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Volunteer ethically with us

We love to have volunteers at Forever Angels - with so many children, extra pairs of hands are always welcome... and always needed!

 

Ethical volunteering is extremely important to us and we expect all our volunteers to understand our goals and have the same ideology.

 

We especially welcome volunteers who have skills which they can share with our Local Tanzanian Staff during training sessions. If you have experience in Childcare, Teaching, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Play Therapy, Psychology, Massage, SEN, etc - we would love to have you with us.

 

 

 

 

"After my first visit I couldn’t wait to book my next trip, and the rest is history."

Amber

 

Since 2008 I have been to Forever Angels Baby home on five different occasions. The second I got off the plane I was welcomed by Forever Angels staff and brought to the safe and comfortable volunteer accommodation with a welcome pack waiting for me.

 

The staff were always available to answer questions and to give advice on where to buy food, what activities to do in the area, and most importantly, what I could do to be helpful at the Baby Home.

 

The children are quite possibly the cutest kids in the world and will have your heart from the second you walk through the doors. I loved playing games with the kids in the garden, cuddling and feeding the tiny babies, reading stories to the kids at bedtime, and doing training sessions with the staff. One of the best feelings in the world is having 10 toddlers pile on your lap for a film at the end of a fun filled day.

 

I have made lifelong friends with other volunteers and staff members and will forever cherish my experiences at Forever Angels Baby Home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Anyone thinking of volunteering at Forever Angels... do not hesitate!"

Jeanette

 

Volunteering at Forever Angels Baby Home was one of the best decisions I have ever made. My time spent at the baby home will stay with me forever and the three years since my first visit I still continue to support and visit Mwanza as often as I can.

 

The memories I have made are some of the best of my life. It was during my time at the baby home in which I decided to change my career and start a new life as a children’s nurse. I have made friends for life and would do anything to return once again and see all the wonderful people I met on my visit. Tanzania is one of the most beautiful countries I have visited with the most welcoming people and holds a special place in my heart.

 

The best part about volunteering is the beautiful children you get to meet. Their beaming smiles, hilarious characters and the joy in their little faces is pure happiness. Many people who have never visited think volunteering in Africa is sad but in my opinion it is one of the happiest places I have been. The unrequited love shown by the staff and children make the environment that we volunteer in joyous. The hardest part is leaving.

 

As a volunteer our days are spent playing and planning fun activities with the children as well as making weekly excursions to local attractions such as swimming or the farm (yes, there is an African version of a farm).

 

Living in Mwanza is also a great cultural experience becoming immersed in the Tanzanian culture and way of life is an enriching experience. Visiting the local market behind the baby home is a lovely way to meet the locals and try local produce such as the most mouth watering mangoes or avocados as large as your head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"every child deserves a cuddle and kiss goodnight and being able to do this for so many children filled me with joy."

Aysha

 

Volunteering in Africa had been a lifelong ambition for me, and in 2011 when the opportunity arose I jumped at the chance to go to Tanzania and work at the Baby Home. Before I went I thought this was my one opportunity… I’d go to Tanzania almost get the ambition out of my system then continue with my training to become a special needs teacher. I had no idea what a profound impact it was going to have on my life.

 

The Baby Home and the local community is truly incredible, I had never experienced such a happy, welcoming and loving environment, and wanted to spend all of my time surrounded by the most amazing children in the world and embrace everything the rich culture had to offer.

 

I very quickly became part of the Forever Angels family. Day to day I would spend time with the children, planning fun activities in the garden, reading stories, having cuddles, going on walks, and trips to the local beach. I worked alongside some of the most amazing people and have made lifelong friends with fellow volunteers and mammas.

 

It is impossible to pick out my favourite moment, every day was incredible, I think I felt every possible emotion during my time from sheer joy to sadness and frustration, the support from the Forever Angels family enabled me to embrace the emotions and get the most out of my time.

 

Some of my highlights were meeting each and every one of the children; spending time with the children with special educational needs and helping others see their potential.

