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Construction and Renovation Volunteer Program in Tanzania - Arusha

Construction and Renovation Volunteer Program in Tanzania - Arusha

Want to build a better future as a Construction and Renovation volunteer in Tanzania? By taking part in this project, volunteers have the opportunity to assist with a range of tasks designed to improve the infrastructure of local schools, childcare centres and important community spaces. This helps support learning, development and basic services within the wider Arusha community. Volunteers will be able to see the physical results of their efforts and make a lasting impact for the community for years to come.

Highlights:
  • Programs start on the 1st and 15th of every month
  • Affordable fees from AU$551 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Renovate and improve important community spaces

  • Experience Tanzania’s incredible landscapes and wildlife

  • Stay in a town near the spectacular Mt Kilimanjaro

Key information

Improve infrastructure for the community
Based at community centres & schools
Volunteer house or homestay
Volunteers aged 16+ and families
Fully hosted experience from AU$551 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 16 weeks
Add on a safari in the Serengeti
Up to 5 hours volunteering a day

This program is ideal for:

Active volunteers who don't mind getting their hands dirty. There’ll be a qualified supervisor on site so no construction and renovation experience is required.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

As a Construction volunteer, you’ll assist with renovations in the local schools, childcare centres, kindergartens and the women’s centre where our Teaching, Childcare and Women’s Education programs are based.

You’ll be volunteering alongside a local foreman and tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Brick laying
  • Window repairs and replacement,
  • Plastering
  • Painting and decorating
  • Small construction jobs
  • Plumbing repairs

The work volunteers take part in will depend on the projects already underway at the time you join the program.

Volunteers can also be providing important support to families and those in the community that wish to start small businesses with livestock where they will assist in building wooden structures that can house animals. This work helps provide a life saving business for a family or small community.

If volunteers want to do a specific type of work or project while in Arusha, they can discuss this with the local team in Tanzania after registering and they would need to fundraise money to cover additional costs associated with it.

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

As job losses escalate as a result of Covid-19, it is estimated that nearly half of the global workforce is at risk of losing their livelihoods. We must improve access to jobs, decent work conditions and community services in order to achieve peace, sustainable economic growth and a better quality of life for all.

Why do Construction and Renovation volunteering in Arusha with IVHQ?

As a building volunteer in Tanzania you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Helping local communities build and improve important facilities
  • Assisting local initiatives to complete construction and renovation projects
  • Developing your communication and practical skills
  • Gaining renovation experience
  • Immersing yourself in Tanzanian culture
  • Discovering Africa’s incredible wildlife

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or friend who is over 18 to participate in this program
  • Volunteers aged 16-18 are required to provide IVHQ with parental consent in order to participate on the program independently, and may be asked to provide additional documentation to the local team
  • All volunteers are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure, or if aged under 18 need to provide two character reference letters instead
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English.
Are you eligible to volunteer?

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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Alexander-James Middleton
23 Feb 2024

It was an eye opener and I did not think it would have touched me in ways that it did. thank you

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Carlota Nava
21 Feb 2024

This program helped me, not just discover new parts of the world and help people in need, but helped me to discover myself and develop new abilities and skills to help others and the world. I could say it was one of the times in my life that I've been the happiest, enjoying the process, and appreciating the journey.

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David Hutchinson
14 Feb 2024

I'm glad I could help paint a classroom and build a cinder block house. And I'm glad I met the people whose lives these projects would impact. When the work was difficult, knowing who it was for inspired me to go the extra mile. Volunteering was also an opportunity to meet people from around the world. The other volunteers were definitely a part of the program experience for me. Most of them were great to get to know.

I fell in love with Tanzania. The people I met will live in my heart for years to come. There are countless challenges involved in travel and volunteering of this kind. Being ready to improvise is essential. But mostly, I would say, just give yourself over to the experience. Let go of expectations and just go with it. If you do you will be rewarded.

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Philip Wright
18 Jul 2023

The local team was excellent. Before the trip, I had organised all my excursions with IVHQ and I was worried that they wouldn't be flexible with changing them if needed. However, the team allowed me to alter the dates of the excursions so I could go with the other volunteers. I did the Construction and Renovation project so I could visibly see the impact I was making. This trip has made me appreciate what I have and has helped improve my confidence. I think in the future it will help me pay forward in kindness. Take that leap!

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Blake Richardson
21 Jun 2023

IVHQ was very well organized and met my expectations. The local team was friendly, supportive and knowledgeable. I was given the option to stay at a homestay and I requested it. However, it was changed within a couple weeks before my arrival to be housed at a group home with much younger volunteers. It was no problem as I understood that there may be changes. Interaction with the other volunteers was respectful and fun.

