Upendo Face Orphanage

If you are seeking a quiet retreat surrounded by nature and immersed in Maasai culture, our rural village in Tanzania is the perfect destination for you. Here, you will experience the serenity of untouched landscapes and the rich traditions of the Maasai people.

Things to be aware of in Africa-Tanzania:
- Electricity: There are days when we do not have electricity, so it's essential to be prepared for intermittent power.
- Water Supply: Water availability can be a bit inconsistent at times.
- Network Connections: Internet and phone networks may run slowly or not work at all, but this is a common experience for everyone here. Life isn't always easy, but it is authentic and rewarding.

Our local culture is incredibly welcoming. Don't be surprised if everyone you meet greets you with a friendly "mambo." It's a part of our tradition and a way for people to include you in their day-to-day lives.

One of the highlights of your stay will be the food. Our meals are delicious and made from locally sourced fresh ingredients. Come and taste the difference!

By volunteering with us, you won't just be visiting Tanzania; you will be living Tanzania. This immersive experience will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of the country's culture, people, and natural beauty. Join us and make a meaningful impact while enjoying the adventure of a lifetime.

Hello, I'm Kenny, and I live in Arusha, Tanzania. I work as a Safari Guide and advisor, and it is my pleasure to welcome you to Africa, specifically Tanzania, and ensure you have the best experience possible. Our team is dedicated and passionate about providing a memorable and enriching stay for all our volunteers. We believe in treating our volunteers with the utmost respect and kindness, ensuring you feel at home from the moment you arrive. In our home, you will experience genuine hospitality and a warm, friendly atmosphere. We embrace the philosophy of "Hakuna Matata" – no worries – and strive to make your time with us as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. Your well-being and satisfaction are our top priorities, and we will go above and beyond to make sure you have a rewarding and unforgettable experience. Welcome to our home; we look forward to sharing this incredible journey with you.


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My time at Upendo was amazing. Kenny, the host, became a dear friend, guiding me through a truly enriching experience.
Working with the children stole my heart. Their love and joy left a lasting impression. Please extend my best wishes to them.
At Upendo, I felt completely at home, embraced by a warm community and genuine connections. Unfortunately I can’t write fully how amazing my experience was but if you have any questions feel free to message me.

hace 2 meses

Kenny respondido

Thank you so much for your heartfelt review! I’m so thrilled to hear that your time at Upendo was so enriching and that you formed such a strong bond with children. It means a lot to us that you felt at home and embraced by our community. We will definitely pass on your best wishes to the children—they will be delighted to hear from you.



Honestly one of the best experience of my life! The orphanage is a place where you can teach english or help with other staff but at the you learn more than them, the kids only want love and play with you.
Live with Kenny was the best thing ever, we ate every day local food made by them, he help me in every decision i wanted to make, also with some things to do around arusha he know the better places. I really felt like at home, the house is clean and safe all rounded by nature.
I want to came back for sure, i only can say thank you very much and i hope to see kenny, his family and kids again

hace 5 meses

Kenny respondido

Thanks Bro for your wonderful review.
I’m happy to hear that your time at Upendo was one of the best experiences of your life. It's heartwarming to know that you felt at home enjoyed the local food and the natural surroundings. I’m glad that was able to help you with your decisions and exploring Arusha.

The children will be so happy to hear that you miss them and plan to come back. Your words mean a lot to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Upendo in the future.



"Upendo means Love". I lived with Kenny, his grandmother who I lovingly called "Bibi" and with the girl who take care of the grandma, Heavenlight, "Dada", people of extreme sensitivity and empathy, always ready to help you, without ever judging, always ready to give you their love without asking for anything in return. Kenny is not just a simple host, Kenny is an extraordinary, ambitious, and generous guy who made my experience incredible, acting as a guide, immersing me in the local culture, giving me advice and teaching me many things. The children of the orphanage are the best!

hace 8 meses

Kenny respondido

Thank you so much for your touching review! I’m delighted to hear that your time at Upendo was filled with love and meaningful connections. Bibi, Heavenlight are truly special, and your kind words will mean a lot to them. I’m happy that I was able to make your experience so incredible and immersive.

The children will be so happy to hear your praise as well. Your review beautifully captures the spirit of Upendo, and we can't thank you enough for sharing your experience.

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Kenny and family were great! Super welcoming and very easy to talk to. Anything I needed, he helped me with. The orphanage was great, the kids are super super sweet and excited that you’re there. The workers at the orphanage were also very welcoming and helpful. The only downside I would say is the housing as far as bed and bath, but it is also just part of experiencing life there, it is just very different.

hace 12 meses

Kenny respondido

Thank you so much for your detailed and thoughtful review. I’m delighted to hear that you had such a positive experience with Upendo and my family.

I appreciate your candid feedback regarding the housing situation. We understand that the differences in living conditions can be an adjustment for many of our guests. Your comments are invaluable as they help us identify areas where we can make improvements. We are committed to enhancing the comfort and experience for everyone who stays with us, and we will take your suggestions into consideration as we move forward.

Thank you for embracing the local culture and for being so understanding. Your support and feedback help us create a better experience for future guests. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Upendo in the future.



I greatly enjoyed my time living with Kenny and working in the orphanage. Living with Kenny’s grandma was an amazing cultural experience and I learned a lot about how the locals live. Kenny was great about showing me cool places and experiences in and around Arusha . The children at the day care/orphanage were wonderful. They love the volunteers that come and spend time with them. Unfortunately, the guys running the orphanage were almost never around so I was often left alone and expected to teach the lessons on my own. All around it was still a wonderful experience!

hace 1 año

Kenny respondido

Thank you for your review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and had a meaningful cultural experience with my family.
I apologize for the times you felt unsupported at the orphanage. We will address this to ensure better assistance for future volunteers. Your feedback is invaluable, and I’m glad you still had a wonderful experience overall. We will miss you and hope to see you again soon 🤍

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