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Volunteer Abroad in Tanzania with IVHQ

Volunteer in Tanzania

Volunteer in Tanzania with International Volunteer HQ on a wide range of volunteer abroad projects, including Teaching, Medical, Childcare, HIV/AIDS Support and Animal Welfare. Volunteers are based in Arusha with volunteer projects located in local rural and urban communities. With low volunteer program fees and top rated volunteer projects, you will not find a more affordable and trustworthy volunteer travel organisation in Tanzania.
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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 5 meaningful project options
  • Program is based in Arusha with placements located in local rural and urban communities
  • Accommodation is in either a volunteer house or homestay
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from US$270 (approximately AU$390) for 1 week
  • Between 30 and 60 volunteers start in Tanzania each month
I loved my placement and the people I was able to work with. Volunteering was truly a life changing experience that I will treasure for the rest of my days. My accommodation was wonderful and I felt safe the whole time. I think I learned more from the kids than I ever could have taught them. IVHQ were so wonderful through my entire experience, thank you so much for everything!
IVHQ Volunteer - Bethany Duane
Bethany Duane
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 21
Destination: Tanzania

Volunteer opportunities in Tanzania

Animal Welfare in Arusha
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Volunteer with animals
4-5 hours volunteering per day
Guided volunteer experience
Assist a local vet delivering mobile care to farm and domestic animals around Arusha.
Suited to:
College Students Solo Travelers Qualified volunteers Animal lovers High school students

Animal Welfare in

This is a unique and exciting animal volunteer project with IVHQ, offering the chance to treat a range of farm and domestic animals, delivering animal care and experiencing veterinary care in a developing country.

As a volunteer, you’ll be placed with a local veterinarian, treating farm animals such as chickens, cows, pigs, rabbits and other livestock, and occasionally domestic animals such as dogs and cats. This is a mobile project where you’ll travel with local vets to farms and homes around Arusha, learning about common diseases and ailments in animals in Tanzania.

Animal Welfare volunteer in Tanzania with IVHQ

Animal Welfare volunteering is perfect for any volunteer who has a love of working with animals and passion for animal welfare.

Please note, you’re also required to pay a one-off placement fee of US$80 (approximately AU$120) regardless of your placement duration. This fee is to cover costs involved in supervision and transport. It goes directly to the clinic where you are placed and is payable directly to IVHQ’s local team in Tanzania.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Help a local veterinarian to deliver care to farm and domestic animals
  • Travel around local farms and homes
  • Suited to animal-loving volunteers who want to experience veterinary care
  • Additional one-off surcharge of {% usd_approx 80 %} for extra supervision and transport
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Tanzania at a glance
  • Based in and around the city of Arusha, near Mt Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house or homestay
  • Between 30 and 60 volunteers start in Tanzania each month
Also available in Tanzania
Our project options
Animal Wellfare Volunteering in Arusha - Tanzania Childcare Volunteering in Arusha - Tanzania Medical Volunteering in Arusha - Tanzania Teaching Volunteer Program in Arusha - Tanzania Women's Education Volunteer Program in Arusha - Tanzania
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Childcare in Arusha
Volunteer on the Childcare project in Tanzania with IVHQ
Increases access to education
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
Volunteer in childcare centres, daycares and kindergartens in low-income areas, helping with all aspects of supervising and stimulating local children, including in lessons, games and in break times.
Suited to:
Students Early childhood teachers Solo volunteers Gap year Families First time volunteers High school students

Childcare in

Childcare centres in low-income areas of Arusha are often lively places, with many families relying on them for support while they go to work for the day. Volunteers can help to ease the workload of local staff, while providing better quality care for pre-schoolers.

You’ll volunteers in daycares and kindergartens that are in need of extra help, as they’re often under-funded and under-resourced. Volunteers help to interact and stimulate local children, assisting with lessons, games, feeding and general duties that need your help.

Childcare volunteer in Tanzania with IVHQ

This project is well suited to caring individuals who want to assist in providing basic education for young children and offering support wherever your help is most needed.

