Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer & Gap Year Programs in Tanzania from $270

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Trusted by 113,000+ 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 seven meaningful projects spanning 1 to 16 weeks, based within villages and urban communities in and around Arusha, or on the tropical island of Zanzibar.

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?

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
  • You'll be joining a global network of 113,000+ volunteers backed by the world’s leading team of volunteer travel experts - IVHQ’s outstanding safety systems and track record set them apart as the world’s safest organization
  • Support impact-driven volunteer projects run by locals within your host community
  • Flexible booking and free changes so you can register with confidence

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Unfortunately according to their website, you cannot volunteer if you are under 18. The only exception is if you go volunteer with a guardian. Here's the link for more questions: https://www.volunteerhq.org/faq#114

Reviews

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  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.6
  • Value 9.3
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Karina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ medical program in Tanzania

I volunteered with IVHQ Tanzania in the medical project. It was such an amazing and unforgettable experience! I learned a lot not only in the medical field but also as a person. I returned home with so many beautiful memories and the people I met will always have a place in my heart.
I would recommend this program with IVHQ to everyone who is longing for adventure and new cultures. You definitely won’t regret it.
The volunteer organization (IVHQ) made sure to make you feel safe all the time, and also to integrate you right in the culture.

What was your funniest moment?
I was doing a safari in the Serengueti Park with my friends, and in the night some hienas stole the chocolate and beers we left outside the tent. It was so funny! And kind of scary at the same time.
2 people found this review helpful.
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Emma
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

10/10 Experience in Tanzania

I volunteered in Arusha, Tanzania for 6 weeks, in the Childcare program. I felt so welcomed, and the staff immediately felt like family. The cooks were so lovely, and always cared for my dietary restrictions (I have celiac disease). I slept in a room with a bunch of bunk beds, but we were all girls and we quickly became friends and super comfortable with one another; it feels like a sleepover every night. I fell in love with the kids at my placement, and helped support the best way I could. Tanzania is also so beautiful, and there are tons of fun weekend trips to take, a bit overpriced in my opinion, but regardless amazing. Definitely recommend xx

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Keep an open mind, always. It’s not like home, like the lifestyle that we are used to, but they work so hard to always make sure it is close to it. Try all the foods and have fun!
3 people found this review helpful.
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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ Tanzania

I volunteered in Tanzania for 3 months in the teaching program and had the best ever time! I met some incredible people and learnt so much. I went on my gap year and taught a class of 7-8 year olds at an English medium primary school. This was located just out of Arusha. The kids and staff were so cool and it was incredible to teach them for that time. I wish I could have stayed for longer! When you weren't teaching there was plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding areas and do things such as go on safari etc. Also great nightlife if you like a good dance party! Would highly recommend to anybody :)

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Goat intestines on a stick - (Street food) It wasn't as bad as it sounds haha!
2 people found this review helpful.
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Madeline
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ Childcare in Tanzania

I was very nervous about traveling to Africa alone, but from the moment I arrived I felt supported by the local staff and people. I never felt unsafe or alone. Tanzania is a beautiful country with beautiful people and I am so fortunate to have been let into the community and to have been able to have the experience I did. I went to Africa with an open mind and with some ideas about how to sustainably support teachers and the children. I ended up learning so much more than I taught. Thank you Tanzania!

What would you improve about this program?
The lifestyle in Africa is very laid back and sometimes that can leave the staff and program a bit disorganized, but they will always accommodate your needs.
2 people found this review helpful.
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Montserrat
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AMAZING EXPERIENCE

What can I say about my volunteering? One of the best experiences I have ever lived, and I have to say that my experience did not begin the day I arrived to Tanzania, but much earlier when I created my IVHQ account and began to investigate what I could do and where. From that day on, the desire to give myself to other began to grow, and with them, the thrill of going to the continent I had always dreamed of: Africa. I have to say that this dream probably wouldn't have been fulfilled if it hadn't been for the excellent service and help of IVHQ, how complete its website is, the reasonable prices, the help of the staff, it all added to make it easy and exciting to prepare this trip, instead of encountering obstacles at every step that would have resulted in the decrease of my motivation that would have ended up in leaving this crazy idea aside. Once in Arusha everything was amazing, the support of the coordinators for every new thing you faced, the placements´ organization, the school I was helping at, everything was taken care of to make it the best of the best. The house where you live is super well placed, the “mamas” cook delicious and varied, everything is clean and the environment of volunteers…wow! Now I have friends all over the world: Greece, Scotland, England, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Peru, Colombia...I can say that I built a family, my “Simba Family”, that I will never forget for the fun, the support and lessons they gave me. My students, so much to learn from them: the simplicity to play with anything, the joy to laugh at anything, the commitment to learn; It was a challenge to teach English to children who barely know their language because of their age, but I am sure the little help I could give will make a big change in their lives. Thank you IVHQ, thank you TVE.

