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ORGANIZATION: Natembelea Africa Volunteer Residency

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Within Teaching program, volunteers are usually placed in Arusha’s poorer areas, supporting primary or secondary English schools. Education is highly valued in Tanzania; children do enjoy education, especially in the presence of volunteers. Schools are often under-funded as not all children can afford tuition fees; they are provided with school uniforms, food, and school material. Often you will find schools with poor teaching facilities, without running water, and without electricity.

As a volunteer you may engage with classroom activities, check homework, support teachers with their preparations, and more. If you are confident in teaching, you may also teach by yourself according to the syllabus. Subjects usually vary from English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and more. A class may contain one or up to 30 children.

As you will be working alongside local coordinators and the teachers, you will not need to be a qualified teacher for this program. However, some experience in teaching and managing a large number of children may be valuable. Sound English skills are recommended for the teaching project.

If you are passionate about teaching children, this project will be perfect for you. The gratitude and appreciation from the children is nonparallel and you may find yourself receiving more energy from the children than you can give.

Volunteers will be working with 12+ organizations as partners while conducting the volunteer program. You can work with schools, medical placements, and other fulfilling programs. Medical placements require a 100 USD fee.

Volunteers should follow these roles:

  • Attend to their duties at the placements from Monday to Friday.
  • In the case of changing placements, the volunteer has to have a meeting with all the staff at the current placement.
  • Stay at the placement for the required time (hangovers cannot be excuses not to attend to your duties).
  • Report to the coordinators, supervisors, or placements whenever sick or unable to attend; it is best to provide prior notice.

Volunteers should expect to be involved in working with a younger age group in schools, day care centers, and the likes. The conditions in these centers and institutions might not be what you expect, and the approaches to the environment can differ. It is better to approach this project with limited or no expectations. Rather, expect to be proactive and adapt by initiating ways to improve the conditions, as any activity can be assigned to any volunteer.

The childcare project involves teaching, playing with and caring for the children, assisting teachers and staff in providing basic education, teaching hygiene and healthy living, as well as other activities like cooking, cleaning, and preparing children for school. The volunteers can also engage in implementing class schedules, creating class decorations, and enhancing the capacity of the centers by assisting in advancing the administrative departments. It is imperative to familiarize yourself with the Tanzania curriculum.

Participation in any of these activities depends on how comfortable you are with tending to the task provided. If a volunteer feels uncomfortable with a task, it is okay to be substituted with a member of staff.

Volunteers are not required to bring anything on your volunteer placements, but if you feel like donating and sharing it will be appreciated. There are many needs due to the limited resources the centers have.

Measures in Tanzania at the moment:
Upon entering Tanzania's Airport, one has to present
Covid-19 tests not less than 72hrs since taken.
At the Airport, one will be examined again by health officials; if
the test comes out negative still, you are free to go ahead into Tanzania
It is called a Rapid test, Furthermore, One can also see health precautions and measures on their embassy's website.
NOTE;Covid tests not more than 72hours since tested before entering the current country

Typical day Description

In general, volunteers have the freedom to choose how they spend the day. However, a daily routine is recommended and may be coordinated with the project coordinators based on your program. A general day may look like this:

  • Breakfast between 6:30 and 7:30am
  • Commuting to placement via public transport
  • During your time at the center, you will observe culture differences within the practice in Tanzania. According to your skills, qualifications, and experience, you will have many opportunities to interact with the children. The hours are usually from 8:30am-3:00pm depending on how busy the day is.
  • Lunch between 12:30am and 3:00pm either at the placement or at the accommodation
  • Placements end usually between 2pm and 4pm depending on the project
  • Free time for the rest of the day and preparation for the placement the day after (if necessary)
  • Dinner between 6:30pm and 7:30pm
  • Visiting a house of babies after you come back from your placement or during the weekend.

Program duration
Program Start Dates: 1st and 15th of every month and the maximum stay is 6 weeks.

