Volunteer with help2kids NGO Organization

help2kids NGO Organization

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa

We are a young and dynamic Swiss-based non-profit organization operating in Tanzania and Malawi. We support children in need, and we strive to enable them to pursue a sustainable future. We believe that small actions have big effects.

Our objective is to give some of the most vulnerable children in Tanzania and Malawi access to the basic necessities that all children deserve; education, food, health care, shelter, and a loving family environment so that they can break out of the cycle of poverty and live happy, productive lives. We believe in the power of education and the potential of all children. Today, we are running a children's home, a primary school and a nursery school and we are providing free health care for over 600 children and youth in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In addition, we have expanded our projects to Malawi where we are running a nursery school and other education and health related projects in a small fishing village called Lifuwu.
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Our Activities

What We Need

Experience with children is an asset but not obligatory, we only require a lot of energy and enthusiasm! Tell us your strengths, skills and interests, we have many projects and need different profiles, talents and competences. We are looking for motivated, flexible, adaptable, open-minded, communicative and pro-active volunteers who wish to immerse themselves into the African culture and traditions. Be creative and inspirational! If you have any preferences or wishes regarding your work – please let us know. Also tell us what you are interested in or if you have some specials skills or knowledge which could be beneficial to our projects. We have different kinds of assignments and would be more than happy for you to help with them!
Your tasks as a volunteer may include:
o Teaching English and assisting the children with their homework
o Teaching Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Computers, Sports, Songs, Games, Dance, and other fun learning tools
o Teaching IT / computer skills
o Assisting with classes at the help2kids Primary School
o Volunteering at the health clinic in Malawi
o Teaching English to our fishermen at Kunduchi English Corner in Tanzania
o Working with our Tanzanian / Malawian staff at our projects
o Planning and organizing free time and sport activities for the children
o Sharing culture and traditions
o Participating in and/or planning field trips

We are always in need of volunteers to help teach classes, lead projects, and work at our partnership schools. We need up to 16 volunteers for projects in Tanzania and up to 15 volunteers for our projects in Malawi at a time throughout the year. You should be at least 18 years old.
During your time with us we can organize for you to volunteer in one or both Tanzania and Malawi. We encourage volunteers to stay for a minimum of 30 days in Malawi and / or in Tanzania, however shorter stays can be considered, but in this case, we suggest only volunteering in one country, and 14 days is the minimum stay possible.

What We Provide


While volunteering with us, you would live at our Friendly Gecko guesthouses in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Lifuwu, Malawi. Our guest houses are comfortable and a nice place for volunteers to hang out and unwind at the end of a busy day. Our guesthouse in Dar es Salaam is situated within walking distance of the Indian Ocean, and our guesthouse in Malawi is along one of the African Great Lakes, Lake Malawi, the 3rd largest lake in Africa. Please, find more information and pictures about our Malawi and Tanzanian guesthouses online at: www.friendlygecko.com.
The costs include accommodation in one of our dormitories (4-6 people), most of the meals, room cleaning, in-country support, administration and security. There are also private rooms available at the Friendly Gecko Guesthouses: if you wish to stay in a private room, we can give you a specific quote on request. Our international management team on-site will always be present and take care of you 24/7. We do not charge a fee for the volunteering itself.
Travels costs, visa, permits and insurance are at the expense of the volunteers.
If you would like, we can arrange a pick-up at the airport for USD 30 in Tanzania and for USD 100 in Malawi.

Important Info

Suitable For


Minimum Stay

Any period of time

Staff Size

20 to 50 people


The cost to volunteer at help2kids is as follows: for stays of 30 days or more in Tanzania we offer a weekly rate of USD 175 per week, which includes comfortable shared accommodation, most of the meals, security and 24/7 support on site. On the other hand, our operating prices are lower in Malawi, where we are able to offer a slightly lower volunteering cost of USD 140 per week.
For stays of less than 30 days, we have to charge a higher rate to cover the extra administrative costs.
A Tourist Visa to volunteer in Tanzania costs USD 50 and is valid for 3 months, while a Tourist Visa to volunteer in Malawi costs USD 75, is valid for 1 month and easily renewable.


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Zugerbergstrasse 49a Postfach 407 6301 Zug, Switzerland, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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Other Information

Please fill out the online form on the following website and we will get in touch with you shortly with additional information: http://www.help2kids.org/en/sign-up/
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by e-mail at volunteer@help-2kids.org. You may send us your questions in English or German. You may also call us by phone. Please find our contact information here:

Our Wish List

Donation Options in Tanzania and Malawi
People often ask if there is opportunity to make a donation to support one of our projects in Tanzania or Malawi. The answer is absolutely yes! Whether you want to bring items with you to donate to the projects, make a cash donation, or buy items when you are here, your donations can make a real difference. here is a list of the items that would be helpful to all of our projects in Tanzania and Malawi:

• Books,
• Games or flash cards
• Pens (blue and red) and pencils (ordinary not coloured) 
 chalk, erasers and pencil sharpeners
• Exercise / notebooks (lined paper not square / grid paper)
• Any kind of balls
• Anything to do with football or netball (e.g. uniforms, shoes, whistles, etc.)
• Anything crafty (paint, paint brushes, coloured paper, glue, glitter, pipe cleaners)
• Basic medical supplies (swabs, gauze, plasters, surface disinfectant, disposable aprons, hand sanitizer)
• Children’s story books in English (all reading levels)
• English as a second language learning / teaching materials / books
When you arrive for your volunteering, if you have items you have brought to donate to the projects, please give them to the Volunteer Program Manager in order to ensure a fair and appropriate distribution of the items.


If you wish to receive more information or to make a donation, please let us know by sending an e-mail to info@help2kids.org