A project aimed at welfare of children from underserved communities, volunteer for childcare in Tanzania and make a difference to their lives as you travel and explore the country, albeit meaningfully and responsibly. Placed in a local childcare centers, volunteers in this project are responsible for different tasks such as taking care of children assisting in preparing their meals, helping the local staff with administrative tasks, and being part of fundraising events that secures food and shelter for the kids at the center.

A typical shelter houses 30-40 children in the age group of 4-15 years and we left behind an inspiring legacy. From funding shelters, food, clothing, stationery for the children to running online campaigns for the same, work done at the childcare center is truly phenomenal and volunteers who are enthusiastic to make a difference should sign up for childcare volunteering project.

Tanzania Joy Volunteer

Program Requirements

Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project. Participants should have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Volunteers need to be flexible, open-minded and have a passion for working with children. You should also be proactive and have the ability to take initiative All volunteers must provide a clean criminal background check report prior to joining the program. A parental consent form shall be required for Under 18 participants joining the program.

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

  • Being a volunteer, you’ll have to work alongside the existing staff to care for the children.
  • You’ll also have to help in the daily tasks at the Childcare Centers such as washing clothes, feeding the children and making suggestions to the staff for improvement, help in administrative work etc.
  • Help the children with their homework and play games with them to engage them in activity-based learning.
  • In case you are a creative person, you can try your hands in adding some more colors to the entire environment, by renovating the center, along with your peers.
  • Most importantly, ensure that the kids are drenched in love and care because that’s what they need the most.

Volunteer Work Schedule

In Childcare Volunteering Program in Arusha, Tanzania, your general schedule would be:

  • Sunday – Arrival at the destination (Arusha)
  • Monday – Orientation + Local Tour.
  • An orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering the major topics such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestions for things to do in Tanzania.
  • Tuesday to Friday – Volunteer work at the placement.
  • Weekends – Free to explore the city / Head out for wildlife safaris and much more.
  • Breakfast – 07:30 am onwards.
  • Working hours at the placement – 08:30 am to 12:30 pm and 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm.
  • Lunch – 12:30 pm onwards.
  • Dinner – 06:30 pm onwards.

The same work schedule continues from the second week onwards (Monday – Friday).

Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating on.


At Tanzania Volunteer, we try to provide the best of the living arrangements to our international volunteers. So when in Tanzania, you do not have to worry about a single thing in the world and simply focus on your volunteer work.

Airport Transfer

You will be met by our staff at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Kilimanjaro region from where you are transferred to the accommodations in Arusha. Volunteers can also arrive in Nairobi and take a direct shuttle or bus to Arusha. They will be picked up at the bus station.


Volunteer Accommodation is provided in a Volunteer Housing / Hostel type of accommodation. The accommodation will be shared along with other volunteers. The Volunteer housing is well equipped with comfortable facilities for the volunteers. The Volunteer house has a large common area for the volunteers to relax and socialize with other participants. The house has a separate washing area where the volunteers can wash their clothes. For volunteer’s safety and security, the house is equipped with CCTV cameras and is guarded by a security guard as well.


All volunteers will be provided with an orientation session by the local coordinator. Areas like safety, locations, transportation, things to see, etc will be covered in the Orientation. After your orientation is over, you will be introduced to your project and given a tour of the local area and town.


Volunteers are provided with 3 meals in a day. Typical meals include Salads, Sandwiches, Ugali, Chapatti, Chai (Tea), Bread and rice, with vegetables and fruits. Breakfast and dinner are at the volunteer house while lunch is usually packed for you to eat the placement or can be taken if you are back at the accommodation.Meals provided to the volunteers are a mix of Tanzanian and western dishes usually. If you have any special dietary requirements, do let us know in advance.

During your Free Time

Typically most of the volunteers choose to travel outside Arusha on the weekends and go for Safari trips. You have the option to choose a 2 to 3 day Safari trips to Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorogoro. You can also head to Moshi or explore the coffee plantations and waterfalls area near Arusha. Volunteers can also go for short hiking trips near Arusha.

Program Cost

one week: 260$

Two weeks: 360$

Any Extra week: 100$

Please Note: -An application fee of $190 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)

What are you Paying for?

  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  • Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro Airport or Bus station in Arusha
  • Orientation
  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
  • Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)

What’s NOT included?

  • Airfare
  • Visa and Work Permit Fee
  • Return Airport Drop( Can be arranged at extra cost)
  • Local Transportation
  • Vaccinations