Orphanage Childcare Volunteer

Samaritan Village Orphanage Centre - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-232 Location: Arusha, Tanzania Sector: Social Services Category: Childcare Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The Samaritan Village Orphanage Centre, in Arusha is committed to assisting vulnerable children who either have lost their parents or are not being raised in a loving and safe environment.

The primary goal of Samaritan Village Orphanage is to provide each child with food, clothing, shelter, medical care and security. This is a massive task to achieve and due to lack of staff they request the aid of volunteers to come and work with them to help care and educate the children at their centre.

A childcare volunteer at this centre would not only help to look after some of the many needs of the children but would also assist the "Mamas" with their numerous household duties. The women who work at these homes do the best they can, but can not meet all the needs of the children due to lack of staff caused by insufficient funds to hire more people.

The care and attention to the children from volunteers can help tremendously, whether it be simple stimulation, educational games, one-on-one social interaction or group activities. From feeding and changing baby diapers to helping little ones learn how to feed themselves, dress themselves, tie their shoes or learn how to play and share with others; these children would benefit tremendously from a volunteer who is willing to spend quality time with them.

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

Volunteer Tasks Required

Morning Routine

A childcare volunteer would be expected to help feed all the children at breakfast and clean up after breakfast; then make sure the older students are prepared to leave for school and help the younger children get ready for their day at the orphanage.

Meals & Housework

A childcare volunteer during the day would help the mama's prepare meals for the younger children, as well as help the mama's settle them down at nap time. With the number of children at the orphanage, there is always household cleaning and tidying to do, as well as laundry.

Games and Activities

A childcare volunteer would be expected to help the young children enjoy their long days at the orphanage by having them participate in fun games and activities. This may also include a story time period which children of all ages enjoy. A volunteer may also plan (if he/she chooses) activities for the children to partake in on the weekends, such as outings to the pool or one day safari trips.

Homework Assistance

A childcare volunteer would be expected to help prepare a snack for the children for when they return from school. At this time some of the children may require help with their homework and when this was done perhaps there would be time to play a few games.

Host Organization Details

Samaritan Village Orphanage Centre

The Samaritan Village Orphanage Center, in Arusha is committed to assisting vulnerable children who either have lost their parents or are not being raised in a loving and safe environment. The reason that organizations like Samaritan Village, are so important is because children who do not have a safe environment to develop in, often end up working and living on the streets. These children become very vulnerable to a wide range of challenges which could lead to a violation of their basic rights.

The challenges that many children have who are growing up on the streets alone are that they are not able to have access to basic services. They are often subjected to verbal, physical and sexual abuse. In addition, most children who find themselves abandoned are unable to receive a formal education. As a result, when they mature and they no longer are young children asking for money for survival. they often have to enter into illegal forms of activities in order to survive. The children who end up abandoned are also more likely to get into substance abuse and violent situations. They are usually in an extreme state of poverty that is very difficult to come out of without support, guidance and understanding. Most of these street kids do not have the knowledge or ability needed to break this cycle of poverty and violence.

Centers like the Samaritan Village, are very important as they are actively trying to ensure that children who are abandoned are raised in a supportive environment where they can grow to become responsible citizens. This is achieved through: educational training, adequate care in a safe environment. Plus staff members, at the center, who are able to deal in a compassionate, positive manner with the numerous situations that develop due to the kids stressful backgrounds and their trying to learn to cope in a group atmosphere.

The primary goal of Samaritan Village is to provide each child with food, clothing, shelter, medical care and security. This is a massive task to achieve and due to lack of staffing they request the aid of volunteers to come and work with them to help care and educate the children at their center.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

As this organization is funded and overseen by a number of Churches, they have many religious ties. These affiliations include many Christian religions such as Anglican, Lutheran and Catholic.

When They Were Founded

This organization was started by Elizabeth Mwalozi of the USA. The Samaritan Village Orphanage is a not for profit organisation that has been serving orphans in Arusha since 1996. They now have 28 children in their big family. They have recently designated a space in their new building for a library. The children study in English at their schools so books written in English will strengthen their studies and let them experience the joys of reading

Who They Work With

Orphaned children in the Arusha Community of Tanzania. The children range from babies as young as newborn and are cared for until they can leave the home and care for themselves as adults.

How Are They Funded

Samaritan Village receives most of it's funding from Christian Church organizations. They are also run by a Board of Directors with members being heads of different Churches in the area.

Donation Requests

The orphanage would appreciate donations of kids shoes and clothing, toothbrushes and toothpaste, toys, stuffed animals, educational books, craft supplies, educational games and sports equipment plus first aid supplies.

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

Samaritan Village Orphanage is located in a village area outside of the city of Arusha, called Moshono. The area of Moshono is very well developed with many small shops, local restaurants, and schools all along the main road.

In this placement there are three buildings; the first has one dormitory for kids, an office and kitchen, as well as a combined sitting and dining room. The second building is a small prayers room for the kids and staff, and the third building, which is newly built, is being used as a volunteers house and children's dormitory. It has 12 well finished rooms, each with a western washroom and shower. They have also installed a stove if volunteers would like to prepare their own meals.

Within the dining hall, they have a small library where there is a computer for the kids to learn some computer skills.

In the back yard they have a small garden that they grow various vegetables and bananas. And they have a chicken and fish project at the center as well.

This placement is in the quiet area surrounded by a lot of trees and is the perfect place for the kids to live in. It is about a five minute walk from the main road to offer privacy for the children as well.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Take a 15 minute dalladalla from the BaseCamp to Moshono. From the last stop walk 10 minutes and turn right at the sign for Samaritan Village across from the turn off for the army base. Samaritan Village is 150m from the main road. Total travel time is around 25 minutes.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 5 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:25

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

Samaritan Village Orphanage Centre

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 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 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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