EDUCATION

Venance Care Foundation

The Project

The Venance Care Foundation is a preschool founded in 2014 by a Tanzanian local, Venance Mark Shayo. It is located in a poor neighbourhood in Arusha. The preschool provides affordable education to 45 children between the ages of 3 and 5. The children are from disadvantaged backgrounds – there are many local families who cannot afford to send their children to school. The Venance Foundation provides students with a daily meal to ensure they receive the nutrition they need. There are two teachers with classes divided into baby class and kindergarten, and Venance himself takes an active role caring for the children.

Venance Care Foundation volunteering in preschool
Venance Care Foundation volunteering in Tanzania
Venance Care Foundation volunteering

Your Work

Schedule

The children arrive at 8am for a morning prayer before their first class at 8.30am, classes continue until 12pm. Lunch is not provided. 

Daily activities include:

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supporting the teachers by helping teach subjects such as English, maths, science, sports, handwriting, and art
– singing songs
– playing with the children
– teaching the children how to play nicely together
– helping with cleaning after classes finish
– preparing lessons and teaching aides for the following day
– attending staff meetings
– serving the children their lunch
– helping decorate the classroom

The work at the Venance Care Foundation is flexible so that if you want you can work longer hours. Extra activities you may do include helping children who have difficulties with certain subjects and need extra guidance. Also the foundation often needs help with their Facebook page, and with fundraising.

Help with the new farming project

Last year the Venance Care Foundation started a farming project so the foundation can become more self-sufficient. Volunteers can help at all levels, from growing vegetables, to finding customers and project management.

No previous experience necessary

This project does not require any previous experience. Venance welcomes all volunteers and appreciates their ideas and support. There are many ways you can help at the foundation, and have an impact on the lives of disadvantaged children. Please keep an open mind and remember that schools in Tanzania are run differently than in your home country. For example, corporal punishment is sometimes used and the classrooms are often poorly equipped.

Location

This project is located 7kms (4.3miles) from the hostel and can be reached by public transport

“The volunteer programme was a highlight of our trip. We spent five days working in a small school for 3-5 year old children called Venance Care Foundation. It was set up by a man called Venance who was also very passionate about enhancing the lives of these children and encouraging them to work hard in life. Despite it only being a small set up, Venance and the teacher did a brilliant job at teaching the children on a daily basis with minimal teaching facilities. As volunteers, we were given the opportunity to teach the children and play with the children each day. It was absolutely brilliant listening to the children sing and dance during break time and also teaching them nursery rhymes and songs from our own country. I would really recommend taking a box of pencils, pens, paper, colour books, chalks, craft materials etc if you were planning on volunteering at somewhere like this, as they seemed to need all the help them could get with teaching facilities.”

Elena, 18, Germany

Project price

2 weeks: 500€
3 weeks: 650€
4 weeks: 800€
Every additional week: 150€

Accommodation

You can choose between a single room or four-bed room in the hostel and a 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

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