About Us


The Helbling family moved to Tanzania in 2007 to work at a local Moshi orphanage. They home-schooled their two daughters, then four and five years old. While home-schooling was providing an excellent education for their own children, there was no such opportunity for the children of the orphanage and other children in the area. International schools were too expensive and other local schools did not offer an optimal academic foundation. The vision of a school with strong academics in a fun and loving atmosphere was born. Keeping costs as low as possible was also a priority. That dream has become reality in Hope International School. God has sent international volunteers and national workers of like-mind to raise up a school where academics are strong, Christian character is cultivated and artistic creativity is fostered.

School Motto

Discovering truth, living hope.

School Scripture

Job 11:17-18 “Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.”

Our Mission Statement

At Hope International School we partner with students, teachers, God and parents to prepare and develop the whole student, mind, body and spirit, through academic training that is integrated with experience, ministry and worship. We believe this will provide a bright future for our children. Proverbs 22:6

Our Vision Statement

A school with strong academics in a fun and loving atmosphere, keeping costs low, while helping our children become what God made them to be.

Educational Philosophy

At Hope we b10_WEBelieve that in order to raise up world changers and leaders we cannot simply give out information and ask students to regurgitate that information back. As teachers and leaders, we try to recognize and appreciate the learning and behavior styles of our children and identify the natural strengths and tendencies each child has. Students come to us at very different ability and readiness levels, with different interests, intelligences, learning styles and learning modalities. Instead of trying to convince our children to move onto the path we have designed, we will encourage them to reach their destination by allowing them to discover on their own the paths they are destined and called to follow. Our desire is to learn what they love to learn about, not just teach them what we want them to learn. We want to develop life-long learners by teaching our children how to learn. Then they will be empowered to acquire whatever information they need in life.

 Jesus grew in wisdom (intellectually), stature (physically), and in favor with God (spiritually) and  man (socially) Luke 2:52. Therefore, our educational goals encompass the spiritual, social,    intellectual and physical areas of our students’ lives. These areas are inseparable. It is our aim to  avoid the tendency to teach compartmentally or on the intellectual level alone.

  Hope is a member of the well-respected international accrediting organizationAssociation of  Christian Schools International.

Hope International School  is a project of Global Effect, Tanzania.