Volunteer in Tanzania – Most affordable programs with Iko Poran!!
Volunteer in Tanzania in Arusha on childcare, teaching English, the medical program or sports development, coaching a young soccer team of students at school. You can also work as a volunteer on Women Empowerment or the special Dance program.
At a glance:
Location: Beautiful Arusha;
Available all year round;
Start dates of the volunteer programs: Every Tuesday of the month;
6 different projects, including a Dance program and a Special Women Development Project;
Accommodation in a new hostel situated in one of Arusha’s best neighbourhoods, only 15 minutes away from the city centre;
Program fee includes: Airport pickup, 1 day orientation & city tour, Accommodation, 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner), support from the local staff, program supervision, 24×7 emmergency support throughout your program;
Program fees starting at only $330 for 1 week;
No transfer fees on top;
Wide range of volunteer programs to match all skills & interests
Volunteering in Tanzania – Overview
Volunteer in Tanzania and choose from Iko Poran’s affordable volunteer programs the one wich fits best your skills and interests.
Not only is Tanzania proud to bear witness to Africa’s highest point, Mount Kilimanjaro, but it is also a wealthy country full of resources such as lakes, wildlife and mineral. The country’s mainland is indeed divided into several clearly experiencedefined regions: the low-lying coastal plains, the Masai Steppe, the dry highland plateau and the costs, hosting the East African mangrove as well as Tanzania’s largest city and former capital, Dar es Salaam. Tanzania is therefore the perfect place in Africa to have full tourism opportunities, and an amazing volunteering
Moreover, you will have the chance to live your experience in Arusha, considered as the de facto capital of the East African Community and of the safari experience
. The city has a perfect location as it stands below Mount Meru on the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, and therefore benefits of a pleasant and temperate climate.
Culturally speaking, Tanzania is one of the most diverse countries in Africa and this is reflected in the fact that there are more than 158 local languages spoken in the country. Under the leadership of Julius Nyerere, the learning of Swahili was prioritized over local languages. Swahili is therefore widely spoken, but English is used as the language of higher education, administration and business. We can find more than 120 different ethnic groups among Tanzania’s population, and unlike in other African countries, most people identify themselves as Tanzanian first and foremost. Step by step, the traditional African tribe values have been adapted to modern life, although at a much slower pace among the some tribes such as the
Iko Poran gives to our volunteer in Tanzania participants the chance to discover a country that remains quite unknown but that is undoubtedly full of opportunities. You will participate to the global effort made for child development in Africa, by contributing to projects such as orphanage, teaching, women development, or sports development.
Sports Development in Tanzania
Volunteer in Tanzania in our football project. The sports project offers sport activities (mainly football) to 400 children (boys and girls) from several football schools. The idea is to keep them away from the danger through sports and to develop the female football. Everyday the coaches highlight the importance of the respect for rules, teamwork and perseverance to become a better person physically, intellectually and socially. And no need to worry if your knowledge about football is limited since you can teach other sports in primary and secondary schools (netball, volleyball).
Volunteers are invited to help on all the sports activities, organize their own workshop if they want and also teach English. You might get tired but it will be well worth it!
Medical Volunteer Program
In 2002 the Servants of the Poor, Daughters of Charity opened the dispensary. Primarily their mission was to attend to basic healthcare needs and education of their local communities. Within this culture, cattle is their way of life and the main source of income, when necessary. Education and healthcare was perceived as less valuable, as people resorted to traditional healing methods.
When the facility began in January 2002, people did not see their assistance as necessary, as they had already become accustomed to their own methods of care. Only when these showed negative results did people begin to use the dispensaries facilities.
Why get involved?
The dispensary is seriously understaffed with only one clinician employed; they have several assistants however help is always required and appreciated.
The laboratory has a range of equipment such as an ultrasound machine, and the ability to screen for malaria and test for many other life-threatening illnesses. Within the facility they also have the ability to treat many of these diseases, such as pneumonia, malaria and sexually transmitted infections. Revealing the fantastic work the project does in allowing people access to tests and treatment they previously did not know possible. As a volunteer you would be apart of a lifesaving team, to those truly in need.
Orphanage / Childcare
Volunteer in Tanzania helping us to care for our children.
This is an orphanage in an area situated at only 10 minutes from the hostel. Around 25 children aged 4 to 15 live there while waiting for adoption since all of them are orphans. It is a humble house, but surrounded by a large field.
Volunteers are very needed to organize all types of activities – be creative! You can teach them arts & crafts, English, plan outdoors activities, organize a theatre play or dance workshop, etc. They are more than open to anything you want to offer. Most importantly,
they need care and affection. With the right effort and ideas, you can really help them change their live paths. Are you up for it? Come and join to leave your mark!
Volunteer in Tanzania in our teaching project. This is a project that requires a lot of dedication and enthusiasm. You will have the opportunity of supporting a nursery/primary school (children aged 3-11) or a secondary school (teenagers aged 11-16), both located within at only five minutes walking distance from the hostel. Everyday you will be dealing with 60 children between the ages 3 and 16 depending on the school you choose. They will be very excited for you to teach them several subjects, supporting the teacher or teaching by yourself. You will see from the very beginning that they are passionate about learning. Moreover, both childrens and teachers, will be very grateful if you support them with extracurricular activities and sports on a regular basis in the evenings.
