Volunteering in Tanzania with Projects Abroad
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.
Experience a unique insight into the Maasai tribe's way of life and play a vital role when it comes to helping the Maasai people.
Volunteer on a Journalism placement in Tanzania, based at a local magazine in Dar es Salaam. You will have the opportunity to put together a portfolio of varied work and gain invaluable journalism experience.
Work with a local youth organisation in Tanzania and teach young people from disadvantaged backgrounds about the creative and technical aspects of filmmaking.
Work alongside local staff at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office in Arusha and help defend the rights of women and children
If you are looking to make a real difference whilst undertaking your Medical Elective then a placement in Tanzania may be ideal. You will benefit from the guidance of trained local staff.
Taking a Midwifery Elective placement in Tanzania means that you will benefit from the guidance of local staff whilst providing invaluable support to mothers and babies.
If you take your Nursing Elective in Tanzania you are sure to find the experience both challenging and rewarding. You may witness some conditions you would not normally see in your home country.
Work alongside staff in a dental clinic in Dar es Salaam or Arusha. As a volunteer you can observe procedures such as tooth extractions and join outreach programmes in local schools and orphanages.
Choose between working in a large government hospital or a small health clinic in Tanzania. There are a variety of departments available including HIV, maternity, surgery and paediatrics.
Help poor and disadvantaged women and their babies while working as a midwife in Tanzania.
Volunteering on a Nursing project in Tanzania will allow you to observe a number of medical conditions whilst working alongside local staff in institutions that suffer from a lack of funding.
Under the supervision of a professional occupational therapist, gain skills and experience working with individuals who are injured, suffering from an illness or struggling with a disability.
As a volunteer on this project you will be based either in a care centre or rehabilitation centre. You will work with trained local staff providing support to both children and adults.
Help treat children with speech and language difficulties at a rehabilitation centre in Dar es Salaam. Gain work experience while helping children to overcome communication impairments.
Share your passion for sports with the children of a developing nation. Our sports projects are based in Arusha and you may work in either a local primary or secondary school.
Volunteer as a teacher in Arusha or Dar es Salaam. Volunteer in primary and secondary schools or schools run by Projects Abroad for the Maasai.
Take part in an intensive standalone Swahili language course or sign up for language tuition alongside your regular placement.
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.
Projects for professionals available in Tanzania
As a qualified doctor you have the opportunity to help treat patients in an under-resourced and under-staffed Maasai community hospital in Tanzania.
As a qualified midwife you have the opportunity to assist mothers and children in rural hospitals in the Maasai community.
Volunteer lawyers are need in Tanzania. You will be working towards reforming inheritance and property right laws which are currently leaving many women impoverished.