We can imagine that you have lots of questions before embarking on such a big venture. We gave our best to answer them below. In case there is something you are still unsure about, please just hit us up with an e-mail.
You should have a genuine interest in working with children and some experience in child care. A background in education or related field is a plus, but not a requirement.
Your role at the daycare includes helping with daily activities such as assisting the teachers, leading games and songs, and assisting with basic education and literacy activities.
The working hours typically run from 9am to 2pm, Monday through Friday. Some volunteers engage the kids in after-school programs like taking them to the playground, going to a swimming pool, watching a movie and so on.
You will receive support from the daycare staff, as well as the volunteer coordinator, throughout your time at the daycare. This includes regular check-ins, assistance with any challenges or concerns, and access to resources and support as needed.
The official language spoken in Tanzania is Swahili. The children at Flowers are taught English, but mostly just speak Swahili. While knowledge of Swahili can be helpful, is is not a requirement. English is widely spoken and understood in Tanzania, and the staff members at the daycare speak both Swahili and English.
Yes, there is a dress code for volunteers. This includes wearing modest and comfortable clothing, and avoiding clothing with graphic images or messages.
Which vaccinations you will need depends on what you plan to do and which places you wish to visit. In order to make preparations we recommend you to make an appointment with a medical doctor specialized in tropical diseases.
Yes, volunteers need a visa. It is a non negotiable legal requirement. You will receive an invitation letter from Flowers Children's Centre. Upon arrival in Tanzania, you are required to apply for a Tourist Visa/Humanitarian Aid Visa for 50$. The visa is valid for 90 days, with an option to extend for another 90 days. We will support you with this process, so please enquire for details.
Tanzania is generally considered a safe country, but it is always important to exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings. The daycare should provide information on local safety guidelines and precautions.
Sure, we love it! It is a unique experience for each parties. Kids connect so easily across all boundaries.
Donations are always welcome :-) Ask the management what is most needed at the moment. We will help you find a suitable project to invest your donations.
Wohooo! Then get in touch with us and we will happily assist you through everything. Can't wait to hear from you!