Accommodation at SWIWSCO’s Volunteer Home and the Children’s Village is available, as part of the volunteer experience, for individuals, couples, small families or groups.
SWIWSCO’s Volunteer Home is located in Mawazo, Soweto. It is considered a safe location with nearby dukas (shops) including a small supermarket, café and pharmacy as well as public transport. It is an approximate 30-minute walk or 10-minute ride on public transport (motor bike, mini bus, taxi) to the Moshi Town Centre.
The Volunteer Home has an accomplished cook and a gracious and knowledgeable live-in hostess, Nakunda. The home is spacious with a common lounge and dining area, is bathed in natural light and cleaned daily. Like many Tanzanian homes, it is within a walled-compound that offers space and privacy, a paved courtyard, and comfortable outdoor seating set among a garden of bougainvillea, avocado and nut trees. A nearby hotel allows volunteers to purchase access to their swimming pool.
The home has five bedrooms each accommodating two up to four people with shared toilet, shower and bathroom facilities. A third bedroom with accommodation for up to four people has an ensuite. Bed linen, pillow and individual mosquito-nets are provided. Each bedroom has individual lockers for storage of valuables. Local phone cards, providing limited internet access are available.
SWIWSCO Children’s Village is located in the semi-rural community of Shiramatunda. The property is surrounded by small-holder farms which season depending, are amassed with corn stalks and sunflowers. The local people are very friendly and the older women and young children especially, like to engage with volunteers and may join in a local walk. Public transport is within a 20-minute walk; however Pam and/or Priscus make the 20-minute drive into Soweto and/or Moshi often, if not daily.
The Children’s Village compound consists of the main house and two separate buildings. One of these buildings provide volunteer accommodation made up of two light and airy rooms with four beds and an ensuite. Bed linen, pillow and individual mosquito-nets are provided. The volunteer accommodation has its own entry and key. The covered porch areas provide shade and are perfect for relaxing in the breeze or playing with the children. Outdoors the compound is paved and edged with garden. A semi sheltered outdoor utility area is nearly always in use for clothes washing and/or cooking.
An advantage of staying as a volunteer at SWIWSCO Children’s Village is that you get to experience Tanzania immersed in everyday Tanzanian life. Keeping house for more than 20 people requires everyone’s participation and each person attends to their individual responsibilities. The main house and compound is cleaned and tidied several times a day, meal preparation may include sorting through beans or rice, and the hand-washing of clothes, all take time and energy. Add a half day volunteering in the community, playing and laughing with children, doing a craft project and helping at study time, and the day just disappears.