If you think you would like to volunteer please get in touch with me, firstname.lastname@example.org, and attach your CV. We would like to help people from abroad who wish to volunteer to identify reasonable accommodation and the like, and to keep their costs as low as possible.
In the past, some of our volunteers have gone through volunteer agencies, and they are charged a lot more money for everything than if they booked everything as an independent traveller. We can even help you to get hold of the requisite work permit and other documentation, because it is the fees paid to get these that can make going through an agency very expensive. We may even have cheap accommodation here at the Watoto Kicheko Center, and we certainly provide free food when you are working, lifts when a car is going out, things like that, saving you even more money. Foreigners are seen as an easy source of money; agencies tend to nominate their friends to provide services at extremely high rates, such as taxis, tours, food, accommodation, and anything else a visitor to Tanzania needs to spend money on!
If you do decide to go through an agency and they claim to ‘help good causes’, or otherwise imply that they make some kind of monetary or in-kind donations to NGOs and places where people commonly volunteer, ask them for precise details, so you can check. I have talked to many volunteers going through agencies who have said they were given this impression; few of them actually checked. A handful of people asked the agency after being prompted to do so and found that they had been misled, and perhaps some didn’t pay enough attention when they were booking their trip!
Watoto Kicheko is very interested in hearing from people who would like to work on a voluntary basis in our center in Njiro. We prefer people to spend longer periods here, but if your skills are only required for the duration of a project or activity, that might also be feasible. Whatever kind of work you do, it is best to do plenty of research before selecting the NGOs you wish to approach. It could save you (and them) a lot of time!
We would especially welcome people who could volunteer their specific knowledge and skills, such as:
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Child care
- Child protection
- Special needs education
- Pre-school/ECD education
To be kept up to date about opportunities to volunteer, please fill in the newsletter form on the right hand column of this page; or email me on email@example.com and attach a copy of your CV.
Volunteer to Develop Facilities, Complete Special Projects, Reduce our Costs?
We would also like to hear from people who could volunteer to help us to develop our facilities. We need someone to construct a chicken run so we can produce more food for the children and possibly earn some cash. We also need to build some safe play facilities, so that the children can enjoy themselves on the premises without worrying about injuring themselves.
Do you know about things like solar water heating, solar power, solar cooking, or any other type of renewable power, such as biodigesters? That’s a great way to volunteer and help us save a lot of money on our electricity and gas bills.
We have a small garden which could easily be used to grow things like passion fruits, vegetables and other foodstuffs. There are great designs for wall gardens and other space-saving ways of growing food in small spaces. If you know about such techniques and would like to volunteer your skills, do get in touch with us.
Some prefer to volunteer to work directly with our children at Watoto Kicheko, and this kind of work is best suited to those who can make a longer term commitment. Others may wish to work with the staff, developing their skills, and this would also be a valuable contribution.