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Medical Volunteer Tanzania!

Are you looking for a chance to make a difference and gain international medical experience? Have you dreamt of experiencing a fascinating country while gaining invaluable medical experience abroad? If your answer is yes then this Crossroad’s Medical Volunteering program is your right fit.

Tanzania is a stunning country set in spectacular mountain scenery, African wildlife, sandy beaches and the Great Rift Valley. It also has a deep and rich history, highly influenced by the Arabs, Portuguese and African traditions.

Volunteering in Tanzania medical program is a very rewarding project. You will gain vast sums of priceless medical experience that will greatly benefit your future career. You will also offer significant help to overworked doctors and nurses, allowing them to reach a greater number of patients and improve the overall health of the community.

By being a part of this project, you will gain eye-opening medical experience by shadowing the local doctors and nurses. You will learn tricks for treating diseases and counseling patients. This will indeed advance your academic prospects and career in future.

Become a medical volunteer in Tanzania and gain incredible fulfilling experience. Contact GCR about this life-changing opportunity today.

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

As a medical volunteer in Tanzania, your duties may include assisting local medical personnel and taking on various tasks independently at the clinic or hospital. Certified volunteers assist with outpatient department services and dispense medications and deliver injections and immunizations. You will also support health education via community outreach programs and assist with family planning and antenatal services. All of your roles will make a huge difference! Some of your duties might include:

  • Examining and working directly with patients
  • Assisting doctors and nurses
  • Treating minor injuries
  • Working to complete hospital administrative duties, such as record-keeping
  • Educating patients on the importance of sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, etc.

You will shadow local doctors and learn mostly from observation. Due to inherent risk involved and medical regulations, volunteers cannot treat patients or become involved in surgery during the project.

Skills and Qualifications

It is highly recommended that you have certification or proof of experience in a medical field, such as an EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials to join medical volunteering program in Tanzania. You should also be a kind and patient person.

When you join medical volunteer program in Tanzania, your days will be fun and exciting filled with new experiences. You’ll have great opportunities everyday to share your love, skills and passion for sick people and greatly change the health sector in Tanzania.

Each hospital and clinic in Tanzania has its own needs, tasks and program, there is no fixed schedule for each day, but be prepared to help at all time in a wide range of exciting tasks and activities.

Here is sample daily schedule:

First Day: On your first day of volunteering in medical program in Tanzania, you will be accompanied to the hospital by a local coordinator who will introduce you to the local medical staff and doctors you will be working with.  You will have the rest of the day to familiarize yourself with the country, safety and rules and regulations of the project,

  • Weekdays: This is what your typical day will look like
  • 7.00 to 7.30 AM​: Start your day positively with a delicious home-cooked breakfast  will be served by your host family
  • 7.45 AM:  You will set out to leave for the hospital for a day filled with many exciting activities including treating patients and administrative work.
  • 12.00 PM: Lunch is served around this time and you can have lunch with your new colleagues or fellow volunteers as you share experiences.
  • 3.00 PM: Work officially ends around this time, and you have the rest of the day to check out the local community around you.
  • 6.45 PM: A local traditional dinner will be shared with your host family as you get to learn more about their culture.

Medical Volunteer Tanzania: Dates and Fees

Dates: Volunteer In Tanzaia

All volunteering in Tanzania programs start each Monday, though we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.

Medical Volunteer Tanzania is not available from 18th December to 5th January .

Fees: Volunteer in Tanzania

Most affordable prices for quality volunteer work in Tanzania are through Global Crossroad. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer abroad in Tanzania application and registration fee cost US $299. In addition to the application fee, volunteers are required to pay weekly program fee. You pay your weekly fee directly to your host families and projects. This way, the fees you pay will benefit those who deserve it (not for company profit).

    Duration Medical
    1 Week $505
    2 Weeks $660
    3 Weeks $815
    4 Weeks $970
    5 Weeks $1,125
    6 Weeks $1,280
    7 Weeks $1,435
    8 Weeks $1,590
    9 Weeks $1,745
    10 Weeks $1,900
    11 Weeks $2,055
    12 Weeks $2,210

Note : 50/week surcharge for medical project

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »
How your fee is allocated?
Please apply for volunteers visa since volunteers are not allowed to use tourist visa to work as a volunteer,

Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (volunteer house)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Government medical permit
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Airport pick up
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Business visa fee. Pleases see volunteers visa requirement in Tanzania http://tanzaniaembassy-us.org/?page_id=76
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foo
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

C permit can be received upon arrival.

