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🇹🇿 VOLUNTEER IN TANZANIA 🇹🇿

Volunteer in Tanzania with Plan My Gap Year – an award-winning, international volunteer abroad organisation with programs based in Arusha. PMGY provides safe, trusted and affordable programs, with a range of volunteer projects in Tanzania, including ChildcareEnglish Teaching & Medical opportunities.

PMGY Tanzania have projects located in the northern city of Arusha, the gateway to many of the country’s spectacular national parks. The Tanzania volunteer programs start on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month. Our projects in Tanzania run across the year and participants can join us from 2-24 weeks. Volunteers in Tanzania are provided with an extensive pre-departure support service, airport pick-up, orientation, breakfast and dinner, accommodation and local support.

KEY FEATURES

PROGRAM FEE FROM 375 USD

PROGRAMS FOR 18+ YEAR OLDS

✓ PRE-DEPARTURE BUDDY LISTS


✓ MEET LIKE-MINDED SOLO TRAVELLERS


✓ VOLUNTEER MON-FRI & TRAVEL SAT-SUN


✓ AVAILABLE TO WORLDWIDE VOLUNTEERS


✓ IDEAL FOR FIRST TIME TRAVELLERS

   

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

LOCATED IN ARUSHA

1ST & 3RD SUNDAY EVERY MONTH

✓ 24 HOUR AIRPORT PICKUP


✓ ACCOMMODATION, MEALS & WI-FI


✓ SAFE, SECURE & TRUSTED COUNTRY SETUP


✓ CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION


✓ 24 HOUR IN-COUNTRY, UK & US SUPPORT

TANZANIA CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

Leave a lasting impression on the lives of some Tanzania’s most disadvantaged children assisting with childcare and education.

FROM 375 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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TANZANIA ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Teach in a school or orphanage in one of the most extraordinary places in the world. Help the children build a positive, constructive futures for themselves.

FROM 375 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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TANZANIA MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

Combine learning with hands-on activities in this placement that will give you essential and exciting experience for your medical career.

FROM 540 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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REAL AFRICA ENCOUNTER – GHANA, TANZANIA & SOUTH AFRICA

Spend a life-changing 6, 9 or 12 weeks of volunteering across the world’s second-biggest continent in Ghana, fascinating Tanzania & epic South Africa!

FROM 1,635 USD

6-12 WEEKS

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ULTIMATE ROUND THE WORLD ENCOUNTER

An epic journey across 10 enthralling destinations and 4 breathtaking continents. If you are looking for the ultimate trip, then this is your Encounter!

FROM 5,775 USD

20-40 WEEKS

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WHY VOLUNTEER IN TANZANIA WITH PMGY?

Most Affordable – PMGY’s programs are accessible to everyone who wants to make a difference, through low fees and high-impact projects.

 

Best Support – Our international and local teams provide extensive around the clock services to assist you every step of your PMGY adventure.

 

Safety Prioritised – With safety a PMGY number-1 priority, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure our programs are as safe and structured as possible.

 

Extraordinary Experiences – With PMGY, you have the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in amazing cultural and travel experiences, ensuring you leave with unforgettable memories.

 

Friendships for Life – Your PMGY experience not only opens up a doorway for new experiences and exciting memories, but also life-long friendships when meeting new people from around the world.

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

TANZANIA CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

As a childcare volunteer in Tanzania with PMGY, you will brighten up the lives of young children, making a vital and important contribution to their daily lives. International volunteers with children in Tanzania work to support centres in Arusha, organising educational activities and games whilst assisting in tasks to complement the work of local staff.

 

Background to the Childcare Program

 

It is estimated that around 1.4 million Tanzanians are infected with HIV. Furthermore, for every 1,000 births, almost 6 women die in childbirth. These factors along with general widespread poverty and minimal state welfare have resulted in an alarmingly high level of abandoned kids and street children in Tanzania. PMGY Tanzania childcare volunteers work with a number of centres in Arusha that strive to address this issue.

 

There are two main types of childcare centres in Tanzania – board children’s homes and daycare centres. Ordinarily, boarding homes act as day-care centres too. While some of the children in the homes may have lost both of their parents, the majority are cared for by single parents who cannot afford to raise their child. PMGY currently supports three main children’s homes. Since the day nurseries are also run on-site, these homes can be classed as both boarding and daycare centres.

 

Children in boarding can permanently reside at the homes, whilst those who attend nurseries come from underprivileged families who cannot care for them in the daytime. These children attend the centre during the day and then return to stay with family, friends or relatives in the afternoon. The centres provide lessons and activities for children before school age.

