Teaching and recreation in care home

Tanzania (T11) | View map
£199 p.w.

Price is based on 3 months
1 month

Volunteer in Tanzania at a school and orphanage for disadvantaged children

  • Volunteer to help teach, care and create fun for these children
  • Combine primary school teaching with care at the orphanage
  • Ideal for gap year students and those with experience in working with children
  • Located in the shadow of Mount Kilmanjaro and hours away from your safari
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Project summary

Outreach International support two orphanages in Moshi, Tanzania. The term orphanage can be misleading; both operate as a refuge for children that have either lost both parents and are genuinely orphaned, or children who have left home to live on the street due to the circumstance at home, or where they have been asked to do so by parents or relatives who can no longer cope. All of them from challenging circumstances.

The aim is to provide the children a safe place to receive basic care and education, while ultimately trying to reunite them with their families where possible. The education is provided in part by a small amount of teaching on site, but primarily by securing sponsorship for the children to attend the local schools. Children arriving at the project will initially be taught on site, giving staff the chance to assess what other challenges the child might face, before going to the local schools. Once attending school, the children return to orphanage in the afternoons where homework clubs, reading, games, art & crafts and sports activities take place.

During the day the volunteers help with those children who are not yet at school. After school, volunteers help with the larger number of children returned from school, providing support with after school activities, home work clubs and recereation. There are children around at the weekend, so volunteers can join in with recreational activities if they wish.

Alternatively we recommend that volunteers participate at the Outreach primary school project in the mornings (project T10), and visit the orphanage in the afternoons, when there are more children requiring support.

This is ideal for gap year students who can share their energy and enthusiasm with the children, as well as basic teaching skills.

Volunteer roles and responsibilities

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Both projects have few resources but provide the basics for the children well. Volunteers will work with the local staff to agree a schedule of activities that they can participate in according to their ambitions and skill sets. It requires proactive volunteers keen to make an impact, creating your own ideas on extra-curricular activities.

This is an opportunity for you to make a difference, through offering support to those individual children who would benefit from homework support or reading, or through organised activities such as art & crafts or football.

For those volunteers combining your time with the primary school, there is the opportunity to support primary school teaching in the morning and then provide homework support and recreational activities in the afternoons.

How you can make a difference

The children all come from disadvantaged backgrounds, with the project providing a basic level of safety, food and comfort. The activities and interest of volunteers helps in a number of ways, in particular supporting their learning, both inside and outside the classroom.

Volunteers give the children confidence through their engagement and encouragement. You make their lives (and yours) more fun. Few people have discretionary time to give these children – creating games, activities and playing sports will quickly bring a smile to the faces of children who have a lot of challenges in their lives.

What is distinctive about this project:

This is a flexible volunteer placement, enabling committed volunteers with a mature outlook to make their impact in their own way. The opportunity to combine your activity with the primary school provides the opportunity to participate in a range of structured and unstructured learning and recreational activities.

Blue Tiger Features:

This project is accessible to most volunteers, requiring little experience and being comfortably located in a nice area of Moshi. The nature of the projects however, (orphanages where the children go out for their schooling), means that volunteers need to be proactive and focused on creating worthwhile activities within a dynamic environment, if they are to make the biggest impact.


The schools are closed June and December.


Learning the basics of Swahili will be an advantage. The younger children will not speak English; the older ones will be more proficient.

Experience required:

There is no specific experience required of this project. What is more important is that you have a passion for helping and supporting young children, and experience of working with children will help you.

Volunteers need to be able to act independently and proactively – this role will not be designed and structured for the volunteer.

Good to know:

The orphanages and school are all based near the accommodation in the pleasant Rau district of Moshi, making movement between the projects easy. Moshi has a pleasant semi-rural feel to it, with easy access to a number of activities to create your Africa adventure.

Price table

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Includes: Comprehensive travel insurance (supplements may apply to older travellers). Accommodation, food, airport transfer, travel to projects, in-country support.
Excludes: Required temporary work permit (CTA) payable locally, $250 + $50 administration charge for < 90 days. Higher rates apply for volunteers staying > 90 days

Things to see and do

  • Go safari
  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Discover coffee
  • Hot springs
  • Laka Chala
Nicola West

Country co-ordinator

Nicola West

Nicola is the Manager of our healthcare partner in Moshi, Tanzania, and acts as the Outreach International Volunteer Coordinator. Nicola is married a Tanzanian and so is truly settled in the areas, offering volunteers a great deal of knowledge and insight on activities in the area.

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