The volunteer house setting turned out great. In terms of meals, I expected far less than what was provided which was a welcomed surprise. The food was good and there was always enough to eat. The volunteer work was challenging and I feel I made an impact. I did my best and the placement staff put me with very supportive people. I loved working in construction and renovation at a school and providing them with school supplies and two soccer balls as gifts. The head teacher/principal in return honored me with a small ceremony and gifts on my last day there. I wasn't expecting anything for my gifts but they insisted on a ceremony anyway. It was a very emotional day! I did my best showing the local community my passion for working for and with them and helping in anyway I could. And making friends with both the other volunteers and the staff in Tanzania. Find a place you are interested in, learn something about the country and people and take a chance. I was a little concerned if I would like where I went and thought that 2 weeks there would be too long a stay. Within days I was trying to extend my stay and would have had the airline fees not been so high to change my reservation. It turned out 2 weeks wasn't enough time in this enchanting country.

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Micaela Vivar
08 Jun 2022

I cannot choose a specific moment of this experience to be my favorite. I enjoyed every second of it at the fullest, from the smiles of the kids at the school I was working in to the happy mamas that where making lunch at home. Every minute of it was a life changing experience. The biggest impact was that it change my perspective of seeing things totally. It make me realize that no matter what you can be happy. It is one in a lifetime experience that can change your life in so many different ways. You get to make a real impact in a community, get to meet people from all around the world with the same purpose and get to be immersed in the culture of the country you are visiting.

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Volunteer Abroad in Tanzania with IVHQ

Location

The IVHQ Tanzania volunteer program is based in Arusha, a small city often used as the base of many safari trips into the Serengeti and other national parks. It’s also near Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. Tanzania as a whole is known for its seemingly boundless areas of wilderness where African animals roam, sometimes migrating in vast groups across the plains; and also being the country where the oldest human skull and even older fossils of human ancestors were found.

Despite its many attractions, communities in many parts of Tanzania still lack access to the basic necessities of life. Volunteer projects based in rural and urban areas around Arusha and nearby help to provide better access to healthcare, education and childcare.

Arrival and orientation

The program orientation begins on the 1st and 15th of every month and volunteers need to arrive in Arusha on the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK) in Arusha. Your airport pick-up is included in your program fee. We recommend that volunteers under the age of 18 travel internationally with a notarized letter from their parents to support their documentation. When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Arusha. Your accommodation is covered by your program fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are travelling in Tanzania prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Arusha on the day before your program orientation. Orientation is hosted by our local team at one of the volunteer houses in Arusha. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date. If your start date falls on a weekend or a public holiday, your orientation will begin on the Monday or day following the public holiday. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Tanzania – an introduction to Tanzania, Tanzanian customs, rules and expectations, language lessons (Kiswahili), safety, travel opportunities in Tanzania, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socialising.

Volunteer schedule example

First Day

On the first day of the volunteering placement, you will be escorted to the project by our local staff and introduced to the staff at the project you will be working with.

Weekdays

Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at. A typical volunteer day would be as follows:

7:30 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house or homestay.
8:00 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at.
2:00 - 5:00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel home for lunch at their accommodation, prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing.
8:30 PM Dinner at the volunteer house or homestay

Weekends

Tanzania is a wildlife lover’s dream. In your free time you can venture out on a safari and see Africa’s Big 5 - lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhino - as well as the mind-blowing number of other species that call Tanzania home.

In Arusha itself you can find great markets, take a few days to hike up the nearby Mt Meru, or learn about the Maasai and Meru tribes of the area. You can also take take a short flight down to Zanzibar for a weekend of sun and sandy beaches or save some time before or after your program to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Accommodation and WiFi

Volunteers in Tanzania are accommodated in dorm-style volunteer houses or homestays located in Sakina, Arusha. In the volunteer houses, volunteers can expect to share a room with one to ten other volunteers of the same gender; however, the majority of rooms accommodate 4-6 people.

Currently, there are two homestays available, located next to each other. One homestay can accommodate up to 10 volunteers, and the other can accommodate up to 6, with rooms also being separated by gender. Typically, rooms can fit a maximum of 4 people.

Living conditions are basic, but the volunteer houses and homestays have running water and electricity. It’s important to note that there are often power outages, which can affect the availability of hot water and electricity. There are cooks who prepare meals for the volunteers, and each volunteer house has a security guard.

Please be aware that private room upgrades are not available in Tanzania.

