Tanzania Community Volunteers
2-12 weeks from £459
- Volunteer with orphanages, schools or sports coaching programmes
- Help make a real difference in the community in beautiful Arusha
- Give much needed support to local staff at orphanages and schools
- Experience local life in Tanzania
- Gain new skills in a unique travel context
- Enjoy free weekends to explore more of Tanzania and join optional excursions
Become a community volunteer in Tanzania and give something back to the local communities of Arusha! Get involved with one of a great selection of projects, including helping out in orphanages and local schools. You’ll gain fantastic new skills and make a real difference in the lives of local people, plus you’ll have the weekends free to explore. Tanzania is a rich and diverse country with an abundance of fascinating places to visit, so you’ll be spoilt for choice during your time off from the project! With some of Tanzania'a most famous national parks, including the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater close by you why not treat yourself to an incredible safari during your time off and go in search of some of Africa's most iconic wildlife!
Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!
What to expect at the project
There are three main projects to choose from during your placement. You’ll be able to bring your own expertise, creativity and interests to the project you choose and our fantastic in-country team will be on hand for any help and advice that you may need along the way. The projects that need your help include:
Orphanages. Assist in a children’s home and help care for kids of all ages whose parents have passed away due to illness and disease. Orphanages are often understaffed and rely on volunteers to survive. Help feed and look after orphaned babies and toddlers and teach basic life skills and lessons to older kids.
Nursery or Primary Schools. Help teach and inspire local children aged 3-15. Assist teaching staff and bring new ideas into the classroom to make learning fun for young children. Classes can be big and have little in the way of teaching aides and equipment. You’ll make a valuable contribution to the education and future prospects of kids in Tanzania.You may also have the opportunity to incorporate some sports lessons into your teaching.
Please let us know which project you’d like to help out with when you book!
Day in the life
Your day as a volunteer on the Tanzania Community Volunteers programme will vary depending on the project that you are placed at and involved in:
Orphanages project: There are two types or orphanages you may be placed with. Day orphanages look after children during the day when their carers are unable to look after them. Boarding orphanages are a full-time home for the children and are often very busy around the clock. Volunteers help feed the children, teach lessons, and play games while looking after the kids and providing some much-needed love and attention. Orphanage work can be quite emotional but very rewarding.
Schools project: If you decide to help out in schools, you’ll be giving much needed support and assistance to the local teachers who are often over-worked and stretched with large class sizes and limited resources, so your time, support and ideas will no doubt be hugely appreciated. You’ll plan lessons, support learning and play games during breaks. You may also be asked to take your own classes – this may sound daunting but it is a hugely worthwhile experience!
Your hours will vary depending on what project you get involved in. Those helping on an orphanage project will generally volunteer from 9am-12noon and 2.30pm-5pm from Monday to Friday. Teaching volunteers will usually be in the school from 8am until 5pm from Monday to Friday.
Your weekends on this programme will be your free time to relax and enjoy your new surroundings. Our in-country team has a huge array of optional excursions available for you to try. Optional activities and excursions are at extra cost.
Purpose and aim of the programme and how do you benefit the programme
Our fantastic Tanzania Community Volunteers programme supports local communities in and around Arusha. You’ll help nurture and inspire local children, and watch their confidence grow as you deliver much needed support and creativity in your chosen project.
Remember that Tanzania is a developing country and living standards, culture, customs and traditions are all therefore completely different to those you would find in any western country. There will be things about living in Tanzania which will surprise you, make you feel saddened, amazed, helpless, joyful, teary, angry, hurt or even fearful. Embrace these changes and rise up to the challenge as this is the greatest way to learn. You’ll never regret the experience, and watching the difference you make to people’s lives is an unbeatable feeling!
As a volunteer on this project, you’ll gain fantastic experience and insight into teaching and childcare. You’ll learn from the local team and improve your skills as you deliver lessons and lead games with local kids. This experience will set you up for any future teaching and childcare roles you might apply for, and make your CV stand out from the crowd.
You’ll also feel the satisfaction of seeing the results of your work in action. You’ll watch as the children grow in confidence, practice the skills you teach them, and flourish under your care and attention. There’s no greater feeling than having made a difference in a child’s life.
