Giving Hope Through

Volunteering !!


Not only do the children of Tumaini require financial support, we can also put your personal skills to good use. We have private quarters at Tumaini House for our volunteers and have welcomed hundreds from different parts of the world!


First things first. If you live in Europe please contact Tine Migerode, (tine.migerode@skynet.be), otherwise, please send me, Cherie Szucs (or Mama Dee as I’m called in Tanzania) an email, (mamadee@tuchifo.com) outlining your preferred dates (can be a minimum of two weeks but usually up to two or three months at a time), your own set of personal skills, and what it is you are hoping to achieve while with us.

Many volunteers want to teach the children, working on English or reading or math skills. Some prefer to work with the two AIDS groups we are affiliated with.  Some people may wish to work in our gardens or on some of our businesses and some of you may wish to help us with bettering Tumaini House itself.

Many options are available and we can fine tune your volunteer experience to your own preferences AND, should you wish, tie it into a safari (many national parks including the Serengeti are very close), or a climbing expedition (Mount Kilimanjaro is less than one hour away by vehicle), so that you experience both the beautiful natural elements Africa offers AND a most rewarding experience of working with some very lucky children.


  • There are often times when we have little or no water for showering and “bucket” showers become de rigeur. Laundry too, is done in a bucket and hung to dry.
  • Our mamas are just learning English and so can be a bit shy but are very capable and always willing to try a new recipe or two so bring something you love from home. Spices are a problem so bring those too! Please let us know in your initial email if you have any health issues or allergies.
  • We have a VERY capable doctor who speaks perfect English and whose dispensary is relatively well stocked.  Having said that, feel free to bring a small supply of antibiotics, anti-diarrhea medications.
  • Your bank ATM card and/or Visa/MC should work at most banks in Usa River and Arusha and you can always hook a ride into town once per week for provisions. The local buses or dala dalas are relatively safe alternatives, although it is very easy to get turned around in Arusha or “town” as it is called locally.
  • We can arrange tours, expeditions, and safaris on your behalf at considerable discounts and the best part?  You will travel with our own Tumaini graduate Reward Evance Minja!  Visit www.bingwasafaris.com
  • We can, as mentioned, pick you up, should you arrive at either the city of Arusha, or Kilimanjaro Airport.

There are many, many issues needing further discussion and we will be happy to provide answers to your enquiries . . . just include them in your initial email . . . other than that, “Karibu sana”, “Welcome” to Tumaini House and Usa River, Tanzania! We wait to hear from you!

Asante, (thank you) from Mama Dee !

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