Projects Abroad Volunteer Programs in Tanzania

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Projects Abroad offers a variety of volunteer programs in Tanzania including Teaching, Care, Sports, Building projects, as well as a Culture & Community program with the Maasai tribe.

We also offer internships to help you gain experience in your career of choice, including Microfinance, Law & Human Rights and Medical projects such as Nursing, Midwifery, General Medicine, and Dentistry.

Whether your placement is in Arusha or Dar es Salaam, this is a great opportunity to explore the wonders that East Africa has to offer.

Highlights
  • Choose a project you are passionate about that fits your interests
  • Select your own start date and duration
  • Get 24/7 support from our local staff
  • Live and work in the local community
  • Have fun exploring the country and its culture over the weekends

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Popular Programs

Building Volunteer Work in Tanzania

Build classrooms and other school buildings for children in a Maasai community.

Volunteer Teaching English in Tanzania

Live in East Africa and gain practical experience by helping disadvantaged children learn English.

Volunteer Sports Coaching in Schools in Tanzania

Live and work in East Africa and coach sport at disadvantaged schools, helping children develop their fitness.

Volunteer with Children in Tanzania

Work on life skills and basic education with children in colorful and vibrant Tanzania.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

9.29 Rating
based on 34 reviews
  • Impact 9
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 8.8
  • Value 8.6
  • Safety 9.3
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Mariann
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Humanitare work.

I went to Tanzania for tree weeks, together with my daughter, working in a private school in a village outside of Moschi. It was very interesting to see how they where teaching the kids, the languise was only Englisch, i think it would make more sence wen they explain the exercisis in Kishuaeli.
I was together with tree teachers, taking care of 40 kids between two and five years old. Even the smallest children was tought the letters, i would prefore if they would play more and learn that way!!
I had a lot of fun learning the kids to wasch hands after Toilet etc. Drinking water during the day, all kind of better hygieine avoing illness.
All teachers were very kind and open minded, very exited to hier how we do in Europe. And how we treat children, also talking about Childrens Right!!
The Family we were living with, was the most lovely people you can think of. Me and my daughter had a great time, i really apriciate having this fantastic expirience together with her. The hold journie was an extraordinary expierience and i higly can recoment Project Abroad as an Organisation, i would choose them again.

Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Marianne,
Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time away with us on Care Project in Tanzania. Our staff and the local community really appreciate the time and effort that you invested into achieving our long term goals. You will be welcomed with open arms upon your return!

Glory Matoi, Country Director for Tanzania

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Emilia
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Nursing volunteer work

I spent 2 months as a medical volunteer in Arusha. Work at St. Elizabeth hospital was very challenging, but it gave me personally so much experience and a new way to look at the world we live in.
They gave me a lot of work and I got free hands to work with the patients as I was trained in school back in Finland.
I also got local students of my own that I got to teach, this was very educational for me.
I worked in medical ward for one week which gave me a lot of knowledge about the local sicknesses such as malaria, HIV and AIDS. After this I got to work in maternity ward with pregnant women, which I enjoyed a lot. I also spent some time at pediatric ward, but I decided to go back to maternity ward for my last weeks. Here I got my own clinic room where I got to work with European standards.

Response from Projects Abroad

Hello Emilia,
It sounds like you’ve had a fantastic time away on our Nursing project in Tanzania. The effort that you put into the project was admirable; you are truly appreciated by the local community and Projects Abroad. We’ll see you soon on another project or Internship!

Glory Matoi, Country Director for Tanzania

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Michelle
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

First time

My experience with projects abroad was amazing. It was my first trip alone and was very excited. I am glad to have done this. The work I did made me feel that I did helped other people. Would like to do it another time!
I did a building project for about three weeks. The first weekend was quite a culture shock but hey I got used to it very quickly. I got that weekend a mini tour around town and a quick look at the building project that i would be working from. The other people working there, were also at my host family, so it was really nice to already know some people. My first building day was heavy but very statisfying. I had a small meal together with the little kids from that school. Nice experience! And ofcourse, I had time in the weekends to see some things from Tanzania itself!

What would you improve about this program?
Some people have a hard time paying for the trip etc. So maybe take that in account! But for the rest, excellent program.
Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Michelle,
Thank you for taking the time to leave your review of the Building project in Tanzania. Your effort was not only appreciated by us but, by the local community. We look forward to having you on another project or Internship in the near future!

Glory Matoi, Country Director for Tanzania

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Myrthe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible experience

The medicine project I did with Projects Abroad in Tanzania was one of the most incredible experiences in my life. I was a medical volunteer in the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Arusha. My working days would be from 08.30 to 14.00, and I would go on rounds with the local doctors. My way of helping in the hospital would be taking up a nurses' role, so taking blood pressure, vitals, helping the patients move around the hospital, etc. Apart from (at least trying my best at) helping the community, I think Projects Abroad makes sure the experience is fantastic for its volunteers as well. They organise workshops about the Tanzanian language and culture, as well as workshops about tropical diseases, stitching workshops, etc. They'll help you organise (safari) trips, hikes, the list goes on. They care a lot about helping us understand the cultural differences, which makes the volunteering easier and more effective.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
For me the most surprising/amazing thing I saw when I was in Tanzania was a Cesarian Section in the hospital.
Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Myrthe,
I’m happy to hear about your fantastic time away with us on our High School Specials Medicine project in Tanzania. Great things are achieved when volunteers join our global community. Your time and effort are greatly appreciated not just by us but by the local community. We hope to see you again in the near future.

