Hisia Nzuri Foundation


The Project

The Hisia Nzuri Nursery School was founded in 2019 by Tini, who also co-founded Viva Tanzania with Tizia. The nursery school aims to provide education for the local Maasai children in Siwandeti, a village on the outskirts of Arusha. Siwandeti is the home to many indigenous and marginalized Maasai families.

‘Hisia Nzuri’ means feeling good in English. It is not uncommon for other schools in the area to use corporal punishment so it’s our intention to create a school with a positive environment where children can learn without fear.

The school, when finished, will have three classrooms with enough room for 50 to 60 children. There will also be an office, a kitchen, a store, toilets, playground, a vegetable garden and chickens. We are building and developing the preschool hand-in-hand with the local community to ensure active participation and a successful outcome.

Hisia Nzuri Viva Tanzania volunteering
Hisia Nzuri Viva Tanzania volunteering
Hisia Nzuri Viva Tanzania volunteering

Your Work

Volunteer experience video:

Hisia Nzuri Viva Tanzania volunteering

Working hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm. Lunch is provided.

We need volunteers with the following interests/skills:

Construction – We need construction workers to help build the preschool.

Curriculum development – We welcome volunteers with any knowledge of curriculum design to help us deliver a high-quality educational program.

Marketing and fundraising – Help us create successful campaigns to generate the financial resources required to build and maintain this school.

No previous experience necessary

This project does not require any previous experience but offers a unique opportunity to invest your skills in building something that will affect the lives of many children.


The project is located 7km (4,3 miles) from the hostel and can be reached via public transport.

Please note

The project requires a weekly donation of US$50. This donation is not included in the program fee, and is paid direct to the Nursery School. It is used to support expenses such as building material, lunch and staff wages.

The donation is not included in the registration or program fee and needs to be paid directly in cash to the project on your first day.

I spent two months in Tanzania working as teacher in a primary school. It has been a fantastic experience, and I’m grateful to Viva Tanzania to have made this possible. I chose this project because I wanted to try a teaching experience and also because I was very attracted by the environment in the north of Tanzania, and I have to say that all my expectations have been totally fulfilled. Tizia has made the preparation of my trip simpler by giving me many useful tips, and the same applies for the duration of my stay. The impact with Tanzania was great, and I have to thank Tini too who came twice to pick me up at the airport (due to the huge delay of my flight). Food was also good, especially because we could try different local dishes. The school is in a really nice context, and all the staff has been extremely friendly and helpful with me. At the moment I arrived, one of the teacher had just moved to an other school, therefore I had the feeling that my help was especially important in that period, and this also gave the interesting opportunity to do all the lessons on my own. I was mainly teaching English, mathematics and French. Although it was my first experience in teaching to children, I got used quite quickly. The pupils were really nice, although very agitated and excited (as most of the kids are!), and I will remember their enthusiasm when I said that I wanted them to teach me some Swahili. All in all, it has been a very rich and exciting experience that I would redo again and again if the opportunity comes.

Jule, 23, Germany

Founder’s interview:

Hisia Nzuri Viva Tanzania volunteering
Hisia Nzuri Viva Tanzania volunteering
Hisia Nzuri Viva Tanzania volunteering
Hisia Nzuri Viva Tanzania volunteering

Project price

Registration fee is 200 €. Programme fee is 110 € per week (hostel or host family) or 160€ per week (single room).


You can choose between a single room or four-bed room in the hostel and our host family.

Project length

The minimum stay is two weeks. Due to visa regulations you can spend a maximum of two years as a volunteer in Tanzania.

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Currently we are collecting donations
to start building the pre-school