Location
  • Tanzania
    • Arusha
    • Zanzibar
Length
1 to 16 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Guesthouse Host Family
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
295
Price Details
Fully hosted experience from only $295 for 1 week - this includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
May 01, 2024
Apr 27, 2024
88 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Trusted by 136,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's #1 rated volunteer programs in Tanzania and 50+ destinations worldwide.

For 6 years, we've won the "Top Volunteer Abroad Provider Award" from GoOverseas, so you can trust that you're in the safest hands with IVHQ in Tanzania.

Our affordable projects start from $24/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement and local support. Projects run year-round, with durations from 1-16 weeks. Choose from 8 projects, ranging from Animal Welfare, Sustainable Agriculture and Childcare in Arusha, a small city near Mt Kilimanjaro to the Maasai Immersion based at a village in Maasailand. Plus, you’ll stay with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world (private room options available).

With IVHQ’s superior pre-departure support services, you’ll gain exclusive access to your own Volunteer Travel Specialist, comprehensive preparation tools and volunteer training before you leave home.

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Program Highlights

  • Cheapest volunteer programs from $24/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement & local support.
  • Volunteer for 1-16 weeks, year round start dates most Mondays
  • 15+ years experience & only B Corp certified volunteer travel organization
  • Get free changes up to 14 days before you start with our flexible booking policy
  • Affordable way to earn college credit - gain 5 credits for only US$500!

Popular Programs

IVHQ Zanzibar Turtle Conservation

Support a local Marine Turtle Sanctuary in Nungwi - a coastal village home to Zanzibar’s finest beaches. As a Turtle Conservation volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in helping boost wild turtle populations and assist with treating and releasing injured turtles.

Volunteer with children in Tanzania with IVHQ

Do you love working with children and want to provide invaluable support within childcare centers across Tanzania? Work alongside local caregivers as a Childcare Volunteer, creating fun and educational environments to support the development of local children.

Medical Volunteering with IVHQ

Enhance your global perspective of medicine by shadowing and assisting medical professionals in clinics and hospitals around Arusha. This project is open to students in at least their third year of medical or nursing school, or fully qualified professionals. Paramedics, EMTs and CNAs are also welcome.

Maasai Immersion Project

Live like the Maasai people on this truly unique cultural immersion experience. Help in the village with farming, teaching, bead making or building to support the learning and development of local people.

Teach children in Tanzania with IVHQ

Collaborate with local teachers in Tanzania and lead classes of up to 80 students across a wide range of subjects. This is an opportunity to play a hands-on role in delivering more focused education to students within schools of limited resources.

Volunteer with women in Tanzania with IVHQ

Support with the education of local Tanzanian women who come from challenging backgrounds, giving them a chance to upskill and earn a sustainable income.

Volunteer with animals with IVHQ

Volunteer alongside a local vet in Tanzania, delivering mobile care to farm and domestic animals around Arusha. This project is perfect for all volunteers who love working with animals and have a passion for animal welfare.

IVHQ Zanzibar Rainforest and Coastal Conservation

Work within the local community to support the conservation of the Jozani Forest - the largest area of indigenous forest on the island of Zanzibar. You'll assist with environmental education efforts through various activities, including helping at a small reptile sanctuary, working at a farm co-op and assisting with mangrove tree planting.

Program Reviews

4.97 Rating
based on 115 reviews
  • 5 rating 96.52%
  • 4 rating 3.48%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Impact 4.8
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.95
  • Value 4.75
  • Safety 4.85
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Isla
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience countering in Tanzania for 2 months with IVHQ

My experience in Tanzania through IVHQ has been completely life changing. The way that I had the privileged to help so many people out there and teach my gorgeous school over the past 2 months made me have a whole other appreciation of life. I also raised money to be able to paint the inside of my school to make the classrooms brighter and more engaging for the children which was such a privilege to be able to do for my wonderful teacher and see the difference it made.

The local team over there were so accommodating and made me feel safe and welcomed in every sense which I cannot thank enough. I am already missing my volunteer house so much and it’s only been 24 hours since i left!