You’re welcome to bring along books, pencils, basic first aid supplies and musical instruments to help entertain the children and assist with activities. These supplies can generally be purchased in Tanzania, which also helps to support the local economy.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Volunteer in daycare {% tt terms.centers %} and kindergartens for children from underprivileged backgrounds
  • Help to {% tt terms.organize %} and run activities that help children to learn and have fun
  • Suited to enthusiastic, lively volunteers who work well with children
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Tanzania at a glance
  • Based in and around the city of Arusha, near Mt Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house or homestay
  • Between 30 and 60 volunteers start in Tanzania each month
Also available in Tanzania
Our project options
Animal Wellfare Volunteering in Arusha - Tanzania Childcare Volunteering in Arusha - Tanzania Medical Volunteering in Arusha - Tanzania Teaching Volunteer Program in Arusha - Tanzania Women's Education Volunteer Program in Arusha - Tanzania
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Medical in Arusha
Volunteer on the Medical project in Tanzania with IVHQ
Improves health & wellbeing
4-6 hours volunteering per day
Guided volunteer experience
Shadow and assist local medical professionals in clinics and hospitals around Arusha. Observe healthcare in a developing country and help with efficient treatment in an underprivileged community.
Suited to:
Medical students Nursing students Qualified volunteers Gap year Spring break Solo travelers

Medical in

In many poor communities in Tanzania, healthcare is not easily accessible or affordable. The Medical volunteer project aims to change that by placing you in medical clinics to help to serve vulnerable people.

You’ll volunteer in either a local clinic or hospital, shadowing local medical professionals and assisting with daily duties. Local regulations and language barriers mean volunteers are unable to perform independent tasks, however you can observe healthcare in action in a developing country and help where permitted.

Some hospitals and clinics include departments such as laboratory testing, pharmacy, maternity and family planning, radiology and ultrasound. If you have an interest in any of these fields, you are welcome to make a note in your application. Your placement will also be determined by your previous experience and training.

Medical volunteer in Tanzania with IVHQ

You may also be able to take part in Medical Outreach campaigns twice a week. Campaigns take place in local villages, delivering basic medical care where it’s not often available. These campaigns are fully organised and funded by volunteers, and you’re welcome to reach out to your Program Manager for more information about arranging these.

If you’re someone who has a strong initiative, enthusiasm and readiness to work in basic facilities with limited resources, this project will be a good fit for you. Volunteers need to be students in at least their third year of medical or nursing school, or fully qualified professionals. Paramedics, EMTs and CNAs are also welcome, however it’s important to note that you’ll be volunteering in a general practice clinic or hospital, rather than working within a specialised field.

All Medical volunteers are required to provide the following to our local team once they have registered for the program, no later than three weeks before the program begins:

  • Copy of current level of study or certification
  • Two reference letters from a professor or supervisor in the medical field
  • CV/resume specific to medical skills and experience

The Medical project in Tanzania has an extra cost of US$50 (approximately AU$73) per week for extra supervision, materials and logistics. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you when you apply for the program.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Shadow and assist local medical professionals
  • Volunteer in medical clinics or a local hospital
  • Assist in a wide range of medical fields
  • Suited to volunteer medical students and professionals interested in observing healthcare in a developing country
  • Additional {% usd_approx 50 %} per week surcharge for extra supervision, materials and logistics
  • Volunteer for up to 6 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Tanzania at a glance
  • Based in and around the city of Arusha, near Mt Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house or homestay
  • Between 30 and 60 volunteers start in Tanzania each month
Also available in Tanzania
Our project options
Animal Wellfare Volunteering in Arusha - Tanzania Childcare Volunteering in Arusha - Tanzania Medical Volunteering in Arusha - Tanzania Teaching Volunteer Program in Arusha - Tanzania Women's Education Volunteer Program in Arusha - Tanzania
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Teaching in Arusha
Volunteer on the Teaching project with IVHQ in Tanzania
Increases access to education
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Guided volunteer experience
Teach a wide range of subjects in schools in low-income parts of Tanzania. Help local teachers and lead classes of up to 80 students, delivering more focused education for underprivileged children.
Suited to:
Teachers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers Gap year High school students

Teaching in

Children in Tanzania love to attend school, often starting as young as 3 years old, and highly value the education they receive. However, once they become teenagers, many students leave school to support their families. Volunteers bring a unique variety and perspective to help the education children receive while they’re at school, fostering their love for learning and encouraging them to further themselves.