Accommodation and Meal

When you volunteer in Tanzania medical program, a family will host you throughout your stay. The family will provide you with a safe and comfortable home, with modern facilities including western toilets, running water and electricity. Additionally, they will serve you with three healthy local home-cooked meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) per day.  Our host families are respected members of the community and they will welcome you to their home and teach you their culture and traditions as well as guide you as you adjust in to your new life.

Read more about your meals and accommodation while in Tanzania.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

In Tanzania it will not be all work and no play. You will volunteer from Monday to Friday for only 4-5 hours a day. There will be ample time to discover the local area and all it has to offer. Over the weekend you will have two days to go on excursions and tours around the country, you will be able to take a trip the national parks or even check out the beaches.

Read more about your free time and weekend exploration while in Tanzania.

Safety and In Country Support

GCR has successfully and safely hosted thousands of volunteers since 2006 without a single major safety issue. We always make sure that our volunteers are safe and secure while volunteering in Tanzania in medical program. You can expect support from our in-country coordinator while working in our project. Your host family will also provide you with a safe and secure home and help you to feel secure around the community.  

Read more about our extensive safety support in Tanzania.

Medical Volunteer Tanzania: FAQs

Arrival and departure

Make sure to arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania to participate in our medical volunteer opportunity in Tanzania. We recommend you to arrive in Tanzania one day prior to your assignments begin

Global Crossroad arranges for your airport pickups. Ensure that you send us your final flight information once your ticket is processed and completed. Our airport representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your host family who will be happy to welcome you to your new home.

At the end of the project we do not offer airport drop off services.


< You will need a business visa (not tourist visa) to join Tanzania medical volunteering program. On arrival visas are available for USA, UK, and Australia and Canada nationals at the airport upon arrival. You can get a visa extension by visiting the nearby Tanzanian embassy in person.

Visas can be extended for a maximum of 90 days. Please visit the following link  for more information about visas in details.


You need certain types of immunizations before heading to participate in medical volunteering program in Tanzania. To get more information on vaccinations and immunizations you need to visit the Center for Disease Control's website for traveler's health recommendations.

We highly recommend these vaccinations for Tanzania: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza that you should not miss out on.

Will I be working in a hospital or a clinic when I join this medical volunteering in Tanzania project?

The clinic in Tanzania typically do not have very much work to offer volunteers, so most likely you will be placed in a hospital where you can observe the functionality and diversity of the different departments.

By whom are medical volunteers supported?

Depending on your medical background, you will either be supported by fellow MDs or someone from the medical staff. Either way the person with whom you work alongside will translate for you and help you to communicate with the patients. Your coordinator will help you figure out your transportation to and from your placement location.

Are there any other details volunteers should be aware of before volunteering in medical program in Tanzania?

We always suggest to medical project volunteers that they bring any medical supplies that they can, as medical supplies is obviously vary valuable in hospitals and very lacking in Tanzania. Also, please make sure to take your own scrubs and stethoscope with you.

Why Medical Volunteer Tanzania?

You get to learn about the various medical issues by working alongside medical professionals

While volunteering in Tanzania this will be a chance for you to learn directly from doctors in real world, a setting that will add to your existing medical knowledge. Volunteering in Tanzania program for medical health helps you to learn about medical practices taking you closer into the healthcare challenges that people face in Tanzania along with long lasting solutions.

You will contribute in improving the lives of the underprivileged people

Volunteering in Tanzania in Medical Program is an opportunity for you to change the lives of the underprivileged people. Your support, treatment and creating awareness regarding various health concerns will allow those in mental stress and suffering from physical ailments lead a better life.

Medical volunteering provides you a sense of accomplishment

Taking part in Tanzania medical program is a chance for you to serve the distraught people who are deprived of fundamental medical aid. By treating them voluntarily and saving life in the process gives you a rare sense of accomplishment.

You will better understand the existing Health Care System of Tanzania

When you join Tanzania medical volunteer opportunity, you get a good chance to learn about a new and different health treatment system that exists in Tanzania. This will help you gain practical hands on experience and understand about the health practices followed here in Tanzania. It will be an eye-opening experience that will boost your medical experience.

Other Volunteer Opportunities Available In Tanzania

No matter your passion or interests, we offer a variety of life-changing, volunteer programs in Tanzania such as
teaching English,
volunteering with HIV/AIDS victims,
volunteering in an orphanage,
computer teaching project,
women empowerment project and much more. 
For more information on our exciting programs in Tanzania, contact us today.

Medical Volunteer Programs in Other Countries

Other than this medical volunteer program in Tanzania, we also offer great volunteer opportunities in the medical field in many countries cross the world.

Check out some of our most popular medical volunteering programs below