 

The first few years of a child’s life are fundamentally important. These years form the foundation that shapes children’s future health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievement. This is not only in their education, but within their community, and life in general. As a childcare volunteer in Tanzania, you will have the opportunity to think and act creatively to positively influence the young ones in Arusha. Childcare volunteers in Tanzania will be placed in one of the childcare centres PMGY support in and around Arusha. As a volunteer with children in Tanzania, you will be expected to lead basic educational activities, run games and assist in tasks such as mealtimes.

 

Childcare Project Examples

 

Aston Vision Children’s Home – This is situated in the Meru district of the Arusha region, in Machumba village, around 15 minutes away from Arusha city. The children’s home houses 15 kids aged 5-10 years (8 girls and 7 boys). In addition to the kids who live on-site, 30 children attend the nursery classes that are offered daily from Monday to Friday, returning home to their families in the afternoon. Aston Vision employs 8 local staff, 3 house mamas, 2 nursery teachers and 3 cooking/cleaning staff.

 

Rafiki Day Centre – Rafiki Day Care tends for children too young for primary school, from the ages of one to six years old. The centre provides activities for the kids to learn and play in a fun and safe environment during the day, allowing their parents to work. Our participants support and complement the work of local staff members to ensure that these children receive the attention and support that they deserve.

 

Each day on this volunteer program in Tanzania will begin with very basic English lessons. During this time, volunteers with children in Tanzania are expected to create and lead activities that promote the fundamentals of the language. During the remainder of the day, participants will spend their time entertaining the children, frequently resulting in time spent in the garden! There are a number of different toys and learning tools for the children to use during their time at the childcare volunteer abroad project. In addition to assisting during mealtimes, participants will continue to get involved during nap time. During this period, as a childcare participant, you will assist staff with additional tasks such as gardening, food preparation or general upkeep of the centre. Naptime is scheduled after lunch to ensure the children get plenty of rest and proper nutrition for their childhood development. The responsibilities as a childcare participant noted here are similar in the two further project examples below.

 

Upendo Face Children’s Home – One day, the founder of Upendo Face Children’s Home realised that there was a large population of children who had nowhere to go in his neighbourhood. This inspired him to start a childcare development centre for children whose parents had passed away unexpectedly. The centre started over 5 years ago in his home and has since grown into a full compound where students even take introductory classes. This home is located about 40 minutes away from the Volunteer House and 30 minutes from the city centre of Arusha.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Childcare Day

 

Volunteers with children in Tanzania are required to support and assist with the daily care, attention and interaction with the children across the day and prepare activities accordingly. Whilst each project is different, the typical working hours are 8:30am-1pm Monday-Friday. There may be the opportunity to work up to 3pm upon request.

 

The homes PMGY Tanzania childcare volunteers work with are typically understaffed and highly overcrowded. Volunteer roles will range from teaching basic English to feeding and helping to prepare meals, organising games and sporting activities, or simply spending time with the children. Most of our participants play an active role in the general care of the children but have a primary focus on basic English lessons and class activities. Free time in the afternoons after the project can be used to prepare sessions, chill in the Volunteer House or to explore Arusha.

 

Transport to the childcare volunteer in Tanzania project is not included in the Program Fee. Some of the childcare projects are within walking distance from the Volunteer House, but many are further afield. In these latter cases, you will be required to take a Dala Dala (local bus) to placement. It can take up to 45 minutes to travel to your volunteer work in Tanzania. Our local team will guide you through the local transport methods during your in-country orientation. You can also always ask them if you are unsure of how much you should be paying for a journey.

 
 

TANZANIA ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

As a volunteer teaching English in Tanzania, you will work to encourage students to develop a skill that will help them to achieve their future goals. Conversing with fluent, native English speakers greatly improves their language skills, essential for future employment. This project, therefore, provides the perfect opportunity for international volunteers to teach English in Tanzania. Put your leadership skills into practice to make a profound impact on disadvantaged children in Arusha.

 

Background to the Teaching Program

 

Early in this century, there was a large push from the Tanzanian government to get all children into education. This success was largely achieved through a drop in primary school education fees across the country. As a result of this movement, it’s estimated that a staggering 96% of primary-school-age children are now enrolled in a school. However, despite this progress in the education system, the average primary school class consequently host approximately 53 pupils to one teacher. This statistic is even more dramatic in rural areas. International aid is also faltering since the global recession. Together, these factors are heightening the concern towards the quality of education offered across Tanzania.

