help2kids
97% Rating
(6 Reviews)

help2kids

help2kids offers children in Africa the opportunity for education, nutrition, and a place to live. We strive to give young people a lasting perspective that will help them to achieve a better life.
We run community projects in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Leopard Bay (Malawi), including a children's home, local nursery schools and primary schools, health care and community projects. For more information, please visit our website: www.help2kids.org. We are always looking for motivated people willing to volunteer with us! We provide nice, clean and safe accommodation at our Friendly Gecko Guesthouses (www.friendlygecko.com). We offer our volunteers the ability to choose from a wide range of volunteer work. The volunteers can also choose to work in both countries (Tanzania and Malawi) and experience completely different cultures of East Africa. Have a look at our websites www.help2kids.org and send an email to [email protected]!

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Monika
Female
22 years old
Germany

The best 6 months of my life!

10/10

I spent four months with Help2Kids in Tanzania in late 2014 and returned for a two-months stay in summer 2015. I took part in many different projects there as well as traveling around the country and see Tanzania's beautiful landscape!

I went to the nursery school every morning with at least one other volunteer, where we led a class of about ten kids who were between five and eight years old. We taught English, Maths and special arts and sports classes. We also tried to teach English to the younger group(3-5years), which was a lot of singing and trying to play educational games, which was a lot of fun, not only for the kids.
I really liked that we were free to plan our own lessons with the kids and teach them our own way. When it got to difficult the teacher was always next door in the other classroom and could translate and explain the activities to the kids. During breaktime we had time to play and cuddle the kids on a sandy yard in front of the school.
At the Guesthouse where all the volunteers are staying we taught English to the Mamas and the gardener who work there. It was great to talk and laugh with them as you saw them getting more confident with their English. I also got to know their personalities and they become much more than a cook and laundress to me. They took me to the local market, taught me how to cook traditional food and a lot about their culture and live in Tanzania.
For lunch we all met at the Children’s Home of Help2Kids where the volunteers and staff ate together and could talk about there mornings.
At around half past three the kids of the Children’s Home come home from school and it’s the volunteers job to help them with their homework doing educational exercises or just hang out together and play games. It’s an awesome experience to get to know all these wonderful children and their characters.
I think it’s best to go there for as long as possible as you need some time to get into the projects, get to know everyone and feel at home. When I realized I know all the kids and Mamas names and they knew mine that was the moment I felt like I was not a stranger anymore at the Children’s Home but a welcome guest there.
That’s why I decided to go back there and volunteer again in 2015, which was the best decision I could make.

How can this program be improved?

I really liked working with help2kids and would recommend it to everyone who wants to spend a few months overseas.
Help2Kids definitely needs more long-term volunteers, as many volunteers are leaving after just one month.
During the six months I stayed in Tanzania, I got to know more than 50 volunteers.
I think the impact would be much higher for both the kids and the volunteers if they stayed longer.

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Alice
Female
22 years old
Austria
Other

Swahili, lots of kids and the time of my life

10/10

In January of 2015 I started as a volunteer at help2kids in Tanzania. I had planned to go on to Malawi after 2 month but after a month I already knew that I would not leave TZ any sooner than really necessary.
Working with the kids and really getting to know them requires some time. That's why I would recommend that if it's possible you go for at least 3 month.
I got to learn some Swahili and also how to really move and be in TZ culture.
Haggling at markets or with a bajaj driver, going with the daladala everyday, buying oranges at the side of the street in May, finding new ways of teaching, no umbrella during rainy season and really getting to know everyone in the projects, especially the kids and staff members, are just a few parts of my experience with help2kids. I really came to see Dar es Salaam and the Friendly Gecko as my home for 5 month - a feeling you might not get if you're only there for a few weeks.
I also got to see Kilimanjaro during my Visa run to Kenya and words wouldn't do the experience any justice.
Overall I loved living in TZ (even if only for 5 month), I came to love the kids and everybody who works at the projects and I made some really special friends.
My piece of advice for people who think of volunteering: go as long as possible, think of fun, educational activities that you can do with the kids (you might want to bring crafting supplies), don't expect the projects being about you volunteering but really about the kids, try supporting the staff and Mamas as best you can and just bring loooots of love and ideas and joy.

