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Volunteering in Tanzania!

Are you searching for a safe and meaningful way to travel abroad? Would you like to explore Tanzania while improving the lives of its people? You can do both by joining hands with us.

In Tanzania, you'll encounter a country of captivating beauty, from the snows of Mount Kilimanjaro to the arid plains of the Serengeti. Located in the eastern part of Africa, Tanzania embodies Africa's beauty. You can hike the dormant Oi Doinyo Lengai volcano or explore trails in Arusha National Park.

Go on safari in the Serengeti and camp out in luxury. See the Great Wildebeest Migration and get to know the Maasi people.

Despite its beauty, Tanzania is among the least developed countries in the world, with half the population living in poverty. Progress has been made over the last decade; however, lack of infrastructure, access to education, high unemployment, and gender inequality all contribute to poverty in Tanzania. HIV/AIDS and other diseases have devastated the country.  Today, Tanzania needs volunteers more than ever.

When you join volunteering in Tanzania program, you not only experience this fascinating country but also get opportunities to work in an orphanage or with underprivileged children and women, teach English or computer skills, be part of a medical project or HIV/AIDS program, or support women's empowerment.  You can use your skills and abilities to help improve the lives of the Tanzanian people.

Contact us today to receive information about beginning your life-changing volunteering experience today!


Volunteering in Tanzania: Programs

Does the idea of volunteering excite you, but you want to find the right program for you? Global Crossroad has a variety to choose from, and that’s what we invite you to do. Look through our programs and select one that fits your passion for positive change the best.

Like many of its African neighbors, Tanzania is a beautiful, yet troubled country. The truth is that there are thousands of orphans in Tanzania, as a result of various causes; extreme poverty, and fatal diseases amongst them. Orphanages and care centers do exist, and do their best, however they are chronically underfunded and understaffed. There is an immense need for volunteers.

Global Crossroad’s Orphanage Volunteer Program in Tanzania intends to offer much needed assistance and care in orphanages and childcare centers. If you are a person who cares for children, and are thinking about spending your break with charming yet destitute children, then this volunteer program is an ideal option for you. These are children who will greatly appreciate your selfless help.

Do you want to create a better future for orphaned children? Go to the program page to find complete information.

Tanzania is overwhelmed with its ever-growing population of illiterate adults and children alike. Unfortunately, due to shortage of proper education facilities, thousands of disadvantaged children are in need of dedicated volunteer teachers who can teach them English language and various other necessary skills. The simple ability to communicate in English is one that can open many doors of career opportunities for people in Tanzania. Your help is greatly needed in order to combat this pervasive issue.

When you join Global Crossroad’s Volunteer Teaching English Program in Tanzania, you will be able to change the lives of many destitute families and communities. You must be passionate and dedicated to teach English in order to join this project. Through your work, many children and adults will receive direct instruction and practice in English with a native speaker in one of the various centers with whom we partner.

Change the lives of disadvantaged children in Tanzania! Go to the project page to find pricing and complete information.

Computer skills are in high demand in Tanzania, as having these skills can open many doors in the modern world. However, the schools in many of Tanzania’s rural areas lack sufficient materials and teachers to provide a standard computer education to the children.

By participating in this Teaching Computer Volunteer Program in Tanzania, you can boost disadvantaged students’ computer skills, enhancing their technical education, and offering them an opportunity to break free from the dark cycle of poverty. This program is a fantastic opportunity to share your specialized skills with disadvantaged Tanzanian children.

Give poor children in Tanzania a chance at a brighter future. Go to the program page to find pricing and complete information.

This Medical Volunteer Program in Tanzania is ideal for those studying or pursuing a career in the field of healthcare. You will receive hands-on experience with healthcare professionals in treating sick patients on a daily basis. Your main responsibility will be to look after the people who are in need of medical aid. The program also allows you to educate locals on different health topics which can help them to improve their quality of daily life.

Help save lives in Tanzania and gain valuable experience. Go to the project page to find pricing and complete information.

