A group of Public Health volunteers prepare medication for distribution under supervision in Tanzania.

Public Health Volunteer Opportunities in Tanzania

Work in low-income communities to raise awareness of COVID-19

At a glance

  • Support low-income communities by helping people improve their personal and communal hygiene.
  • Distribute personal and public hygiene products and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
  • Participate in outreach campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of COVID-19 and the importance of maintaining good hygiene.
  • Live with a local host family to immerse yourself in the local culture.

Start Dates: 


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Minimum Duration: 

One Week


18 or over

Is a healthcare volunteer program in Tanzania right for me?

Our Public Health Project in Tanzania is open to anyone interested in learning about public health in a different environment. You’ll get direct experience into the process of improving community health, and you’ll make a real impact on the people you work with. 

With the outbreak of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to improve personal and communal hygiene. The communities we work with in Tanzania will benefit significantly from:

  • Distribution of public and personal hygiene products
  • Education about how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe

You don’t need previous experience to join our international health volunteer opportunities in Tanzania, but you do need to be at least 18 years old. We’ll teach you everything you need to know to participate fully in the project. Our staff will be there every step of the way to give you guidance when needed.

This program runs throughout the year, and you can join at any time.

These are the different areas your work focuses on: 

Plan and Run Outreach Campaigns

In order to reach more people in more rural areas surrounding Arusha, you’ll join our staff and local doctors and nurses during regular outreaches. These outreaches take place in the communities around Arusha, including Masai villages. You’ll also give talks in schools and in the community, and share knowledge about how people can minimize their risk of COVID-19. 

Create Educational Materials for Outreach Campaigns

A big part of our public health work in Tanzania is centered around outreach campaigns. You’ll create the materials used during these campaigns. Topics will depend on what the community’s needs are. You can do things like:

  • A poster that shows what the most effective hand washing techniques are
  • Flashcards that teach people how to recognize COVID-19 symptoms

When you leave Tanzania, our staff and future volunteers will continue to use the materials you created. 

Distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Sanitation Products

In addition to raising awareness, you’ll help us distribute critical PPE and sanitation products, such as face masks and hand sanitizer. You’ll show children and adults how to use them effectively to minimize their risk of being infected with COVID-19 and other diseases.    

Install Hand Washing Stations

In vulnerable and disadvantaged areas, water and sanitation facilities can be extremely basic or non-existent. This is why infectious diseases remain a significant problem in many towns and villages. Having access to clean water and soap is critical in the fight against COVID-19, so you’ll work with us to install hand washing stations. With easy access to water and soap, we can encourage more people to wash their hands more regularly. This will help further reduce the risk of transmitting germs and diseases. 

Where will I work?


Our Public Health Project in Tanzania is based in Arusha. 

Arusha is a busy city with smaller, less developed communities in some areas. It’s nestled at the foot of Mount Meru and is home to over 400,000 people. Many of the local hospitals and clinics have limited resources. You’ll observe a stark difference between medical facilities here compared to what you’d see at home.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Tanzania Arrival Procedures page.

What is a typical day like?

Your day starts with a typical local breakfast with your host family. You’ll sit down for a tasty meal before getting ready, picking up your gear, and heading out into the field. 

There isn’t an itinerary set in stone. Your daily activities and precise schedule will be determined by the community’s most pressing needs. However, you’ll contribute Monday through Friday, and there’ll be plenty of tasks to fill up around six hours daily. You’ll divide your time between working on outreach campaigns, creating educational materials, and ensuring that people have access to proper sanitation. 

In the evenings and over weekends, your time is yours! There’s plenty to see and do in Tanzania, and you can organize hiking trips, safaris, and other social activities with fellow volunteers.

What is the goal of health volunteering in Tanzania?

The goal of this project is to increase awareness of COVID-19 and improve access to personal and communal sanitation resources. 

With the global outbreak of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to improve personal and communal hygiene. In Tanzania, we work in rural, low-income communities where there’s often little access to basic medical care. In addition, there’s also a lack of knowledge of some diseases. These communities will benefit significantly from distribution of public and personal hygiene products, and education about how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.  

Join us in Tanzania, and help us alleviate the impact of a devastating illness on disadvantaged communities.

Management plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.

Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring our impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.

Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Arusha or Moshi. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Tanzania and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Leisure activities and free time

A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa. There’s plenty to see and do here during your free time on your project.

A project in Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a safari! This is a chance to see the beautiful wildlife of this country, like elephants, rhinos, and lions.

What’s more, Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Hiking around the base through lush vegetation is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon.

Browsing through a vibrant, local market is a must while you’re there. You can also spend time in a Maasai village, getting to know a completely different way of life.

There will likely be many other volunteers in Tanzania with you. This means you have the option to explore the country independently or with a group of like-minded volunteers from different projects. 

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay a $295 deposit, which comes off the total program fees.

Things are changing rapidly these days. If you have ANY questions, please call us at (+1) 619 320 2424 and we’ll fill you in on the latest updates.

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