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Volunteer in Tanzania – Best Programs, Highly affordable with IKPVA!!

Check out the best programs to volunteer in Tanzania, exciting projects are waiting for you, and our prices are among the cheapest! You may choose to volunteer on childcare at the orphanage in Arusha, like Nadir from Brazil who loves to remember her time working as a volunteer in Tanzania. If you like teaching children, you can teach English and more at school. And of course, one of the favorite programs, is to  coach a young soccer team of students at school. If you want to stand up for women’s right, try our Women Empowerment program, where you can do valuable work. At the dispensary, you can work as a medical volunteer in Tanzania.

Programs to volunteer in Tanzania at a glance:

Wide range of volunteer programs to match your skills & interests

Volunteer in Tanzania – Overview

Nadir from Brazil went for a trip as a childcare volunteer in Tanzania, at Arusha’s orphanage. The children are singing to say goodbye to Nadir, and she says, it was a magic experience in her life. She feels gratefull for the opportunity to teach and care for the children and was also very pleased of how the program was organized and conducted by IKPVA. This might be just a short introduction to our projects to volunteer in Tanzania, where you can do voluntary work in other areas as well, such as coaching football for the boys and gils at school, teaching English or work as medical volunteer in Tanzania at the dispensary of the Daughters of Charity. Your artistic talents are appreciated as well, since there is a Dance Project. Find out more about all the programs to volunteer in Tanzania below.

When you volunteer in Tanzania you may see wildlife on the fields

Tanzania: a Country Blessed with Natural Beauty

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 defined regions: the low-lying coastal plains, the Masai Steppe, the dry highland plateau and the costs. There you find 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.

Work and live in Beautiful Arusha, as Volunteer in Tanzania

Volunteer in Tanzania Arusha

During your volunteer experience you will stay at the hostel in Arusha. The city is considered as the de facto capital of the East African Community and of the safari experience.

Since the city is located below Mount Meru on the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, it benefits of a pleasant and temperate climate.

A culturally rich country

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. Experience African culture while you volunteer in TanzaniaWe 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
famous Maasai.

Discover the country on your volunteer trip to Tanzania

IKPVA 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.


Volunteer projects

Sports Volunteer in Tanzania: Football Coaching Project

Football project in Tanzania, young boy holding a ball

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. Since the coaches emphasize the importance of the respect for rules, teamwork and perseverance every day, the boys and girls develop their skills 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).

As a sports volunteer in Tanzania you can also choose to help with other sports activities as well. If you organize a workshop for your students or teach them English as well, this will be very welcome! You might get tired but it will be well worth it!

Work as a Medical Volunteer in Tanzania

Volunteer in Tanzania hands to hands with local in on medical program
Medical volunteer in Tanzania

Join our health promotion project and work as a medical volunteer in Tanzania to help treating local people and creating health awareness.

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 as a medical volunteer in Tanzania?

The dispensary is seriously understaffed with only one clinician employed. They have several assistants however your help as a medical volunteer in Tanzania 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 medical volunteer in Tanzania, you would be apart of a lifesaving team, for those truly in need.

Childcare Volunteer in Tanzania at the Orphanage in Arusha

Nadir Oliveira working as a childcare volunteer in Arusha
Nadir Oliveira with the children

Work as a childcare volunteer in Tanzania helping to care for the children at the orphanage in Arusha.

This is an orphanage, where you will be working as a volunteer in Tanzania, is at only 10 minutes distance from the hostel. Around 25 children aged 4 to 15 live there while waiting for adoption since all of them are orphans. The team at the orphanage provides not only food, clothing, and shelter; but they offer education and a loving home.
It is a humble house, but surrounded by a large field.

As a childcare volunteer in Tanzania you can organize all types of activities for the children at the orphanage

When you go ahead and organize all kind of activities for the children, they will greatly appreciate your creativity and dedication as a volunteer in Tanzania!  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. As a volunteer in Tanzania, you can also help in the kitchen, vegetable garden or in the farm. 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!