The Program commencement includes the night before your start date. If you choose to arrive before the starting date, you will have to pay extra according to the days of your stay.

  • The duration of your stay and program is counted in weeks. For instance, if a volunteer is registered for 4 weeks and the start date is January 1st, the program fee accommodates the night of December 31st until January 28th respectively.
  • Travel and leisure holidays are of no exception; they are within the program duration. If a day or more is taken for travels in the 4 week program, the end date will remain the same.
  • There is the possibility for program extension whenever necessary. A one day extension costs 18 USD, where as more than a week would be assigned program fees in regard to the duration of the stay. It is advised that if volunteers require an extension, they should provide a week's notice prior to the end of their original program.

Free Time Activity
Day trips

  • Walter falls
  • Zip line
  • Coffee and banana plantation
  • Visit a Maasai village, where you will learn and see the lifestyle of the strongest culture in Africa.
  • Hiking and climbing the mountains such as Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
  • Visit Zanzibar for diving and water sports

Tours and Safaris

Visit Ngorongoro national park, where you can go down into the historical crater conservation

  • Serengeti national park
  • Manyara national park
  • Mikumi national park, and many more!

Program Fees

$264 - 1 Week
$414 - 2 Weeks
$564 - 3 Weeks
$714 - 4 Week
$834 - 5 Weeks
$954 - 6 Weeks

The program fee includes

  • Airport pickup from Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha Airport
  • Bus Station pick up
  • WiFi (Limited)
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Orientation & Town tour
  • A basic Swahili lesson


Volunteers in Arusha are accommodated in a volunteer house and home stay. The volunteer house can host up to 25 volunteers at one time. Volunteers can expect to share a room with one to five other volunteers of the same gender. The house provides a comfortable and warm stay with running water and electricity. However, it is important to note that there are often power outages which may affect availability of hot water. Bedding is provided, which includes a pillow with pillow case, bottom and top sheet. A mosquito net is also provided. You will need to bring your own towel and toiletries.

In the volunteer house, there is a cook who prepares meals and a cleaner who keeps the place clean and tidy. Safety is paramount, therefore there is also a security guard during day and night. Staff members are available on a daily basis during the week, and via phone over the weekend. All volunteers under the age of 18 years are accommodated in a separate room in the volunteer house. To access the internet during your program, we recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone and purchasing a local SIM card in Arusha. The local staff will assist you with this upon arrival.

Food and Drinks

One of the greatest ways to explore Tanzania is to eat like the locals. To make things easy for you, your program fee covers the cost of your main meals, which will be cooked by the in-house mamas.

Because we choose to partner with international people, the mamas will usually be cooking food typical to the Tanzanian taste. This is an authentic way to get a taste of the wonderful flavors of Arusha, and immerse yourself fully in the local culture.

All programs will include options for vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and other diets. You should note any dietary requirements in your application so we can make sure the program caters to your needs beforehand.

The number of meals provided varies from program to program. Our programs fee covers breakfast, lunch, dinner.

The project fee includes three meals per day, 7 days per week. Meals generally consist of authentic Tanzanian cuisine, with some western style dishes. A typical breakfast may entail eggs, bread with butter and jam, pancakes, fruits, tea and coffee.

Lunch and dinner usually contain options of meat and fish as well as vegetables and fruits. Rice, potatoes, pasta, and fries may be served, topped with typical Tanzanian sauces and stews.

We are extremely mindful of food allergies and will adapt to requests accordingly.

Airport Pickup

The program fee includes airport pickup. It takes 45 to 60 minutes to ride to Arusha from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). You will be picked up by a coordinator with a driver from our ground team. The ground team will be active to get to the airport on time and communicate well.

Note: When you exit the arrivals area you will see a coordinator with a sign of Natembelea Africa Volunteer Residency's sign body. Please don't look for your name, look for the sign. Wave and our team will see you. On the way to the volunteer house, the coordinator will give you a short briefing about the country and Arusha in general. We will give you a paper with your name, with full information about your placement and details.

