FAQs about working at St Jude’s

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The majority of our positions have a preferred commitment of 24 months to ensure consistency and the ability to train local staff. Flexibility is possible.


Short term positions are only based on our project needs and will be advertised from time to time.

In some cases St Jude’s does require short term volunteers to fill specialist, one-off positions. These positions will be listed in the Current Vacancies section of our website. Generally however, we are looking for skilled, long-term team members to ensure that we are building capacity throughout our organisation.


St Jude’s does not offer a gap year program.

St Jude’s asks that successful international applicants make a one-off financial contribution of AUD$650 for your work permit. The contribution is required before arrival date and will be refunded after completion of your contract. International staff members are responsible for their own airfares and medical evacuation insurance. 

St Jude's pays a monthly allowance which is enough to live on, but not enough to fund travel throughout Africa.

Our non-academic staff are required to work from 8.30 AM – 5.00 PM Monday to Friday and Saturdays when required.

Academic staff are required to work from 8.15 AM – 4.45 PM Monday – Friday.

Yes. All staff members must pass a six month probation period. At the end of the first six months, the staff member can review his/her decision to continue with their role and management will take the opportunity to assess the staff member’s performance.

Yes. Staff members are given 28 days annual leave.


Academic staff's leave is taken during school holidays. The year’s timetable is available towards the end of the previous year.

The School of St Jude has zero tolerance to child abuse of any kind and its standards will be upheld at all times. All staff, visitors and volunteers at St Jude's have a responsibility to support the care and protection of our students. As such, all international volunteers are required to provide a Working with Children and/or National Police Check certificate (or equivalent thereof) from their home regulatory authority, prior to arrival. An overview of the school's Child Protection Policy is included in orientation.

The school year is from January to December. There are two school terms and each term also has a mid-term break of one week. The year’s confirmed timetable is available towards the end of the previous year.

Up to 30 international staff members work at St Jude’s.


St Jude’s offers on-campus accommodation, which consists of basic but comfortable rooms with an en-suite shower and western toilet.

We have communal kitchens with gas ovens, microwave and fridge.

Most international volunteers choose to live on campus, but others choose to live off-site.

The School of St Jude is situated on the outskirts of a large city in a developing country. Tanzania has little water supply to drive the turbines of the country’s hydro-electric scheme, so the area suffers regular power cuts and infrequent water supply.

We do have back up generators, so while power cuts are regular they are short lived and don’t impact greatly on day to day activity.

Internet (Wi-Fi) access is available throughout the campus accommodations but can be as temperamental as our power supply.

At any given time there can be anywhere from 15 up to 30 people living at St Jude’s.

The majority of international staff members live at the Sisia Campus in Moshono, and a group also lives at the Smith Secondary Campus in Usa River. Some choose to live off site.

Moshono and Usa River are approximately 20 km from each other.

Life on campus is very secure and welcoming. Several common rooms for socialising, enjoying communal meals, browsing and swapping books & movies.

You can also enjoy a range of activities such as yoga, walking through the village, Swahili lessons, African drumming and dancing. We can also put you in touch with sports and book clubs in Arusha.

In town there are a range of restaurants and cafes, supermarkets and a cinema.