Volunteer at our Children's Home in Tanzania!

  • Karatu, Manyara Region, Tanzania

To apply to volunteer at RVCV, please email our current Volunteer Coordinator, Kristina Lisica, at volunteer@tanzanianchildrensfund.org. You will need to complete our volunteer appilcation, sign our release agreement, and provide Volunteer Fees for Room & Board, Administrative Fee, and the Tanzanian Residence Permit (dependent on length of volunteer stay).

The Tanzanian Children's Fund (TCF) is dedicated to improving the lives of marginalized children in the Karatu region of Northern Tanzania. The Rift Valley Children's Village (RVCV) was created in 2003 to provide a loving home and a life of opportunity for orphaned children. Today, more than 100 children lead happy, healthy lives at the Children's Village. They receive far more than food, clothing, and shelter - each child at the Children's Village grows up securely knowing that they are loved and that they are an integral part of this unique community. They are not up for adoption; the Children's Village is their permanent family, nurturing them to become productive citizens and future leaders. In short, this may be the most difficult and the most rewarding work you have ever done!

If you have chosen to volunteer with us, then you are clearly someone who loves children, likes to participate and take initiative, doesn't mind getting dirty, and who thrives in a group setting. Our days begin early (6:00am) and do not end until our last child has been put to bed (about 7:30pm). The "work" you will be asked to do may vary according to what you are assigned. Volunteers are assigned to a specific job(s) during their time here based upon his or her skills and interests and our needs, but are expected to pitch in whenever a need arises. You are rewarded daily for your efforts - a smile on a child's face, a group hug from the kids, an appreciative word from other members of the staff - whatever amount of yourself you choose to give, you will get back tenfold in so many wonderful ways.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Rift Valley Children's Village, please keep in mind the following policies:

--We are unable to host volunteers who are under 21 years of age without a chaperone.

--Our minimum length of term for volunteers is 3 weeks and our maximum is 6 months.

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  • Rift Valley Children's Village
    Oldeani Ward
    Karatu, Manyara Region, Tanzania
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  • Start and end dates:

    Need volunteers mid-June 2016 and throughout 2017
  • Duration:

    Less than 3 months
  • Time commitment:

    Full time (30-40 hours/week)
  • Times of day:

    Mornings Afternoons Evenings
  • Days of week:

    Weekdays Weekends
  • Schedule:

    Fixed schedule
  • International volunteer options:

    International volunteers welcome

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