You will get to meet and know the ground team while giving you a house tour. We will show you your room, and the next day you will have orientation.


Is Tanzania safe?
Tanzania is a rich and diverse country with different tribes, religions, and customs. Tanzanians are very friendly, conversational, and hospitable. There is a general safety that enhances the cultural experience. Our accommodations are also safe spaces provided by high security and are located at a safe neighborhood.


All volunteers must have a Work Visa to volunteer in Tanzania. This is because people are not allowed to volunteer in Tanzania under a Tourist Visa. A Work Visa costs $250 USD for US citizens and $200 USD for non-US citizens, which is only accepted in the form of US Dollars. Once you are registered as a volunteer in our organization, we will provide you with the relevant address and contact details in order to fill the Immigration forms. Sometimes Immigration officers request large bills (100 and 50 dollar bills) and will reject smaller bills such as 20 dollar bills. This is not common, but it is best to be prepared!

Vaccination & Treatment

We highly recommend you to consult your doctor for advice on immunizations. We all understand human being get sick, we have several hospitals and clinics in town in case volunteer get sick and the organization will ride you to the hospital for free with a coordinator to assist , and there are many pharmacies available to get medicine.

Certificate after your program

We appreciate your time! After your program ends we will provide you with a certificate of completion.

Criminal background check

Our first priority is safety. Safety for our volunteers and for the people receiving services in our volunteer programs. This is standard for any quality volunteer program.


Tanzania is a safe country and we will do our best to ensure your safety and well-being but illnesses happen and sometimes unfortunate incidents such as theft happen. Travel insurance will pay for your medical bills if you become ill and will cover expenses if something were lost or stolen.

Speak local language (Swahili)

You do not need to know it but learning a few words and phrases will be helpful. There are many helpful sites that can help you before you arrive and we will help you when you are here.

What to bring with me,

We recommend to bring mosquito net, flashlight, long-sleeved clothes, mosquito repellent, copy of your passport and ID - best not to carry your identification with you, you can bring with you toys and gifts as well for children and your coordinators and/or teachers

Going tours and safaris during your program

Of course! Tanzania is a beautiful country and we would not want you to miss out on seeing some of the wonderful places here. We can help you arrange tours and safaris at discounted rates for our volunteers.

I'm here for you if you have any questions or concerns. Our whole team is looking forward to welcome you at our project site.

Warm regards from Tanzania,
Schola Ndimgwango

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About Natembelea Africa Volunteer Residency


Ngorongoro House, Ilboru, Arusha, Arusha region 00000, TZ

Mission Statement

We host volunteers from across the world with different passionate missions who come to experience life with the local people. The volunteers stay in our houses as the primary destination until they are allocated to their specific programs and placements that can be; teaching, child care, special needs and medical outreach.The volunteers will be assigned to placements spread across the city in nearby villages and rural areas in accordance to the program and its duration. VISION. Realize shared values while engaging local societies first MISSION. Dedicating abilities in making use of accessible resources to advance and sustain livelihoods. WHAT WE DO The residency offers housing and facilities as the primary destination to volunteers and provides specific placements according to the various volunteer projects we offer;


Natembelea Africa Volunteer Residency is a non-profit residency established in September 2020 located in Arusha, one of the busiest cities and a tourist destination in Tanzania, we host volunteers from across the world.

1. Provide volunteers with placements that enable them to show their compassion and utilize their skills , experience to improve and inspire as they engage the local.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
People with Disabilities
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, People with Disabilities


We'll work with your schedule.


SakinaSakina Tripple AIlkiureiArusha, Arusha region 00000Tanzania



  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Special Needs


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • In general, volunteers have the freedom to choose how they spend the day. However, a daily routine is recommended and may be coordinated with the project coordinators based on your program.
  • You are not required to bring anything to your volunteer placements, but if you feel like donating and sharing it will be appreciated. There are many needs due to the limited resources schools have, ranging from stationeries and books to school stuff

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