Position Description

Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-623 Location: Karatu, Tanzania Sector: Social Services Category: Childcare Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Jericho Orphanage Home is a children's orphanage located in a relatively poor area in Tanzania where most people have to struggle every day to make ends meet. Poverty, poor health, HIV/AIDS and massive unemployment are the main challenges the people face. Jericho's mission is to empower these children in need to become productive members of society through education and self-reliance skills.

Jericho Orphanage would make great use of childcare volunteers at this placement as they need help in all areas of care for the children be it: teaching, (academic lessons, sport activities, art and crafts or songs and dance), personal care, (washing, dressing and/or feeding the children), housekeeping, (making beds, helping in the general cleaning of the orphanage, helping with meal preparation), etc.

Childcare volunteers can do so much for these children be it there emotional or physical well being. At the same time, the volunteers can take a little stress off of the sometimes exhausted staff.

No special background is needed to work at this placement but experience with children and lots of enthusiasm are a plus.

Volunteer Tasks Required


A childcare volunteer would be expected to assist the teachers in the academic endeavors for the children. Volunteers may be asked to teach English, arithmetic, writing and/or reading skills. This may also include art and craft sessions, sports and games or song and dance classes.

Personal Care

A childcare volunteer would be expected to help the staff with the general care of the children be it: washing, dressing or feeding them. Volunteers can take a little stress off of the sometimes exhausted staff. It would also brighten up a child's day to be cared for by a international volunteer.


The mama's are incredibly busy, so they appreciate any help they can get from childcare volunteers with the general cleaning of the orphanage, tending to the garden or helping in the kitchen at mealtimes, as well as helping them to fetch supplies from town.

Lesson Planning

A childcare volunteer would be asked to assist teachers in putting together stimulating lessons for the children and ensuring that there is cohesion between lessons from day to day. This can be done together with teachers and by following the curriculum they use.


A childcare volunteer would be responsible to create new activities; be it songs, games, fun classroom art or craft projects or story telling sessions. These tasks are really important because the staff usually have little time to devote to these activities and the children need play time to interact with each other.

Host Organization Details

Jericho Orphanage Home

Jericho Orphanage Home is a children's orphanage located near the Ngorongoro crater (African Eden), Serengeti which is about 3km from Arusha to Moshi highway in Karatu, just outside of the Arusha region. This is unfortunately also a relatively poor area where most people have to struggle every day to make ends meet. Poverty, poor health, HIV/AIDS and massive unemployment are the main challenges people face. Many children are orphans or live in families that are not able to care for them.

Jericho's mission is to empower children in need to become productive members of society through rehabilitation, education and self-reliance skills to fulfill their future dreams. Their values include believing that children are a heritage from the Lord and they deserve the best.

Jericho Orphanage Home's aim is to improve the standard of living of the orphan children around the community by planning on the utilization of the available resources and guiding on the implementation of the plans to achieve the best social services. They wish to act as a catalyst for holistic development and to facilitate donor organizations & volunteers to save orphans and poor children from inadequate social services in education, health, water and other infrastructures.

When They Were Founded

Jericho Orphanage Home started by accommodating seven children in 2008, but over the years the number of children increased, and now Jericho Orphanage Home caters to over 50 children, both girls and boys.

The children are between one and 15 years old. Most of the children at the Orphanage are orphans or live in families that are not able to care for them.

How Are They Funded

The organization receives their funding through online fundraising, donations from individuals, non governmental organizations, volunteer agencies and from small scale agriculture work that they do in the area.

Donation Requests

This organization would appreciate any of the following donations:

  • Stationary supplies
  • Clothing
  • Medical supplies
  • Monetary donations for classes and dormitories
  • Any child related materials or supplies, e.g sports equipment

Placement Location Information

Karatu, Tanzania

This placement is located a little bit outside of Karatu town about 4km outside of Arusha. The community around the area are Masai and Iraqi settlers. For the most part, they are farmers and keepers of livestock. Their community represents quite a fascinating mix of cultures.

