TANZANIA: Medical Volunteering Project

Tanzania medical volunteering project

Our Tanzania medical volunteering project is suitable for medical professionals or students looking for a medical volunteer program in Tanzania, Go Volunteer Africa offers unique medical and healthcare opportunities in Tanzania and internship opportunities to Pre-med, nursing, and medical students interested in a volunteer abroad medical placement.

Tanzania medical volunteering project

Go Volunteer Africa recruits and places doctors, nurses, surgeons, midwives, and other medical professionals to work alongside local practitioners in Tanzania. Our Tanzania medical volunteering project roles range from assisting local doctors with regular treatments to working with rural health workers to help establish more sustainable standards of health and nutrition with the help of a good diet and supplements.

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  • Taking rounds of the wards, maintaining files
  • Getting actively involved in the daily work of the hospital
  • Shadowing professionals medics and assist whenever needed
  • Treating minor injuries, vaccinations etc. (depending on skills)
  • Assist patients (getting them from one service point to another)
  • Professionals can get involved depending on the medical experience
  • Doing routine patient checkups like measure Blood pressure, pulse, check fever etc.

There is an obvious lack of manpower and resources in the local hospitals, which are located in the outer city areas and sub-urban areas. Since many health centers lack modern facilities, or have broken equipment and lack of staff, the placements are very challenging. Volunteers need to bring their own medical equipment, gloves, lab coat, medical scrubs and appropriate shoes.

Tanzania medical volunteering project


You can join our Tanzania Medical volunteer project in Arusha, Moshi or Bukoba and Biharamulo. All project sites offer a very meaningful volunteer experience.

Arusha is a city in north eastern Tanzania and the capital of the Arusha Region, located at the base of volcanic Mt. Meru. It’s a gateway to safari destinations and to Africa’s highest peak, 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro, lying some 100 kilometers northeast. To the west lies Serengeti National Park, home to wildlife including lions, rhinoceros, giraffes and leopards.

Moshi is a town in northern Tanzania, near the Kenyan border. It’s known as a gateway to Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Trails run up the mountain’s cloud-ringed, snow-capped dome, through alpine forests and meadows home to elephants and leopards. One of Tanzania’s major coffee-producing hubs, Moshi is known for its coffee farms and auctions.

Bukoba is a city, situated in the north west of Tanzania on the south western shores of Lake Victoria. It is the capital of the Kagera region, and the administrative seat for Bukoba Urban District. The city is served by Bukoba Airport and regular ferry connections to and from Mwanza, as well as roads linking to Uganda’s Rakai District for the cross border car commuters with plans underway for a standard gauge railway construction to fulfil the high ambitions of Uganda.

Biharamulo is a town in northwestern Tanzania. It is the district headquarter of Biharamulo District. Biharamulo used to be a German administrative centre in colonial times. Biharamulo Game Reserve is located north of the town.
The town was the administrative centre of German East Africa during the late 19th century until World War I. Since then it has remained part of the Biharamulo District. Trunk road T4 from Mwanza to Bukoba passes by the town and trunk road T9 to Kigoma Region start in Biharamulo.


After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha City for projects in Arusha and Moshi. For projects based in North Western Tanzania  in Bukoba and Baharamulo, book your flights to arrive at the Mwanza Airport, the largest airport in the region. There are international flights from Nairobi, Kisumu, Kigali, and Bujumbura as well as domestic flights from Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Kigoma, Arusha, Zanzibar and others.

Alternatively, visitors heading to North western Tanzania program can fly into Entebbe International Airport (Uganda) and then catch a bus to Tanzania (Bukoba) from Kampala to cross the overland into Tanzania. This can actually be a more affordable option, but remember that you will need to pay $50 USD for a Ugandan visa.

A member of staff from our local partner organization will meet you on arrival at Airport or bus station. The airports service numerous international carriers. Tanzania has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.

Safaris in Tanzania - Mt. Kilimanjaro


Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Tanzania you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.


Go Volunteer Africa strives to improve the health conditions of children and adults in Tanzania through our Tanzania medical volunteering project. Go Volunteer Africa has set up activities with both small health clinics and large government hospitals in Tanzania. All our projects have one similar goal of improving the provision of healthcare and of preventative health education to under-served populations across Tanzania.

