About Helping Hands Development Center

The School:


We are currently working to establish a school for students who would not otherwise have access to a FREE education. Although, as of now, we are unable to accommodate many students due to classroom size, transportation, and funding, we aim to become a school that welcomes all children within the area. We are currently in search of volunteers to aid in our student’s education experience by facilitating the implementation of activities such as athletics and music that students would not otherwise have access to. Additionally, we would like to expand upon our students’ English language skills to allow them to excel through secondary school and beyond. Although we are also seeking donations and sponsors for our projects, we believe in our volunteers and their imperative role in the perpetual growth of our program and are actively seeking new visitors to work and play with our children.

 We envision a Tanzania that provides a western style education, meaning music, sports, core subjects, language learning, and potential achievement opportunities that are expected from a government funded system. We believe in our students and many have shown great potential to excel in their studies, but we are in need of assistance from those who wish to add more, and who have a heart that beats for service.

Currently, our program offerings are limited and we welcome volunteers of all education backgrounds assist in the development of our current programs and to add to our offerings. We highly encourage those with unique skills in theater, music, dance, instrument or other performance/visual arts, or athletics to not be afraid to share them with us! Our students would love to see and learn from your gifts and potentially add them to our breadth of extra-curricular activities! Although a background in the chosen subject matter would be wonderful, this is by no means a necessity and we are welcome to having volunteers in these programs with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences! We encourage you to share your ideas and talents with our students and will work to schedule classes according to your project requirements!

Helping Hands School is one of a select group of schools within Tanzania that offers or is attempting to offer its students a free education that does not include hidden fees for uniforms or meals that may limit families from sending their children. We are proud of the work that has gone into facilitating our environment for student learning and are seeking volunteers to propel our program forward as our students become more adept with the basics of math, reading, and English learning.

Most of our students enjoy when our volunteers utilize nonconventional methods of instruction to convey a particular educational concept. In the past, volunteers have taught our children the basics of counting, English phrases, and shapes with song and dance. We encourage our volunteers to create their own songs and games for our children that are simple and fun for all ages, our teachers enjoy them too!

Also, for volunteers wishing to provide our students with athletic or formal music instruction, we encourage you to bring your own equipment or arrange to pick up what tools you will need upon arrival here in Arusha. Although we do have some sports equipment, we are still taking donations to assist in the growth and expansion of our extracurricular programs and cannot ensure that we will have what is needed.