Become apart of the Maasai
community in
Tanzania

Provide essential support to the children of the Maasai

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  • Duration
    1-24 weeks
  • Accompanied age
    5+
  • Minimum age
    17+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £120
  • Duration
    1-24 weeks
  • Accompanied age
    5+
  • Minimum age
    17+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £120

Tanzania Childcare Volunteers

Volunteer to help the children in one of Tanzania’s most renowned communities, the Maasai. With their iconic brightly coloured wraps and their distinctive dances, interacting with the Maasai is as every bit as memorable as any landscape or big five encounter.

Volunteering within the day care centre will see you busy assisting the teachers where you will brighten up the lives of many young children. You will make a vital and important contribution to not only their daily lives, but the future of this traditional community. 

If there is one thing for certain, you will fall in love with the Maasai community and Tanzania – you won’t want to leave!

Background to the childcare programme

The Maasai in Lemiti village have approached our local team requesting to help their community. With the rapid development of Tanzania as a tourist destination and the emergence of national parks and safaris, the Maasai can no longer simply continue with their traditional nomadic ways and customs.

With a long-term view in mind, we believe that with the help of you and other volunteers, we can create a sustainable plan to assist the village. We are hoping to grow their community through the children and women to catch up with the fast-developing times in Tanzania and to preserve their tribe for many generations to come.

Where will I be volunteering?

Lemiti Childcare Centre - You will spend your time volunteering within the purpose-built kindergarten that was constructed to provide day care for the children within the Maasai community. Part of your programme fee goes to paying the wages of the two teachers here, as well as providing lunch to all of the children that attend every day - without the volunteer fees, the kindergarten simply wouldn’t exist. There are currently over 55 children that attend each and every day, aged between 3 and 6 years old. 

What is my role?

Your main role within the kindergarten will be to help run basic lessons that are centred around games and activities to keep the children engaged. You will provide much needed support and assistance as you plan and provide simple English lessons, get involved with music, dance, art and play an active role with the general care of the children.

If you’re not looking to stand up in front of the class, then do not worry! Just spending time with the children, giving them attention and playing will do wonders for their confidence and make their time at the kindergarten so much fun.

You can spend a lot of your time outside with the children, where you will be surrounded by sugar cane fields and can enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains.

Interested volunteers can also take part in the local women’s empowerment programme and advance the initiatives already in place to help the Maasai community even more! Not only this, but you can assist the village with coming up with new ideas on how to progress the community and become an integral part to their survival.

Longer term volunteers may also be invited to stay with the tribe for a few nights to see exactly how they live – an unforgettable experience.

What will a typical day look like?

You will be expected to volunteer from Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 12pm – with at least 2 hours per day dedicated to sports and games. You are more than welcome to stay later or also assist on the teaching programme if you are looking to spend longer volunteering each day.

Once you have finished your placement for the day, all volunteers (across all programmes) always meet back at the accommodation and spend the rest of the day together.

Transport to and from the kindergarten is included within the programme fee and is provided by tuk tuk or private car. The journey takes around 25 minutes, depending on traffic.

Where will I be staying?

You will be staying within our volunteer house just five minutes from the centre of the tourist town of Moshi. We cannot think of a better base for your stay in Tanzania, where you will have access to all of the local amenities as well as enjoy spectacular views out to the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro from your bedroom window.

During your free time, you can easily head out on safari in search of the famous Big Five, relax on the golden sandy beaches in beautiful Zanzibar, climb Mount Kilimanjaro (or just look in awe from it’s base!) or trek through the rainforest to find hidden waterfalls.

Other things to consider

Resources and donations - Resources can be very limited on our programmes in Tanzania and we would really appreciate any additional support that can be provided. It would be amazing if you could bring any materials associated with your project, including pens, paper, colouring books and anything else you think will aid your time on the programme.

Helping on multiple projects - Whilst in Tanzania, you will also have the opportunity to assist with our teaching and dog programme for no additional costs. All of our programmes in Tanzania are located in the same region and everyone shares the same accommodation.

Tanzania was amazing

In Tanzania my fiancé and I did the childcare and the experience was incredible, I highly recommend.

Everyone involved were amazing, Alice and Emmanuel ran it great, German, Ali, Daniel, Emmanuel (driver), Elvis and Sam were all brilliant and made the experience even better. The food was g... Read More

Dan RoosFebruary 2024

Great experience

Fantastic opportunity for my grand children to be involved in sea turtle conservation and kindergarten programme.

Great group of people on the programme

Friendly and helpful staff including availability of tuk tuk drivers.

Beds were comfortable with mosquito nets.

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Tina StiffDecember 2023

Unforgettable experience …

Volunteering with the mighty roar has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life. I cannot thank Emmanuel, Alice, the comfy stay team and the whole of the mighty roar for this unforgettable experience. I cannot wait to revisit Moshi Tanzania again with them, their hospitality is absolutely unm... Read More

Sophia BagnallOctober 2023

Tanzania 2023…

I've just returned home from the childcare programme in Tanzania. It was such an incredible experience, I met some friends for life and had the experience of a lifetime.

