Youth Outreach Volunteer

Shalom Centre - Ngaramtoni - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-189 Location: Ngaramtoni - 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

Shalom Center's work provides community based, child focused and educational oriented programs which work to provide long term support to the at risk children of northern Tanzania.

Shalom Center needs volunteers who are willing to help with the many endeavours that the Center participates in.

A youth outreach volunteer at this placement would be expected to go out with staff into the areas where youth at risk reside; evaluate the kind of life style they are forced to live in and determine the critical support they need to enable them to leave their present situations and become employed in occupations that provide them with a respectful way of making a living for themselves and sometimes their families. These observations by the volunteers and staff would be documented in individual files and kept at the Center's office.

Unfortunately many of these at risk youth have been forced into prostitution at a very young age and see no way out of their situations. Shalom Center staff work hard to reach out to these young people and explain to them the dangers encountered in their present way of life and a avenue to pursue that would enable them to live a safer and more comfortable life.

Counselling for these youth goes side by side with teaching them basic entrepreneurship skills such as how to manage small businesses, marketing strategies as well as customer care skills where this could help them to broaden their horizons of creating job opportunities.

A youth outreach volunteer may also be involved in the Center's community based child support program. Organizations at times contact the Center to report children/youth at risk who live with no parental support in the communities. Staff from the Center visit these children and assess their current situations and what help they most urgently need. They provide them with school supplies when appropriate and inform them about children rights.

A mature and emotionally stable volunteer with the basic skill and ability of working with youth/kids who are at risk would be a great asset at this placement.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Youth at Risk Outreach Program

A youth outreach volunteer at this placement would be expected to work alongside the local staff from the organization where they go out into the streets and villages to reach out to the street kids that are at risk and do assessments of each child's situation. Then offer various means of support for them to enable them to improve their current lot in life.


A youth outreach volunteer may be asked to participate in various forms of counseling for street kids. This may include sessions on the high risk of contacting AIDS and preventive measures that should be used to lesson the danger. Many of these street kids are sexually abused girls, as well as young girls who are doing prostitution as a result of the hardships of life they and sometimes their families live in.

Life Skills Training

A youth outreach volunteer would be expected to work with the local staff to provide life skills training to the youth at risk. This training would be mainly provided to street kids and young girls who are being used for prostitution.

Office Work

A youth outreach volunteer would be expected to assist in various office duties e.g.-- consulting with the youth that come to the office seeking help, organizing the office files, helping to organize the projects and recording data into the computer.

Entrepreneurship Training

A youth outreach volunteer may be asked to help with different training projects on entrepreneurship to the older youth to teach them how to be self-reliance. The tasks may include teaching how to run small businesses, marketing strategies and customer care.

Host Organization Details

Shalom Centre

Shalom Center, is a not for profit, non-governmental, non-political, civil society organization that is actively engaged in addressing the problem of children and youth in crisis. Shalom Center, is working to break cycles of violence, hatred and despair by providing social, emotional, educational, and economical programs to survivors of conflict, especially of poverty. Their work helps survivors come to terms with their past experiences, make the most of their present situations and build a better future. The organization particularly works among street children, orphans, youth and children in crisis.

Based in Arusha, in the northern part of Tanzania, Shalom Centre, works towards the development and empowerment of children/youth by working in partnership with local CBO’s and grass root local government authorities. Their work provides community based, child focused, and educational oriented programs which work to provide long term support to the children of northern Tanzania. They are working to support all of the children and youth in crisis within the community.

Since it's inception, the Shalom Centre has been working towards:

Providing temporary shelter and basic needs to orphans and street children in Arusha Providing counseling and rehabilitation services to orphans and street children. Integrating children into mainstream society by providing them with education, vocational training, life skills and others. Working for the protection, development and survival of orphans and street children. Creating public awareness on the rights and plights of street children so as to ensure community and public support plus commitment in assisting orphans and street children.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?


When They Were Founded

Shalom Centre (SCSC) was established in July 2005 as an NGO. It abides by the mission of “striving towards holistic care of orphans and street children through provision of basic needs, health care, education and training, awareness raising, home based care, advocacy and networking.” Since their inception, Shalom Centre, has worked hard to refine their programs in assisting children within their transitional home.

Who They Work With

They have an outreach program that reaches all areas of Tanzania.

How Are They Funded

The organization is primarily funded through an American NGO - Action for Children in Conflict The rest of their funding comes from individual and private donors, as well as, from volunteers.

Donation Requests

Hygiene Supplies such as: soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste etc Clothes & Shoes (ages 7-17) School Supplies

Placement Location Information

Ngaramtoni - Arusha, Tanzania

The city of Arusha has an estimated population of one million people and sits at the foot of Mount Meru. Mount Meru has the fifth highest peak in Africa; it is a few hundred meters shorter than Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa and encompassesss 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 a busy industrial and administrative center. Some of the main manufactures include textiles, beverages, processed foods, plastics, and electronic equipment. It is well known as an African Congress Centre and the International Tribunal for the Rwandese Genocide.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From BaseCamp center take a walk down the road and catch a daladala that goes to the city center. Ask to get off at the ice cream stop and from there walk for about 15 minutes north on Uhuru Monument Road and turn left in front of the monument, walk for few minutes and you will see a sign of your right hand side.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 5km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:30

Weather in the Area

Despite its closeness to the equator, Arusha's elevation of 1400 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, a couple of hundred miles east. The highest average rainfall occurs in March, April and May.

City/Village Description

The city of Arusha has an estimated population of around 500,000 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 center. Some of the main manufactures include textiles, beverages, processed foods, plastics, and electronic equipment. It is well known as an African Congress Centre and the International Tribunal for the Rwandese Genocide.

Nearest Medical Clinic

AICC Hospital
Old Moshi Road
TEL 1: 0744299381
TEL 2: 2544113

Placement Address

Shalom Centre
Ngaramtoni - Arusha

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.

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 Feb 02, 2024 Mar 01, 2024
Apr 05, 2024 May 03, 2024 Jun 07, 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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