 

When it was time to leave Tanzania and return home I was devastated, I couldn’t imagine a day without these beautiful babies. I knew I had to return, and that’s exactly what I did returning in 2013 and 2016. Needless to say I never did get it out of my system, if anything it’s become even more of a passion and I have Forever Angels to thank for so much, I wouldn’t be the person I am today without you and I will continue to support you in any way I can!

 

 

 

 

 

 

"It is my happy place, my inspiration and the permanent home to a very large piece of my heart."

Fiona

 

I have volunteered at Forever Angels seven times now over the past 9 years and it is always an incredible experience - from the support of the amazing staff, making lifelong friends in the other volunteers and simply being able to spend time in a beautiful part of the world with the most incredible children you'll ever meet.

 

Being part of the Forever Angels family is something I treasure deeply, and something I will always maintain.

 

 

 

Join us.

Apply now

 

Please download and complete the Volunteer Application Form and email it to Amy Hathaway at: volunteer@foreverangels.org

FAQ

  • How does Forever Angels support Ethical Volunteering?

    It is essential that our volunteers understand our ethos and are prepared to work with us to ensure they are doing good through their volunteering.

    Our goal is for children to live in FAMILIES.  We do not believe that orphanage care is ever a good option…and children are only in our care because there is no other option in the short term for them.

    Many orphanages around the world exist to support volunteers who want to ‘travel and do good’ and in doing so, children are living in orphanages to fuel the ‘volunteer business’ – many who have relatives and who could and should be living at home.  This is tragic and wrong.

    Forever Angels Baby Home exists because there is a real problem of child abandonment and maternal mortality in the city and there is no other option for these children.

    However – we provide short term care whilst searching for extended family members or adoptive families in cases where no family can be found.  Whilst in our care, our Tanzanian staff are the children’s caregivers and providers.  It is essential that the children attach to them and not to volunteers who are short term and who come and go out of the children’s lives.

    Volunteers are not allowed to form close attachments to the children at Forever Angels – their role is to provide educational and fun activities to enrich and enhance their childhood experiences.  Even better – we hope they will train our Staff so leaving lasting change and improvement for our community.

    All volunteers need to understand the importance of this and they will be expected to read about the issues surrounding growing up in institutionalised care before they come.  They are also asked to sign to agree to work with us and support our ethical ethos at all times.

  • What support will I receive?

    The short answer is LOTS!

    Pre-Volunteering Support

    Amy (Our Founder who now lives in the UK) is available to answer any questions you may have.  She is more than happy to have email or phone conversations or even meet you in person to discuss the volunteering experience, show you photos and basically tell you what an amazing time you will have!

    She will guide you through the application procedure; give you booklets of information about Tanzania, Mwanza and the Baby Home; advise you on vaccinations and travel health; and even give you some basic Swahili tips!

    She is full of good ideas about fundraising and can support you to raise as much money as possible.

    Amy will ensure you have all your correct paperwork and know what you are doing in terms of obtaining your visa on arrival, as well as advising about flights and hotels if necessary.

    She has supported over 400 volunteers going to the Baby Home and is happy to answer any questions you may have.

    Volunteering Support at the Baby Home

    You will be collected from Mwanza airport and taken to the Baby Home (about 10 minutes away)

    Our Managers will settle you into the Volunteer House and introduce you to the other volunteers.  Our volunteers are always lovely and welcoming and will make you feel at home right away.  You will have a ‘Food Parcel’ waiting for you to keep you going for the first couple of meals.

    On the first few days you will be taken on a tour of the local market as well as into the main town to get your bearings.

    We know you want to dive ‘straight in’ so the Managers will give you a tour of the Baby Home (and a few children will probably join in too!)

    During your time volunteering – there will be ‘Volunteer Meetings’ and the Managers are around (living on site) for you to chat to any time if you have any questions or concerns.  The other volunteers are also always a great source of advice and support.

    Amy is just an email away if you need anything.