IVHQ - you are utterly incredible.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to anyone thinking about doing a volunteer abroad programme through IVHQ is just do it!! You will not regret anything as it’s the most life changing experience you will have. It might be a bit overwhelming at first as the culture differences can be a lot but after a day you will lean into the lifestyle of wherever you are and fall totally in love with volunteering.
Pros
  • The incredible local team
  • Meeting the most wonderful friends for life
  • Getting to teach my incredible kiddies for 2 months and paint their school!
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Deborah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

discovering my passion

My IVHQ experience in Tanzania last year (2023) was truly the best adventure I've ever had. At 17 years old, it was a bit daunting to be in a foreign country without my parents or friends, but the local team made me feel right at home. The coordinators were incredibly supportive and helped me with any issues that arose.

One standout moment was when my credit card got swallowed by an ATM, and thanks to the prompt assistance from the coordinator, I was able to retrieve it from the main bank. This experience highlighted the dedication and reliability of the local support team.

My placement involved working with the sweetest kids, and I had a blast interacting with them every day. Despite occasional delays due to transportation issues with the drivers form the local team of the programm assigned to us (other 16 and 17-year-olds), which occasionally made us late for our placements, it was a minor inconvenience given the overall positive experience.

One of the most memorable aspects of my IVHQ trip was the friendships I formed with people from all corners of the globe. The bonds we forged and the adventures we embarked on together are cherished memories that I will always hold dear.

Additionally, the excursions offered were truly spectacular. From visiting hot springs and waterfalls to enjoying sunset hikes and safaris, each experience was mesmerizing and breathtaking. These outings added a special touch to my time in Tanzania.

The local cuisine was delicious, although different from what I was accustomed to, which occasionally led to stomach issues. However, this was easily remedied with some medication.

This experience has been incredibly enlightening, revealing my passion for working with children. Whether it's through education, psychology, social work, or another field, I'm eager to explore avenues that allow me to positively impact the lives of children and contribute to their growth and well-being.

Overall, my IVHQ experience in Tanzania surpassed all expectations, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone seeking a meaningful and impactful volunteer opportunity abroad. It's an adventure of a lifetime that I will forever treasure.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Embrace the Unknown: Traveling to new destinations is like embarking on a thrilling adventure into the unknown. It's okay to feel a bit nervous or uncertain, but don't let those feelings hold you back. Embrace the excitement of discovering new cultures, tasting unfamiliar foods, and exploring uncharted territories. Allow yourself to be swept up in the magic of the journey, and you'll find that some of the most unforgettable moments happen when you step outside your comfort zone. So, embrace the uncertainty with an open heart and an adventurous spirit, and let the journey unfold before you in all its wonder and beauty.
Pros
  • finding my passion
  • new friends
  • learning new things
Cons
  • That I couldn't stay any longer
  • That i had stomach issues
13 people found this review helpful.
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Evan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience with IVHQ

In February 2024, I embarked on my first ever solo travel adventure - Volunteering in Tanzania for a month with IVHQ. I loved every minute of my time in Africa, the local team and coordinators were very kind and incredibly helpful! The accommodation was good, and the all of the staff, especially the "Mamas" at the house were incredibly friendly and very welcoming. There were lots of extra activities to do in the evening and the 4 day safari in the Serengeti is an experience I will never forget!
I can't wait for my next adventure with IVHQ and would highly recommend them to anyone thinking of volunteering abroad.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I did this programme again I would book to stay for longer! A month was a good amount of time for my first solo adventure, but I really do wish I could've stayed for longer - it was amazing!
24 people found this review helpful.
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Faith
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Another Fantastic Trip with IVHQ

This is my 3rd trip with IVHQ and that speaks volumes. Right from when you sign up, you get immediate support and assistance. Once you get to the country you are volunteering in, as a solo female traveler, you feel safe and comfortable with the help and organization they provide. All the lovely people I have met at the local placements have been wonderful and helpful. Food is always delicious (one of my favorite parts!) and the added excursions in some of these trips are fantastic!!! I am already planning my 4th and 5th trips.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would not sign up for the excursions in advance. I would sign up when I get to the country.
24 people found this review helpful.
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Nancy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Time in Tanzania