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If you are currently studying or recently graduated we have medical volunteer programs and internships which will boost your resume / CV and allow you to help people in the developing world. Lots of people apply every year and this Tanzania medical volunteering project is perfect if you are planning a career in healthcare.

Volunteers with professional credentials, or those currently enrolled in medical/nursing school are welcome. The type of hands on work you will be allocated will depend to an extent on your own abilities and capabilities, which is understandable given that you will be dealing with patient health and safety.

Botswana Medical Volunteering

Volunteers/Interns are not allowed to perform the major identification or surgery works. Most of the time volunteers help doctors or work as an assistant to doctors.  You will be involved in aspects of the day-to-day running of the hospitals, observing or directly assisting, where possible. You can help out in simple but practical ways, vastly increasing your own knowledge and understanding of medical practice.

Volunteers measure BP, temperature, height, weight assist doctors and medical staffs with health center tasks. You also help in health camps (if any), distribute medicines, provide tips to patients on health, nutrition and sanitation and counseling patients, and involve yourself in the treatment for minor injuries or wounds and keeping patient records.

Uganda Medical Volunteering Project

Your exact role within the hospital or clinic will be determined by your level of medical experience as well as by the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. Pre-university interns usually start by observing the doctors and nurses. You may find more practical opportunities arise once you get to know the local staff and if you can demonstrate a good understanding of local medical conditions.

Facilities within the hospitals and clinics are basic and treatments are sometimes not of the standard we would expect in developed world. You should be prepared to see some shocking cases, and try not to get emotionally involved with the patients. Your working hours will usually be decided on a weekly basis and most volunteers work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free.

This medical volunteering project in Tanzania offers diverse experience as volunteers can be placed in a variety of medical settings, including public and private hospitals, clinics and community outreaches in under-resourced locations around Tanzania.

We offer short and long term medical volunteering placements in hospitals, clinics, outreach centres and slum community projects in Tanzania. Placements are available in areas of Dentistry, HIV & AIDS, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Radiography and Veterinary.

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For the medical placement, volunteers need to be training. You will need to be aged 18 years or above at the time of joining the program. Everyone is welcome to apply and a lot of pre-med, medical students, graduates and general people looking to help can apply to join this Tanzania medical volunteering project. If you are looking to volunteer in a skilled role (for example as a doctor), you will need to provide certificates and your level of experience.


Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Tanzania volunteering program.


Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteer work in Tanzania. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.


Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.

The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.


Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!

Tanzania Volunteer Safari


Visitors to Tanzania must obtain a visa from one of the Tanzanian diplomatic missions or online unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens can obtain a visa on arrival. All other nationalities, that are not visa exempt may obtain a visa on arrival. Visa must be paid with notes of USD 50 or USD 100. The length of stay is determined at ports of entry. Tanzania introduced an eVisa system on 26 November 2018. You can either enter with a prearranged Tanzania eVisa or get a visa on arrival.

Tanzania summer volunteering


Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Tanzania has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!


Availability:  Project open all year round
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older
Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Duration: Minimum 3 weeks commitment
Arrival: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Airport: ————————-
Accommodation: Host Family or volunteer house
Daily Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-7 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Location: Moshi, Arusha, Bukoba & Biharamulo, Dar es Salam
Language: English
Support:  Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7


Volunteering in Tanzania with Go Volunteer Africa is affordable, low cost and budget friendly.  The volunteer opportunities in Tanzania are meaningful and life changing both to the volunteer and the host community.

Go Volunteer Africa was ranked as the best volunteer organization in Tanzania. All volunteer programs in Tanzania are community driven and managed by the local coordinating teams and this will give you a chance to get to know local people and really help those in need.

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Go Volunteer Africa is among the top NGOs looking for volunteers in Tanzania. Most volunteer projects in Tanzania are located throughout the country in places like Arusha, Moshi, Bukoba, Biharamulo and in more rural areas.

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3 Weeks
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
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4 Weeks
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
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Any Extra Week
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
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Program Fee Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)


Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up.

For Medical / Healthcare Volunteers: *Hospital administration fee of $100 per month (regardless of lesser duration) is added for all medical placements. 


To start the process fill Volunteer application form and submit it for consideration and book your placement. For more information on how to get enrolled for the volunteering experience of a lifetime contact us. Or Give us a call | WhatsApp | Telegram | Viber | Imo at +254-796-786292 to talk to a Program Specialist.

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