Youth Empowerment

Meru Warriors

A few information about

The Project

The soccer project Meru Warriors was founded in 2013 by the Tanzanian teacher Joseph Smith and is still led by him. His goal is to make football and other sporting activities more popular in schools in order to bring the children and the whole community closer together, true to the motto: ‘Come with passion, leave with vision’. To share his passion with as many children and young people as possible, he works with various schools in Arusha. There he and other coaches offer football training several times a week for children aged three to 17 for a small fee or sometimes even free of charge. He also supports particularly talented young people through special training courses and grants. Some of the children and young people whom Joseph trains come from particularly disadvantaged families and without Meru Warriors would never have the opportunity to play football in a real team, so often prove to be the most disciplined and ambitious in training. For children and teenagers who show violent behavior at a young age, regular practice of a team sport can strengthen characteristics such as self-control, discipline and the ability to work in a team which will help them in later life. The “Meru Warriors Talent Program” is constantly looking for talented children in the student league throughout Tanzania, who are then supported by scholarships and housed together in a house in Arusha. These children train hard with the aim of being placed in a professional club once they turn 18.

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Learn more about

Your Work

The training takes place several times a week on three different training grounds. Depending on your previous knowledge and interests, you can train a group yourself or support one of the trainers in their work.

Many of the children and teenagers are also interested in yoga classes, acrobatics, running and everything else that has to do with movement. So if you have previous knowledge of another sport and want to share your passion for it, you are cordially invited to support Meru Warriors.

In addition to regular football training, the club also often goes to tournaments in the area on weekends. You are welcome to go to the competitions to  support the team.

You can also help Joseph organize fundraising, maintain the club’s social networks or train a coach.

Please note:

Soccer training usually takes place in the afternoons when the children and young people come home from school. Since the training grounds and the office are around 20 kilometers from the hostel, we recommend that you stay with our host family, whose house is within walking distance of the project. So you are back in your accommodation before dark and your safety is ensured.

“What an incredible experience! From the moment my friends and I applied to this volunteer project we had support. We had all our questions answered in a timely manner since day 1 of our application. On our arrival, we immediately felt comfortable and most importantly safe. Our hostel was always tidy due to our amazing Mamas (who are doing excellent job at keeping the hostel presentable) and were able to accommodate my friends and I’s request to be together in one room. We were guided to the town on our first day and taught us how to get around from our hostel to our volunteer project. They told us all the necessary information needed to get by. In the hostel there are other volunteers under Viva Tanzania who stay in the hostel. We definitely got along and also enhanced our first volunteer experience. Everyone gave invaluable tips! Our Volunteer project was amazing!! These ladies had so much ambition/ potential, they can go far in this world! I can confidently say all the previous and present volunteers have made am impact on them- emotionally, physically and mentally/ intellectually. On the weekends, we were able to arrange crazy fun activities which other volunteers from other projects under Viva Tanzania NGO can join. I highly recommend this project to anyone and I would definitely go back!”

Maren, 26, Germany

Project price

2 weeks: 500€
3 weeks: 650€
4 weeks: 800€
Every additional week: 200€


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.

Let your adventure to start

Book your place now

Are you interested in the project? Fill out the registration form and we will start planning your stay.
Start your volunteering experience in Tanzania and get the lifetime experience!