Glory Matoi, Country Director for Tanzania

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Lauren
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Tanzania volunteer

I absolutely loved my 2 weeks in Tanzania. The project was so well organised and I appreciate all the little things in life so much more now! Plus the food cooked by the hosts is amazing and you meet some great friends for life from many different countries! I spent time educating the children in the morning and playing with them on the fields. In the afternoon we renovated the orphanage rooms, the toilets and the showers. I was so glad to have left my mark on the wonderful school that accepted us in for two weeks. The people who took care of us were so kind and helpful from everting money out, transporting us and just being someone to talk to if we had any worries. My biggest memory is how positive and smiley the children were even though they had so little

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Bring lots of snacks in case you don’t like the food. I’m not fussy so loved it all but some people spent a fortune on snacks over there as they didn’t eat the meals cooked
Response from Projects Abroad

Hello Lauren,
It sounds like you had an amazing time (I can’t say we're surprised!). Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience with our global community. We’re so happy that you enjoyed High School Specials,
Care & Community project in Tanzania. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our projects or Internships!

Glory Matoi, Country Director for Tanzania

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Zoe
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Projects Abroad Tanzania

The human rights team at projects abroad Tanzania were more than accommodating and the work you do is actively beneficial to the women in the community. Remember to bring a laptop as this is crucial to the work. Irene makes it easy for you to get settled in and there is a wealth of information provided to you on arrival to learn about Tanzanian law. Salma house, the host family I stayed with were lovely and very welcoming. The organisation have social dinners every Thursday which is a good way to meet people that you may not necessarily be working with. All people from all projects come together on this day and the community day. The community day is a great way to try something new and experience a different project. This takes part the last Friday of every month. Arusha is a lovely town with lots of cafes and restaurants and day trips.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would change how long I went for. I went for 5 weeks instead I would try to go a couple months or even longer.
Response from Projects Abroad

Hello Zoe,
I am happy to hear that you had a great experience with the Project Abroad team. Your amazing effort into the Human Rights Project in Tanzania is hugely appreciated. Let’s start planning your next Projects Abroad adventure!

Glory Matoi, Country Director for Tanzania

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Manon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Chose Project's Abroad!

I joined the building project in Tanzanie, Arusha this year from March to June and those were the best three months in my life. I learned more from the people there than I could have ever imagined. building a dinning hall for maasai children was as challenging and beautiful as it was. to see those children everyday being happy, smiling at you, playing with you warmed my heart in a way I can't even describe. i learned what physical work means there and I even learned some things and I am pretty confident that I could now renovate a house myself with the things I learned. i would recommend everyone to go volunteer with project abroad because not only to they guide you every step of the way, they also ensure your safety and that you have a good time. you get intergrated into that community immediately and feel like you belong. i could write a whole book about all the things that I experienced but thanks to my volunteering experience I found out what I want to do in my future and am now a student and sadly don't have time yet to write my whole experience down. but if anyone wants to go volunteer and doesn't know with which organisation I can only recommend projects abroad and I checked every organisation before I chose them and I have never regretted my decision. not only is it an eye opening experience, where you learn and laugh like never before, you also meet some of the most amazing people in this world from all around the world!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
whatever you do, there is no need to stress or worry about it. before I left I was having nervous breakdowns because I never left Europe and never was away from home for so long but you can do it and it is even easy. you can't compare it to anything else but it will only make you grow as a person and you are supported throughout your whole journey so don't be scared from the journey, the place or the people and go with an open mind and open heart because you will get surprised every day in the best way possible.
Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Manon,
Thanks for your great review. We strive to meet expectations like yours, we’re happy to hear that we hit the mark for you. Thank you for your contribution towards our ongoing Building project in Tanzania – your help is really appreciated. We hope to see you again on one of our projects!

Glory Matoi, Country Director for Tanzania

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Charlotte
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Arusha in my haert!

Hi everyone!
I would like to share all my adventures I experienced in Arusha, but this would take me to long.
I was lucky to meet great woman groups, they were very interested in the trainings we have. Our project leader Elisabeth is doing a great job! As volunteer I felt instantly welcome at the office of projects abroad in Arusha. They showed me everything around the city, which made me feel very safe. The organisation was well-arranged and my hostfamily was great (they are a second family for me) I met a very nice project partner with whom I’m still in touch with... She’s going back this year, I couldn’t go back this year, but will try to make it next year for sure. To all who are still hesitating to go to Arusha: I would like to advice STOP HESITATING AND LET YOURSELF GO 🇹🇿

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
You can’t really prepare yourself for this experience. I would advice to go openminded.