• Tanzania
4 to 52 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Year Round
Small Group (1-15)
Travel Type
Budget Family Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
In advance we ask you to pay one-time costs of 350€. This price includes: materials etc. for your preparation and follow-up Seminars, costs for arrival seminar in Tanzania, administrative costs and a language class.
Each month will cost you 305€. This price includes: full accommodation, food (Breakfast and Dinner, Monday-Friday), salary costs for the staff of Shamiri, costs for inter-seminar and administrative costs.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals
What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare Equipment Some Meals SIM cards Transportation Travel Insurance Visa Wifi
Jan 06, 2022
Oct 03, 2023
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About Program

We at Shamiri focus on offering sustainable volunteer/intern positions in Mwanza Tanzania. What does that mean?
You have the chance to work for one of our great NGOs and support them through your work! We have many different fields in which you can work, surely there is something for everyone:
-tutoring/teaching/counselling marginalized children of all ages
-early childhood development
-coordinating educational support
-sports program
-family social work
-working for people with or affected by HIV/AIDS
-community managed micro-finance
-photography and filmography
-agricultural programs

To make that working experience sustainable, we believe in outstanding support through well-educated staff. Part of our program is
-a 2 days preparation seminar before your departure
-inter seminars to evaluate and reflect your work and stay abroad
-a 24/7 emergency number
-daily meetings with the staff
-a follow-up seminar
-language and culture classes.

Consider your impact: Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both volunteers and local communities, and at Go Overseas, we believe all volunteers should have the resources to make informed decisions about the type of volunteer project they want to partake in. However, despite best intentions, some organizations offering placements in orphanages may unknowingly place children in danger. You can read about the potential dangers of orphanage volunteering here. Learn more about how Shamiri Volunteer is promoting ethical volunteering.

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Program Highlights

  • Volunteer sustainably through supporting local NGOs and projects
  • Development cooperations through volunteering in Tanzania, Africa
  • Enjoy the intercultural exchange at work and through our Swahili language and cultural classes
  • Be well prepared through a preparation (2 days) and arrival seminar (2 days)
  • Learn in a global context through our weekly seminars with other Volunteers and our staff

Program Impact

The first part of your intercultural learning experience is a working placement in a project in the field of development. Long-term commitment after returning home is aimed at to achieve sustainable support for the projects in Mwanza. The second part is the ongoing accompaniment through well-educated staff before, during and after the stay in Tanzania. The third part is the intercultural learning achieved through language and cultural classes as well as the seminars.
Through the exchange with Volunteers and incorporating them in different projects Shamiri wants to create a diverse community in Tanzania. Additionally, it aims to form open-minded, well-experienced and educated young people with a commitment to support the diversity of human lifestyles and beliefs and take on global responsibility.
SHAMIRI is Kiswahili and it means to blossom and grow in a beautiful was. We chose this name as both, the Volunteers and the supported projects should ‘shamiri’ in the best way through our intercultural learning experience.

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4.89 Rating
based on 9 reviews
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  • Impact 4.8
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

My year in Tanzania

My year in Tanzania was very good but also very challenging.
I learned a lot in this year and my work with the kids made me very happy.
They gave me a lot of love.
Nevertheless, it was sometimes very exhausting. The culture is very different to ours and sometimes a little bit hard as a white person. I had the feeling that you can not connect to the locals because they always see you as a different person because of your skin colour. That was a little bit sad for me.
I missed my family very much but it showed me how important my family is to me.
All in all it was a very good but also very hard year for me but I would do it again:)

  • experience
  • The work with the kids
  • You can learn a lot about the culture
  • Far away from home without family and friends
  • Different and sometimes hard culture
  • A lot of time, sometimes very boring
8 people found this review helpful.
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Volunteering with Shamiri