    Post-Volunteering Support

    Volunteers are asked to complete a brief evaluation when they leave so we can strive to make the volunteer experience better. (But – if you have a lumpy mattress or a dodgy cupboard door, just report it to the Managers as soon as you notice so you get the benefit!)

    Volunteers are invited to join our ‘Forever Angels Volunteer’ Facebook page to post any stories and photos and to chat to other volunteers.

    We hold Volunteer Reunions in the UK most years which you are always welcome to attend.

    Again... Amy is always around if you need a chat or just want to reminisce about your experience.

    She is always more than happy to provide you with a reference and will send you a ‘Volunteering Certificate’ too.

  • How long can I come for?

    Volunteers come for between one and three months and can arrive and leave at any time as long as there is room in the house.  There are always between 2 and 10 volunteers at any time so plenty of support is available.

  • What will a typical day look like?

    The fun thing about volunteering with us is that there never is a ‘typical’ day – you take out of the experience what you put in.  Every day the children need fun activities planned for them at the Baby Home, but you may also be asked to take children on trips; support on hospital appointments; arrange birthday parties; plan and carry out staff training….and anything else that happens to come up!

    Volunteers tend to be scheduled ‘on shift’ for five half days a week, but many also come to the Baby Home on their days off to do 1:1 work with our Special Needs children or just to help out.

  • Is it a safe place to visit?

    Tanzania is a very safe and peaceful country. Mwanza is a very safe city and our volunteers have never experienced any real problems. You do need to remember that you are a 'Westerner' in one of the poorest countries in the world though - so do not 'flash' mobiles, cameras or wads of money around.

  • Are there travel opportunities?

    Mwanza is wonderfully located to travel to a wide variety of amazing destinations and there are plenty of travel opportunities.  We are very close to the Serengeti National Park, a short flight from Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro and close to the borders of Uganda and Kenya.

  • How much will it cost?

    Flights

    Depending on where you are coming from, flights can vary hugely.  From the UK an off-peak season Turkish Air flight can be bought for £330 to Dar es Salaam.  Fast Jet internal flights from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza can be as little as £30 depending on how early you book them.

    Visa

    The visa which permits you to volunteer for up to three months (a Tanzanian Government regulation) costs $250.

    Accommodation

    We ask for a ‘donation’ to cover your accommodation costs – this money goes directly to Forever Angels and helps us to fund our work.  This covers your accommodation, lunch at the Baby Home as well as a cleaner to wash your clothes (hand washing is not as fun as you may think!)

    1 month - £500

    2 months - £800

    3 months - £1,000

    Often your skills mean more to us than the money – so if these accommodation costs will prevent you from coming, let Amy know when you apply.  We may be able to offer a reduction.

    Spending Money

    Most Volunteers tend to live on between £50 to £100 ($85 - $160) a week in Tanzania - this allows them to go out to dinner a couple of times a week and buy food at the local market.

    Other Costs

    There could be other costs in terms of paying for vaccinations (some Doctors offer to do this for free for volunteers – it’s worth asking!), medical insurance etc.

  • What should I bring with me for the children?

    Thank you for asking!  We are ALWAYS in need of underwear (ages 2 to 6years), pyjamas (ages 2 to 6 years) bubbles, balloons, stickers, sweets (like Haribo / Smarties), colouring books, face paint, sterilising tablets, plasters/band aids and 5ml syringes.  If you can bring any of these items, that would be wonderful.

 

 

 

"I spent months and months researching non-profits all over the world and it wasn't until I came across Forever Angels Baby Home that I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do."

Meghan

 

I bought a flight to Mwanza, Tanzania with a return ticket to come home four months later. Four months turned into almost two years. And those two years being a volunteer have changed my life forever.

 

I spent months and months researching various non-profit organizations all over the world and it wasn't until I came across Forever Angels Baby Home that I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do. It is a grass roots organization that over the past ten years has done the most amazing work in helping underprivileged children and families in desperate need for support.