What would you improve about this program?
Giving more information about the touristic part so you can organize your visit and expenses better
2 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Montserrat, Thanks for your review of the Tanzania program. Your contribution to the Childcare project is greatly appreciated. We look forward to having you volunteer with IVHQ again soon. ^ Kaila - IVHQ Tanzania Program Manager

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jessie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Animal welfare program- Tanzania

The Animal Welfare program in Tanzania is amazing! The hands on work and experience with the local veterinarian was priceless! 12 Weeks was almost not long enough! IVHQ volunteers come from all over the world so I met so many people around the world which was such an added bonus! The hostel that I stayed at was amazing! I loved the vibe that everyone gave off and there are so many areas to hang out and talk. The power only cut out 5 times a month which is pretty good considering it is africa. The beds are so comfy and the showers are always hot! The food was amazing and the avocados and pineapple was always so fresh! I always felt very safe while in the country. I loved that i was picked up at the airport so as soon as I was in country i was safe. I will forever hold my experience with IVHQ close to my heart!

What was your funniest moment?
Walking in the pouring rain for almost 45 minutes with all my friends coming back from the coffee lodge on our way back to the hostel.
4 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thanks Jessie! So true, even 12 weeks doesn't feel long enough! I'm so happy to hear that you had a fantastic time in Tanzania. ^Kaila - IVHQ Tanzania Program Manager

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Larissa
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteer Trip to Tanzania

I loved this trip! It took a few days once I landed to get into the groove of things, but once I did, it was an amazing experience. Definitely nothing like it is at home in Canada, but that made it a lot of fun. It was awesome to have a very hands on experience where I could directly interact and help the Tanzanian people. I also love how we were immersed into the culture and ways of life of the Tanzanians by taking the dala dala to placement and walking around the markets. It was great getting to meet other volunteers from all over the world who shared different backgrounds, but who all had the same desire to help the people we were volunteering with. Overall it was a wonderful experience, and I would definitely do it again if I got the chance.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
When I landed in Tanzania by myself I was scared as I didn’t know fully what I was getting into. You read about the experience before you leave, but it’s so hard to get s concrete idea of what it will really be like. It scared me when I exited the airport and walked into a pitch black parking lot trying to locate which person standing there was from IVHQ. I didn’t feel unsafe, but it definitely wasn’t the same as home.
3 people found this review helpful.
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Charlotte
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Changed my life

Volunteering in Tanzania was my first real experience travelling for long term and it was unforgettable. I spent one month in Arusha from June to July (high season) and worked at a school/daycare. While I signed up for childcare, I ended up teaching and met such incredible children and local teachers!

Going in, I had some qualms about volunteering abroad, but IVHQ (at least with this program) seemed great at working with and involving locals instead of just planting themselves in another country. Their are over 50 Tanzanians employed by IVHQ's Tanzanian partner TVE and you get to work closely with many of the coordinators. They'll show you how to get the best prices, teach you how to get to placement, or even just bring you to market to get your dress tailored by a woman they know! Having these local connections right-off-the-bat really helped with getting involved and immersed.

The amenities provided were also stellar. I went during high season, so there were a lot of people in the house, but the house itself was great! My room, which I shared with 6 people had a full bathroom (including a shower with hot water) as well as a common room and porch for the many volunteers to hang out in.

The social life (beyond working at placement, which was the crux of the experience), was probably the best part of the whole time! I made unforgettable friends, and we got to go to incredible places. The hotsprings in Moshi, Safari in the Serengeti, and more every-day trips into the square or market were all quite the adventures. Transportation is cheap and easy, with a dala-dala ride costing only 500 TZN (about $0.20 us) or the more luxurious indriver (basically Tanzania's uber) being an easy and safe way to travel when the daladala can't provide.
All-in-all, the country was incredible, and my experience with IVHQ was an important part about it. While there were some flaws in communication, the country itself is incredible with kind and open-hearted people.

What would you improve about this program?
The one thing I think the program could improve upon is cost for excursion trips and communication BEFORE volunteers arrive in-country. While the communication is great, information about what the programs need that may not be able to be bought in Tanzania would have been helpful. As I was leaving, volunteers and coordinators were working on a google-docs-esqe program to help with this, so it may now be a non-issue.
3 people found this review helpful.