 

To make matters worse, teaching methods in Tanzania are largely based on learning through repetition and aimed at passing exams. This has led to a situation where, though the children can reel off information, they have very little understanding of what they are saying, particularly in relation to learning English. As most secondary school classes are taught in English, this way of learning causes problems later in the education system. For this reason, improving the methodologies of learning can lay the foundation for increased learning potential in later life. In turn, this can improve the employability of Tanzanian students during adulthood.

 

Over a third of people in Tanzania live below the national poverty line. Education is one of the essential skills for children to develop and is their doorway to a bright future. Tourism is big business in Tanzania. This means that typically, the ability to speak English dramatically increases the opportunities for young people to gain meaningful employment.

 

PMGY’s volunteer teaching English abroad program in Tanzania aims to support local schools and childcare centres to maximise their impact. PMGY’s international volunteers working in Tanzania teach children English, Maths and other subjects, whilst transferring skills and sharing cultural perspectives. As a teaching volunteer in Tanzania, no previous teaching experience is required – you just need is to be creative and proactive! Our team will help you settle into a role, allowing you to make the biggest impact, and gain valuable skills yourself.

 

We predominantly support primary schools, however, volunteering opportunities within secondary school locations may be possible upon request. Additionally, many of the childcare projects we support have nursery schools for children of pre-school age. In these locations, PMGY participants wishing to teach English in Tanzania are also able to assist here.

 

Teaching Volunteer Placement Examples

 

Huruma Nursery School – This school is located on the street of Ngusero Arusha, Tanzania. This region is renowned for its poverty and lack of opportunity around education. The school has been open for over 7 years, hosting approximately 25-30 students at a time, aged between 3-5. The founders of the school recognised a great need for education for families with very little income. If a school such as this wasn’t around, there would be very little other opportunities for education. Every morning, the founder collections students from their homes so they don’t have to walk a long distance to school.

 

Upendo Nursery School – ‘Upendo’ meaning ‘love’, this nursery school was founded in 2012. The school started with a low capacity of only 6. However, having grown over recent years, the school now hosts up to 60 children per day. Within the school are two classes: Class 1 (3-4 years) and class 2 (5-6 years). Pupils at the school are incredibly passionate about learning.

 

During your time as a volunteer teaching English in Tanzania, you will be required to think and act creatively and pro-actively, to ensure that your classes as enjoyable and productive. You will be playing an important part in supporting local teachers at the school. Many of the students will also benefit hugely from having someone who is fluent in the English language teaching them in Tanzania.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Teaching Day

 

As a volunteer teaching English in Tanzania, you are expected to plan and lead your own lessons. Participants sometimes work as assistants to the local staff and English teachers. However, there is usually an expectation from the staff for international volunteers to lead the majority of lessons. To teach English in Tanzania, you must use a lot of initiative and creativity to succeed in your role. There may also be times across the project where participants work as assistants to the local teachers in Tanzania.

 

All lessons are taught in English apart from Swahili language lessons. The schools have a basic curriculum, which is followed, however, participants have the freedom to introduce new ideas/topics. It is important that volunteers spend an hour or two each day preparing for the following day’s lessons

 

Whilst each volunteer program in Tanzania is different, the typical working hours are 8:30am-1pm Monday to Friday. Around 3-4 hours a day are spent teaching basic English, with the remainder spent assisting with mealtimes and/or arranging activities. As a volunteer teaching English in Tanzania, you are usually welcome to stay at the project longer if you wish to.

 

Staff shortages can be a regular occurrence in the under-resourced schools that we work with and participants are encouraged to adapt and be flexible with this. If you are new to teaching, your confidence will grow massively once you have taught a couple of classes! Additionally, the more time spent planning, the easier classes will be to run.

 

Transport to the childcare project is not included in the Program Fee. Some each English in Tanzania projects are within walking distance from the Volunteer House, but many are further afield. In these latter cases, you will be required to take a Dala Dala (local bus) to placement. It can take up to 45 minutes to travel to your volunteer work in Tanzania. Our local team will guide you through the local transport methods during your in-country orientation. You can also always ask them if you are unsure of how much you should be paying for a journey.

 
 

TANZANIA MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

As a medical volunteer in Tanzania with PMGY, you will have a fantastic opportunity to gain first-hand experience and insight into Tanzanian health care. If you are thinking of a career in healthcare, or you are studying a health-related subject at university, this program will offer you essential first-hand experience to assist in your career development. On this medical volunteer abroad program, you will learn from local staff. By supporting them, you will gain exposure that you are unlikely to obtain in your home country.

 

Background to the Medical Program

 

Like many African countries, Tanzania faces an acute shortage of healthcare workers. Low pay, poor working conditions and limited training programs contribute to the problem. The situation is further amplified by the rising burden of HIV/AIDS treatment. Unfortunately, health standards in Tanzania have declined so much that it trails most other developing nations.