I stayed in Mwanza, Tanzania for one year with Shamiri as my organization. I had a very memorable year, during which I learned a lot and had many great new experiences!
Through Shamiri me and my fellow volunteers had a lovely and very organized mentor, who met with us every week, teaching us about culture, politics and the role we had as volunteers, helping us with our struggles and generally supporting us throughout the year. She provided us with a beautiful house in the heart of Mwanza and introduced us to the different possible activities such as an international choir, sports and of course the monthly pub quiz. This helped me a lot to get to know some people and the community and was something that I previously struggled with.
We also had private Swahili lessons, which proved to be very helpful during every day life and my work, as English often doesn't get you far in the local areas.
Overall, I had a great time that I will never forget and want to thank Shamiri for making this possible and supporting me during my whole time in Tanzania.

  • Very organised and supportive
  • Beautiful city with a lovely community
  • I always feld very secure living and travelling through Tanzania
  • close friendships with locals can be difficult
  • important to learn some Swahili
9 people found this review helpful.
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Volunteering in Mwanza, Tanzania

My year in Mwanza with Shamiri as my organization was very stunning. I had a very good experience in mwanza and also at work. I was working in a primary school, where I was teaching together with Tanzanian staff members class 1. Also i was giving Computer lessons for everyone who was interested and hosting the social media accounts of the school. The people from Shamiri have always been very helpful and supportive. I can recommend that experience to everyone who is interested in traveling, culture and new friendships. Thank you for everything.

  • Mwanza is a great city
  • Tanzania is a great country for traveling
  • People are always friendly and I always felt very secure
  • Very close friendships to citizens can be very rare
  • Not many places where you can find western live
21 people found this review helpful.
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Patricia Paul
Yes, I recommend this program

Shamiri to the top

Shamiri is an interesting volunteer program. I highly recommend it since it works with a lot of projects in Tanzania and it has well trained and professional team, which help the volunteer to have diversity in working with different areas.

At Shamiri you can be able to work with several non governmental organisations such as Waridi la Matumaini which was registered 9.10.2019 and the sole purpose of Waridi la Matumaini, is giving children of Tanzania a fair chance in life and help them to make a good basis for their future, assisting children (from the poor and marginalized households, orphans and vulnerable) found in both urban and remote areas of Tanzania.

Children will be oriented by Waridi la Matumaini team with life skills, education and experience that can enable them to realize their FUTURE potentials and be good citizens for a better country.

Visit this instagram page link to check out one of the organisation Shamiri is working with:

49 people found this review helpful.
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Erfahrungen in Mwanza

Die Organisation bietet hervorragende Möglichkeiten um in einem Projekt deiner Wahl tief in die Lebensweise, Kultur und den Alltag in Mwanza einzutauchen. Dabei kannst du erleben wie die Gesellschaft dort funktioniert, grundlegende Kenntnisse in Suaheli erlangen, dich selbst in einer völlig neuen, herausfordernden Situation erfahren. Und dein Engagement kann über den Aufenthalt vor Ort hinausgehen. Eines der Projekte, in dem du mitarbeiten kannst ist Waridi La Matumaini, das Kinder aus schwierigem sozialen Umfeld unterstützt, ihnen einen Schulbesuch ermöglicht, sie stark macht um später auf eigenen Füßen zu stehen und den Familien beratend zur Seite steht.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Die Frauen rund um die Felsen um den Viktoriasee zu beobachten, wie sie auf den warmen Felsen im Sonnenlicht kleine Fische trocknen. Diese werden dann in große Säcke gefüllt und auf den Märkten verkauft. Sie sind eine kostengünstige Möglichkeit um Eiweiß auf den Speiseplan zu bringen.
58 people found this review helpful.
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A new approach to Sustainable impact

Shamiri wants to do sustainable work in the sense of the analogy “teaching the people how to fish” This means providing the communities touched by Shamiri the knowledge and skills to create sustainable development. This is achieved by taking a step further and incorporating multicultural co-operation.

