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Tanzania Childcare Experience

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Tanzania Childcare Experience

Invest your time and energy in a local orphanage, caring for disadvantaged children and providing them with the attention and support that they crave.

Prices from US$945

Home to some of the most magnificent and spectacular wildlife, ancient and mysterious tribal communities, vast expanses of savannah, tropical blue oceans and imposing mountain landscapes, Tanzania will surpass all expectations. Big game species roam the plains and gorges where early human skeletons lie undiscovered while Mount Kilimanjaro challenges all who behold her. The waters of the Indian Ocean caress the shores of Tanzania and hold a staggeringly diverse range of species, from curious looking invertebrates to gigantic whale sharks and manta rays gliding silently over the coral reefs.

For all her natural beauty and wonder, Tanzania remains one of the poorest countries in the world. In both cities and remote rural communities access to basic education and healthcare is limited and the dependence on subsistence lifestyles is widespread. Volunteering in Tanzania could be your chance to immerse yourself in her warm and welcoming communities while making a lasting contribution to the education and community development projects that will improve the standard of living and future prospects for those in greatest need.



  • Gain a lifetime of amazing memories
  • Care for disadvantaged children
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Tanzania
Activities Arranging activities for the children
Playing with and caring for the children
Preparing meals
Cleaning and other duties
Transport Airport pick-up on arrival (drop off available at additional cost)
Accommodation Volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Two meals a day
Airport pick-up (drop off available at additional cost)
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


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.


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.


You will be collected from the airport in Dar es Salaam on a Sunday by a friendly local project member and transported to your accommodation. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country.


You will be staying in a volunteer eco house on the coast, to the north of Dar es Salaam. Based within a small local village the volunteer facilities are basic but comfortable and clean. You will be sharing a single sex room with other volunteers, where you will have access to bucket showers and dry toilets. Internet access will usually be available for a small fee.


You will be provided with breakfast and dinner as most volunteers are away from the accommodation at lunchtime at their projects. There are plenty of places for you to buy food in the local villages and this is an excellent way to experience true local street cuisine.

Food in Tanzania is generally simple, consisting of vegetables, beans or meat with rice or ugali, a common staple food in eastern and southern Africa made from maize flour.

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

It is cliché but it was life changing.  | 13 Aug 2018
I absolutely loved my time at the Orphanage in Dar es Salaam and I was so sad to leave! The money...

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Tanzania changed my life!  | 25 Jul 2018
I had wanted to visit Africa for a long time before I booked my trip with Frontier. For many year...

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I had an amazing time in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania where I went to do two weeks voluntary work in a...

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The rewards are so worthwhile  | 4 Jul 2018
We chose this project specifically to work with children in the Orphanage, I myself was adopted a...

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Playing games  | 17 Jun 2018
The second I arrived I just fell in love with the kids! They were just so happy, always messing a...

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In your spare time you are sure to want to explore the natural and cultural wonders of this remarkable country.  You can visit the picturesque harbour, bustling markets and historical buildings of nearby Dar es Salaam, venture further afield to the famed northern wildlife watching circuit or simply enjoy the endless miles of untouched stunning beaches. Your travels will be set against the backdrop of a cultural mosaic in which over 100 ethnic groups amicably rub shoulders.

In country staff can help you make arrangements for travel and trips before and after your placement whether you want to take on the challenge of Kilimanjaro, adventure out on safari to spot Africa’s big 5 or simply relax, snorkel or dive on the beautiful beaches of Mafia Island or Zanzibar.


2 weeks US$945

Extra week US$345


Weekly, please aim to arrive on the Sunday before the Monday on which your project begins.

This project is not available during the following days: 

December 25th to January 2nd. 

There will be no project during Easter, however some alternative activities can be organized. 


2 weeks and longer


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Two meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up on arrival (drop off available at additional cost)
  • Ground transfers
  • Project orientation and training
  • 24-hour in-country and international HQ emergency support and back-up


Nearest airport(s): Dar es Salaam (DAR)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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