The children at the Masai school don't speak any English but that doesn't prevent you from bonding with them immediately.... Read More

Maddie SmithSeptember 2023

An amazing week for us

An amazing week for us. We volunteered for the child care in Tanzania as a family of 4, with our son (10) and daughter (13). We volunteered for a week before heading to Zanzibar which we organised independently. The accommodation was basic but the staff very helpful with local trips and activitie... Read More

Simon WardSeptember 2023

My 15 year old son and I have just…

My 15 year old son and I have just returned from a 4 week volunteering holiday in Tanzania. The communication from TMR prior to the trip was excellent and Chris put my mind at ease by answering my many questions.

We were volunteering with the childcare programme but were also provided with ... Read More

Karen LawrensonSeptember 2023

Amazing time with Emmanuel and the…

Amazing time with Emmanuel and the Mighty Roar in Tanzania!! Felt very at home and able to make an impact. Thank you

James MurrayAugust 2023

Had a great time volunteering in…

Had a great time volunteering in Tanzania doing the childcare programme. Was really immersive and eye opening. Got to see and do loads of things which I could never have dreamed of. Staff were lovely and although there was a slight language barrier, they all were so thoughtful and caring. Hostel ... Read More

Sophie SumnerJuly 2023

TMR MOSHI

I stayed in moshi for two weeks and I have to say the entire time was amazing. Childcare was so fun and the medical was very insightful. The hotel we stayed at was really cozy and my room was more than I needed. The food was great and all the staff were so friendly and were always there if we eve... Read More

Amy BenfieldJune 2023

Childcare Project - Tanzania

I’ve just finished a 2 week volunteer placement in childcare in Tanzania. It was a fantastic experience and the best thing I have done in my life so far. Speaking honestly, it is a volunteering experience in a developing country which means you don’t have all the home comforts of the UK. For ... Read More

Lisa JonesMay 2023

Tanzania and Zimbabwe

I had a great experience in tanzania and zimbabwe both through using the mighty roar and i would deffiently recommend people use the mighty roar. The teams in both countries were amazing and couldnt do more for the volunteers.

Sidney SpoonerMarch 2023

Just Go For It!

Best experience of my life! I volunteered for mighty roar over November/December 2022 in Tanzania and loved every second of it, as a 18 year old girl I felt so safe along every second of my experience. I made lifelong friends with the workers at the comfy stay hotel and bonded instantly with so m... Read More

Betty GriffithsFebruary 2023

Life Changing Experience

Thoroughly enjoyed my experience volunteering in Tanzania at the kindergarten with the children. Chris was extremely helpful answering many questions before this amazing experience began. Overall such a life changing experience would love to go again in the futu... Read More

Samantha ClarkeApril 2022

Two Weeks In Tanzania

I spent two weeks in Tanzania doing the ‘childcare’ project with kindergarten children. I was very well looked after by my host in Tanzania Emmanuel. He was great when it came to going on trips too! I’m hoping to go back at some point, I found it hard to leave. The children literally have n... Read More

Laura AndersonApril 2022

The Maasai Community

Becoming a part of the Maasai community and helping to look after and teach the children here was one of the best experiences of my life. Tanzania stole my heart and I cannot wait to return and volunteer again.

Ivan HorleyJune 2020

Friends and memories for life in Tanzania

  • December 2023
I have just returned home after an incredible 5 weeks spent in Tanzania. I spent my time with both the childcare and medical programmes and whist I could write a book about my trip, I do have a few highlights. Living and volunteering amongst the local people allowed me to immerse myself in the culture of Tanzania and get to know the amazing people who live there. I met so many inspirational people and I will cherish my memories from Tanzania for life.

Emily's story

Teaching in a primary school in Tanzania

  • July 2023
I recently travelled to Tanzania to volunteer on the teaching course. I had such an amazing time, I had to write all about it and share just some of my pictures from my time there. From the start to the end, I had the most incredible time volunteering within the government primary school in Moshi. I was also lucky enough to help on the childcare project as well. Having spent a week as a teaching volunteer, I was amazed by the beauty of Tanzania and I cannot wait to return to volunteer again. Wish I was there for at least another week!

Anna's story

An eventful 4 weeks in Tanzania

  • September 2022
I signed up with The Mighty Roar to volunteer in Tanzania for 4 weeks in September. I was lucky enough to do a mixture of the childcare and medical programmes, which really opened my eyes to the way of life in Tanzania.

Caitlin's story

My medical elective in Tanzania

  • June 2022
I volunteered in Tanzania on the medical programme as part of my elective placement at Edinburgh University. I will definitely be visiting Tanzania again, and can't wait to undertake my medical elective next year with the Mighty Roar.

Emma's story