Volunteer and Intern in Tanzania
- Location: Arusha, Dar es Salaam
- Accommodation: Host families
- Local languages: English & Swahili
Tanzania is an East African country where Projects Abroad volunteers can make a hugely positive impact on the lives of those affected by poverty. Our worthwhile volunteer projects and international internships in Tanzania are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world, including those on a gap year, between semesters, or on a career break.
Tanzania remains greatly underdeveloped. The country has decent infrastructure, but blackouts are common and most roads outside of city centers are rocky dust roads. While the economy has improved greatly in the last forty years and the country’s political stability forms a solid base for continued growth, Tanzania still suffers from a great deal of poverty. There are many areas where volunteers can help.
Disadvantaged children are especially at risk in Tanzania and child labor and child trafficking are common. In addition, schools are overcrowded and many local teachers need assistance. Volunteers have a crucial role to play in the lives of Tanzanian children, whether they are helping to care for children in orphanages and care centers, or teaching English lessons in local schools or the Projects Abroad Academy, a school for Maasai children built by Projects Abroad volunteers.
“Tanzania is famous as the home to Africa’s highest mountain- Kilimanjaro, and largest lake- Lake Victoria, but it is much more than that with a fascinating culture and people. There are so many opportunities to help out whether it is working in a kindergarten, helping in a hospital or teaching English in a school. Your memories will not only be of the incredible natural beauty we have in Tanzania, but of the huge hearts of the people who will make your time here unforgettable.”
Where You Will Live in Tanzania
Projects Abroad offers a wide variety of projects in Tanzania, based in both the coastal city of Dar es Salaam and around the town of Arusha in the north of the country. Dar es Salaam is located on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast, with sandy beaches and the island of Zanzibar close by. Arusha sits at the foot of Mount Meru volcano, which forms an impressive silhouette above the low-rise skyline of the town. Arusha is a popular place for tourists to arrange their safari trips as tourism plays a large role in the town’s economy.
Tanzania has existed as a nation since 1964 after Britain granted Zanzibar independence. It was combined as a country with the previous British colony of Tanganyika at that time. Tribal traditions and over one hundred years of colonial influences have produced an exciting, modern Tanzanian culture. Healthcare and education have also improved since independence and volunteers working in schools, care homes, and medical institutions can help this progress to continue.
Most Projects Abroad volunteers in Tanzania live with local host families. This allows you to experience Tanzania from a local’s perspective, a very different world from the often luxurious hotels of the safari industry.
Travel and Sightseeing Opportunities in Tanzania
Tanzania is an intensely varied and colorful land on the East coast of Africa. Home to Africa’s highest mountain, largest lake, huge wildlife reserves, and hundreds of paradise beaches, it is without a doubt one of Africa’s most appealing destinations and a great introduction to the African continent. There are plenty of interests and entertainment to pursue when you’re not working. The vibrant markets are worth exploring and are a great place to buy traditional batiks, wood carvings, and Maasai jewelry.
There is plenty to explore in and around Dar es Salaam, like the National Museum, the Village Museum, and the Botanical Gardens. There are popular beaches just to the north of the city or you can take a two-hour boat ride to the stunning spice island of Zanzibar. Zanzibar offers an alternative side of Africa, one of tropical seas perfect for snorkeling and diving combined with a traditional Swahili way of life.
Our base in Arusha places you within easy reach of the vast Serengeti National Park and the lesser known Arusha National Park, which can be visited as a day trip from Arusha. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is also less than two hours drive away and climbing Africa’s highest mountain is an enticing and achievable challenge for most.
Did you know? Tanzania got its name when the country of Tanganika, and the island nation of Zanzibar, were unified in 1964.
Tanzania is now firmly established as one of the best safari destinations in the world with an impressive 25% of the country protected as national parks or conservation areas. Although working as a volunteer abroad in Tanzania will put you in contact with the welcoming Tanzanian people, the wildlife is not to be missed.
Travel around Tanzania has improved greatly over recent years and buses between the main towns are cheap and reasonably efficient. Traveling by train is an option to visit towns between the coast and the west of the country.