We love visitors

Visitors are always welcome so you can see St Jude's for yourself

Why visit St Jude’s?

Every year we welcome up to 1,500 visitors to St Jude’s in Arusha, Tanzania. Visitors see first hand the impact that people from all over the world have achieved together and how that has resulted in a school of three highly resourced campuses that is changing the lives of 1,800 students, over 250 staff and their families. St Jude’s can arrange visitors safe, affordable accommodation for you. Our dedicated Visitors Team will assist with your personal itinerary and ensure that you have an experience like no other. A bonus of course is that Arusha is the gateway to some of the most amazing tourist destinations in the world including the Serengeti Plains, Zanzibar and Mt Kilimanjaro.

School Activities

All visitors are encouraged to take part in the day-to-day life at St Jude’s. A member of our Visitors team will accompany you as you participate in a school-based itinerary offering a variety of activities – whilst not impacting the day-to-day education of our students.

Sample activities

  • Tour of the Sisia Primary Campus, Moshono.
  • Interactive class visits to art, music, PE or library.
  • Sample traditional Tanzanian lunch with our students and staff.
  • Attend a weekly assembly (on specific days only) and watch dance and music performances.
  • Visit one of our student’s homes with a staff member to facilitate this.
  • Ride on one of our colorful school buses as it drops the students home.
  • Tour of Smith Secondary Campus, Usa River.
  • Tour of Moivaro Boarding Campus accompanied by a staff member to tell you all about our boarding programme.

Home visits

Home visits are a once in a lifetime experience, giving you the opportunity to see and experience firsthand the difference St Jude’s has on the lives of our students, their families and the wider community. Be sure to let us know if you sponsor a student so you can visit their home. Please remember, you will be accompanied by a trained staff member of St Jude’s on your home visit. For more information about home visits, please see the Visit us FAQ.


St Jude’s can arrange accommodation with en-suite facilities for visitors who participate in a school-based itinerary. Although accommodation is available on the weekends and public holidays, there are no students on campus at this time and staffing is limited. Therefore, to maximise your visit and truly experience life at St Jude’s we encourage you to arrange your visit during weekdays. We are also more than happy to advise you about alternative accommodation in Arusha. After making arrangements with our Visitors team you will receive a draft itinerary that will be tailored to the length and nature of your visit. A maximum stay at St Jude’s is seven nights; most people stay three nights.

How to make a visit

If you are thinking of planning a visit to The School of St Jude and want to stay for a few days, contact our Visitors team. It’s good to plan 3-6 months in advance.

If you are already in Arusha, you can arrange a visit too. Contact the Visitors team to let them know when you’d like to drop in. The school is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5.00pm. Check our school term times and public holidays on our Academic Calendar.

The school can arrange a personalised itinerary of activities while you’re here. All visitors are required to read our Code of Conduct and Personal Communications Policy and sign a document on arrival to say you have read and agree to abide by them.

School Activities

Since 2002, St Jude’s has been a registered Rotary Australia World Community Service project and Rotarians continue to live up to their motto of ‘service above self’ through their passionate involvement. Read more about Rotary’s involvement.

Our Child Protection Policy

The School of St Jude has a zero tolerance policy regarding child abuse and whilst undertaking school-based activities at St Jude’s you will be accompanied by a staff member at all times. Below are our Child Protection Code of Conduct and Personal Communications Policy. You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement that you have read and understood these upon arrival at the school.

St Jude’s Wishlist

There are a number of items that the school needs that can be difficult or expensive to source in Tanzania. If you are planning on making a visit, would like to make a gift in kind and have room in your suitcase – please have a look at our latest wishlist for items that St Jude’s is most in need of.
We can’t wait to share our school with you and look forward to seeing you soon.
Our students would love to see you!