Kuzuri Tanzania is a non-profit organization that works to improve the education of children in Arusha. We believe that education is the best tool that a child can have to succeed and fulfill their dreams, therefore, we support a primary school and an orphanage.
We are concerned that Tanzania has a low rate of children finishing secondary school, so it is so important to contribute to improve the initial and primary education, so we connect volunteers who with their knowledge contribute to improve the level of education, we also provide material school and we support teachers in the process that children must develop to pass the decisive national exam at the end of primary school.
One fifth of the children we work with did not have the fortune to grow up with their parents and our volunteers help in their care and education in the orphanage, as well as in other daily tasks such as serving food, washing clothes, cleaning floors or offer medical care.
We are a local family that lives in Arusha, north of Tanzania, our home is a farm, so if you prefer the work of planting and harvesting, caring for animals or maintaining our farm, you can also contribute.
In recent years, we have received many volunteers in our home and we sincerely enjoy it. It is fun to match people from different backgrounds.
You will have the opportunity to:
- Get involved with the academic system and support the education of our kids.
- Live with a Tanzanian family and experience the traditions, language and culture of the country at first hand.
- Support the work of the farm, with animals and crops.
- Update social networks and web page
- Learn more about the Masai culture, one of the oldest tribes in Africa, and visit
the wonders of Tanzania.
We are a local family that lives in Arusha, in northern Tanzania, that works to improve the quality of life in our community. We can accommodate individual volunteers, volunteer groups or couples.
Our home is a farm with a main house where the family lives (father, mother and siblings) and an alternate house for volunteers.
The rooms are:
One with two single beds
One with a bunk bed
(Both share the bathroom).
And a room with King size bed and private bathroom.
The price is 7 USD per day, which include the room and the three meals of the day. However, none of us will be offended if a volunteer prepares their own food in the kitchen or if they are not interested in local foods. Most volunteers stay between 2 weeks and 3 months.
In the price is not included:
We will personally come to pick you up at the airport (Kilimanjaro or Arusha) or at the bus station, which will cost you 40$ from Kilimanjaro, 10$ from Arusha and it will be free from the bus station.
The visa costs about $50 and you can get it at the airport with no worries. I recommend applying for a single entry visa as a tourist, as that is the easiest visa to get. Getting visas specifically for volunteering can be more complicated and it will cost you $250, so if you are coming for a short time I suggest you the get the tourist visa, otherwise if you are planning to stay longer it-s better if you get the working permit visa.
You can check out this website to get more information, which are the vaccinations recommended https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/tanzania
Here you can find the current weather https://www.accuweather.com/en/tz/arusha/317029/weather-forecast/317029
In terms of what clothes to bring , female volunteers should consider bringing clothes that cover the knees and shoulders, since rural Tanzania is a bit conservative in that regard. It can get a bit chilly at night , so bringing some long sleeved clothing is a good idea . Additionally, it can rain in Tanzania quite bit, so bringing in some water/ resistant jackets and rain boots is also a good idea.
Also if you want to go to a Safari I suggest you to bring some light colors clothes cause the insects are attracted to colors.
We are located 3 kms from the center of Arusha, on the outskirts of the city, which allows having a life in the countryside. Here you live with cows, pigs, ducks, chickens, dogs, several crops and two greenhouses. Many of the vegetables we use in our meals come from our own farm.
Note: rooms are also booked for tourism via airbnb or directly with James Kissiri - firstname.lastname@example.org, +255 764 404 366
You can explore and do what you like to do during the evenings and also during the weekends.
There are things we can do, from spending time with the children at the school or the orphanage to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, everything will depend on you.
Free time activities
We offer a wide range of activities at affordable prices, such as:
1. Excursions on foot to waterfalls, through forests and around a lake.
2. Swim in an oasis of hot springs.
3. Visit the Maasai market and local markets, as well as villages of different ethnicities.
4. Coffee Plantation Tours to know the process from the grain to the finished product.
5. Safari in the National Parks of the North Circuit (Arusha NP, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Area).
6. Climbing Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.
7. FREE city tour for all of our volunteers!
You will stay with a local family in a rural community 15 minutes from Arusha.
You will help at school in any subject you are good at, teaching, marking, drawing and everything that may be useful to help the class.
You will support the education and care of the children in the orphanage.
Volunteers interested in helping with other types of activities, such as gardening, agriculture or animal care, are also welcome.
Requirements: Intermediate English
The school is 15 minutes walk. You will go to school from Monday to Friday, from 8.30 till 13.00 o-clock and then you will be free to explore Arusha. You will support the teachers in the class where they need you most. Probably during your stay you will teach one or two classes, the activities depend on what you want to do.
You will support the teachers during each lesson, making sure that the children listen or you can also do individualized instruction with children who need more support.
In the afternoon you can play with the children, help them in their tasks or enjoy your free time in your own activities.
If you are considering bringing things for the children:
It is completely voluntary. If you would like to bring something for the kids they are most needing secondhand clothes ,school supplies ,English books or sport items.
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Kuzurti Tanzania, Arusha, Tanzania.