhood Education Volunteer

St. Katie HIV/AIDS Eradication Project - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-706 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

St.Katie Nursery School in Majengo, Arusha is in need of volunteer teaching assistants to help the teachers in this new nursery school. There are three teachers at the center to handle all the needs of approximately forty small children.

A volunteer teaching assistant may be asked to teach some of the classes and/or assist the teachers with their classroom lessons. A lot will depend on the volunteer's previous experience and their comfort zone.

At the nursery school level of learning many of the classes are directed at stimulating the children's minds through fun games and activities such as: music, dance, art and crafts, storybook reading time and sport directed activities.

Since this is a new nursery school they have not had the experience of foreign volunteers yet but are eager to do so. Children in general usually enjoy exposure to new positive situations and people. A volunteer teaching assistant could do much in helping to develop the school curriculum, as well as perhaps direct some of his/her energy towards educational posters and/or pictures for the walls.

Volunteer teaching assistants do not need to be qualified nursery teachers but experience in working with young children is a plus. If volunteers are interested in this type of placement they must have a love for young children and the stamina to direct the energy of these young people in a positive and educational manner. Visit a few nursery schools in your own country, prior to your placement, to increase your knowledge on how to stimulate young minds in fun and learning activities. Come to your placement prepared to contribute new ideas.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Assist Teachers

A volunteer teaching assistant would help the teachers deliver their daily teaching lessons. It would depend on the volunteer's past experience and comfort zone as to the depth and type of assistance given. Be it teaching classes independently or assisting the teachers in their classroom lessons.


A volunteer teaching assistant would be expected to work with the teachers contributing ideas on how to build a strong and educational school curriculum. The nursery school is just in the process of developing their programs and is working to establish a positive foundation of learning at their nursery school.

Song & Dance

The best way to connect with children is by singing and dancing. In general all kids want to sing and dance. A volunteer teaching assistant may teach the kids some educational, catchy rhymes and songs that could deliver positive messages about good health and hygiene habits.

Educational Drawings & Pictures

A volunteer teaching assistant at this placement would help develop ideas for educational drawings that would be posted in the classrooms to be used as teaching tools. This would coincide with educational pictures, as well as posters. A volunteer needs to use his/her imagination to create catchy, fun and yet educational pictures.

Host Organization Details

St. Katie HIV/AIDS Eradication Project

St. Katie is a new organization who's AIM is to increase the quality of life for people in Maasai Villages, in Northern Tanzania.

Their OBJECTIVE is to develop a means to provide academic education both for the children and the adults, as well as, to create resources, techniques and vocational skills for the village people in order for them to generate a means of revenue.

The St. Katie HIV/AIDS Eradication Project is a project that is mainly focused in the Maasai Communities, in the interior villages of Tanzania. Most of these villages have no health care services, no educational facilities and no sustainable clean water supply. The organization is striving to reach out to Maasai community villages around Arusha as much as possible.

The stigma attached to people with HIV/AIDS is a problem in society through-out the world but especially in remote areas where educational information is not readily available. Some of the Maasai community villages in Nepal are in remote locations that adhered to their own form of society with its own culture and taboos. Therefore, bringing HIV/AIDS awareness to these locations has been a challenge but a very rewarding endeavor for the people who work for the organization.

Since the St. Katie HIV/AIDS Eradication Project has been operating they have succeeded in changing a number of Maasai communities regarding their approach to people infected with AIDS. They have provided them with knowledge regarding the care and treatment available and necessary for those infected. They have also conduct seminars on the ways and means of prevention. They also have been bringing education to the Maasain children who's culture does not adhere to sending their children to school. While teaching the children they have been trying to gently inform the families of the importance and benefits of an education.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

Only cultural practices

When They Were Founded

This organization was found in 2008 by Mr. Prosper and his colleagues. Mr. Prosper was a school teacher and had a passion to reach out to the Maasai communities and try to help them. He began by organizing small meetings with the Maasai leaders and succeeded in getting their approval to conduct HIV/AIDS awareness information sessions to the Maasai communities. Mr. Prosper is also attempting to bring academic studies to the Maasai children.

Who They Work With

Maasai Communities of Northern Tanzania, specifically Lake Manyara.

How Are They Funded

The organization is not funded by the government but by individuals, private companies and some NGOs. The funding is the only means by which this organization can reach out to the communities to provide them with their programs. They are always searching for new funds.

Donation Requests

Building supplies and tools such as hammers, nails, saws, etc. Teaching material such as books, chalk, workbooks and writing utensils Office equipment such as computers, books, staplers, etc. Furniture for the community center and daycare HIV/AIDS teaching material such as brochures and posters Clothing for children and adults

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

St. Katie Nursery School is located in the Mbauda - Majengo area. This part of Arusha is known to have the most slums in the city and there is a high population of people in a small piece of land squeezed together. In this area regardless its random building structure they still have public transportation services that runs all the time from the city to the surrounding areas. There are a lot of smalls shops in the area that sells most of the products that you get from the shops in town. There are two different markets in this area - a food market and a clothing market.

The placement is surrounded by the local community and they are not use to see western people. Most of them like to socialize with tourists whenever they see them for the first time. The area is very safe for foreigners and they can walk around freely without worry.

The placement has two buildings and an office currently been used as their center but it doesn't have a lot of resources for teaching as it is still very small. Volunteers will have very limited teaching resources.

Transfer From BaseCamp

To get from BaseCamp to St. Katie Nursery School take a public transport (daladala) into town and get off at the end of the route. From there walk down Soikoine road until you catch a daladala to Majengo Mbauda, this will run for about 30 minutes. Get off at Majengo and from there turn right and walk for five minutes until you see a sign of your placement. The first transportation from the BaseCamp hostel will have a red strip on the side and second one will have a blue strip - this shows daladala's destination.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 6km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:45

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

St Elizabeth Hospital
TEL 1: 0754597173
TEL 2: 2544417

Placement Address

St. Katie HIV/AIDS Eradication Project

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.

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
Oct 07, 2022 Nov 04, 2022 Dec 02, 2022
Jan 06, 2023 Feb 03, 2023 Mar 03, 2023
Apr 07, 2023 May 05, 2023 Jun 02, 2023
Jul 07, 2023 Aug 04, 2023 Sep 01, 2023


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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