 

The leading causes of death in Tanzania are malaria, HIV/AIDS, respiratory diseases and cardio-circulatory diseases. Many of these major causes of death and serious illness are difficult to avoid. The work of the healthcare system in Tanzania largely centres on treating immediate cases. However, it also extends to educating patients in preventative measures.

 

As a medical participant with PMGY, you will have a unique and exciting opportunity to experience health care in Tanzania first hand. PMGY collaborate with a government hospital and community clinic within the Arusha and Meru district of the country. PMGY’s medical program offers a fantastic opportunity for individuals to gain volunteer experience to further their career. The various departments across these settings that offer a variety of exposures to participants looking to further their medical background and experience. Additionally, the program allows individuals to explore one of the most amazing countries in the world!

 

Medical Volunteer Placement Examples

 

Tengeru Hospital – On this medical volunteer abroad program, we place volunteer overseas at a government hospital located in the town of Tengeru, a neighbouring town of Arusha. This tends to be the main placement for our medical participants. Having started originally as a women’s health centre, the hospital currently caters to all kinds of general health matters.

 

The hospital is a 24/7 facility, treating around 50-80 patients each day. The hospital has a strong maternity ward with an average of 500 newborns delivered each month. This, therefore, makes this is a very good placement for midwifery students. There is also a recently opened Dental Ward, ideal for dentistry students who wish to promote dental hygiene education.

 

Often, we are able to place medical volunteers in Tanzania at the following departments: Dental, Diabetes Clinic, General Medical Consultation, Laboratory, HIV Awareness and Testing, Midwifery & Labour Ward, Newborn Care and Immunisations, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Optical, Paediatrics, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy (part-time), Prenatal Care & Antenatal Care, Radiology Surgery (Minor and Major) & Tuberculosis Wing. Any preferences can be noted within your application, however, please note that these can never be guaranteed.

 

Volunteers will be working alongside qualified local staff during the time spent in each department. On your first day, you will receive a full introduction from the matron. The matron will discuss with you what departments you’re interested in and devise a work schedule for you. You can choose to spend your time within a number of different departments or focus on one or two. We typically recommend participants to spend a minimum of one week within a department.

 

During your time, you will likely witness a range of cases you may never come across back home. This could include Typhoid and TB. There will also be the chance to learn about tropical diseases such as Malaria, Yellow Fever and Dengue. Working in a government hospital will come with its own set of challenges. You should be prepared to experience some strong emotions with the standards of the facilities and limited equipment available.

 

Things tend to be a lot more laid-back in Tanzania. This lack of urgency can be frustrating, as well as the impersonal way many of the Tanzanian medical staff treat their patients. Please, therefore, be prepared for some eye-opening experiences, which may be difficult to cope with at times. However, remember to throw yourself into the experience and challenge yourself to learn. Do this and you will have a really rewarding time, and assist in making a positive impact.

 

Community Clinic – Our second medical placement is a local community clinic. This centre offers affordable healthcare to some of the poorest people in Arusha and surrounding areas. It is the first full-service charity clinic in Arusha. The clinic sees up to 3,000 patients per month, although it is relatively small in size. At the clinic, patients are able to see a doctor. Following the consultation, if needed, patients can receive any necessary blood word or prescription treatments for a very nominal fee.

 

The clinic has the following departments: General Medical Consultation, Minor Surgeries (largely fractures), Laboratory, Pharmacy, X-ray, Ultrasound. Volunteer in Tanzania participants will have the chance to work in multiple departments. The head doctor and his team will mentor you throughout your time at the clinic. They will go out of their way to get you involved in as much as you can.

 

In the small surgery room, there may be opportunities to learn and assist as procedures. This could include circumcision, abscess/cyst/growth removal and drainage and stitching. Within the pharmacy, you will learn about the different medication prescribed – mainly antibiotics, anti-worm, or antimalarial treatments. This placement is open to people of all medical backgrounds, including school leavers and university students. You will get to witness a range of cases, largely malaria and typhoid. Other frequent cases tend to be in the area of obstetrics, basic dentistry and the urinary system.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Work Day

 

As a medical volunteer in Tanzania, you will have the opportunity to learn and work alongside qualified staff. Those with little or no medical experience will assume a largely observational role. If you are studying a medically related degree, then you may get the opportunity to undertake some more basic hands-on involvement, at your discretion. However, the opportunity for this is dependent on a participant’s relationship with the doctors/nurses you work alongside and permission of patients.

