Projects Abroad High School Volunteer Program Tanzania

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Video and Photos

My volunteer group
My volunteer group
Taking vitals at a health centre in Arusha
Taking vitals at a health centre in Arusha
Girls playing at East Africa Orphanage.
Building the kitchen at East Africa Orphanage.
Children and volunteers at Fruitful Orphanage in Arusha, Tanzania.
Projects Abroad Care Volunteer in Tanzania
Projects Abroad Care Volunteer in Tanzania

About

Take the opportunity to volunteer abroad over the summer in Tanzania as a High School student with Projects Abroad! Immerse yourself in the Tanzanian culture as you care for the community through volunteer work in local orphanages and care centers.

Alternatively, you may also choose to participate in a Medicine or Public Health internship, in which you can get a first-hand look at the work medical professionals do on a daily basis, educate children about health issues, and even have the chance to treat some patients in a rural area. For more details, visit Projects Abroad's site for High School Specials.

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Reviews

9.8 Rating
based on 5 reviews
  • Growth 9.6
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.6
  • Housing 9.6
  • Safety 9.8
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Beatrice
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best experience in my life!

Hii I am Beatrice.
I am italian girl, I participated for two weeks with this project (project abroad) this summer in Tanzania, Arusha, August 2019. I am deaf, the communication should be difficult and instead everything was wonderful! Without problem especially with children, it was a big emotion! Playing and teaching they, was one of my big experience because I am deaf.
Never forget and I already have a big tattoo in my skin about Tanzania and kids than I worked. The best experience!
Some day I will back again! And I hope to do again this experience (volunteer with project abroad) in other country! Maybe in Asia. So meanwhile I tell new volunteers, please participate and enjoy this more beautiful and powerful experience. Thanks!!!!!!!!!

What was your funniest moment?
I have many funniest moment, I can’t find the one.
Response from Projects Abroad

Hey Beatrice,
Your positive review is truly appreciated. Thank you for your commitment towards our High School Specials, Care & Community project in Tanzania. Great things are achieved when our global network of volunteers come together. We hope to see you volunteering again with us soon.

Glory Matoi, Country Director for Tanzania

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Leonie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Be open and talk to people!

I was really nervous before the Program. I was anxious about a lot of things: who I would meet, if I was prepared enough...
But in the end it all worked out very well. The staff was extremely welcoming and thorough in explaining what we would do but my placement also allowed me to give a lot of input and suggestions.
The most important thing is just to be open. My personal recommendation is to talk to everybody and get as much human experiences as possible. That will make your trip a very interesting experience and it will make you grow personnally as well.
My Program was only two weeks and it wasn't really enough to feel like I made a difference. It takes time to get into a routine and adapt to your work but take that time and ask questions.
All in all the trip was a personal challenge for me and an amazing experience. I met people who will stay with me my entire life and I want to thank them and the Projects Abroad staff for making that possible.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
It was when I stood in front of the classroom the first time and the teacher told me I could start the lesson. I felt unprepared but I did the best I could and finally it wasn't so hard.
Response from Projects Abroad

HI Leonie,
First of all, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We really value your feedback. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed your time away with us on the High School Specials, Care & Community project in Tanzania – you are welcome back anytime!

Glory Matoi, Country Director for Tanzania

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Lilly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience!

I feel so grateful to have been given the opportunity to travel with Projects Abroad to Tanzania this past summer. I have say that this program will definitely change your perspective on life.
I did the medicine in Tanzania High School Special, for volunteers between the ages of 16-19. I was the only 16 year old on my trip; most volunteers were 17 or 18. However, I really didn’t have trouble fitting in. As most did other volunteers, I came by myself. If you’re worried about coming by yourself, it really doesn’t make a difference whether you bring a friend or not because everyone wanted to meet new people and have a great time! As for the flight, I travelled from Canada to the Netherlands to Tanzania. It was my first time flying alone and getting around the airport was fairly simple. Knowing that the Projects Abroad support was available 24/7 really made me feel safe!
My accommodation was perfect! I stayed at the Haus. The family, the food, the beds and the rooms were way above the standards I had in mind! We became very close with Mama’s kids. One of her daughters was my age and it was extremely fascinating to have so much in common with a teenager across the world.
The culture shock was easily managed with the support of the other volunteers and our guides. The best part was definitely my project itself! It’s truly incredible how much knowledge I gained over two short weeks. Each day, we would have a workshop or a medical outreach. The workshops were very educational and we would be able to actually apply each workshop to our outreaches. For example, we had a workshop on first aid and then an outreach where we visited a school to teach teachers first aid. With Projects Abroad, I really felt like I was making a difference and that I was actually helping others. I definitely want to return to Tanzania as an adult volunteer (maybe even in Medicine!) when I’m older. I’m still in touch with the other volunteers on my trip and we hope to someday meet up! The experiences and the friendships you will take with you from Projects Abroad will really last a lifetime!

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Avery
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Tanzania with Projects Abroad!

My trip to Tanzania with Projects Abroad was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The program was so well planned so that we would experience all aspects of Tanzanian Culture while still being safe and comfortable. With Projects Abroad I truly felt like I was leaving something valuable in the community and giving back. We planted a garden at a rural orphanage and taught the kids while they're teacher was away. Whatever needs we had in the moment Projects Abroad met, supplying us with more plants or food or whatever we asked to help the orphanage. I stayed wit a host family with 4 other volunteers and my group leaders and felt so safe and accounted for. We all grew super close to the 2 young girls in the host family and loved watching the mama and house girls cook and sing along to Tanzanian music. I don't think another program could've immersed me in the culture so well! One of our group leaders was born and raised in Tanzania and that was super cool because he provided such a unique insight and really helped us get around. I completely recommend Projects Abroad for anyone looking to have a valuable and memorable volunteer experience!

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Liza
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Absolutely Incredible Experience

I spent two weeks in Tanzania this past summer with Projects Abroad in the high school special and it was beyond incredible. I worked in a care and community project where we built a kitchen for East Africa Orphanage in Arusha and played educational games with the orphans at Fruitful Orphanage. We were able to spend time with the children and play with the. I have to say it was probably the most rewarding experience of my life.

The staff was incredible and we had a ton of fun.

The other teens in my project and I stayed with a host family and they were very kind and had a beautiful home. They made us our meals everyday (unless we went out to eat) so we were able to experience real Tanzanian food.

On the weekend we went on a safari one day and the other we visit a family in the Maasai tribe. (Not a tourist trap location but an actual tribe!)

At no point did I feel unsafe or uncomfortable.

And to finish off I made the best friends. We all got along so well and are still in touch three months later!

I highly recommend this program to all high school students looking to volunteer abroad and travel. I had never traveled alone before this trip and now I know this is definitely something I want to continue doing.

What would you improve about this program?
I only wish I could have stayed longer.