Volunteering in Tanzania with Projects Abroad
- Placement location: Arusha, Dar es Salaam
- Project lengths: From two weeks
- Accommodation: Host families
- Prices: From
- Top places to travel: Serengeti National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, Moshi hot springs
- Projects available: Building: General Building Projects | Care: General Care Projects | Community: Maasai Community | Journalism | Law & Human Rights: Human Rights | Medical Electives: Medicine Electives, Midwifery Electives, Nursing Electives | Medicine & Healthcare: Dentistry, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Physiotherapy | Micro-finance | Sports: School Sports | Teaching: General Teaching Projects | Short-term Specials: Care & Community, Medicine, Public Health | Language Courses: Swahili
Tanzania is an attractive and enthralling East African country in which to spend some time on a volunteer project or work experience placement. Our voluntary projects in Tanzania are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world, including those on a gap year, career break or as summer work experience while studying.
There are numerous projects to choose from. You could volunteer on our building project and help with the construction of class rooms and orphanages. Alternatively, you could work in a busy maternity clinic, helping both pre and post-natal patients, and assisting staff with deliveries.
Other options include Business, Teaching, Journalism, Care, Human Rights and Micro-finance projects.
Where we are Based in Tanzania
Our projects are based in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam and in the northern town of Arusha.
The majority of Projects Abroad volunteers in Tanzania live with local host families. This allows you to experience Tanzania from a local’s perspective, a very different world from the often luxurious hotels of the safari industry.
General Information on Tanzania
Tanzania is an intensely varied and colourful land on the East coast of Africa. Home to Africa’s highest mountain, largest lake, huge wildlife reserves and hundreds of paradise beaches, it is without doubt one of Africa’s most appealing destinations and a superb introduction to the African continent.
Tanzania has existed as a nation since 1964 after Britain granted Zanzibar independence and it combined as a country with the previous British colony of Tanganyika. Tribal traditions and over one hundred years of colonial influences have produced an exciting, modern Tanzanian culture. Although Tanzania remains one of the least developed countries in the world, the economy has improved greatly in the last forty years and the country’s political stability forms a solid base for continued growth.
Healthcare and education have also improved since independence and volunteers working in schools, care homes and medical institutions can help this progress to continue.
Travel and Tourism in Tanzania
Living in energetic, colourful Tanzania will certainly provide you with plenty of interests and entertainment when you’re not working. The vibrant markets are worth exploring, and are a great place to buy traditional batiks, wood carvings and Maasai jewellery.
There is plenty to explore in and around Dar es Salaam, like the National Museum, the Village Museum and the Botanical Gardens. There are popular beaches just to the north of the city or take a two-hour boat ride to the stunning spice island of Zanzibar, where you can experience an alternative side of Africa, one of tropical seas perfect for snorkelling and diving combined with a traditional Swahili way of life.
Tanzania is now firmly established as one of the best safari destinations in the world with an impressive 25% of the country protected as national parks or conservation areas. Although working as a volunteer in Tanzania will primarily put you in contact with the welcoming Tanzanian people, the wildlife is not to be missed.
Our base in Arusha places you within easy reach of the vast Serengeti National Park and the lesser known Arusha National Park, which can be visited as a day trip from Arusha. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is also less than two hours drive away, and climbing Africa’s highest mountain is an enticing and achievable challenge for most.
Travel around Tanzania has improved greatly over recent years and buses between the main towns are cheap and reasonably efficient. Travelling by train is an option to visit towns between the coast and the west of the country.
Projects available in Tanzania
Volunteers are needed in orphanages, care centres and special needs schools. You will work alongside local staff to help with general care, play games and teach the children basic classes.
Help raise awareness of the problems faced by marginalised groups in Tanzania, specifically matters relating to land, probate and inheritance. You will liaise with lawyers and other legal societies.
Volunteer as a teacher in Arusha or Dar es Salaam. Volunteer in primary and secondary schools or schools run by Projects Abroad for the Maasi.
Take part in an intensive stand-alone language course or sign up for language tuition alongside your regular placement. You can choose from Swahili and English.
Short-term specials for 16 to 19 year olds available in Tanzania
Volunteers dedicate their time to caring for children in an orphanage or care center. Your time will be split between looking after and playing with the children, and doing practical activities such as building, renovating, painting, and decorating to benefit the community.
Gain an understanding of the medical needs in a developing country by learning from local doctors in large hospitals, and helping treat local people in rural locations.
This project focuses on vital healthcare campaigns in rural communities. It offers a chance for you to contribute to a programme that provides an important service. You can be involved in carrying out basic health checks and leading educational campaigns.