 

In general, during time as a medical participant in Tanzania, your role should predominately be seen as an opportunity to learn about a healthcare system in a developing country. It is a chance for you to learn about differences in practice compared to those you would find in your home country. You will have the opportunity to learn about common health problems within a third world country and understand how these are dealt with. International volunteers can expect to be on the project for 3-5 hours per day. Typical working hours are 8:30am-1pm or 11am-4pm, Monday to Friday. Participants are usually welcome to stay at the project for longer if they wish.

 

Transport to the medical volunteer in Tanzania project is not included in the Program Fee. You will usually be required to take a Dala Dala (local bus) to placement. It can take up to 45 minutes to travel to your volunteer work in Tanzania. Our local team will guide you through the local transport methods during your in-country orientation. You can also always ask them if you are unsure of how much you should be paying for a journey.

FLIGHTS & TRAVEL INSURANCE

Flights

 

After confirming your place on a PMGY volunteer program, we strongly advise that you book your flights as early as possible. This will help ensure that you get the lowest airfare. You can choose to book your flights independently or we can help you with arranging them. PMGY has a wealth of experience in travelling to and from our host countries. This means that we know the most affordable ways to travel and the best airlines to use. PMGY have an ATOL Licence to ensure any flights booked through us are financially secured by the Civil Aviation Authority. If you would therefore like any assistance booking your flight, you can request an optional flight quote during your online application. Alternatively, feel free to contact us on the phone or by email.

 

For your volunteer trip to Tanzania, you should book your flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport on the Sunday start date. The airport code is JRO. Volunteers in Tanzania can arrive at any time on their designated Sunday program start date.

 

Travel Insurance

 

Having an appropriate travel insurance policy during your time abroad is essential. It is therefore mandatory for all of our international volunteers to be appropriately covered across all of their trip dates. Although most of our participants experience a smooth ride during their time overseas, occasionally things may go wrong. Having a travel insurance policy in place helps you effectively deal with any problems you may encounter during your time away.

 

Plan My Gap Year Ltd is an appointed representative of Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We have partnered up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive optional policy. This has been designed with our international volunteers in mind, to cover our participants for all of their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone across the globe, up to the age of 65 years. The document will cover you for your time on any PMGY destination and any onward travel (excluding the US and Canada).

 

If you’d like to purchase PMGY travel insurance, you can add this option on during your online application. You can also add this to any upcoming trips with us by getting in contact via telephone or email.

PRE-DEPARTURE SUPPORT

Our International Team will work hard to provide extensive levels of support in the build-up to your trip. From our online chat service to email support and telephone conversations, our team are always ready to help. All international volunteers with PMGY will receive a Volunteer Handbook. This detailed hand guide will provide you with all you need to know in the build-up to your trip. From visa guidance to suggested packing lists, this will be the ultimate guide, helping you plan for your volunteer trip abroad.

 

We have Facebook groups for each of our destinations. Here you can find members of our international and local teams, as well as past, present and future participants. These pages, therefore, provide a great forum for participants to network, share experiences and community updates year-on-year.

 

Sometimes it can be difficult to picture yourself abroad without yet being there. We, therefore, do our best to further manage expectations before you arrive through a variety of informative and action-packed videos on our PMGY Vimeo channel. These clips help provide you with a visual perspective of what you can expect during your time volunteering with us. Our webinars are not to be missed either. Running on selected Tuesdays, at 4pm UK time, our International Team provides invaluable advice for your upcoming trip. Each webinar covers something different. Our pre-departure webinar covers all of the essentials you need to know and do before joining us abroad. Our program preparation webinar is more project-specific, with advice and information for time you will spend on placement. Finally, our safety webinar offers you some top tips on how to manage your safety and wellbeing across the pond. For those who are simply interested in learning more about PMGY, our team also run an introductory webinar. This provides an introduction to the volunteer organisation, our background, goals and volunteer opportunities overseas.

 

Teaching and childcare participants may wish to take their program preparation even further, through a 60 hour online TEFL course. This is the perfect introductory course for working with children and teaching English abroad. Participation in this course enables international volunteers to acquire key skills whilst working towards an internationally accredited certificate.

PROJECT LOCATION AND DURATION

Our volunteer programs in Tanzania are based in Arusha, located in the Kilimanjaro region of the country. This is approximately 60 minutes away from Kilimanjaro Airport. Also known as A-town or Arachuga, Arusha is set amongst a backdrop of the impressive Mount Meru. It’s a really beautiful setting. Arusha is a vibrant town, with a good nightlife and a friendly atmosphere. The town is also the gateway to Tanzania’s top safaris and the spectacular Mount Kilimanjaro. This means that there is an endless choice of things for volunteers in Tanzania to get up to across their weekends! From incredible safaris, climbing mountains and visiting traditional Massai communities, there is something for everyone! You will find our two most popular weekend trips are our Wildlife Safari Trip and Zanzibar Chill Out Trip excursions.

