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Safe Organization and lots to do!

I liked the Organization because i felt safe and clean in a troublefull environment. I felt welcome, and get for all my questions or concepts respect, attention and helpful answers. I liked as well that the organization gaves us its full trust. In the end the organization gaves me help in all concepts i would had like to start (sometimes it was just an advice, but they took care). There are possibilities to get in touch with locals, aswell to get in touch with other volunteers. At all I can't say anything bad about this volunteer-time. I would recommend to be in the project more than 3 weeks, because it is difficult to move something in africa in a short time.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would ask directly the project managers about the current situation in the scool, and the current needs. So I could have take more useful donations with me.
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10 Weeks Volunteering with help2kids

I have been volunteering with help2kids for 10 weeks and it was a really amazing experience.
Because, there are several different projects I can only talk about the ones that I was assigned to which were : Bajeviro Primary School in the morning and English Corner in Kunduchi in the afternoon.

At the primary School the main task was teaching or assisting with teaching, but also marking tests and exercises. At the beginning, when you first arrive at the project, you usually have a talk with the Coordinator of the primary school project , where you can discuss in which grade you want to help out and also which subjects you're interested in helping explain the kids. Although, I really liked the project, there were moments that were rather chaotic i.e at times when there were a lot of volunteers and it wasn't clear anymore in which class one should go, or on some days, teachers didn't show up or left early ( after all it's Africa ;) ) and left us volunteers teaching alone at certain times, which is not for everybody. However, all of the teachers were amazingly kind and open people and if you needed help with the kids, they were willing to help. However, if you are not comfortable with standing in front of 60 kids and with teaching independently ( which I was not all the time) you might want to consider to volunteer at the Kunduchi day care centre instead of the Primary school, because there you work with much younger children and from what I've heard of from other volunteers, it's less teaching there.

In the English corner project in the afternoon, I taught English to local Fishermen, which was an amazing and rewarding experience. I have met some of the kindest people there who are also eager on sharing their culture with you. I therefore learnt a lot about Tanzania and also became good friends with some of the Fishermen and Women in my class.

The accomodation is a volunteer house, where all the volunteers and some of the staff i.e the volunteer coordinator live. It's a big house, in a nice area and there is also wifi, although it does not work all the time. Moreover, the food was amazing! I still miss Mama Martha's Chapatis and lentils.

I made many good friends in Tanzania, some of the kindest and most interesting people I have ever met, and would highly recommend to volunteer with help2kids. They currently also built a new childrens home, which is much bigger than the old one, so it seems like they are really putting in some effort to help the kids.

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The best 6 months of my life!

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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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Swahili, lots of kids and the time of my life

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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amazing time in Tanzania

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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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The warm heart of Africa Malawi

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...

What would you improve about this program?
To have more material available for teaching in class.
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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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Great experience!

I had a wonderful time at the hel2kids organisation in Dar Es Salaam, Tansania!
The work was a lot of fun, yet also very helpful for the kids. I worked at the orphanage for three months in 2011 and I would do it again any time! I played a lot with the kids and did english, maths and art classes in the afternoon. I helped with homework, sometimes picked the kids up from school, did hospital visits with sick kids, helped the "Mamas" with the meals and laundry. The country and the people are great and very hospitable even though they do not have much to share. The volunteer experience was very valuable for me and I will never forget it!