Volunteer in Tanzania

Rewarding Volunteer Opportunities in the African Land of the Kilimanjaro

Work as a volunteer in Tanzania, a fascinating country in Africa with Mount Kilimanjaro! The location of our volunteer opportunities in Arusha is perfect as it sits below Mount Meru on the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley. Therefore, the city enjoys the benefits of a pleasant and temperate climate.

Program fee includes airport pickup, 1-day orientation & city tour, accommodation, 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner), support from the local staff, placement & program supervision, 24×7 emergency support, and a donation to local project

Volunteer Projects in Arusha, Tanzania

"Thank you so much because I was able to learn, teach, support to teacher, play with children and help a little in the daily routine.
I only have positive points about the program: the whole organization, support with informations, suggestions, safety recommendations and many other things." – Nadir from Brazil

Childcare at the Orphanage

At the Arusha orphanage, children need your affection! You can work with the children of the orphanage by teaching them art and crafts because art is a powerful tool to help you find happiness and creativity. It will also provide love and comfort to these children.

Learn More

Teaching English

If you like to support teachers, you can work as an assistant teacher in a primary school in a poor neighborhood of Arusha. In addition to teaching English, math, music, and dance, you will develop a very good relationship with all school staff and children.

Learn More

Sports & Football

Volunteer with football coaching in Tanzania in our sports development 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.

Learn More

Women Empowerment

In the Women Empowerment Project, you will help young young single mother who have experienced early pregnancy, forced marriage while still children, trafficking in human beings, poverty, abuse, and lack of education. Help empower women in a temporary residence center.

Learn More

Medical Volunteering

As a medical volunteer, your mission will be to meet the basic health and education needs of your local communities. During the medical internship at the Daughters of Charity dispensary, you’ll take care of the patients.

Learn More

African Dance

Volunteer in Tanzania in our dance project, where 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.

Learn More

Innovation & Sustainable Development

If you like innovation, ecology, and industrial design, you can work on a number of voluntary projects related to conservation of natural resources and sustainable development in Tanzania.

Learn More

Unique Volunteer Experience in Tansania

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.

In Tanzania you can enjoy breathtaking landscapes and culture and go for trips around Arusha, while you experience a unique volunteer experience in Africa.

Your Stay in Arusha

Volunteers stay at a hostel in Arusha, which is considered as the 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.

Tanzania is a culturally rich country in Africa

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.

There are 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 some tribes such as the famous Maasai.

Highly Affordable Volunteer Projects in Tanzania

Please Note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the programs incur a registration fee of U$ 149 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
2 meals per day (breakfast & dinner)
Support from local staff & Program supervision
In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay as a volunteer in Tanzania
In-country administration costs
And a donation to strengthen local projects
Extras
Workshops in 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.
No hidden costs
There are no hidden costs. These projects are the most affordable programs to volunteer in Tanzania

Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the cheapest possible price. One of our goals is to offer cheap volunteer programs in Tanzania so that more people can help to do really important work.

Participants in our cheap volunteer programs 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.
Visa
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.
Location, Accommodation & Orientation
Volunteer programs in Tanzania are based in Arusha, which is also known as the safari capital.

Arusha has a population of around 420,000 inhabitants and is situated in the north of the country, at the foot of the Mont Meru Mountain.

It is located 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.

You can find many National Parks nearby: the Serengeti, Manyara Lake, Tarangire, Arusha and Kilimanjaro, the conservation area of Ngorongoro, the Olduvai Gorge.

Arusha is usually the main choice of visitors who visit Tanzania.
Accommodation and Meals
Volunteers in Tanzania stay in a nice hostel situated in one of the best neighborhoods of Arusha, only 15 minutes away from the city center.

It is a fully-equipped hostel where you will not only be able to get to know your fellow volunteers but also a local family who owns 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 convenience, the hostel features lounge areas with TV, DVD, two dining areas, music players and tranquil gardens with sitting areas and breathtaking views.

The staff at the hostel will serve a full breakfast and dinner. Moreover, a private fridge is available exclusively for our volunteers.
Nighborhood
The hostel is located in one of the best neighborhoods 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. To go to the city center you may take the Dala Dala (city bus) just outside the volunteer’s house.

You’ll also find 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
Volunteer programs in Tanzania start on 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.
Orientation
One day orientation plus a city tour. Orientation takes place on Sunday after the arrival date.
Requirements
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement.

Under 18’s can join the program only if accompanied by a guardian or with parental consent.

Volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance and are required to provide a criminal background check to local staff either upon arrival 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, people widely speak English 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.
Safety
You will have competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders.

Someone will always be available in the case of an emergency.

Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.

The local coordinators will give you all the information you need to have a safe and unforgettable experience.

Volunteer Reviews

Testimonials

More Volunteer Opportunities in Africa

Kenya

Go for an inspiring volunteer experience in Kenya, where you can care for the children at an orphanage, teach English or Sports. Also the country is beautiful, in the weekends you can book tours and excursions around Mombasa and see everything Kenya has to offer.

Learn More

Ghana

Ghana is a rich and colourful place, humming with culture and rhythm. If you are in search of an authentic volunteer experience, Ghana would be an excellent choice for teaching English at school, or caring for children at an orphanage. Experience the Ghanaian society and everyday life whilst making a difference and working along with the local people on their terms.

Learn More

Namibia

Namibia is a very exciting volunteer destination in southwestern Africa. Our voluntary projects in the field of wildlife projects and medical internships offer excellent value for money.

Learn More

South Africa

Get inspired by the Mediterranean climate of South Africa, where you can care for children at Doreens Crèche or join several educational and social projects as well as the animal rescue project in Masiphumelele. In Port Elizabeth, Tzaanen exciting wildlife volunteer projects with the Big Five are waiting for you!

Learn More

Ethiopia

Teach teenies at a college in Addis Ababa. As the young students come from poor backgrounds, they will appreciate learning English, Maths, Computer Literacy or Music with you! The teaching project includes also environmental awareness and wellness coaching.

Learn More