 

You will find all the amenities you could need in Arusha including banks, supermarkets and international standard hospitals. It is a welcoming area and really is the perfect setting for a volunteer program. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in town where you can hang out in your free time.

 

Our volunteer opportunities in Tanzania run from 2-24 weeks, beginning on the first and third Sunday of each month.

PMGY TANZANIA LOCAL TEAM

PMGY’s volunteer opportunities in Tanzania program are run by our dedicated and experienced in-country local teams.

 

All staff have been fully vetted by our International Team. The committed local community networks provide the structure for your stay with us as a volunteer in Tanzania. Our local team will arrange your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, in-country orientation and 24/7 emergency support. Whether you are teaching English in schools, volunteering with children or interning in a hospital, our local team will support you. Our team provides a great framework for you to enjoy a unique volunteering experience with us in Tanzania.

ORIENTATION

Your arrival into Tanzania will be on a Sunday. Your orientation for your volunteer program in Tanzania will begin on Monday. You will spend the day learning about life in Tanzania and preparing for your upcoming volunteer program. Our local team will teach you about Tanzanian culture, the Swahili language and safety issues.

 

The day will begin with the theoretical aspects. This will include important health and safety information for your time as a volunteer in Tanzania. Additionally, your coordinators will talk through your project. The team will brief you about what is expected from you and what you can expect. You will then head off into the centre of Arusha for your tour of the area. Our team will teach you how to locate every essential you may need during your time, from the nearest shop to ATM to bus stop! There will be a chance for you to purchase some lunch, as well as a SIM-card, should you wish. Your evening is then free to relax, catch up on sleep, and get to know your fellow participants before your first day volunteering on Tuesday.

ITINERARY

Please make sure you arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on Sunday.

 

Day 1 (Sunday) Arrival

 

Karibu! On arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by a member of the PMGY team who will take you to our Volunteer House in Arusha. The journey takes around 1 hour. The rest of the day you can relax, meet other participants and begin to enjoy your first glimpses of Tanzania.

 

If you arrive early in the morning and if you are not too jet lagged, you may get the opportunity to begin your orientation period early in the afternoon. Otherwise, the local team will be able to help you arrange anything you may require in this first day in order to settle in.

 

Day 2 (Monday) Orientation

 

Your orientation as a volunteer in Tanzania will begin on Monday. You will spend the day learning about life in Tanzania and preparing for your upcoming volunteer program. Our local team will teach you about Tanzanian culture, the Swahili language and safety issues.

 

The day will begin with the theoretical aspects. This will include important health and safety information for your time as a volunteer in Tanzania. Additionally, your coordinators will talk through your project. The team will brief you about what is expected from you and what you can expect. You will then head off into the centre of Arusha for your tour of the area. Our team will teach you how to locate every essential you may need during your time, from the nearest shop to ATM to bus stop! There will be a chance for you to purchase some lunch, as well as a SIM-card, should you wish. Your evening is then free to relax, catch up on sleep, and get to know your fellow participants before your first day volunteering on Tuesday.

 

Days 3-6 (Tuesday-Friday) Volunteering Begins

 

It’s time to start your volunteer placement. Our local team will travel with you to the project on your first day to ensure you receive a comprehensive introduction to the project. This will give you the opportunity to meet your new colleagues, learn about the project and the role you will uphold as a volunteer.

 

As the week continues, your confidence will grow and you will begin to really come into your own at the volunteer project. Should you need anything whilst at the project, remember our local team are only a phone call away! They will always be very happy to help you in any way that they can.

 

Days 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday) Weekend

 

Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend by the beach, an adventure to Dar es Salaam, or a more cultural experience – Tanzania has it all! As a volunteer in Tanzania, our team both welcomes and encourages participants to explore the country’s wonderful treasures. They will be very happy to help you plan your weekend opportunities and outline any travel tips.

 

Here is an idea of what you could be getting up to:

 

Climbing Mt Meru – The sister mountain to Kilimanjaro, this is a great option for those who don’t have the time to climb Kilimanjaro. The Mt Meru treks generally take around 4 days and 3 nights. It’s also considerably less expensive than Kili and will include park fees, camping accommodation, meals etc.

 

Arusha National Park – Although the smaller of the national parks in the area, it is one of its most beautiful and most topographically varied. Typical costs are between 180-250 USD per day, although this price will largely depend on the number of people in a group. You should also budget for a tip of around 25 USD to 40 USD per day to the guides and cooks.

