Youth Outreach Volunteer

Mkombozi - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-717 Location: Arusha, Tanzania Sector: Social Services Category: Child and Youth Work Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Mkombozi, supports Tanzania's most vulnerable children and youth through housing, education, research, advocacy, and outreach. Initially established in 1997 as a live-in residential center and safe haven for children living on the streets, Mkombozi, has expanded its vision over the years.

Mkombozi needs volunteers to assist in their vast endeavours to reach out to the kids on the street and their offer to provide help, support and assistance in their lives.

A youth outreach volunteer, with staff from the organization would: seek out street kids to write-up kid profiles; assist at the mobile school; help to organize events for the street kids; visit the street kids attending vocational training centers and at times help with administrative duties.

A youth outreach volunteer at this placement does not need to have any specialized training. However, he/she must be mature and able to deal with the angry or aggressive attitudes of some of the street kids due to their stressful situations. A volunteer must be able to project to the kids a positive image where they can seek help and get assistance.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Mobile School

A youth outreach volunteer would assist staff in developing and implementing lessons that are pertinent to street kids situations and their lack of academic knowledge. The volunteer with staff would conduct these lessons in the mobile school facility which is taken into the appropriate street locations for these kids.

Youth Outreach Reports

A youth outreach volunteer, with staff from the organization, would seek out street kids and try to establish a rapport with them in order to ascertain their present situations and what type of assistance would best meet their current needs. This data would be documented by writing a report and creating a profile on each street kid interviewed which would then be kept in the office of the organization and referred to by staff whenever necessary.

Outing Events

The organization sometimes brings some of the street kids together and takes them to planned events. A youth outreach volunteer would be expected to help staff develop and implement some of these events. This gives the street kids the opportunity to experience some of the fun activities available in life if they strive and succeed to get off the streets and obtain jobs.

Administrative Duties

A youth outreach volunteer would be expected to help out with general office operations e.g answering emails, writing proposals, emailing donors, organizing the office files, keeping the records of the kids, as well as developing newsletters.

Vocational Training Centers

The organization has street kids that they support in different vocational training centers and they would expect a youth outreach volunteer at times, to visit the kids at these centers and assess their school progress. A volunteer may also be asked to assist the students when seeking employment after graduation.

Host Organization Details


Mkombozi, supports Tanzania's most vulnerable children and youth through housing, education, research, advocacy, and outreach. Initially established in 1997 as a live-in residential center and safe haven for children living on the streets, Mkombozi, has expanded its vision over the years.

In addition to working with children already living and/or working on the streets, Mkombozi, works to end the abuse and neglect of children, to ensure that children's rights are recognized, and to identify opportunities for intervention before a child migrates to the street. Today, Mkombozi, is one of the leading child-focused agencies in northern Tanzania, working with over 1,000 children and families a year in Kilimanjaro and the Arusha Regions.

Mkombozi's, mission is to help children and youth grow in mind, body and spirit and in turn having these children care for their community and foster healthy relationships while respecting and understanding the laws of their country.

Mkombozi, focuses on both community building and direct work with vulnerable youth. They work with the community to strengthen child protection services which will eventually help in minimizing the amount of youth on the street. The direct work includes: interventions, taking youth to the hospital, providing food, as well as, providing an education through their mobile school and counseling from social workers. Mkombozi, also continues their very important daily interactions with the youth during both day and night walks on the streets.

Current projects include purchasing their own building for the transition home in Moshi, as well as, creating a garden in Arusha that can provide employment for youth.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?


When They Were Founded

Mkombozi, was founded in 1997, when it evolved from a soup kitchen to include a daycare centre for street kids. Their primary focus at that time was on the rape of street boys and the prosecution of the rapists, as well as, the verbal abuse that both the organization and the street children received.

They have since evolved to include a boys group housing in Moshi and a mobile school in Arusha, along with their other initiatives.

How Are They Funded

Mkombozi, is a registered Tanzania charity and also has registered charity counter parts in Europe (Friends of Mkombozi UK) and North America (Friends of Mkombozi US). The international charities assist with the fundraising for the Tanzanian organization. A large portion of their income is generated from grants, as well as, individual donations.

Donation Requests

Donations for the transitional home such as school supplies, sports and games equipment, as well as, clothing, shoes and toothbrushes.

Any monetary fundraising efforts are also greatly appreciated.

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

Mkombozi center is located in the joint building that has other facilities but the office itself has a big meeting hall, three offices and the reception. It is located in the city center where there are many resources like groceries stores, clothing stores, restaurants, bars, hotels and different kind of offices. There are internet cafes as well.

The area is very busy all the time as there is a big population of people in this area. There are many resources available in the area because it is the commercial part of the city so there is a lot happening throughout both the day and night.

The center is located near the Arusha Stadium where most sports activities happen in the city.

The center is just behind the tallest building in the city which make it easy to track directions as the building is visible in all part of the city.

The center is also located nearby the bus station that goes to all part of the city.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp hostel walk down to the road and catch a public transport which will take ten to fifteen minutes. Get off at the Friend's Corner stop, and from there cross the road to your right hand side and walk north until you come to the bus station. Walk through the station and you will see the stadium wall. Beside it you will see a big building which you will walk around until you see a big sign for Mkombozi.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 4km
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

A L M C (Arusha Lutheran Medical Center)
TEL 1: 0736-502-376

Placement Address


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

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.

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 Dec 01, 2023 Jan 05, 2024


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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