If you would like to stay connected during your stay, we recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone and purchasing a local SIM card when you arrive in Tanzania. The local team can assist you with purchasing a SIM card and data during your program orientation. Additionally, you can access WiFi at cafes and restaurants in Arusha.

If you wish to arrive a day earlier than your recommended arrival date or spend a few extra nights after finishing your program, we can arrange extra nights of accommodation for you at US$35 (approximately AU$56) per person per night, including meals, subject to availability. You will be able to book extra nights via your profile after you register.

Meals

Tanzanian cuisine varies across the country due to differences in produce found inland and along the coast. The immigration of Khoja Indians has influenced local dishes with Indian flavors. Staple foods in Tanzania include rice, ugali (maize porridge), chapatti, and beans. Please keep in mind that rice and beans are significant components of meals in Tanzania, so you can expect to be served these quite often.

Volunteers are provided with three meals a day at the volunteer houses and homestays. Breakfast typically consists of eggs served with pancakes, mandazzi (deep-fried dough balls), or cake, along with plenty of fresh fruit, bread, and a selection of jams and other spreads for toast.

Lunch and dinner usually feature a traditional meat dish (chicken or beef) alongside a vegetable dish, beans, lentils, or cooked vegetables served with rice, pasta, chips, or chapatti.

Meals are served at the accommodations, but lunch boxes with fruits and sandwiches can be provided upon request if your placement is scheduled to finish after lunchtime.

Bottled water is readily available in Tanzania, and volunteers should budget approximately $5 per week for 2 liters a day. Filtered water is also available at the accommodations, and you can choose between purchasing bottled water or using the free filtered water provided in the houses.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please inform us so that the local team can make arrangements for you. They can provide vegetarian meals and options that are dairy and gluten-free; however, please note that vegan, halal, and kosher options are not available. Keep in mind that your eating experience may differ from what you’re accustomed to at home. The local team will do their best to accommodate your needs and ensure volunteers are well taken care of, but it’s essential for volunteers to remain flexible.

Pricing

  • USD
Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
1 week AU$551 Equivalent to AU$79/day
2 weeks AU$822 Equivalent to AU$59/day
3 weeks AU$1182 Equivalent to AU$56/day
4 weeks AU$1485 Equivalent to AU$53/day
5 weeks AU$1804 Equivalent to AU$52/day
6 weeks AU$2123 Equivalent to AU$51/day
8 weeks AU$2786 Equivalent to AU$50/day
10 weeks AU$3473 Equivalent to AU$50/day
12 weeks AU$4159 Equivalent to AU$50/day
16 weeks AU$5532 Equivalent to AU$49/day
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalised preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on travel and tour add-ons
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately AU$527) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in AUD.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Independent volunteers under the age of 18 will have an additional cost of US$80 per week added to their program fee to cover extra logistical support provided by the local team.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, public transport to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Tanzania generally find US$75-100 per week to be sufficient for expenses.

Free-time experiences & tours in Tanzania

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Tanzania! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Tanzania program.

Kifaru Safari
Kifaru Safari

A 2 day safari in Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater where you will have the opportunity to see amazing wildlife in their natural habitat.

AU$558
Maasai Village Tours
Maasai Village Tours

Gain an authentic insight into the Maasai way of life. Volunteers can choose between half or full day trips.

From AU$128
Moshi Trips
Moshi Trips

An opportunity to visit Moshi Town, the last village before the Kilimanjaro National Park. Volunteers can choose between 1 or 2 day trips.

From AU$112
Maasai Village Tours
Maasai Village Tours

Gain an authentic insight into the Maasai way of life. Volunteers can choose between half or full day trips.

From AU$128
Kifaru Safari
Kifaru Safari

A 2 day safari in Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater where you will have the opportunity to see amazing wildlife in their natural habitat.

AU$558
Rafiki Safari
Rafiki Safari

A 4 day safari in Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater where you will have the opportunity to see amazing wildlife in their natural habitat.

AU$1090

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Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Learn more about IVHQ's safety

Essential country information

Capital Dodoma
Population 58 million
Languages Swahili and English
Currency Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
Time zone UTC+03:00

Weather and climate

Tanzania is hot throughout the year and is humid on the coast and dry on the central plateau. The heavy rains last from March to June and can make unsealed road travel difficult. The hot, dry weather in January and February attracts the most tourists. The best time to visit the Serengeti is from January to March, when the grazers are calving and there are plenty of lions around. Or witness the wildebeest migration to and from Kenya, which occurs at the onset of the dry season and again with the first rains, usually around the beginning of June and mid-November.

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