Volunteering with Heshima
Things you can do!
We always need help at Heshima and thankfully people both
old and young, from around the world, volunteer to help out.
Some volunteer for a couple of weeks, whilst others commit
to a longer period of time Ö but all are useful! We try to
find out where your strengths and interests lie and then we
match you up with something you feel comfortable with.
Recently these are some of the jobs that our volunteers have
Organised activities for
the mother and toddler group.
Taught English to Maasai women.
Supported students with reading at the Saturday School.
Developed the garden.
Built an obstacle course for children.
Helped with the building work including painting,
carpentry, plumbing and electrics.
Run some art, music or drama workshops.
Delivered training at the textile training centre.
Organised or participated
in a sponsored event eg. climbing Kilimanjaro.
Let us know what you are interested in and I am sure that we
will be able to make the most of your skills and gifts.
Cost of Volunteering
You will need to buy your return flight. Our nearest airport
is Kilimanjaro, but many of our volunteers have found it
cheaper to fly to Nairobi airport. There are buses that run
from the airport to Arusha and once we know your arrival
time we can book you on this bus. (Around £20.00 for the bus
We can arrange accommodation for you on the Braeburn school
site, which is around 5 km away from the Heshima site.
Accommodation here is around £6 a night for a room. Two
people can stay together in one room. The room is basic but
clean and includes a mosquito net, and an ensuite shower
room. In the courtyard behind your room there is a shared
kitchen and dining area, where you can cook your meals.
There is an outdoor swimming pool, bar, basketball court and
squash courts on the school site, which all our volunteers
Please remember that there is no National Health service in
Tanzania and so all our volunteers need to come with medical
insurance. The Tanzanian Government also requires you to
come with a yellow fever certificate. If you forget it, you
may be given the injection at the airport for $20.00!
Things to do and see
There are many things to do and see in and around Arusha. Of
course, you canít really come all this way and not go to one
of our near by National Parks. We can help you to arrange a
day trip to one of the parks listed below:
Arusha National Park
Tarangire National Park
Manyara National Park
The entrance charge for each of these parks at present is
$35 per person and it will cost around $200 for a safari
vehicle, fuel and a driver.
Two world famous parks, around a 4 hour drive away are:
The Ngorogoro Crater
Serengeti National Park
We can help you to arrange an overnight trip to these parks
but if you are wanting to do this please set aside around
Most of our volunteers choose to work for 5 days a week and
have two days off. There are lots of things to see locally
The Maasai Market
The Snake Park
The Old Fort and Museum
There are also lots of lovely places to enjoy a meal.
Some of our volunteers choose to visit the beach in their
last week, before going home. If you would like us to help
you arrange your accommodation and transport, please let us
know. A simple ensuite banda on our nearest beach (Pangani)
costs around £30.00 per person a night for bed and
If you are interested in coming out to help please get in