Three unforgettable weeks working as a volunteer in Tanzania, Arusha

I’m from Brazil.
I’ve had three unforgettable weeks working as a volunteer in Arusha, Tanzania.
To be in a foreign country, especially in a continent so different from our western life was the first impact.
The second impact was the institution “The Orphanage” with many children that wanted affection. Besides the affection they’ve wanted to learn more. – Nadir Oliveira from Brazil



Educational Volunteer in Tanzania: Teaching Children at School

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. As a volunteer in Tanzania, you will be dealing Volunteer in Tanzania teaching in a School: Proud African Schoolgirl Sitting In Her Desk Smilingwith 60 children between the ages 3 and 16 Everyday, 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. As an educational volunteer in Tanzania, 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.

Experience as a Volunteer in Tanzania Teaching at School

Yair teaching at school in Tanzania
Yair teaching at school in Tanzania

I personaly taught English, Math, Music and dances, in several grades (2 to 7th)
I had a very good relations with all the school personel and the kids.
The satisfaction of helping the school is very good.
The children need a lot of love, help and support and give you their love back…The school needs more volunteers and also financial support in order to improve its conditions. – Yair from Israel

Learn a few words in Swahili

It is advisable that you learn a few words and phrases in Swahili. The Swahili will be very helpful for your work as a volunteer in Tanzania and also appreciated by the children. If you can bring  teaching aids such as flash cards, picture books, alphabet and number games, maps for school, we will greatly appreciate. 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 with the Dance Program

Experience the culture when you volunteer on Tanzania: Massai family celebrating and dancing

Work with dance as a Volunteer in Tanzania in our arts project. With the dance project you will get in touch with children and teenagers passionate about dancing. As a volunteer in Tanzania, 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 to put your knowledge into practice. As a volunteer in Tanzania, you can even create 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. As a volunteer in Tanzania, you can also teach dance for educative purposes in local schools and orphanages. You will see that in Tanzania, the dance is the air, the African rhythm.


Special Project: Volunteer in Tanzania on Women Empowerment

Une maman Africaine

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. As a volunteer in Tanzania, you will support the center’s work training these young women in different vocational fields in order to empower them for employment and self-reliant projects. Moreover, the center has a nursery and primary school for their children education.Mitten in einem afrikanischen Slum

Since the center progress depends on the support coming from outside, your contribution as a volunteer in Tanzania is very important. Bringing support material with you is highly recommended. As a women empowerment volunteer in Tanzania, you will 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 as a volunteer in Tanzania. Get ready for a lot of different experiences. We are sure you will love it.


Special Project: Work with Innovation and Sustainable Development as a Volunteer in Tanzania

Volunteer on innovation and sustainable development in Tanzania
Iñigo volunteering on innovation

Volunteer in Tanzania on innovation and sustainable development. You can work in several projects related to the natural resources conservation and sustainable development of Tanzania. You can work in several areas as volunteer in Tanzania: sustainable agriculture, climate change, renewable energies, rural communities development and industrial design.

Find your project on sustainable development

The most suitable project for each volunteer in Tanzania will be defined depending on their background and expertise and tasks will be defined according to the project.



Highly Affordable Program Fees to Volunteer in Tanzania

Please Note:

  • 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.

Tanzania Prices 2018 March

What is included in the program fee to volunteer in Tanzania?

  • 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

There are no hidden costs. Most of these projects are the most affordable to volunteer in Tanzania

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 programs to volunteer in Tanzania 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$ 250. 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.

Volunteer in Tanzania: Project details

Location, Accommodation & OrientationVolunteer Hostel Tanzania

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. For your conveniance as a volunteer in Tanzania, the hostel features lounge areas with TV, DVD, two dinning areas, music players and tranquil gardens with sitting areas and breath taking views. The staff at the hostel will serve full breakfast and dinner. Moreover, a private fridge is available exclusively for our volunteers.



View of Arusha where our Volunteer in Tanzania programs are based

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

Arrival days for all the programs in Tanzania start every Saturday of the month. You may arrive on a different day, if necessary, but you might have to wait to attend orientation with the other volunteers that arrive on Saturdays.

You can choose to volunteer from 1 to 12 weeks.


Volunteer in Tanzania


One day orientation with city tour takes place on Sunday after the arrival date.


Requirements to volunteer in Tanzania

You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement as a volunteer in Tanzania. Exceptions can be made for under 18’s accompanied by a guardian or with a parental consent.

As a volunteer in Tanzania, you 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.


Language Requirements

Knowledge of intermediate English is a pre-requisite for your work as a volunteer in Tanzania. 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.



As a volunteer in Tanzania, 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.


Still in doubt? Read testimonials of our volunteers in Tanzania!

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