Volunteer / Intern Program

Maasai Children Education is pleased to broadcast our own uniquely developed Internship/Volunteer Program that has been operating in Tanzania for 3 years. Interns/Volunteers work with our partner organizations – Maasai Children Center , Primary and Secondary Schools in the Arusha region, — spending 20 or more hours per week at their selected site. During your interview, we will determine together the best fit for your skills and interests. Current programs available for Intern/Volunteer placement are as follows:

Program 1 – St. Thomas Schools
Interns/Volunteers may work at St. Thomas Nursery & Primary School, established in the late 1900’s located in Moshono in the south eastern suburbs of Arusha. St. Thomas is considered to be one of the top rated English medium primary schools in Arusha. Their mission is to teach children ages 3 and above the skills to help shape them into responsible, innovative, and able leaders for the future. Interns/Volunteers help prepare teaching materials, teach English and handwriting, computers, sports lessons, and other activities.

Program 2 – Women in Action
Interns/Volunteers work with WIA’s base in Tanzania on income-generating and empowerment activities in the areas of social, economic and legal rights at the grassroots level. Interns/Volunteers can work in different sections – preschool, business, management, or home based care.

Program 3 – Initiative for Youth
Initiative for Youth deals with community development and works with the local government. Interns/Volunteers work with youth clubs, helping students with their studies, life skills, and home based care. They may also work within the agricultural sector to help with new farming techniques, erosion issues and counseling. Meetings are also held on health education.

Program 4 – Maasai Children Education
Interns/Volunteers work with orphans who are in need of learning life skills and English. Interns/Volunteers also help maintain farms as well as enhancing agricultural techniques and solutions towards environmental degradation. This orphanage coincides with Rehoboth Orphans Family and Precious Orphanage. Interns/Volunteers interested in work at these three sites will reside 35 minutes outside of Arusha at a rented home with running water, electricity and personal chef.

Program 5 – Roots and Shoots
Dr. Jane Goodall, world-renowned primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace has partnered with our organization in the quest for world peace. Interns/Volunteers work at Dr. Jane Goodall’s Institute of Information Technology in Arusha. Interns/Volunteers have the opportunity to teach classes on information technology as well as work on environmental projects throughout the Arusha area.

Program 6 – Maasai Children Education
Interns/Volunteers have the opportunity to work with a small NGO that works in Arusha and travels to rural Maasai bomas to help people with specific needs. These needs include: education in nutrition and health for children, environmental conservation, animal husbandry, as well as work in information technology.

Additional Programming
In addition to interning/volunteering, there are several other components of the Maasai Children Education Intern/Volunteer Program. Interns/Volunteers live in shared apartments with modern amenities and have the chance to fully immerse themselves in Tanzanian culture. The Intern/Volunteer program is not a tourist program. Kitchen and bathrooms are comfortable, though not luxurious. Interns/Volunteers may share bedrooms with one other person. Interns/Volunteers live together and jointly participate in an orientation, Kiswahili classes, cultural activities, a group trip to a national park, and a final retreat. Program groups also meet for weekly group dinners.

Orientation in Tanzania
Interns/Volunteers will participate in a two-day orientation program that will include intensive Kiswahili instruction, cultural events, visits to the partner organizations, and group reflection.

Kiswahili classes
Interns/Volunteers will study Kiswahili daily with a tutor who will tailor classes according to language ability. Interns/Volunteers will be divided into three classes: those with no Kiswahili skills, those with basic or some knowledge of modern standard Kiswahili, and those with advanced knowledge of the Kiswahili language. Program staff will help interns/volunteers to arrange more intense Kiswahili study if they wish to take more classes at their own expense.

Cultural activities

Staff will coordinate activities throughout the summer. Sites could include a visit to a Maasai village, visits to art galleries, or other venues based on intern/volunteer interest.

Group trips
The Maasai Children Education Intern/Volunteer Program will arrange one weekend trip to a National Park e.g. Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro National Park, or Serengeti National Park. Additional trips can be arranged at your own expense.

Final Retreat
The last few days of the program are reserved for reflection and group activities, which will take place at a desert site outside of Arusha.

Program dates:Flexible
The application and a $500 non-refundable deposit to Completed applications, this should be paid in advance 1 month before the arrival date, which must include two (2) recommendation letters and a copy of the photo/information page of your passport, should be sent to sean/henry@maasaichildreneducation.org. Interns/Volunteers will also need to submit scans of two (2) passport-sized photos.

Program fee

Total cost:750$1500, Pound 830 and 850 euro. A non-refundable program deposit of 250 euro, $500 or Pound 300 . If you are accepted to the programs.

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