The placement has three classrooms that they use to accommodate the different education levels of the children. They also have an administrative office which has four offices in it as well as kitchen, store room and bathrooms for the kids and staff.

The facilities in the classrooms are quite basic however the core materials are there for you to work out of this placement. You will want to think about additional classroom resources that you can make or bring with you to enhance the learning environment.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From Arusha take a public transport to Karatu town. That will take about two hours but this public transport is available everyday at the bus station and their vans and very comfortable.

Once you get off at the end of the public transport the staff from Jericho will meet you at the bus station and bring you to the center and that will take about 10 minutes to walk.

If you are taking a private car from the BaseCamp hostel you will take a right turn from the road down from the hostel and drive through the city on Sokoine road until you reach Dodoma road. From there drive for about 1.5 hours and turn right at the Lake Manyara sign and from there will take you about 30 minutes to get to Karatu town where the staff will meet you there.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 105
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 2:10

Weather in the Area

Karatu's elevation of 1522m on the southern slope of Ngongoro highland keeps temperatures down and alleviates humidity. Cool dry air is prevalent for much of the year. The temperature ranges between 10 and 30 degrees Celsius with an average around 25 degrees.

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

City/Village Description

Karatu District is one of the six districts in the Arusha Region of Tanzania. It is bordered by the Ngorongoro District to the north, the Shinyanga Region to the west, the Monduli District to the east, and the Manyara Region to the south and southeast.

According to the 2012 Tanzania National Census, the population of the Karatu District was 230,166.

Karatu is a reasonably large tin-roofed town set in beautiful undulating farmland on the lower slopes to the south of Ngorongoro.

The main safari route from Arusha and Manyara passes through this area on the way north to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.

The area is of particular note for a number of beautiful farmhouse lodges, hotels and campsites set in a stunning rural landscapes of coffee plantations and shamba farms. This area is the mid point of all the safaris done in the northern circuit.

There are shops and mini supermarkets in Karatu town as well as internet cafes.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Karatu Lutheran Hospital
TEL 1: +255 754 757 802
TEL 2: +255 655 081 720

Placement Address

Jericho Orphanage Home

Additional Program Details

Application Process

How the Application Process Works

Our application process is fast, easy and free.

It is also non-competitive. So, if there is a placement that can use the help of someone with your background and skills, you are accepted.

You simply complete our online application letting us know about your background, skills and interests. This information is sent to our staff in the country that you choose, and they will get to work putting together a custom list of exactly which placements they think would be a good match for you.

Once you receive this list you can read a huge amount of information about each potential placement.

There are details about exactly what each placement is looking for from a volunteer including a list of tasks that they are trying to accomplish.

There is also quite a lot of background information about the organization including when they were founded, how they are funded and exactly which community or group they serve.

You can read about the area where the placement is located, the living conditions in the area, whether or not you would have to live with a host family in order to work there and view on a Google Map the location of the placement, the nearest emergency medical center and the distance from our BaseCamp Center in the country.

Once you have your placement options, we suggest that you setup either a Google Hangout or a Skype call with our staff overseas. (A member of our Head Office team would be happy to join the call as well if you wish). This way you can speak directly with the staff who will be working with you during your time overseas. You can ask them your questions about each placement directly and learn about your options while also determining if you feel comfortable with us and our team.

Once you have reviewed your options and met our team, you can then make a decision as to whether or not you are comfortable volunteering with us.

If you decide to volunteer with BaseCamp, you will be able to choose whether or not you want us to provide in-country support.

If you would only like us to help you make arrangements with your placement, then we are happy to do that. This option would only require our registration fee of 250 USD.

If you would prefer to have our staff meet you at the airport when you arrive, provide an orientation and make arrangements for your accommodation and meals, our regular program fees cover all of that and more. Have a look at the Program Fees page to see exactly how much that would cost.

