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Volunteer in Tanzania


Volunteers in Tanzania have been contributing to worthwhile and constructive projects for several years. Projects Abroad’s volunteer work in Tanzania supports numerous worthwhile placements which, while they may be challenging, give volunteers in Tanzania the opportunity to learn about the real world and themselves while making a useful and positive contribution to a worthy community setting.

Volunteer in Tanzania

  • Placement location: Arusha, Dar es Salaam
  • Project lengths: From 1 week
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Languages spoken: Swahili
  • Local greetings Hello: Habari
    Thankyou: Asante
  • Prices: from Loading...
  • Top places to travel: Serengeti National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, Moshi hot springs

Projects Abroad volunteers in Tanzania reading books to children

Volunteers in Tanzania with Projects Abroad have the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of diverse projects. These include working with children on a care or teaching project, building a classroom or a care centre, and ongoing human rights 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

A Projects Abroad Teaching volunteer sings with a class of children at a school in near Arusha in 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.

A female Projects Abroad volunteer in Tanzania measuring the blood pressure of a local woman

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

High School Projects for 15 to 18 year olds available in Tanzania


Projects available in Tanzania

High School Projects for 15 to 18 year olds available in Tanzania

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