• 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 $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
Apr 27, 2023
Dec 02, 2023
85 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Trusted by 125,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's #1 rated volunteer programs in Tanzania and 50+ destinations worldwide.

For 5 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

4.96 Rating
based on 105 reviews
  • 5 rating 96.19%
  • 4 rating 3.81%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Impact 4.8
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.9
  • Value 4.75
  • Safety 4.85
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Yes, I recommend this program

My trip to Tanzania was everything I hoped it would be and more.

My trip to Tanzania was everything I hoped it would be and more. The people I met at the volunteer house were some of the most incredible people I’ve ever met and I loved spending time with them. My placement at Teddy Daycare was lovely as well. It was what I was expecting and I was able to bring some donations that the kids seemed to really enjoy. Also, the safari was amazing! I wish I could have stayed longer, but I will definitely be making an effort to come back to Africa as soon as I can and would love to stay longer next time. IVHQ made my first solo trip a seamless experience and I now have the confidence to do more.

5 people found this review helpful.
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Incredible Experience

My experience in Tanzania was incredible. I feel like I had a lot of information passed on to me before I entered the country which was really helpful and upon arrival the information was mostly accurate. I felt I was very prepared and everyone was there to help. It was mainly all solo travellers which made it so easy to make friends that I will definitely keep for life. My time there was absolutely life changing, I could not recommend it enough. I feel the only thing that could be a bit more explained is where the fees go, with the program being quite expensive it would be nice to know exactly where the money goes.

  • Met incredible people
  • Built on myself
7 people found this review helpful.
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Childcare in Arusha

Everything was very simple and it went smooth; three months-time of correspondence prior the volunteering and two weeks-time while doing volunteering - everything was very simple!
I am satisfied a lot, with the amazing experience I had with IVHQ. Mariana is very good and experienced program manager, solving any doubts which I was having and sharing any kind of documentations I needed, on time. The program was explained into many details, followed with few reminders via email, with "to do" things, not to forget any thing, and to be prepared very well before the trip.
IVHQ - very recommendable.

  • Meeting lovely kids
  • Meeting local culture
  • Meeting local people
  • Seeing much trash at streets
10 people found this review helpful.
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I had the time of my life in Arusha. I met so many amazing people from all over the world that I will now stay in contact with for the rest of my life. I loved the school I was placed at. I will remember those kids forever. I also did some great excursions such as the safari in the Serengeti and ngorogoro crater and went to the beautiful margoroto forest. Arusha was a lovely small city and if you can get past the overwhelming part at first you will love the locals. I wish I was still there. I will be going back.

  • Meeting people
  • Making a difference
  • Seeing a beautiful part of the world
10 people found this review helpful.
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Get your heart melted by Makayuni Maasai community

It's been a bit over a week since I got back from my volunteering experience with Maasai Immersion in Tanzania but my heart and mind is still there. Seeking reconnection with myself, I not only found it, but I also got to relive some of the happiest memories from my childhood through the eyes of those kids. I’ve never felt so welcomed in my life as the Makayuni Maasai people welcomed us. I burst into tears of gratitude and happiness just to be there, to join the villagers, and to learn from them. It felt like home. I still miss waking up to the sound of the donkey and kids singing before school starts. They are well prepared for their visitors and you will have the best accommodations and probably one of the best food you've tried in Tanzania! Thank you IVHQ for opening this program and this amazing experience!

  • Rich culture
  • Simple living
  • Learning gratitude and respect
18 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

a meaningful, exciting and out-of-this-world summer experience

volunteering in the childcare/teaching program in arusha is one of the best decisions I've ever made, not only because I was able to give back, while emerging myself in the incredible lifestyle and environment tanzania has to offer, but also because of everything it taught me about the people, the country and the cultural heritage; I learned so much about myself and the other volunteers in the program, with whom I formed long-lasting and valuable friendships with, because working with like-minded people on shared values provides the support you need while on the program; I am incredibly grateful for this summer and wish I could go back and relive everything all over again!

  • the friendships you make at the volunteer programs are long lasting and a huge support while in the program
  • volunteering with like-minded people on shared values and adventures is a great way to learn about different cultures and the world around you while making a positive impact
  • volunteering abroad is a transformative experience that can teach you a lot about yourself and impacts your growth profoundly
  • some safety issues regarding commutes to and from placement, unfortunately
  • while the program price is relatively low, add-ons are significantly more expensive
  • lots of people travel accompanied, but even though it can be more challenging traveling solo, it can also be more exciting, because it requires you to be more self-reliant, and it can boost your self-confidence and independence
20 people found this review helpful.
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An incredible opportunity to learn and give back

I had an amazing time volunteering in Zanzibar, I learned a lot about conservation as well as local culture. There was a large variety of activities on offer, I particularly enjoyed scuba diving to help with the coral reef restoration, working in the local primary school and the cooking class. All the staff were friendly and helpful! I met so many incredible people and have taken a lot of new knowledge back home with me.
At the time the program was titled with a focus on turtle conservation but during my time I did not see any turtles or turtle eggs.

  • broad range of activities
  • friendly staff
  • unique opportunities (ie cooking class with locals)
  • I did not see any turtles as advertised at the time
17 people found this review helpful.
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My experience Volunteering in Tanzania with IVHQ

My experience was great because IVHQ offered me everything I needed, I felt safe, happy and useful. Tanzania just have my heart, I achieved my goal of helping others and being a tourist at the same time. It's worth it! I can't wait to volunteer again.

Since the moment you arrive you feel the love of local people and staff. They tell you every important detail so you can feel as a local person. You get attached to every single detail, its a wonderful experience!


  • 1. You feel safe 24?7 if you follow the recommendations.
  • 2. Its affordable
  • 3. You can be a volunteer and a tourist at the same time
19 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...