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Volunteer Placement Organization

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Languages: 
English
Company Headquarters: 
Dar Es Salaam , AR
Tanzania
TZ
Causes: 
Childcare / Children
Education
Health / Medical
Minimum Stay: 
1 week
Cost per Day: 
$30
Cost per Week: 
$200
Cost per Month: 
$670
Cost Includes: 
Pre-Departure Orientation
3 Meals per Day
Volunteer Hostel
Homestay
Airport Pickup and Drop Off
Project Locations: 
KILIMANJRO VOLUNTEERS EXPOSURE (KIVOLEX)

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Dar Es Salaam , AR
Tanzania
TZ
Languages:
English
Description
KIVOLEX is a volunteer abroad organisation with its head office in Arusha, Tanzania East Africa. We are a non-profit organization, aimed at improving the lives of all those in need in the local community, through amazing volunteer abroad projects . Specifically, we work with underprivileged groups such as women and children. Established to bring Western enthusiasm, expertise and passion to tackling some of the problems which affect the most needy in Tanzania. Our ethos is that you’ll be volunteering with us, not for us. We’re far more interested in your skills and desire to help than your money.

In Tanzania, KIVOLEX is run by a group of experienced social workers who have seen the difference passionate volunteers can make to people's lives. We have support team in the USA and UK in the form of previous volunteers, who handle the recruitment and support of new volunteers before they fly out to begin project work.

Volunteering overseas is an enormously rewarding activity, both for yourself and the community you work with. Don’t underestimate the skills you have that will make a difference: one of the most important is that you are a fluent speaker of English. With much of the higher curriculum in Tanzania being in English, but with highly varying standards across both pupils and teachers, just being exposed to fluent English is enormously beneficial for education and development in local communities.

You’ll make memories (and friends) that will last you a lifetime- knowing that you’ve made lasting positive change to the community you volunteered with, but also became more independent and rounded as a person.

We will try and match you with the best possible project for you. If there’s something specific you want to do, then we will place you there, and if not we will work with you to find something that will benefit both you and the local community enormously.

Read on for an overview of the placements we have available.

Teaching

Children are at the heart of every community in Tanzania. Education of these children is incredibly important, and families are becoming aware of the social mobility that can be achieved through education. However, there are many problems standing between a child and his or her education in Tanzania. Class sizes are extraordinarily large- 90 to 120 pupils per classroom is not at all uncommon at primary level. The majority of the schools we place volunteers with are constantly understaffed and are always in need of teaching support. Individual children suffer from a lack of personal support and attention, and their education falters as a result.

It’s clear that classroom volunteers can provide much needed assistance with large class sizes, and help provide exposure to fluent native English. Working with teachers, you’ll help improve children’s education not only in

English, but subjects like Maths and Geography are universal as well, and you’ll be looking to help out the pupils’ development in all areas.

Working with other volunteers and resident teachers, you'll build on the work of previous volunteers to help the children progress in all areas of the curriculum, through traditional teaching methods, and fun activities such as games, art and physical activity.

Working with children is enormous fun anywhere in the world, and it is a great privilege to help a child towards a brighter future, one we’d like to share with all our volunteers.

Orphanage

Volunteering in the orphanage is quite similar to the teaching projects in the day. You’ll be helping the teachers conduct their lessons, helping with drawings, sports, games and pupil learning.

However there is an added dimension- you’ll be assisting with the general care of the orphans in the orphanage. Duties such as cleaning the dormitories and clothes and helping with the cooking of meals for the children, as well as playing with and entertaining them. It’s a fuller but more demanding role than that of school volunteering, as you will be building emotional bonds of care with the children and providing pastoral support. You can become very attached to some of the children you work with, and we’d look to help you maintain that attachment by sponsoring one of the children on your return home, should you wish to continue with such a relationship.


Special Needs

The special need centres lack the skilled personnel and relevant equipment to deliver the special care and attention needed to provide these children with a stimulating environment. Volunteers help with education and providing one on one stimulus and motivation to the disabled kids. Volunteers may also be required to help with motion, lifting and handling, personal hygiene and other day to day tasks that the children simply cannot perform on their own.

It is quite an intense volunteer experience, but one that will ultimately be rewarding. Much like the orphanage project, we’d look to help you sponsor a any child you’d become close to on when you return home, should you wish to.


Health

Thousands of Tanzanian dies every year because of lack of proper medical care and equipment. The medical center is located in Ngarenaro area Arusha town about 15 minutes by bus from town center. Ngarenaro Health Centre originally started as a women’s health centre. Currently it is an exclusively women’s reproductive health centre located in the city centre and occupies 8 doctors, 40 nurses, a laboratory service, an outpatient department, a maternity and children clinic and a labor ward.

Because of the high number of patients, the centre is very busy and can hardly meet the demands for its services, which include comprehensive breastfeeding, antenatal care and pregnancy, prevention of mother to child transmission, care treatment and counseling for HIV positive mothers, delivery, early infant diagnosis, family planning, general maternity, counseling and testing for HIV/AIDS. All these services are available 24 hours.
The clinic accepts volunteers who are medical students or medical professionals (CV needed before). The main tasks of the volunteers are assisting local nurses in the labor room, giving vaccinations to newborns and treating mothers and their children who come to the centre. Sometimes they might even be given administrative works.
Causes
Childcare / Children, Education, Health / Medical
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$200 per week
Estimate only - visit Organization website for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Volunteer Hostel
  • Homestay
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Local-Transport, Internet
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KILIMANJRO VOLUNTEERS EXPOSURE (KIVOLEX) Average Ratings
3/13/17
5
"Volunteering in Arusha was one of the best times I’ve ever had. From the moment we arrived everyone was lovely to us. It felt like we were part of their home. We ate together and they always made sure we had fun. If ever we needed guidance on where to go or what to do, they would help out, even if it meant arranging a bus at night to take us to a club all together! Volunteering was really free and relaxed. We got to meet lots of people and feel like we were really getting involved in helping others out. There are also quite a few good clubs in Arusha which was a great surprise and something to definitely check out! The atmosphere was always very upbeat and I really felt like I was at a home away from home. I know if I were to return, I would be welcomed back as an old friend. I...