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WATOTO WETU

Support the orphanage in all of its tasks, including childcare and teaching subjects such as English, Math or Science to children of all ages.

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WATOTO WETU

Support the orphanage in all of its tasks, including childcare and teaching subjects such as English, Math or Science to children of all ages.

  • Skilled & Unskilled
  • Children · Education
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1. WHAT IS THE PROJECT ABOUT?

Watoto Wetu is an orphanage which hosts orphans and street kids. It provides non-formal education to children who have never attended any classes so they can later join secondary school. The orphanage is home to 50 children from the age of 3 to 18, and it supports another 100 children by paying tuition and boarding school for them.

The orphanage runs a nursery school, tuition classes and a form one preparatory course. It also offers computer classes, drawing classes and various leisure time programs.

Evans Tegete, who at the time was an English teacher in a governmental secondary school, founded the project in 1998, and registered it as an NGO in 2001.
Watoto Wetu's mission is to provide better living conditions to orphans and street children by giving them a place to live and by offering them the education they need in order to later become independent adults.

Local and international volunteers work in the project, including some of the people who used to live in the orphanage and are now studying at university. The matron and the cook are the only paid staff and they live in loco.

Most of the previous volunteers sponsor one or two children and pay for their school fees. Offering training courses to students from the neighbourhood, who pay a small tuition fee for the classes they take, also finances the orphanage.

2. WHAT WILL YOUR ROLE AND TASKS BE?

Volunteers are welcome to support the orphanage and training centre in all areas, depending on their interests and skills, including:

Childcare;
Teaching a class in pre-school or nursery school;
Teaching English or other courses such as Math and Science to older students;
Helping the children with their homework;
Supporting the management with accounts and project development.

Daily tasks are flexible. A typical day at Watoto Wetu starts at 8 a.m where, until 2 p.m, volunteers can help teaching classes. In the afternoon volunteers can play with the orphans and help them with their homework, otherwise they can run English classes or other courses to older students.

3. WHICH SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?

This project is suitable to both skilled and unskilled volunteers who:

Are at least 18 years of age at the time of arrival;
Have a good knowledge of spoken and written English;
Enjoy spending time with children.

4. WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THIS PROJECT?

At Watoto Wetu volunteers are always encouraged to speak freely, to bring new ideas and to adapt daily tasks to their interests.
The project provides a friendly and collaborative environment, which makes it easier to cope with the daily challenges of living in a different country.

Proactive volunteers who want to work hard and keep themselves busy can find Watoto Wetu to be an ideal place for them.

It is quite common for volunteers to be faced with some challenges, given the different teaching methods in Tanzania and the difficult behaviours of some of the children, due to their bad life experiences before their arrival at the orphanage.

After a few weeks at the project, volunteers can be sure to learn to get along with different personalities and cultural backgrounds.

1. WHAT IS THE PROJECT ABOUT?

Watoto Wetu is an orphanage which hosts orphans and street kids. It provides non-formal education to children who have never attended any classes so they can later join secondary school. The orphanage is home to 50 children from the age of 3 to 18, and it supports another 100 children by paying tuition and boarding school for them.

The orphanage runs a nursery school, tuition classes and a form one preparatory course. It also offers computer classes, drawing classes and various leisure time programs.

Evans Tegete, who at the time was an English teacher in a governmental secondary school, founded the project in 1998, and registered it as an NGO in 2001.
Watoto Wetu's mission is to provide better living conditions to orphans and street children by giving them a place to live and by offering them the education they need in order to later become independent adults.

Local and international volunteers work in the project, including some of the people who used to live in the orphanage and are now studying at university. The matron and the cook are the only paid staff and they live in loco.

Most of the previous volunteers sponsor one or two children and pay for their school fees. Offering training courses to students from the neighbourhood, who pay a small tuition fee for the classes they take, also finances the orphanage.

2. WHAT WILL YOUR ROLE AND TASKS BE?

Volunteers are welcome to support the orphanage and training centre in all areas, depending on their interests and skills, including:

Childcare;
Teaching a class in pre-school or nursery school;
Teaching English or other courses such as Math and Science to older students;
Helping the children with their homework;
Supporting the management with accounts and project development.

Daily tasks are flexible. A typical day at Watoto Wetu starts at 8 a.m where, until 2 p.m, volunteers can help teaching classes. In the afternoon volunteers can play with the orphans and help them with their homework, otherwise they can run English classes or other courses to older students.

3. WHICH SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?

This project is suitable to both skilled and unskilled volunteers who:

Are at least 18 years of age at the time of arrival;
Have a good knowledge of spoken and written English;
Enjoy spending time with children.

4. WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THIS PROJECT?

At Watoto Wetu volunteers are always encouraged to speak freely, to bring new ideas and to adapt daily tasks to their interests.
The project provides a friendly and collaborative environment, which makes it easier to cope with the daily challenges of living in a different country.

Proactive volunteers who want to work hard and keep themselves busy can find Watoto Wetu to be an ideal place for them.

It is quite common for volunteers to be faced with some challenges, given the different teaching methods in Tanzania and the difficult behaviours of some of the children, due to their bad life experiences before their arrival at the orphanage.

After a few weeks at the project, volunteers can be sure to learn to get along with different personalities and cultural backgrounds.

WHAT OUR VOLUNTEERS SAY ABOUT THIS PROJECT

“Working at Watoto Wetu taught me how to deal with people from different backgrounds and with different personalities, a skill that has proved to be very useful when I started managing people at work”
Giovanna
“I experienced so much love at the centre. This love and closeness that I think is a fundamental part of the Tanzanian culture makes people feel more joy in their lives despite the daily challenges they face.”
Anna
“The most difficult thing was adapting to the different type of teaching. In Sweden we use “positive reinforcing” as a method of teaching, while in Tanzania it is more about punishment. I struggled to accept that I could not do anything about that.”
Felix
“The children were absolutely amazing and I was surprised by how happy and full of life they were, even though they had experienced a tough start in life.”
Julia

“Sometimes I used to just hang around the centre to make bracelets together with the children. Twice a week I had dance classes with some of the girls, as I have been a dance teacher in Sweden for a few years.”

Alma

“It is hard to say what was the best thing about my experience, but I definitely loved meeting so many wonderful people. I am sure I will never forget the time spent in Tanzania and I am so glad that I made the decision of coming to volunteer in Tanzania”

Sophie

WHAT IS OUR FEE?

Select the number of weeks for your program…

Volunteer or internship program Volunteer & travel program
  • ALL PROGRAMS include airport pick up and drop off, two nights in a hotel in Dar Es Salaam on arrival, two days orientation, Swahili language class, placement in a host family (including three meals a day), in-country transport, UPTZ support before and during your stay and a project contribution.
  • The VOLUNTEER & TRAVEL PROGRAM additionally includes a unique and personalised travel experience suited to your budget, organised by us.
    You can decide to combine multiple itineraries and the price will depend on the type of accommodation chosen - budget, mid-range or luxury - and the number of people travelling.
  • Volunteers are responsible for covering the payment of their flight, travel insurance and visa.
  • We also organize a number of EXTRA ACTIVITIES such as cooking class, tour of Dar Es Salaam, a day in Mikadi Beach and a weekend in Morogoro, Bagamoyo or Dar Es Salaam. For an additional fee, one or more of these can be added on top of your selected program.
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