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Arriving at the Airport

Arriving at the Airport

If you opted for staff support while you are overseas, then our team will meet you at the airport as soon as you arrive regardless of how late or early your flight gets in. We are there with a snack and a bottle of water to welcome you to the country and travel with you from the airport back to BaseCamp.

As soon as you arrive at BaseCamp we run through an initial briefing. In this we cover all of the most important details that you need to know when you first arrive in the country to feel safe, comfortable and well informed before you even check into your room. We introduce the team, take a tour of the center, highlight and critical health and safety information and answer any initial questions that you may have.

The following are the list of airport names and codes for the airports from which we can offer arrival support:

Costa Rica

Juan Santamaria International Airport
San Jose, Costa Rica


Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Quito, Ecuador


Katoka International Airport
Accra, Ghana


Tribhuvan International Airport
Kathmandu, Nepal


Kilimanjaro International Airport
Serving Arusha, Tanzania

Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer Orientation

Our volunteer orientation helps volunteers become comfortable with our team and their new surroundings before starting work at thier placement.

If you are a hard-core seasoned traveller, then you are welcome to skip the orientation. However, we have found that just about everyone can benefit from our overview of

After the initial briefing, volunteers settle into their rooms and get to know their housemates. Meals are provided three times a day in the house. If new volunteers arrive during the day, they will join the rest of the house for meals. If they arrive after dinner, a snack will be provided.

Language Training

Volunteer safety is our first priority in the field and we have developed an extensive volunteer health and safety briefing that helps volunteers identify risks and learn how to mitigate them.

While we invest a great deal of time in ensuring that our placements and homestay families are thoroughly vetted, we know that an essential component of managing volunteer safety is to ensure that they understand how to look out for themselves as they travel the country.

The first day is focused mainly on a series of volunteer health and safety sessions and the processing of various documents for each volunteer. We also review program expectations and rules and we take a walking tour of the community surrounding the BaseCamp Volunteer Center. The day ends with a debriefing where volunteers can ask questions and raise any concerns they may have on their first full day overseas.


Health and Safety

  • Food and water safety
  • Transportation safety
  • Handling and changing money
  • Volunteer health and safety on the placement site
  • Making yourself less of a target
  • Excursions & adventure volunteer safety
  • Ocean safety (currents / riptides / rapids)
  • Common scams
  • Relationship scams

Emergency Procedure Review

  • Medical emergencies
  • Theft procedures
  • Assault procedures
  • Family emergencies back home
  • Feeling unsafe on placement
  • Dealing with your insurance company
  • Early program departure


Document Collection & Embassy Registration

  • Volunteer cards distributed
  • Photocopies of passport and visa taken for each volunteer
  • Register each volunteer with their respective embassy or consulate

Program Expectations

  • House rules
  • Program rules
  • Program dismissal policy
  • How to handle challenges on placement
  • Providing program feedback

Walking Tour

The group will take a walking tour of the surrounding community to learn where they can find a store, internet cafe, international calling center and safe bank machines.


Before dinner the group will take some time where any questions or concerns that have come up throughout the day can be addressed.  Following the debriefing, the group will enjoy their first home cooked dinner in their new host country.


Day two of volunteer orientation focuses largely on units designed to help prepare volunteers for what they can expect at their volunteer placement.

Some units provide general tips that past volunteers have found useful in helping them contribute the most value to the organization while working at their volunteer placement. Other units focus on culture shock and other challenges to communication that can impact the effectiveness of international volunteers.

On day two of volunteer orientation we also conduct specific units focused on each volunteer placement category. In these sessions, volunteers who will be working in the same field take part in guided small group discussions regarding the specific challenges and expectations that they may have. These are designed to help volunteers gain an understanding of what they can expect in their work environment to facilitate a smooth transition to their first day on the job.


Fact Vs Belief

This is an interactive activity that helps to demonstrate how our culturally based opinions and prejudice are often difficult to distinguish from facts and objective truths. This activity is a great start to looking at how living and working in a new culture will require the suspension of many of our programmed responses.

