Primary School Teaching Volunteer

Beulahland Child Development Center - Maji Ya Chai, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-826 Location: Maji Ya Chai, Tanzania Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The Beulahland Child Development Centre, (BCDC) was established for the purpose of relieving orphans and vulnerable children from their social, economic, physical and spiritual poverty by giving them an education and other necessities for life.

The BCDC organization needs volunteers to help with teaching activities, as they only have one teacher for approximately 35 children. They have very limited funds so they can't afford to hire more teachers.

A volunteer teaching assistant would help to deliver lessons to the children under the guidance of the current teacher and following the school's curriculum. The school has just recently switched into an English medium school and this requires teachers with higher qualifications. English is not widely spoken in this area so it will take time to develop this school's new curriculum. Therefore, a volunteer who's native language is English would be able to contribute much towards this new endeavour.

A volunteer teaching assistant at this placement does not need to have a teaching certificate or previous experience in teaching but must be a mature individual who is willing to participate in any of the numerous teaching endeavours. Any volunteer who is contemplating a career in the teaching field would obtain an unlimited amount of experience at this placement. It all would depend on the volunteer's efforts and commitment.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Assist in Teaching

Volunteer teaching assistants may be asked to assist the teacher in his/her classroom lessons or conduct classes on their own initiative. A lot would depend on the volunteer's ability to engage the students attention in classroom lessons and his/her comfort zone.

Sports & Games

A volunteer teaching assistant would be expected to teach recreational games and sport activities. In general in Tanzania, classes have been kept to academic subjects due to lack of staff. A volunteer can fill this gap and thus provide the students with a different aspect of going to school where fun activities can encourage sportsmanship and competition.

Teach English

A volunteer teaching assistant would be expected to teach English language lessons to the students. Since this is a new requirement at the school a teaching curriculum for English lessons may have to be developed and implemented by the volunteer.

Tests and Exams

Volunteer teaching assistants would prepare tests and/or exams on the subject or subjects they taught or if they were assisting the teacher in a classroom in a particular subject they would assist the teacher to prepare the tests or exams, if appropriate. After the tests or exams the volunteer would be expected to mark them and then follow-up if any lessons were needed to reinforce what was supposed to have been learned.

Host Organization Details

Beulahland Child Development Center

The Beulahland Child Development Centre (BCDC), in the USA River Township of Arusha, in Tanzania was established for the purpose of relieving orphans and vulnerable children from their social, economic, physical and spiritual poverty by giving them an education and other necessities for life.

The founders of BCDC were Pastor Innocent Marenga and his wife Rose, who were transferred to USA River Township in November 2000 to build a new Pentecostal Church in the town. When the couple came to the town they were shocked to see that the majority of the people who came to worship in their church were children from 2 years to 6 years old. They usually came alone, (from wandering in the streets) to play in the church during the church services. The children numbered approximately 78 and the adult members who attended were approximately 12.

On investigation, it was discovered that many of the children from 3 to 6 years of age were supposed to be in school. However, because of lack of proper supervision were instead wandering in the streets from morning to night. This situation had developed due to many factors in the community such as: poverty, orphans, HIV/AIDS illness, single parents, alcoholic parents and/or the necessity of prostitution in some cases in order to provide food to survive.

Thus the Beulahland Child Development Centre was established. The organization is at present using the church building as it's centre. At the moment, they haven't yet been able to afford to have their own centre for the children.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

This organization is under the guidance of the Pentecostal Church. However, volunteers do not have to be of any religious affiliation, as long as they show respect to others that do.

When They Were Founded

The founders of Beulahland Child Development Centre were Pastor Innocent Marenga and his wife Rose, who were transferred to USA River Township in November 2000 to build a new Pentecostal Church in the town. When they realized the great need for care of the very young children, (whom were mainly living in the streets during the day) they, with their church's support established the centre in 2005.

How Are They Funded

So far BCDC does not have any sponsoring organizations but depends on the founders and donations from friends and good Samaritans to finance it's projects. Contributions towards achieving BCDC's goals in whatever form that may take be it financial, skills, prayers, medical or other resources would be most welcome. No donation or gift given from the heart is too small for BCDC. Volunteer support is also welcome.

Donation Requests

The BCDC would appreciate any donations such as:

-School supplies e.g. stationary, pencils, coloured pencils, markers, crayons & erasers -Teaching equipment -Sports gear e.g soccer balls & skipping ropes -Playground facilities -Clothing and shoes for young children ages 2 to 6 years old -Office computer -Camera

Placement Location Information

Maji Ya Chai, Tanzania

The Beulah Land Child Development Centre, (BCDC) organization is located in the town of Usa River which is only a few minutes from the main city of Arusha. Usa River is the second largest growing town in the Arusha region. People are moving to the Usa River community, drawn by the beautiful vegetation aspects of its soil, due to its proximately to Mt Meru.

The organization has very limited resources and only one building that is used as a church, as well as a classroom. There are no desks and the children sit on benches with one table shared by all. Teaching supplies are extremely few.

The organization is located in the middle of a very densely populated area of Usa River. The people in the town are very friendly and welcome foreigners.

There are local shops around the centre and supermarkets, restaurants, hotels and internet cafe's are just a 10 minute walk from the centre. Public transport is readily available in Usa River to Arusha and Moshi the neighbouring cities.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From BaseCamp Hostel catch a daladala (public transport) and get off at the very end of the line; take a walk towards the main bus station and ask for the daladala to Usa River which will take about 25 minutes. Get off at the Leganga stop; from there turn right and walk down Ngarasero Road. You will see a sign for BCDC, stay on your left hand side until you see the building of the centre.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 20 KM
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:30

Weather in the Area

Maji Ya Chai's weather is like the weather in the city of Arusha, as it lies in the same area of Mount Meru.

Despite its closeness to the equator, Maji Ya Chai's elevation of 1400 - 1500 m on the southern slopes of Mount Meru keeps temperatures down and alleviates humidity. Cool dry air is prevalent for much of the year. The temperature ranges between 13 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, which is a couple of hundred miles east. Highest average rainfall occurs in March, April and May.

City/Village Description

The town of Maji Ya Chai is located about 25 km from the city of Arusha, alongside the highway road of Moshi.

Most people who live in this town are small scaled farmers and a few business owners who mainly live alongside the main road. There is one government primary school in the northern part of the village, approximately a two hour walk (one way) from the southern part. There is no secondary school in the village.

The town has a very authentic African feel so someone wanting to have a truly African experience, Maji Ya Chai would be the perfect place to volunteer at.

There are many small shops and local pubs in the area, located usually alongside the road. Internet accessibility isn't available in this area and people have to travel to the neighbouring town (Usa River) to get access to internet cafe's. That being said, there is always the option of using an internet memory stick with the SIM card connection to get access to the internet. There is also limited connectivity to electricity in this region, with only a few areas along the main road having reliable power.

The town is at Mount Meru, the second highest mountain in Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro and Arusha National Park is only a few minutes away.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Usar River Medical Center
Usa River
Maji Ya Chai
TEL 1: 0754 768 547
TEL 2: 0787 576 330

Placement Address

Beulahland Child Development Center
Usa River
Maji Ya Chai

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.

  • June
  • 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.

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
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


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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