Orphanage Childcare Volunteer

Jericho Orphanage Home - Karatu, Tanzania
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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Volunteer Job Description

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

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Tanzania at our BaseCamp Center in Ngaramtoni - Arusha. Given that this placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers here will be living with a host family after your orientation. Living with a host family is an awesome experience for a person looking to really experience Tanzania and its culture.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Tanzania.

If you think that living with a host family is not for you, then this placement might not be the best fit with what you are looking for. You should try completing our application. It's totally free and will allow our team in Tanzania to come up with a list of exactly which placements they would reccommend for you based on your personal preferences, background, skills and interests.

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.

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
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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 Oct 06, 2023 Nov 03, 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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