The Tanzanian Children's Fund (TCF) is dedicated to improving the lives of marginalized children in the Karatu region of Northern Tanzania. The Rift Valley Children's Village (RVCV) was created in 2003 to provide a loving home and a life of opportunity for orphaned children. Today, more than 100 children lead happy, healthy lives at the Children's Village. They receive far more than food, clothing, and shelter - each child at the Children's Village grows up securely knowing that they are loved and that they are an integral part of this unique community. They are not up for adoption; the Children's Village is their permanent family, nurturing them to become productive citizens and future leaders. In short, this may be the most difficult and the most rewarding work you have ever done!
If you have chosen to volunteer with us, then you are clearly someone who loves children, likes to participate and take initiative, doesn't mind getting dirty, and who thrives in a group setting. Our days begin early (6:00 a.m.) and do not end until our last child has been put to bed (about 7:30p.m.) The "work" you will be asked to do may vary according to what you are assigned to. Volunteers are assigned to a specific job(s) during their time here based upon his or her skills and interests and our needs, but are expected to pitch in whenever a need arises.You are rewarded daily for your efforts - a smile on a child's face, a group hug from the kids, an appreciative word from other members of the staff - whatever amount of yourself you choose to give, you will get back tenfold in so many wonderful ways.