Youth Empowerment

Meru Warriors

The Project

This project was founded in 2013 by a Tanzanian teacher, Joseph Smith, who recognized that sports can change lives by providing hope for those who face adversity and challenges. It works with various schools in Arusha to increase sports participation to help build healthier children and promote community connectedness.

Joseph Smith and other coaches offer football training several times a week for children aged from 3 to 17. These children train with the aim of being placed in a professional club once they turn 18. The ‘Meru Warriors Talent Program’ looks for talented children in the student league throughout Tanzania, who are then supported by scholarships and housed together in Arusha.

The project also supports talented young people from disadvantaged families who face hardship and challenges. It seeks to empower children who face adversity. The social support they receive, through training and grants, helps them feel connected to their communities and creates a sense of belonging. And the regular practice of a team sport helps them learn values such as self-control, discipline, perseverance and respect.

Meru Warriors Viva Tanzania volunteering

Your Work


Working hours will be discussed individually. Lunch is not provided.

Daily activities include:

– supporting one of the coaches to train a football team
– training a football team yourself
– helping with fundraising
– working on the projects’ social media pages
– going to weekend tournaments to support the teams
– assisting with the morning yoga classes
– helping train the coaches

And, if you have knowledge of a particular sport you are welcome to create your own youth sports team.

No previous experience necessary

This project does not require any previous experience. Meru Warriors welcomes all volunteers and appreciates their ideas and support.


This project is located 21kms (13miles) from the hostel and can be reached by public transport. 

“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!