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Nicole
Female
24 years old
Basel, Switzerland
Other

amazing time in Tanzania

9/10

I spent 2 amazing months in Tanzania with help2kids.
I'm a kindergarden and primary school teacher in my country (Switzerland) and with help2kids I had the great possibility to get to know the educational system in Tanzania. I could work in a primary school and as well in a kindergarden. I love to work with the local people, the children and as well with the other volunteers. (There were a lot of volunteers from Switzerland, almost all of us)
During my stay in Tanzania I was located in the Friendly Gecko Guest House, that is part of the help2kids organization. The local staff in the Friendly Gecko Guest House is absolutely friendly and cooks amazing food! I visit Tanzania during summertime/summer vacation. So there were a lot of volunteers, sometimes too much. The Guesthouse was really crowded.
During my stay I did a Safari-Trip to different Nationalparks in Tanzania with some other volunteers. It was a great adventure. If you inform the staff from help2kids in advance it's possible to take some days off and to go on a trip. I really enjoyed this generosity.

To sum up, I had a great time in Tanzania and really enjoyed it! If someone ask me, would you do it again? My answer is definitely: YES!

How can this program be improved?

During the time I was in Tanzania, there were some people, who stay just a short time (e.g. 2 weeks) or were not 18 years old.
In the internet there is written that you have to stay at least 4 weeks and you have to be 18 or older.
In my opinion there is no sense in taking volunteers that are too young or stay a short time. There is no profit for the children in Tanzania, if there are so many changes of the volunteers.

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Geraldine
Female
24 years old
Steinhausen, Switzerland
Other

The warm heart of Africa Malawi

10/10

I spend 5 weeks working for help2kids in Malawi. It was a beautiful and wonderful time with so many amazing moment, which I'll never forget.

I assisted in Preschool class at the nursery in the morning and in the afternoon I had different projects such as teaching Intermediate English for adults, kids corner, computer class and many more.

My Highlights are the friendly people I met in Malawi. Every time I needed help I found someone who was willing to help me out. I had really difficulty to adjust back in Switzerland because the people here are not as friendly than in Malawi.

Every day the children walk me home from class, even it is out of the way. You need every finger on every hand to hold all of the children. They are always happy.

This program is great for all the people, who wants to do something good for the community. The local people, the staff, the volunteers are amazing. You work during the day but you have also a lot of free time. Time you can relax, read, watch movies, going to the beach....

I hope to go back soon. I miss Malawi and all the friendly people...
Tionana

How can this program be improved?

To have more material available for teaching in class.

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Kim
Female
32 years old
Al Ain, UAE
University of Toronto

Help2Kids

10/10

Volunteer at Help2kids Malawi was a fantastic experience. Over the summer, we taught English to nursery and elementary school children and saw good progress in their English-speaking skills. We also helped construct a new school building; for me, that was particularly rewarding because we could see tangible results of our work.

The local people in Malawi and the employees/volunteers at Help2kids were also great! The local people were extremely friendly and made you feel welcome. My husband and I also made really good friends at the Help2kids compound; we got to meet great people from various parts of the world, and there was a communal atmosphere there.

I would definitely recommend volunteering for Help2kids Malawi.

How can this program be improved?

It's very hard for me to find something that I would want to change about the program. However, maybe the program could at been better if there were more resources/feedback for volunteers on how to teach more effectively.

Program Listings

Tanzania

help2kids
In Tanzania, our volunteers have the opportunity to serve at our flagship project, the help2kids Children’s Home, and at our...

Malawi

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In Malawi we have three projects: a primary school, a nursery and day care program, and a medical center. We support the prim...