 

Shopping at the Maasai Market – A shopper’s paradise; this is the perfect place to find traditional African arts, crafts and paintings. Time to practise your bargaining skills! If you have some extra time before or after your placement you may also want to consider…

 

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, the rooftop of Africa – Costs start at around 1,400-2,000 USD per person, depending on group size. This includes all meals, camping accommodation etc. You are also expected to tip between 5% to 15% of the total cost of the trek for the guides, porters and cooks.

 

Spotting the Big 5 at Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti National Park – It is recommended to spend at least 3 days on safari as the deeper you go into the parks, the more you will see. The cost is around 180-250 USD per day for all accommodation, meals etc plus a tip of around 25 USD per day to the guides and cooks.

 

Zanzibar Island – On certain dates across the year, our local team also assists volunteers in Tanzania in arranging a trip to Zanzibar Island.

 

Please note there is a strong customary tipping culture when it comes to partaking in safaris or climbing Kilimanjaro/Meru. Staff such as the driver, guide, porter and cook are paid reasonable wages. However, the tips are relied upon by the staff to supplement their wages and so your consideration of their hard work is appreciated. The amounts vary, specific to which activity you complete and can also be relative to the group size; but as a guide budget 25-30 USD per day for tips at safari and 50-65 USD per day for tips when climbing Kilimanjaro/Meru.

 

The Following Weeks

 

Your next week(s) will follow a similar pattern, as you will be volunteering from Monday to Friday. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it!

 

Our local team are there to support you throughout your stay. Whether you’ve lost your phone, want some advice for weekend travel plans or just need someone to talk to, they are there for you.

 

Last Day (Sunday)

 

Sunday is your last day with PMGY as a participant in Tanzania. If you are heading home, then we can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Please note that this is not included in your Program Fee. A taxi from the Volunteer House to the airport will cost around 50 USD.

SAFETY

If you have not travelled much before, it is really hard to know what to expect. When anticipating their time overseas, many international volunteers (and their loved ones) are often concerned about safety and security. Although we can never guarantee experiences to be 100% trouble-free, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure our programs are as safe as possible. Every program that PMGY offers has been personally inspected and selected by a director of PMGY. We have lived in the accommodation, experienced the orientation and worked on the projects. Through our frequent visits and daily communications, we have built strong, trusting relationships with our local staff.

 

In the unlikely event that something was to happen, participants have various layers of support available to them:

 

• Volunteer in Tanzania Local Team
• Project Staff
• PMGY International Team

 

Projects are monitored on an on-going basis to gauge participants’ experiences. With the help of feedback, we are able to continually improve our placements and opportunities. Security and safety are frequently assessed as part of this. We ask our participants to raise any concerns with our local or International Team. This ensures that these can be addressed and/or resolved as readily and appropriately as possible.

 

Through pre-departure and in-country guidance, we do our best to prepare our international volunteers for their time in Tanzania. All participants are provided with a comprehensive safety briefing during their orientation period. Our local teams will go through everything from project introductions, to emergency procedures, how to use local transport and cultural differences. During this period, our team also provide participants with a full list of the important contact numbers.

 

Listed below are some general safety tips:

 

• Be modest with the amount of jewellery worn in public
• Do not drink tap water
• Be cautious of beggars or crowds. Incidents can occur when is confusion to distract you.
• Be cautious about removing money in public
• Always try to know where you are going before you attempt long journeys. Be especially careful at night
• Use reputable transport only. Our local staff will be able to recommend some during orientation
• Try to keep in groups at night and never walk alone along dark, empty streets
• The recognised tourist areas can be considered potentially high-risk areas for pickpockets and thieves
• Leave your valuables behind before a night out in the town
• For traffic safety, always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly when crossing the road
• Do not accept drinks or food from strangers

WEATHER

The climate of Tanzania is best described as tropical, although this varies from region to region. Along the coast, the weather is quite humid. However, the further you move inland, the notably cooler it becomes, especially during the evenings in mountainous areas. The warmest time of the year to visit Tanzania is December through March, with the cooler months being June through October.

 

Tanzania has two rainy seasons. The lighter short rains (Mvuli) fall during November and December/January. The heavier, long rains (Masika) have their downpour March-May. The shorter rains generally occur at night and during the early hours of the morning. Typically, these are then followed by lovely long afternoons of sunshine. The longer rains occur at more frequent intervals and are both heavier and longer. The environment in and around Arusha gets quite muddy during the rainy season. It is therefore important to pack some sturdy walking shoes and avoid white clothing. This also means that it can be very dusty in the hotter months!

