Volunteering in Tanzania is one the top rated volunteer and adventure travel programs in Africa. Go Volunteer Africa allows you to combine meaningful and low cost volunteering in Tanzania projects with action-packed adventure travel into the ultimate life-changing experience.
Go Volunteer Africa provides affordable volunteer in Tanzania programs in over six locations across Tanzania. With a vast variety of volunteer programs in Tanzania, you will always find a volunteer project that matches your needs. Our volunteers work in orphanage, teaching, medical, construction, day care centers, and wildlife and street children programs around Tanzania from 1 week to 24 weeks in duration.
We are committed to provide you with affordable and truly amazing volunteering in Tanzania experience. Come join our meaningful and extremely low-cost volunteer Tanzania programs and change the way you see the world!
Go Volunteer Africa enables people from around the world to share their skills and expertise with needy communities of Tanzania. We facilitate volunteer placements in Tanzania for individual solo travelers and groups, and we can secure the placement within two days of receiving your inquiry. We offer volunteer programs in Tanzania that will either utilize skills you hold already or give opportunity to learn new skills.
All of our volunteer projects in Tanzania and travel tour deals have been formulated by our team, to give our participants the most meaningful of experiences, wherever they may decide to venture. We take pride in all of our volunteer travel trips in Tanzania and wish to ensure that our volunteers will benefit the community in a favorable way while on their once in a life time journey.
VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN TANZANIA
EXTRAS & SUPPORT
Extending over 945,166km2, Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean. Neighboring countries include Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. The geography of Tanzania is varied with Lake Victoria in the west, mountains in the northeast and coastal plains.
Tanzania is a land of rolling plains, dramatic mountain ranges, great lakes and pristine white sandy beaches. There is simply no other African country – perhaps no other place in the world – that possesses a natural variety and largesse comparable to Tanzania.
The total population is estimated at around 55 million. Roughly 120 tribes ranging from the iconic Maasai pastoralists of the Rift Valley inhabit Tanzania, each speaking its own language. The most populous tribes are the Sukuma, Haya, Chagga, Nyamwezi, Makonde, Hehe and Gogo.
Tanzania’s close proximity to the equator provides an idyllic climate making it a year round holiday destination whether you are looking for a beach escape, a once in a lifetime safari or a thrill seeking climb to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Tanzania has a mixed economy in which there is a variety of private freedom, combined with centralized economic planning and government regulation.
The nondescript small town of Dodoma displaced Dar es Salaam as the official national capital, and is now where all parliamentary sessions are held. However, Dar es Salaam remains the capital in all but name – by far the largest and most important city, it is the site of most government departments, diplomatic missions and large businesses, as well as the main international airport.
Capital: Dodoma (Population: 5,460,750)
Currency: Tanzania Shillings (TSH) $1 = 2343TSH / £1 = 3063TSH (2019)
Official languages: Swahili and English
Area: 945,087 sq. km
International Calling Code: +255
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Go Volunteer Africa offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Arusha, Moshi, Bukoba, Ludewa, and Mwanza in Tanzania from teaching, childcare, construction, youth empowerment, women support, photography or healthcare projects etc.
If you are looking for somewhere to volunteer in Africa for a short or long stay, Tanzania is an ideal destination. Programs are perfect if you want to do something more than sightseeing and would like to see more than the average tourist and truly start to understand this distinctive culture.
VOLUNTEERING IN TANZANIA QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
- Over 20 oustanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country with major locations being Arusha & Moshi
- Accommodation available at volunteer house & host families
- We host over 70 volunteers every month across Tanzania
- Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
- We are the most affordable organization in Africa, because we are the locals!
You will get to integrate into local society, sample the tasty food, experience the vibrant culture and also make a difference. There are summer and year round programs available where you can help people, animals and the environment. Volunteering in Tanzania and helping people is a highly rewarding experience and there are also lots of cultural and sightseing activities you will get to do in your spare time.
Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.
SAFARIS & TOURS
Safaris, day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the famous Tanzania wildlife. There is a lot to see and do in Tanzania.
BEFORE YOU GO
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Travel & medical advice & documentation
§ Advice on visas & equipment advice
§ Project orientation
§ 3 meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour HQ backup
§ Free GVA t-shirt
TANZANIA VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
All international flights have the option to land in either Arusha, Dar-es-Salaam or Mwanza. There are road routes into Tanzania from Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, and Burundi.
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at either Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar-es- Salaam, Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha or Mwanza International Airport in Mwanza (So make sure you know the exact location of your project before booking flights). A member of staff from our local partner organization in Tanzania will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. All airports services numerous international carriers including the national airline Air Tanzania. Tanzania has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
LIVING IN TANZANIA
Go Volunteer Africa's volunteers enjoy an extremely unique experience not only in the work they do but also in the atmosphere they live in. Volunteers working in any project across Tanzania are housed at our in-country Coordinator’s home, host family or volunteers’ house, depending on the interest of the volunteer. All accommodation environments allows volunteers to meet other travelers and to get to know each other better outside the work-site and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.
The accommodations of course are clean and comfortable and will quickly become your second home. The African and western style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 10 people and, while we can’t always guarantee the hottest water, the facilities are more than adequate. The accommodation is always equipped with a lounge, TV, Kitchen, hand washing facilities, telephones, and spare electricity sockets. Life at the accommodations facilities is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding from a busy day!
You will be provided with three good quality meals every day, so you shouldn’t ever feel hungry. The food you will be provided with will consist of delicious local dishes, using fresh produce to create a cultural and tasty experience! Some typical mainland Tanzanian foods include wali (rice), ugali (maize porridge), chapati (a kind of bread), nyama choma (grilled meat), mshikaki (marinated beef), samaki (fish), pilau, biriyani, and ndizi-nyama (plantains with meat). Water and tea/coffee are included throughout your stay whilst soft drinks (coke, sprite etc) and other beverages can be purchased from the local supermarkets in town.
The hard work volunteers put in during the week undoubtedly warrants some fun and relaxation during evening free time and on the weekends. During the week we organize a variety of activities for volunteers in the evenings. We often play football (soccer), cards and board games or chill out around the bar or go out for a dance getting to know fellow volunteers from around the world. Musical ballads are known to break out from time to time as well as the always entertaining pub-quiz nights.
Yet one of the biggest perks of volunteering in Tanzania lies in the plethora of weekend outings we organize. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend tours. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Flights: Flights are not included in our program costs. However, GVA has partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteer travelers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travelers.
Visas: Visitors to Tanzania must obtain a visa from one of the Tanzanian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries eligible for visa on arrival. Holders of diplomatic, service or official passports of any country traveling on duty do not require a visa. Visit website to learn more: https://www.immigration.go.tz/index.php/en/services/visa-information
Insurance: You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
APPLICATION & BOOKING
To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay 50% of the program fee within 14 days of your acceptance. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.