Chopping veggies


Playtime - skipping a very popular activity in the playground.


A team from Hope Without Borders


Hellen showing the children her recorder skills


Pavement art with the Pymble Ladies


Kawaka teaching music


Getting a taste of the local cuisine.


Putting cementing skills to do very good use


The Hope Without Borders team


Teaching rugby


In the classroom


Getting some culture

Would we be able to visit the school?

We can assure you that any visitor is given a very warm welcome to the project, where you would have an opportunity to look around the campus, meet and greet the staff, play with the children, have lunch and even visit a nearby family where you can sample a bit of local hospitality and a taste of local culture. If you are a sponsor then we would make every effort to ensure that you have the opportunity to visit your sponsor child and their family.

Individuals as well as groups are welcome and if you have a talent or a skill that you would like to share with the children or staff then do let us know and we can build that in to your visit. Even if not, you may find yourself chopping veggies in the kitchen, playing netball, or reading stories!

How easy would it be?

We are so fortunate to be located about half way between the city of Arusha and the town of Moshi, and about an hour from Kilimanjaro International Airport, the gateway for all safari and mountain tourists coming to Tanzania. There is also a motel just about an hour from the school, at the turn off from the main road on to the rough road....... and so it's about as easy as it gets here in Tanzania! See map

What else could we do on our trip?

Well - Tanzania is one of those countries that features on many people's bucket lists, and for a whole variety of reasons!


For the energetic and those who want a bit of a challenge in their lives, we are nestled between the two tallest mountains in Tanzania, one of which is of course Mt Kilimanjaro, a World Heritage site, and the tallest mountain in Africa. On the other side is the beautiful Mt Meru, which whilst not as popular as Mt Kilimanjaro is a great climb because it's much less busy and your hike passes through the stunning scenery of Arusha National Park.

You could also visit our other very famous World Heritage attraction - the Serengeti, famous for the migration of wildebeest and teeming with wildlife, or the Ngorongoro Crater and the slightly less well known but equally beautiful national parks of Tarangire or Lake Manyara

If you want to travel further afield, you could include a trip to the exotic and beautiful island of Zanzibar, or the national parks on what is known as the Southern Circuit. For more information, we would be happy to put you in contact with a travel company which could help you to sort out your plans, and in the meantime why not check out the Lonely Planet Guide to Tanzania.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park

Lions in the Serengeti

Lions in the Serengeti

Elephants in Tarangire

Elephants in Tarangire

Mt Meru

Mt Meru

Life in the village

Life in the village

Giraffes in Tarangire

Giraffes in Tarangire

Mt Kilimanjaro

Mt Kilimanjaro

Exotic Zanzibar

Exotic Zanzibar

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East Meru Community School

Maruvango Village


P.O. Box 36

Usa River



Telephone : ​+255 782 736 838


We are very grateful to our photographers:  © Andrew Hives, Tizia May, Hetty Ermers and Simon Scott. All rights reserved.

East Meru Community School is a private English medium Primary School registered with the Tanzanian Ministry of Education and Vocational Skills. Reg No: AR.03/7/018

Owned by Tikundane a Tanzanian registered NGO. Reg. No: 00004359 UK Registered Charity Friends of East Meru Community School No.1168456