I loved my experience with IVHQ and the host team. The application process was easy and the IVHQ staff was very responsive and helped us manage our expectations. The host team was absolutely amazing! I traveled with my husband, and we fell in love with the host team. They were so kind, organized and very responsive. They were always willing to answer questions and check in to see that everything was going smoothly. We really enjoyed working alongside the local people at our job sites. I worked in a local hospital/clinic and he worked construction building a house. It was also fun to work with other volunteers who were from all over the world. The homestay was beyond our expectations and the host mama and her family were very welcoming to everyone who came into their home. We found we loved traveling this way. It was an opportunity to connect to the local people and culture and see more of this beautiful country than we would have otherwise.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be open minded and open hearted. People will be responsive if you are patient, kind and positive. If your expectations aren't being met, you may need to reflect on what may need to be adjusted. Advocate for yourself in a way that is kind and professional. The people of Tanzania have their own sense of time which may be different than yours, relax and enjoy the scenery and/or the people next to you. You never know who you're going to meet.
Pros
  • I was able to engage with the people and their culture in a way you may not have been able to otherwise.
Cons
  • Public transportation is really crowded, but doable.
30 people found this review helpful.
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Lucia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering in Tanzania

I had an amazing experience volunteering in Tanzania that I would repeat thousand times if I could. The local team was so nice and they helped me in everything I needed. I really enjoyed going to my placement and meeting so many incredible children, I learned so much from them and their culture and I’ll be grateful forever! I also made so many friends from all around the world and that was one of the best things of my trip, it was an amazing and life changing experience that I would really recommend!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go with an open mind, you will experience and see things that you don’t even expect but you will learn so much from that!
Pros
  • Make so many friends
  • So nice local team
27 people found this review helpful.
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Ciara
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The most amazing experience of my life!

Hard to put this experience into words really! The most amazing team. Couldn’t have made this journey any easier for me. Completely fell in love with the people, the place and of course the culture. Felt so so welcomed into the community, everywhere you went you were greeted with a smile, and pure happiness from the Locals. Made some real friends for life, and got to meet the most amazing children. Cant wait to book my flights back, and get back to doing it all over again. Thank you IVHQ!!!!!!!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
JUST DO IT
Pros
  • Friendliest people
  • Supportive company
  • Amazing children
Cons
  • I had to leave
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27 people found this review helpful.
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Trini
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Thank you IVHQ

My volunteering experience quite literally changed my life. It had always been a lifelong dream to volunteer in Africa and IVHQ made that happen in the best possible way.
Pre trip I was very supported through emails from IVHQ, as they would send me information and always answered any questions I had, which helped me reduce my anxiety.
During the program, the local team was amazing! From the moment you step off the plane, you’re supported by them. We were taught to move around and experience the place like a local, which was the best because it helps you immediately feel at home. I didn’t even think of getting homesick!
My placement was everything I had ever dreamed of: the students, teachers I got to meet. It was such a soul fulfilling experience.
And if that weren’t enough, the people you get to meet are everything! The people in our volunteer house became a family, it was such a special bond that I will forever cherish.
Overall it was such an incredible experience that I can’t recommend enough. Thank you IVHQ!

27 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

So for me to get from Calgary, Alberta, Canada to the Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania, it cost about $2800 Canadian dollars through KLM.

Hi Eesha, As long as you travel with a parent, guardian or family member who is 18 years or over, you are eligible to participate on one of our programs! When you apply, it is important that you include the name of your family member on your application, so that our local team can ensure you are placed with your sister. Jordan IVHQ Community Manager

Hi Sarah! Children volunteering as part of a group with adult minders, or with a parent, guardian or family member who is 18 years or over, are eligible to participate on an IVHQ program. When a volunteer under the age of 18 applies to volunteer with IVHQ, it is important that the name of their minder is noted on their application, so we know that they are eligible to volunteer and our local team...