It is advisable that you learn a few words and phrases in Swahili, which will be very helpful and appreciated by the children. Bringing teaching aids (flash cards, picture books, alphabet and number games, maps) with you is highly recommended, and needed. We promise you that it will be an experience that you will never forget!
* Schools in Tanzania are closed for 2 weeks in late April, during the month of August and December to January.
Volunteer in Tanzania in our arts project. Through this project you will be in direct contact with children and teenagers passionate about dancing. You will support several dance schools that have been created with the objective of promoting the social, economic and cultural development of the African continent.
If you are passionate about dance, you will have the opportunity of putting your knowledge into practice by creating workshops and choreographies for Tanzanian dancers. You will see that Tanzanians will be very interested in learning new dance techniques. What’s more, you will learn African dance and the most important rituals of tribe dances. You can also use dance for teaching with educative purposes in local schools and orphanages. You will see that in Tanzania, the dance is the air, the African rhythm.
Special Project – Women Development
Volunteer in Tanzania in our project to empower women. This is a center that offers temporary residence, education and vocational training to young single mothers and girls below the age of 18 years, together with their children. These girls have suffered from early pregnancy, forced child marriage, human trafficking, poverty, abuse, and a lack of education. The objective of the center is to train these young women in different vocational fields to empower them for employment and self-reliant projects. Moreover, the center has a nursery and primary school for their children education.
Since the center progress depends on the support coming from outside, your contribution is very important. Bringing support material with you is highly recommended. You will be able to support them with marketing and fundraising, psychological support to women, English and computer teaching, kitchen and tailoring teaching and children teaching and care.
Your week will never be boring as there is a lot for you to do. Get ready for a lot of different experiences. We are sure you will love it.
Affordable Volunteering in Tanzania – Program Fees
- The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
- All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee.
What is included in the program fee?
- Airport Pickup
- 1 day orientation plus city tour
- Accommodation for all projects in a new hostel
- 2 meals per day (breakfast & dinner)
- Support from local staff & Program supervision
- In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
- In-country administration costs
- Donation to support the local project
There are no hidden costs. Most of these projects are the most affordable to volunteer inTanzania
Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.
Participants in our Tanzania programs normally find US$ 50 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.
The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.
Workshops is African dance, Tanzanian culinary, Masai crafts are offered at a special rate for volunteers. As well as Safaris, Kilimanjaro climbing, cultural tours and many other activities.
It is required to obtain a Volunteer Visa locally that costs US$ 200. Volunteers should state tourism on the arrival at the airport and the local team will take them to the immigration office on the next day to obtain their volunteer visas.
Our programs to volunteer in Tanzania are based in Arusha, which is known as the safari capital. It has population of around 420,000 inhabitants and is situated in north of the country, at the foot of the Mont Meru Mountain. It is 1,380 meters above sea level and even though it sits very near to the equator, it has an all year round pleasant climate.
The most attractive feature of the city is its location. It is the hub of Safari that runs through the north of Tanzania. Nearby, many National Parks are found: Serengeti, Manyara Lake, Tarangire, Arusha and Kilimanjaro, the conservation area of Ngorongoro, the Olduvai Gorge. Arusha is normally the main choice of visitors who come to Tanzania.
Accommodation & Meals
As a volunteer in Tanzania you will stay in a hostel situated in one of the best neighbourhoods in Arusha and only 15 minutes away from the city centre.
It is a fully-equipped new hostel where you will not only be able to get to know your fellow volunteers but also a local family who own the house and will be living next door to you. You will stay in rooms usually shared by up to four volunteers. The rooms have mosquito netting for all the beds, wardrobes and various shared bathrooms. The hostel has lounge areas with TV, DVD, two dinning areas, music players and tranquil gardens with sitting areas and breath taking views. Full breakfast and dinner are provided and there is a private fridge reserved only for our volunteers.
The hostel is located in one of the best neighbourhoods of Arusha. The natural landscape that surrounds the volunteer’s house is stunning! If you are a nature-lover then you will be able to enjoy long walks with beautiful and scenic views like this:
The urban public transport communication is excellent. In order to arrive to the city centre you will be able to take the Dala Dala (city bus) from outside the volunteer’s house. The house is also surrounded by a variety of local restaurants where you will be able to try all types of traditional dishes: chips mayai, chargrilled chicken, ugali, rice etc. Local shops are close within reach for any emergency purchases.
Start & Duration
Projects in Tanzania start every Tuesday of the month. You should arrive on Mondays.
You can choose to volunteer from 1 to 24 weeks.
One day orientation with city tour takes place on Tuesday after the arrival date.
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement. Exceptions can be made for under 18’s accompanied by a guardian or with a parental consent.
All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance and are required to provide a criminal background check to local staff on arrival in Tanzania or during orientation.
Knowledge of intermediate English is a pre-requisite. Although the official language of Tanzania is Swahili, English is widely spoken in Arusha because of the influx of tourists on safari groups and trekking. It is advisable that you learn some phrases in Swahili for your daily communication. To speed up your learning, we recommend that you take advantage of a very affordable 3 hours Swahili introduction course taught at your accommodation for only US$30.
You will have a competent support and advices from the local team and project leaders. Someone will always be available in the case of any emergency. Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.