 

My days were filled with the the sounds of children playing in the garden, Mama's singing and dancing, roosters crowing in the fields, and mosques echoing in the distance at sunset. I have never been more challenged in my entire life. I stepped outside of my comfort zone by traveling abroad to a country I had never been to before. I was immersed into a vibrant and colorful culture which I did not speak the language and I indulged in dishes that were unknown. My heart had never been fuller.

 

Forever Angels gave me the the most extraordinary opportunity to have such a profound experience to help a child, to help a family, to help a village while at the same time to help me understand what it truly means to give selflessly. Working at Forever Angels is not for the faint of heart, but I promise you it will forever change your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"It was fun, emotional, exhausting, amazing, eye opening, life changing and so very much more."

Mandy

 

As soon as I read about the work of Forever Angels, I knew immediately this was a place I simply had to visit and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.

The application process was straight forward and Amy was easily contactable via email to answer any questions. I also enjoyed following the blog as I felt like I knew some of the children before I arrived. I was happy to know that the money went directly to the project rather than getting lost in “middle-man” administration fees.

 

I was met at the airport and immediately made to feel very welcome. The managers were always on hand to deal with any questions or concerns and to make sure I had help with sorting out changing money, negotiating my first trip into town for shopping, buying a local sim card, etc...

 

The Baby Home is a truly special place with a great team of dedicated staff, who provide consistent loving care to some extremely vulnerable children and families. I love that they work so hard to keep families together and their concern does not end when the children leave. I went with a desire to make a difference in some small way, I did not expect the biggest difference to be for me. It has helped me to live much more in the moment, to appreciate so many aspects of life that I take for granted, pushed me outside my comfort zone and enabled me to gain a much better understanding of life in Tanzania.

I made friends of all ages, among the volunteers and also of the staff. If you go with an open mind and take time to get to know the staff and local people, they will welcome you into their hearts and homes and help you experience and embrace so much of Tanzanian culture in ways you will never forget.

 

As well as spending time at the Baby Home, I visited a clinic, a hospital, an orphanage, as well as taking a couple of days off for a safari in the Serengeti, all very different, valuable and amazing eye opening experiences.

 

There were days that were physically and emotionally tough but the smiles, cuddles and laughter more than compensated. I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to be involved in a small way in such a fantastic project.

 

Any regrets? – Only that I didn’t go sooner and stay for longer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"It was fun, emotional, exhausting, amazing, eye opening, life changing and so very much more."

Mandy

 

As soon as I read about the work of Forever Angels, I knew immediately this was a place I simply had to visit and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.

The application process was straight forward and Amy was easily contactable via email to answer any questions. I also enjoyed following the blog as I felt like I knew some of the children before I arrived. I was happy to know that the money went directly to the project rather than getting lost in “middle-man” administration fees.

 

I was met at the airport and immediately made to feel very welcome. The managers were always on hand to deal with any questions or concerns and to make sure I had help with sorting out changing money, negotiating my first trip into town for shopping, buying a local sim card, etc...

 

The Baby Home is a truly special place with a great team of dedicated staff, who provide consistent loving care to some extremely vulnerable children and families. I love that they work so hard to keep families together and their concern does not end when the children leave. I went with a desire to make a difference in some small way, I did not expect the biggest difference to be for me. It has helped me to live much more in the moment, to appreciate so many aspects of life that I take for granted, pushed me outside my comfort zone and enabled me to gain a much better understanding of life in Tanzania.

I made friends of all ages, among the volunteers and also of the staff. If you go with an open mind and take time to get to know the staff and local people, they will welcome you into their hearts and homes and help you experience and embrace so much of Tanzanian culture in ways you will never forget.

 

As well as spending time at the Baby Home, I visited a clinic, a hospital, an orphanage, as well as taking a couple of days off for a safari in the Serengeti, all very different, valuable and amazing eye opening experiences.

 

There were days that were physically and emotionally tough but the smiles, cuddles and laughter more than compensated. I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to be involved in a small way in such a fantastic project.

 

Any regrets? – Only that I didn’t go sooner and stay for longer.

 

 

 

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