Volunteer teachers in Tanzania are based in English-medium or government schools, assisting local teachers or leading classrooms in a range of subjects, including English, math, science, geography, history, art and physical education. These are busy classes of between 30-80 students, where volunteers make a real impact in enabling more focused teaching.

Teaching volunteer in Tanzania with IVHQ

There is also an opportunity for volunteers to work in a special needs school, helping students with a range of mental and physical disabilities. These students require a great deal of attention and support in their studies. If you have experience in working with disabled people, or are interested in this option, please make a note in your application.

If you’re someone who is passionate about teaching and you want to help increase access to education in under-resourced communities in Tanzania, this project is a good fit for you.

As you will be volunteering with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you don’t need to be a qualified teacher to participate on this project. However, we encourage you to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognised TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

Please note, schools in Tanzania all have different holiday periods, so your project may be closed for a time. If your time crosses into a holiday, you can either take the time off to enjoy tourist activities around Tanzania, or transfer to another teaching placement in a school that’s open.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Help to teach a range of subjects in schools across Arusha
  • Assist local teachers and lead classrooms yourself
  • Take the option to also volunteer in a special needs school
  • Suited to volunteers interested in helping to teach in low-income communities
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Tanzania at a glance
  • Based in and around the city of Arusha, near Mt Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house or homestay
  • Between 30 and 60 volunteers start in Tanzania each month
Also available in Tanzania
Our project options
Animal Wellfare Volunteering in Arusha - Tanzania Childcare Volunteering in Arusha - Tanzania Medical Volunteering in Arusha - Tanzania Teaching Volunteer Program in Arusha - Tanzania Women's Education Volunteer Program in Arusha - Tanzania
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Women's Education in Arusha
Volunteer on the Women's Education project with IVHQ in Tanzania
Supports gender equality
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Guided volunteer experience
Help to educate local Tanzanian women who come from challenging backgrounds, giving them a chance to upskill and earn a sustainable income.
Suited to:
Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Spring break Gap year College students

Women's Education in

Gender equality is an ongoing issue in Tanzania, where many women face challenging situations in their everyday life. Domestic violence, homelessness and HIV/AIDS are all too common, and women who have to confront these challenges are often stigmatized by society. Volunteers can make a significant difference to the prospects of disadvantaged women, helping with education and supporting them to become more self-sufficient.

You’ll be based with a local NGO that focuses on empowering women and giving them the skills to be healthy and financially sufficient. Many of these women would struggle to find these kinds of opportunities to upskill and support themselves without these volunteer-driven initiatives.

Women's Education volunteer in Tanzania with IVHQ

You’ll help on a range of initiatives, including teaching English and business classes, distributing menstrual pads to women and girls, assisting on a project to teach women how to breed chickens for income, helping them to get finance for their start-up businesses and teaching them how to cook.

Volunteers also focus on community outreach visits. Visits take place every one to two weeks, and you’ll be able to visit women in their own homes. During these visits, you’ll provide food, counseling and medical assistance to those in need.

This project is well suited to volunteers with experience in business, health or teaching, or anyone who is open minded and interested in supporting disadvantaged women.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Help to provide care and education for women from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Teach English, health and business classes, and give them opportunities to earn their own incomes
  • Deliver basic goods and health services in local homes
  • Suited to compassionate volunteers who want to help vulnerable people
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Tanzania at a glance
  • Based in and around the city of Arusha, near Mt Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house or homestay
  • Between 30 and 60 volunteers start in Tanzania each month
Also available in Tanzania
Our project options
Animal Wellfare Volunteering in Arusha - Tanzania Childcare Volunteering in Arusha - Tanzania Medical Volunteering in Arusha - Tanzania Teaching Volunteer Program in Arusha - Tanzania Women's Education Volunteer Program in Arusha - Tanzania
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Our programs in Africa
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  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organisation in Tanzania to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Tanzania will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organisations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travellers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Tanzania with your new-found friends.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
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