In addition to getting involved in some fantastic community volunteering projects, you'll also have chance to head off on some fantastic optional weekend travel opportunities. Head out on an exciting safari to some of Tanzania's famous national parks such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, explore the stunning Moshi Waterfalls, or simply head off to the colourful local markets of Arusha. Please note: extra excursions are at your own cost.
- Airport transfer on arrival
- A choice of volunteer projects
- Support from the local team
- Project orientation
- Breakfasts & dinners
- Accommodation in a volunteer house
- Project donation
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Return airport transfer
- Tourist visa
- Class C Volunteer permit (currently approx USD200 payable in cash on arrival, but subject to change and can be as much as USD500)
- DBS check
- Lunches and drinks
- Transport to and from the project sites (around £2-3 per day)
- Excursions during free time
You will be staying in a small volunteer house in Arusha. You will sleep in single-sex, shared dorms. You will share with between 4 and 8 other volunteers. Private single rooms are available at extra cost. There are western toilet facilities available and a warm water shower, although power cuts can be fairly common. Don’t worry though – a cold shower will be just what you’re looking for after a hot day volunteering! There is a communal garden and a lounge with a TV. A shared kitchen and dining area is also available. Curfew is at 2am in the volunteer house.
A laundry service is available for USD5 per week
You will be provided with two meals each day; breakfast (consisting of bread, jam, fruit, eggs, tea and coffee) and dinner (either rice, pasta, stew, potatoes or chapatti with meat, vegetables and salad), prepared for you by the cook. All meals are served at the house.
Filtered or boiled drinking water is available at the house. Alternatively, you can purchase bottled water from the nearby supermarket.
Some projects are within walking or cycling distance from the volunteer house. Other projects may be up to 45 minutes away on the bus. Any transport costs to and from your project location are not included in the project price, but will not amount to much.
To get a flight quote simply use the form below, or contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037.
Get A Flight Quote
Your flight to Tanzania should arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport on your programme start date. You should arrive between 6am and 10pm for your arrival transfer.
Your return flight or onward travel should be arranged on your programme end date.
To book your flights, please contact our dedicated fights team on 01892 277037 who will do their best to get you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport. Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require.
It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.
The minimum age for this project is 18 years.
This programme requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can carry this out for you and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking.
All visitors to Tanzania require a Tourist Visa, which must be used within 3 months from the date of issue. The most common visas allow for single or double entry and can be used for stays of up to 90 days. Single entry visas can be purchased on arrival or via an authorised Tanzania embassy or High Commission where you can also apply for multiple entry visas.
In addition to the tourist visa, you will be required to obtain a permit for volunteering. The local team will help you apply for this visa once you arrive in Tanzania. The permit currently costs around USD200 (subject to change) and is not included in your trip cost.
Where Are The Projects Located? The projects are located in and around Arusha, in Northern Tanzania. Some projects are within walking or cycling distance from the volunteer house. Other projects may be up to 45 minutes away on the bus. Any transport costs to and from your project location are not included in the project price, but will not amount to much.
What Can I Do During My Time Off? It goes without saying that Tanzania has some amazing safari destinations, including the famous Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara and some of the lesser known reserves of Selous and Mikumi – all of which make for an exciting safari and weekend excursion. In addition to safaris there are also a wide range of other excursions available including balloon rides, waterfall visits and even trekking in Mount Kilimanjaro – our in-country team will be able to help you arrange these during your placement. Optional activities and excursions are at extra cost.
What Sort Of People Are The Projects Looking For?
Volunteers should be motivated, with a positive attitude and not afraid to take the initiative. If you see something that needs doing – do it! Throwing yourself into your placement and immersing yourself in the culture is always the best way to get the most out of your experience.
Does It Matter That I Do Not Speak Swahili?
No, during your time you will have some language lessons to help introduce yourself, however most people on your project will speak English.
Can I Climb Kilimanjaro?
Yes it's really easy to add on a Mount Kilimajaro Climb, please speak to us for further information on dates and prices.
Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?
No, in all of the houses bedding is provided for you. However if you choose to climb Kilimanjaro then yes, you will need one.
Are Mosquito Nets Provided?
Yes, all mosquito nets are provided for you, however if you wish to take your own then you are more than welcome.