Volunteering in Tanzania is one the top rated adventure travel programs in Africa. Go Volunteer Africa allows you to combine meaningful volunteering projects with action-packed safaris into the ultimate life-changing experience.

Extending over 945,166km2, Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean. Neighboring countries include BurundiDemocratic Republic of the CongoKenyaMalawiMozambiqueRwandaUganda, and Zambia. The geography of Tanzania is varied with Lake Victoria in the west, mountains in the northeast and coastal plains.

Experience the best of Tanzania on our volunteer and travel program. With a vast variety of volunteer projects in Tanzania, you will always find a volunteer placement that matches your needs. Our volunteers work in orphanage, teaching, medical, construction, day care centers, sports coaching around Tanzania from 1 week to 24 weeks in duration.

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.

Go Volunteer Africa is committed to provide you with affordable and truly amazing volunteering in Tanzania experience. Come join our meaningful and extremely low-cost volunteer Tanzania opportunities and change the way you see the world!

Safaris in Tanzania - Mt. Kilimanjaro
Safaris in Tanzania – Mt. Kilimanjaro

Why Volunteer in Tanzania?

Approximately 68 per cent of Tanzania’s 44.9 million citizens live below the poverty line of $1.25 a day. 32 per cent of the population are malnourished. The most prominent challenges Tanzania faces in poverty reduction are unsustainable harvesting of its natural resources, unchecked cultivation, climate change and water- source encroachment, according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Although Tanzania has made some progress towards reducing extreme hunger and malnutrition. Children in rural areas suffer substantially higher rates of malnutrition and chronic hunger, although urban-rural disparities have narrowed as regards both stunting and underweight. Low rural sector productivity arises mainly from inadequate infrastructure investment; limited access to farm inputs, extension services and credit; limited technology as well as trade and marketing support; and heavy dependence on rain-fed agriculture and natural resources.

The Tanzanian economy is heavily based on agriculture, which in 2013 accounted for 24.5 per cent of gross domestic product and accounted for half of the employed workforce. Tanzania’s economy relies on farming, but climate change has impacted their farming.

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. Our Tanzania volunteer program will either utilize the skills you hold already or give you an opportunity to learn new skills.

Go Volunteer Africa works closely with each volunteer to ensure comprehensive preparation, including both an understanding of the people with whom you will be working, and all considerations necessary for travel to Africa. Book your volunteer trip to our Burundi Volunteer Program right now!

***Taking time out to volunteer in Tanzania remains one of the best things that you can do on a gap year, summer holiday, family vacation or career break. Not only will you be helping people, animals, environment and working with communities that need and appreciate your help, you will also grow as a person.***

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN TANZANIA

TANZANIA: Youth Support Volunteer Work

TANZANIA: Youth Support Volunteer Work

Join our Tanzania Youth volunteer work and help motivate young people through education and skills development. By equipping Tanzanian youth with the skills and confidence to make good decisions, we’re preparing them and Tanzania for ...
TANZANIA: Orphanage Volunteer Work

TANZANIA: Orphanage Volunteer Work

Go Volunteer Africa offers an opportunity to volunteer at orphanage and childcare projects in Tanzania. Our Tanzania Orphanage Volunteer Work program accepts people from all around the world to participate on life changing project in ...
TANZANIA: Teaching Volunteer Project

TANZANIA: Teaching Volunteer Project

Go Volunteer Africa’s teaching volunteer project in Tanzania increases education standards at the local schools we support and teach life skills that will help and empower children to make sustainable improvements within their local communities. ...
TANZANIA: Community Volunteer Program

TANZANIA: Community Volunteer Program

The aim of Tanzania Community Volunteer program is to provide support for a wide range of capacity building initiatives within the local communities being implemented by our affiliate NGOs. Tanzania is a known as a ...
TANZANIA: Medical Volunteering Project

TANZANIA: Medical Volunteering Project

If are you a medical professional or student looking for a medical volunteering project in Tanzania, Go Volunteer Africa offers unique medical and healthcare volunteering and internship opportunities to Pre-med, nursing, and medical students and ...

EXTRAS & SUPPORT

ABOUT TANZANIA

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)

Population: 60,365,537(approx)

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, Biharamulo, 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 Mwanza, Bukoba, 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.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

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.

 

SUPPORT

BEFORE YOU GO

IN-COUNTRY

§  Pre-departure support & documentation

§  Travel & medical advice & documentation

§  Advice on visas & equipment advice

 

 

 

§  Project orientation

§  Accommodation

§  3 meals a day

§  Airport pickup

§  In-country emergency support

§  24-hour HQ backup

§  Free GVA t-shirt

 

 

 

 TANZANIA VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Immerse yourself in rural, slum, semi-urban & engaging community
  • Promote sustainable community livelihoods
  • Improve the living standards of local people
  • Make friends for life

 

Transport:

Airport pickup

Accommodation:

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!

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 the booking fee to confirm your placement. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.

Get Started

Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here