A willingness to embrace new ways of viewing the world around us is critical for volunteers to be able to build the relationships they will need to develop to become useful members of the teams of the organizations that they have come to serve.

Culture Shock

Our volunteer orientation unit on culture shock looks in detail at the phases of culture shock that volunteers can expect to experience. We have found that by identifying these various stages volunteers are better able to recognize the signs in their behaviour when and if they occur. Particularly if a volunteer is experiencing a hostile phase at their volunteer placement.

These volunteer orientation sessions can help volunteers access if there is a need to pull back and reflect on how and why they are reacting to a given situation in a negative manner. By being able to identify and reflect on these stages, volunteers are more successful at staying open to their new cultural setting and are better able to stay focused on their job as opposed to becoming distracted by their emotional reactions to their new surroundings.


Placement Sessions

  • Healthcare Volunteering
  • Childcare Volunteering
  • Administrative Volunteering
  • Educational Volunteering
  • Environmental Volunteering
  • Community Development Volunteering

Weekend Excursions

We coordinate weekend excursions for volunteers so that they are able to travel and explore the country. These excursions are an awesome way for volunteers to have some time away from their volunteer placement and explore with other international volunteers. This volunteer orientation session reviews each of the weekend excursions, the costs of these excursions, what is involved and creates sign-up lists for each excursion.


Day three of orientation focuses on volunteer transportation and volunteer training regarding bargaining skills at the market and elsewhere.

The volunteer transportation sessions help volunteers feel more comfortable travelling around the country alone using local transportation and is an important aspect of orientation. We also want to make sure that our volunteers feel comfortable exploring the markets on their own. To this end our volunteer training sessions on bargaining helps volunteers to understand culturally appropriate bargaining practices.

The third day of orientation is also the first day of language training.

The survival language course is designed to introduce volunteers to the local language and covers basic greetings, directions, courtesies and other useful expressions that will help volunteers at their placements.

Language volunteer training is generally taught in the morning and orientation sessions in the afternoon. The language volunteer training classes are broken into four 45 minute sessions each day.


Language Training

  • Session 1 - Greetings/Responses
  • Session 2 - Alphabet
  • Session 3 - Numbers/Money
  • Session 4 - Transportation phrases


Bargaining Workshop

  • Fixed price vs negotiable prices
  • Tips for approaching a negotiation
  • Handling the opening price
  • Finding a fair price
  • Bargaining and its relationship to inflation

Transportation Outing

During this outing, our Program Coordinator & Orientation Facilitators will take the group through the city explaining first-hand how various forms of local transportation work, what they cost, where they can be found and how to identify the safest forms of transportation.

  • Identifying a registered taxi
  • Negotiating with taxis
  • Public buses
  • Tuk tuks, rickshaws, dala dalas and other local transportation

Market Visit

The market visit allows volunteers to explore the markets with their Program Coordinator & Orientation Facilitators and practice the bargaining techniques they discussed in the workshop. Volunteers will have the opportunity to ask our staff for advice as they get used to how these interactions work.

Visa Details

Day 4 of BaseCamp's orientation program for our international volunteers involves volunteer training in politics, religion, history and current events of the host country.

We have found that much casual conversation both in the workplace and in the home revolves around these issues. We also know that international volunteers feel more comfortable and confident in these conversations if they have had volunteer training in regards to a basic understanding of the critical issues involved in their host country.

Building relationships with co-workers and home-stay families is vital for volunteers to be able to function as a part of the team at their organization.


Language Training

  • Session 1 - Emergency Vocabulary & Phrases
  • Session 2 - Grammar - Verb "To Be"
  • Session 3 - Adjectives & Adverbs
  • Session 4 - Family Members & Relations


Politics Workshop

The politics workshop explores the political history of the country. In many of our volunteer destinations, the political history is fascinating. It is also important background information to understanding the nuances of current issues and events. Many political discussions are quite polarized and often inspire considerable emotion; international volunteers who have a general understanding of the key issues are better able to navigate delicate political discussions in which they may be involved.

