Volunteers are expected to engage in the following outlined activities as an assistant to the local staff.
# Basic Childcare: Basic childcare is a primary function of a Child care centre. Much of a volunteer's time is spent monitoring children to ensure they remain safe as they go about their activities.
# Play time: Play is important work for children. Play helps children share with others and copes with their feelings while developing verbal and nonverbal communication skills. Play also helps develop children's fine motor development and helps them develop confidence. Volunteers usually assist with age-appropriate activities such as helping toddlers and pre-schoolers with arts and crafts, reading, writing, dancing, singing and playing games.
# Capacity development: Support local staff through knowledge and experience sharing on various teaching/Kids caring methodologies, Teaching English language etc.
# Clean-up and maintenance: to maintain focus on children at all times and to help maintain a safe, friendly, supportive environment. Volunteers must be vigilant to ensure all toys and equipment’s are safe, clean and in good working ord
Accomodation and food
Volunteers will be accommodated in the host families located in an Eco-village. There are standard houses with three bedrooms, living room and kitchen. The houses are surrounded by nature and green vegetation. Basic accommodation facilities will be provided, and you should expect to share room with either host family members or other volunteers from the same or other projects. Depending on the availability of host families; volunteers shall expect to stay as well at the Youth accommodation in the community. Three meals will be provided to the volunteers either at the accommodation or work placement. Vegetarian meals will be available.
Location and leisure
Chamazi is an urban community located in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam City (about 30km away to the South). With a population of approximately 64,000 inhabitants, the community is situated in a beautiful area still surrounded by nature. Chamazi is accessible by both public and private transport. Most social service facilities like health center, security, telecommunications, banking, shopping places can be reached easily.
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays are free for volunteers to do their personal activities including exploring what the region offer in terms of cultural and natural attractions. Possibilities are:-
# Exploring Zanzibar historical, natural and cultural sites. These include museums, local markets, stone town etc. Enjoy wildlife and marine life. Jozani forest National Park, Blue safaris swimming, tour to small islands, variety of water sports, spice tour among many other options.
# Near Dar es Salam possibilities could be; wildlife safari trips, Marine excursions (Mingoyo Islands) Eco and cultural tourism activities, Bagamoyo or Kilwa, Dar es Salaam tour (Beach, Museums, and Markets).
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Children Care centers are social facilities that care for children in groups and they have different sponsors, including schools, churches, social service agencies or independent owners. Many parents choose center-based care because they believe the presence of multiple caregivers, larger groups of children, and state inspections make them both safer and more dependable. Some parents also consider these types of centers to be a better learning environment for their children.
Children care Centers is a project aiming to ensure that children receives a good quality childhood care, education and gains the skills and knowledge they need to thrive achieve promising future. The project is focusing on the children from the age of two years to six years of age on which this particular age of a child is considered the most vulnerable and crucial stage of a person's life where this program often focuses on guiding children to learn through play and other creative methods.
On arrival in Tanzania, you will be picked up by UVIKIUTA staff/volunteer, or Transport service provider agent. Provide your travel information at least seven working days before the project start to allow time to manage all logistics to welcome you to Tanzania. Please be advised that, we can only provide pick services from one the following points on the day and time requested by volunteer or sending organization:-
# Dar es Salaam International Airport
# Dar es Salaam Ferry Terminal
# Ubungo main bus Terminal, Dar es Salaam
# Dar es Salaam Central Railway station
# Any accommodation facility within Dar es Salaam city Center.
Non-Tanzanian volunteers are required to have business visa in order to join this project. Visa is available online and can be also obtained at the airport or other border of entry on arrival by presenting UVIKIUTA invitation letter.
NOTE: This project is not available in the month of June and December due to the school holidays.
# Interest to work with children
# Open minded and ready to be challenged
# Interested in other cultures and local realities
# Patient and committed
# Creative and easy to adopt to the situations
# Able to work under less supervision and minimum resources
# Have English language skills and an interest to learn the local Language (Kiswahili). Optional language classes will be provided.