What does this mean?
It means even you, reading this review can bring your own ideas, and presence to support creativly from the good of your heart the people of Tanzania living in Mwanza. The opportunities for both you and the community are limitless.

Shamiri has strong co-operations with various Projects in Mwanza in various sectors which includes but not limits to; Healthcare, Family care, language and educational training, hospitality, photography, Microfinance, Agriculture, and so many more areas.

What does this mean?
It means Shamiri is structured to create diverse opportunities and doesn’t look in one scope, rather in the complex fabric of many parts of the community in Mwanza. This means everybody is part of the movement. No matter what background you come from, you can always bring out the best of you and be part of a positive change. You will be engaged in a peaceful, friendly, beautiful and happy environment of the community in Tanzania.

How does Shamiri’s diversity guarantee its sustainability?
It’s through you, you can show a unique path. You can plant your great ideas, at low cost, to teach the community, to look wider in the development lens, to realise, learn, and get knowledgeable exposure to the available resources as a catapult for self and sustainable development. You can always bring something new that will help the community be more efficient, and sustainable in their day to day living.

While you work with Shamiri in Tanzania, you will have access to information and a close relationship with your work, during and after your experience. This is achieved by Shamiri’s dedication to attract people interested in and happy to invest in global learning, Intercultural exchange, Sustainable support, and positive impact to the community they serve. This project is so cool because if you are having a bad day you could speak to a handler or the project manager to resolve and get rid of the knots to achieve maximum focus and engagement.

To know more and get an insight of the person behind this project I would highliy recommend visiting and watching her Youtube videos on this channel: Anna.in. Tanzania through the link below.

You are welcome to be part of this positive change and have an impact to this project on the ground in Tanzania and have fun while you are at it. Its also okay to tell a friend or friends.
Go now and visit Shamiri’s website for more information at the blue button above “VISIT SITE”. OR through the link below.

56 people found this review helpful.
me as a volunteer in Arusha
Yes, I recommend this program

Unique sustainable volunteer experience

If you want to volunteer in Tanzania, I highly recommend to chose Shamiri Volunteer. It offers you good preparation before your departure, accompaniment during your stay and even follow up seminars. Shamiri provides accommodation in Mwanza and food during the week. It cooperates with different NGOs and projects. You can choose the volunteer position of your liking. I chose to volunteer with the NGO Waridi La Matumaini. It works with and for marginalised children and their families. My tasks as a volunteer were tutoring the children and helping them with their homework. Additionally, offering English classes for the children and their parents. I could also realise my own projects and ideas for example a weekend excursion with the kids to a playground. I go insights to the work of an NGO, helped with fundraising and cooperated with their partner NGO in Germany. The work at Waridi La Matumaini is sustainable, since even after your return you will be able to support the NGO through volunteering at the German NGO, which is doing a lot of fundraising work.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Enjoy the intercultural exchange! In your seminars you will learn about development cooperation and global aspects. You will learn the local language, Kiswahili, and therefore get a deep insight into the culture. I also really enjoyed our trip to Bujora, where we went to learn about the biggest tribe in Tanzania, the Sukuma.
55 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Going abroad, discovering the world, gaining experience, learning for life.

Shamiri strives to make the volunteer programme as sustainable as possible. Not only the people sent should benefit from their stay in Mwanza, but also the local people. The aim is to create work at eye level that enables an exchange between the different countries. The programme builds on social work foundations and always keeps in mind that volunteers do not come to change the world, but to broaden their own horizons and get a new perspective on life in general.
In a nutshell, why I would recommend anyone to go to Mwanza with Shamiri:
Shamiri is not like other organisations. Everything is based on the founder's own experience as a young white person coming to Tanzania to volunteer and experience life there. This inspires a lot of confidence in the work and the care.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Travelling to Tanzania means being able to engage with a whole new food culture. Be sure to try ugali with red beans. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I loved it and still like to cook it at home.
58 people found this review helpful.

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