The children show up at around 8am for a warm up and morning prayer before their first lesson at 8:30am. A normal school day ends at around 12pm – 1pm. During your time there, you will support the teachers during classes by teaching your own small lessons (subjects: Maths, English, Science, Life skills, Sports, Handwriting, Phonics, Arts), helping them to keep the children quiet, singing songs, or simply playing with them. After school you can help with cleaning, preparing the lessons for the next day, meeting additional staff and you can discuss anything that you feel can be improved.
The work at the Venance Care Foundation is extremely flexible so you can work as long as you like. If you want to work longer days, there is plenty to do to support the foundation. Some of the children who have difficulties with certain subjects may need to be taught and guided individually so you can help them improve their learning and knowledge.
Moreover, volunteers are asked to prepare or serve the daily lunch to the children once in a while. If it interests you, you are welcome to take care of the Facebook page and help expand the network of donors.
Help with the farming project
Within the last year, the Venance Care Foundation also opened a farming project that you can be a part of. Former Viva Tanzania volunteers raised money and started the farming project so the foundation could begin their journey to become partly self-sufficient. They still mainly depend on donations, but the plan for the future is to expand the farming project and become more self-sufficient by growing and selling vegetables. Want to help with this? You can ensure everything is growing well, find new customers, plan the next crop, expand the project, keep an eye of the finances and more.
No previous knowledge required
Since Venance welcomes every single volunteer with open arms and appreciates their new ideas and support, you will be able to have an impact on the foundation’s work and the lives of the children. You will be working with Venance and the teachers to see where your skills and knowledge will be most useful for the foundation or for it’s future. Ask them where your help is needed, but don’t worry. You don’t need any special previous knowledge as long as you bring curiosity, motivation and a general interest in improving children’s education along with you to Tanzania.