 

Despite its proximity to the equator, Arusha enjoys a cool and dry climate, due to its high elevation from sea level. The average temperature is 25-degrees Celsius, although it does get quite cold at night so please pack some warmer clothes. Furthermore, it can get quite cold in the months of June and July, so please pack accordingly.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

ACCOMMODATION

Volunteer House

 

During your time on the Tanzania volunteer program, you will live in our Volunteer House. Our accommodation is based within the town of Arusha, a city located at the foot of Mount Meru. Our volunteer programs are also located in this region. Our accommodation is located within a quiet neighbourhood of the city. However, there are a number of restaurants, supermarkets and ATMs only a walk or short Dala Dala journey away from the Volunteer House.

 

As a volunteer in Tanzania, you will be living with other international volunteers. The Volunteer House is large, basic but comfortable. Bedrooms conform to a single-sex dorm-style setup, with up to 8 people per room. Each participant is provided with a mosquito net and their own bed linen. During the winter months, participants are recommended to bring additional bedding, such as a sleeping bag. Bathrooms at the Volunteer House are communal, with a western-style toilet and shower. When possible, there is hot-water in the accommodation.

 

There is free Wi-Fi within the house. This can be intermittent, therefore volunteers in Tanzania are also recommended to purchase a local SIM card in-country to use with an unlocked mobile phone. The accommodation has a communal area with comfy sofas to relax in during the evening. There is also a refrigerator for participants to store food and drinks as they wish. There is a weekly laundry service available for a nominal fee, or volunteers in Tanzania may choose to hand wash their clothes. For extra security, a nightguard is employed on the premises. Individuals on a volunteer trip to Tanzania are recommended to bring a small padlock. Any valuables can be stored with our local team, however, participants are encouraged to only bring essential items during their volunteer work in Tanzania. It is recommended that participants pack ear-plugs if they choose to stay in the accommodation across the weekend. This follows events held at the restaurant across the road from the Volunteer House during this time. Please note that power cuts are fairly commonplace in Tanzania although they tend not to last more than a couple of hours.

 

Our in-country directors live on-site of the volunteer accommodation to ensure that everything runs smoothly. There is a great atmosphere at the accommodation and you will meet some wonderful people to share your experience with. Most of our volunteer projects in Tanzania are not within walking distance of the Volunteer House. In these cases, you will need to travel to and from the volunteer placement each day. The local team will introduce you to different options during your orientation.

 

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

MEALS

Volunteers receive breakfast and dinner at the Volunteer House, which are freshly prepared on-site by our cook. Meals are a mixture of Tanzanian and western cuisine. There is a restaurant opposite the accommodation where participants can purchase lunch. There are also several options located close to many of the volunteer placements. Alternatively, there are western supermarkets in Arusha where you can purchase food and store it at the house if you’d like to prepare your own lunch/meals.

 

Breakfast and dinner are served at the Volunteer House. We have cooks at the house who will freshly prepare your meals. Generally, we have a weekly rotating menu, which offers a varied choice of meals. Dinners are usually divided into equal portions by the cooks to ensure everyone gets an equal amount. Filtered water is available at the Volunteer House at a very small cost.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements. However, this cannot be guaranteed. This means that there may be instances where you need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense. Any dietary requirements should be noted within your application and re-iterated to the local team on arrival into the country. Any concerns for major requirements should be raised with the PMGY International Team before confirming your place on the program.

TRANSPORT TO PROJECT

Transport to and from your volunteer project is not included in your Program Fee. Some projects are within walking distance from the Volunteer House, but many are further afield. In these latter cases, you will be required to take a dala-dala (local bus) to placement. It can take up to 45 minutes to travel to your volunteer work in Tanzania. Our local team will guide you through the local transport methods during your in-country orientation. You can also always ask them if you are unsure of how much you should be paying for a journey.

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VOLUNTEER IN TANZANIA REQUIREMENTS

PMGY welcome volunteers of all nationalities and backgrounds. The minimum age to join the program is 18 years and there is no upper age limit. All volunteers need to have a good level of English, although it does not need to be your first language. You do not need to speak Swahili. However, you will find that learning a few words in your days with us in Tanzania will go a long way!

 

All participants must be able to provide a clean criminal background check in advance of volunteering with us abroad. In general, no formal experience or qualifications are required for the projects, just lots of energy, enthusiasm and preparation!

 

Your 1 USD deposit must be paid within 7 days of the application being successful to confirm your place. Your remaining fee will be due in full at least 60 days before the program start date.

 

Please check out our Application Process for more info on how to join our volunteer projects overseas.