Religion Workshop

The role of religion in everyday life is often radically different than that to which many of our international volunteers are accustomed. It is important that volunteers have a general understanding of the dominant religions in their host country. The cultural journey is so much more fascinating when one has a general understanding of the religious context. As well, understanding basic religious practices helps international volunteers to ease into living and working alongside their hosts in-country.

Current Events Workshop

The current events workshop provides an overview of current events in the country. Depending on the country and time of year, these may be regarding major festivals, holidays, elections or other major events that will be taking place. Festivals are particularly exciting as international volunteers are generally able to take part in the celebrations that often will shut down the city.

Program Dates

Day 5 of the international volunteers orientation and volunteer training program includes a visit to a local place of interest in the host country. This will allow you to familiarize yourself with some of the cultural and historical aspects of the country. This outing takes place in the afternoon of day 5 orientation.

As usual the morning begins with language training.


Language Training

  • Session 1 - Market/Restaurant Vocabulary
  • Session 2 - Grammar - Verbs & Present Tense
  • Session 3 - Sentence formation
  • Session 4 - Days/Months/Time


Costa Rica

The cultural and historical outing in Costa Rica will provide international volunteers with the chance to spend time at the National Museum, which is over a 100 years old. The exhibits offer knowledge about the natural history, archaeology, anthropology and history of the country. In addition, volunteers will explore the current buildings of parliament and the president's residence.


International volunteers will have the opportunity to visit Old Town in Quito, which is a UNESCO heritage site. The activity will include a walking tour of the area followed by a visit to La Basilica Church and La Compania (the gold church) which provides insight into aspects of significance of religion in the history of Ecuador.


The international volunteers will offer mini-presentations to each other about a wide variety of topics important to Ghana (after being given specific reading material). This activity will be followed by a trip to Kwame Nkrumah Museum and a tour of the surrounding area. At the same time as the tour, volunteer training will include learning some of the history involving the first president of Ghana and how he gained independence for Ghana in the year 1957.


The activity in Nepal for the international volunteers will be a tour of Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), which is a Buddhist temple, monastery and a UNESCO world heritage site. The temple is one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal and is revered by both the Buddhists and Hindus people. The whole tour takes roughly 3 hours from the house. It is a 20 minute walk to the base of the temple and then 365 steps to the top. The many steps are a challenge but every volunteer to date has been able to make it to the top.


The international volunteers will be offered the opportunity to conduct mini-presentation regarding local indigenous tribes and their cultural traditions. Following this activity, volunteers will visit the local Maasai cattle market.

Program Fees

Day 6 orientation involves volunteer cultural training and is titled, "Cross Cultural Communication". It is about volunteer training in perceptions and communication and is critical to the success of any project or volunteer placement.

After the morning language lessons, it's time for volunteer training about cultural do's and don't's as well as participation in a communication workshop. These workshops will provide volunteer training in different scenarios that will demonstrate ways and means to better communicate. The skills that you learn here will be useful in the field, as well as when you return home to your work or school.


Language Training

  • Session 1 - Nationalities/Professions
  • Session 2 - Grammar - Pronouns & Nouns
  • Session 3 - Local expressions
  • Session 4 - Placement Vocabulary


Cultural Do's and Don't's Workshop

Volunteer cultural training includes a workshop on the,"Cultural Do's and Don't's", which will help volunteers identify the various cultural norms within their host country. During this volunteer training, BaseCamp staff will provide a list of different types of etiquette to ensure volunteers are able to understand and be culturally appropriate in social interactions.

Cross Cultural Communication Workshop

This session of volunteer training reviews several proven techniques for communicating effectively across cultural barriers. We also look at ways that volunteers can help to manage language barriers so that they are able to get the most benefit out of the time at their placements.

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