• Tanzania
    • Arusha
    • Zanzibar
1 to 16 weeks

Program Details

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


Starting Price
Price Details
Fully hosted experience from only $270 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
Jan 05, 2023
Feb 02, 2023
73 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Trusted by 124,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's most popular volunteer programs in Tanzania and 50+ other destinations around the world.

If you thrive on authentic experiences, vibrant cultures and exciting adventures, then volunteering in Tanzania is for you. Choose from 8 meaningful projects spanning 1 to 16 weeks, based within villages and urban communities in and around Arusha, including our NEW Maasai Immersion Project!

Your fully-hosted experience includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in either a homestay or volunteer house with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ offers a multi-layered support network, so even before you depart, you’ll receive outstanding service from your IVHQ Program Manager and gain exclusive access to volunteer training and preparation tools.

Are you ready to immerse yourself in a new culture while making a difference?

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Program Highlights

  • IVHQ’s Tanzania program is available year-round, starting on the 1st and 15th of each month.
  • Fully hosted volunteer experiences starting from only $270 for 1 week - IVHQ provides the most affordable and top-rated programs
  • Incredible add-ons available, including safari, Mount Kilimanjaro and Maasai village tours
  • Support impact-driven volunteer projects run by locals within your host community
  • Flexible booking and free changes so you can register with confidence

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.

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.

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.

Program Reviews

4.96 Rating
based on 74 reviews
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  • Impact 4.8
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.9
  • Value 4.8
  • Safety 4.9
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Yes, I recommend this program


This is truly the trip of a lifetime! I got to help people around the world, make new friends that I never would have met, and make unforgettable memories! It was so rewarding to volunteer as a Nurse and Childcare Provider. I am already wanting to volunteer again soon! I also had epic experiences like going on a safari in the Serengeti and snorkeling at Bill Gates's island! Truly a trip of a lifetime. If anyone is hesitant, JUST GO! You will be so happy you did. I only wish I could've stayed longer!

  • rewarding to volunteer
  • very cool activities nearby- safari and Zanzibar
  • immersed into a new culture- everyone's so friendly!
  • crying when you have to leave
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The best experiences of my life

I previously volunteered in South Africa on a 12 weeks mixed programme doing sports development and surf outreach where I fell in love with the children and met so many new friends all over the world. I then went onto volunteer on the woman’s education in Arusha Tanzania straight after my programme in SA. This made me truly fall in love with Africa. The way the programme was run was insane and I can’t thank all the hosts enough. From enquiring about programmes to still now weeks after finishing the programme, the support I’ve had from IVHQ and the hosts in Tanzania has been amazing. I really enjoyed my time and placements and I would always look at volunteering with IVHQ, I don’t think you can get any better than this.

  • Meeting new people worldwide
  • New amazing experiences and activities
  • Spending time with different cultures and trying the food
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10 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Exceeded expectations

Don’t hesitate. I did not want to leave. You will make great memories, make an impact, and meet some great people as well. The crew down there has all their bases covered and they are well experienced. They fed me better than I eat at home, they were very fun and friendly, I even gave many hugs before I left. Couldn’t recommend this enough. I actually made an Instagram while I was down there just so I could stay in contact with all the amazing people I met. I will be going back next year. Can’t wait.

  • Impact made
  • Accommodation was great
  • Met great people
14 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Arusha, an unknown gem

Arusha is a vibrant city and you can't help but be changed when you volunteer here. The endless joy and energy of the children is infectious, and the support given by the local team allows you to give all your energy back to them. I spent 5 weeks here and was constantly busy with my program during the week, and then adventures on the weekend. The people are super friendly, and coming from Sydney it was a huge culture shock but managed to adapt quite quickly with the support of other volunteers and the local mummas.

15 people found this review helpful.
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IVHQ Tanzania

My trip to Tanzania was the best month of my life. Wasn’t sure what to expect at first but it turned out to be the most amazing experience. Meeting new people, talking to the locals, dancing with the mamas. The programme itself was incredibly rewarding and though challenging, completely exceeded my expectations. There is also quite a social aspect of this trip was a nice break in between placement and volunteering which was a nice way to get to know others. Will definitely be returning to Tanzania with IVHQ.

  • getting to experience new culture
  • meeting new people
  • learning a new language
16 people found this review helpful.
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A great first volunteer experience as a family

We were looking for an organization that could offer different programs for a family. IVHQ was that organization! They offered programs in a medical group for my daughter, sustainability group for my son and teaching group for myself - all this and we could stay in a private room in a homestead. We booked several outings with IVHQ. They listened to our concerns and everything went very smoothly. We saw the beautiful Ngorongoro crater (safari), visited a Maasai village and hiked Kilimanjaro up to first base: Mandara hut. On our spare time we visited local markets, a baby orphanage and got to know Arusha. The people were very friendly and we had great conversations with local people. Safety is an issue but it was not a problem at all, only be aware of it.

Our 1 week in Arusha, Tanzania was a great experience, only wish we would have stayed longer.

  • Support of the local team
  • Amazing country with great culture, beautiful nature, friendly people
  • Great volunteer places
17 people found this review helpful.
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Amazing volunteer trip in Arusha

The Childcare project in Arusha was the best experience of my life. I met wonderful people, immerse in an unique culture and made a positive impact in a project that I care. It is also an affordable destination since the daily cost is really cheap. You have the opportunity to do a lot of activities, like amazing safaries, and discover this beautiful country. In Arusha, I was feeling safe and was taken care of. The local team is always available to answer your questions or help you with any insecurity. I will do it again for sure! If you are still hesitating, just do it :)

  • Wonderful community
  • Feeling safe
  • A lot of activities
22 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

volunteering has the power to transform the world and make it a much better place.

volunteering is something that we all need to do to help others and provide them with opportunities that they cannot have access to.I've
learnt that giving is receiving, and I discovered what that meant through it. It helped me understand my life's purpose: to brighten others days, to uplift people's lives and to cherish and never take for granted the life I have. I had the opportunity to teach little kids, and watching them smile from ear to ear every day genuinely melted my heart This experience really made me open up my eyes and see life with a different perspective. It taught me how the little things and the simplest pleasures of life can make you the happiest. The warmth of the locals, the breathtaking surroundings and the culture in Arusha made Tanzania feel like a second home. I can't stop thinking of going back, and I am already planning to go back cause I have gained a lot of contacts their but on my own and to stay longer and help more people in need .if I went back with time,I’d have oved to open a place to teach people music which is a passion of mine.it would be great to take use of the skills I have with music to help others know more about it and feel the joy it brings them and the inner peace it gives.. .a situation that will be
stuck with me forever is when a kid
called Christian there used to ask about
me whenever I wasn't there .not a thing
could've separated us not even the
language barrier .he made me feel like I
had a good impact on him. it was an
unforgettable experience.

  • Good community
  • Affordable
  • peace and feeling of home
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20 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...