WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
The prevalence of HIV / AIDS has led to almost one million of Tanzania’s children becoming orphans. The families and communities who work so hard to help support the local centre are being stretched to their limits and are constrained by a lack of time and resources. A Tanzanian kid's only support and care may come from an older brother or sister, who could be as young as just 10 years old. As a result many children are unable to go to school and many have to live on the street. They get forced into child labour, domestic service or even the illegal sex trade.
All the children's centre that have been set up and are run by both local and overseas volunteers are often the only chance these children have of getting off the streets and receiving food, care and affection. On this project you can offer children otherwise destined for a life of poverty and misery a future full of possibilities. This is why our childcare projects are especially important and why you are guaranteed to be inspired and motivated by the sight of these young children smiling up at you in return for yoursimply being there.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Your work schedule will cover an engaging, varied and enjoyable programme working within the children's home, inspiring your creativity and initiative. As well as providing care for the kids, local centres often also provide a day care nursery function and additional support for disadvantaged children who are in need of care and attention. You will play with the children and keep them engaged through games, arts and crafts, sports, English lessons, music lessons and even health and HIV awareness seminars, all in order to ensure they receive support and education otherwise unavailable to them.
Additionally you will help with the running of the centre itself including preparing and serving food, cleaning and helping the staff with a variety of other duties. Flexibility is important to ensure you get the most positive and comprehensive experience while on your project. You should be prepared to use your own initiative while you are working on your project, however if you need assistance in initiating any activities, the local staff will be more than happy to advise and assist you.
You will be welcomed at every turn by smiling and enthusiastic people. Whatever activities you get involved in, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from helping and inspiring these underprivileged children whilst significantly enhancing your own skills and experience.
You can make a lasting contribution to a school by taking part in our book initiative. All you have to do is bring a book/books and they will be donated to the mobile library.