HIV/AIDS is a tragic virus and voracious killer that has been causing mayhem in poor African countries like Tanzania for decades. Despite various local and international prevention efforts, the rate of the HIV infection is still rising in Tanzania. HIV/AIDS is crippling the lives of millions of people in Tanzania.

The problem is great enough that the economy of Tanzania suffers, both from a loss of people to the work force, and the overall drain caused by the number of infected people. As a result, the demand for dedicated volunteers in Tanzania is at its highest ever. 

By participating in Global Crossroad’s HIV/AIDS Tanzania Volunteer Program, you will get the chance to work with local hospitals and medical organizations to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS, and to provide support to those already infected. You will be required to help in the promotion of adolescent reproductive health and disease awareness and prevention, through basic education initiatives.

Help stop the spread of HIV in Tanzania! Go to the project page to find pricing and complete information.

Women are often the ones in society who suffer most from issues such as those that Tanzania faces. The Maasai women living in the Arusha region face social discrimination, domestic abuse, harassment, and other forms of oppression on a daily basis. For this reason, women empowerment projects are crucial to uplift Maasai women both economically and socially.

By joining Global Crossroad’s Women Empowerment Volunteer Program in Tanzania, you get to help improve the lives of Maasai women develop the self-respect and independence necessary for a happy life. Largely this is achieved by teaching and helping them establish different income generating projects designed to teach them necessary business skills. This project provides assistance in selling handmade traditional Maasai crafts, beds, clothes, handicrafts, and other goods crafted by Maasai women in markets.

Do you want to help Maasai women achieve prosperity and independence? Go to the project page to find pricing and complete information.

Tanzania, the country containing Mount Kilimanjaro - the highest snow capped mountain in Africa - is filled with exciting extremes. Its beautiful beaches, popular safari trips down into the land of the Serengeti National Park, and various other adventurous activities make Tanzania even more attractive.

Go to the project page to find pricing and complete information.

Do you want to help the people of Tanzania while also exploring this captivating country in Africa? Global Crossroad’s offers an incredible volunteer and safari opportunity in Tanzania. Tanzania is a great country to visit and is rich in cultural and natural wonders. However, it is also a developing country suffering from poverty, HIV/AIDS, and other social issues..

Go to the project page to find pricing and complete information.

Tanzania is a traveler's paradise. In this country of exciting extremes, you can lounge on the beaches of Victoria or Nyasa Lake, gaze across the Indian Ocean towards the mystical, ever-exotic island of Zanzibar, Safari across the rolling savannahs of the great Serengeti National Park, and feast your eyes upon the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest, permanently snow-capped mountain in Africa. Now, Global Crossroad offers both intriguing and exciting opportunities by creating a fascinating balance between volunteer service projects, cultural immersion, and wildlife safaris.

Go to the project page to find pricing and complete information.


In addition to the above projects, we also offer family Volunteering, alternative spring break, high school volunteering, college/university volunteering and many other programs. Contact Global Crossroad for further information.


Volunteering in Tanzania: Dates And Prices

Dates: Volunteer In Tanzaia

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

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 All Other Projects HIV Medical Project
  1 Week   $175   $225   $425
  2 Weeks   $300   $400   $550
  3 Weeks   $425   $575   $675
  4 Weeks   $550   $750   $800
  5 Weeks   $675   $925   $925
  6 Weeks   $800   $1,100   $1,050
  7 Weeks   $925   $1,275   $1,175
  8 Weeks   $1,050   $1,450   $1,300
  9 Weeks   $1,175   $1,625   $1,425
  10 Weeks   $1,300   $1,800   $1,550
  11 Weeks   $1,425   $1,975   $1,675
  12 Weeks   $1,550   $2,150   $1,800

Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance $3.49 a day »
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
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Volunteers visa fee $250. 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.


Accommodations and Meals

When you join volunteer in Tanzania program, you will stay with our socially respected and courteous host families. The families have multiple comfy bedrooms equipped with all necessary materials. In most situations, you will share your room with other same gendered volunteers.

The environment is relaxed and social, and is a great place to unwind after a busy day. There is running water and "western-style" toilets. The neighborhood is very safe and clean. There are many amenities nearby like internet cafés, grocery stores, restaurants and mass transit stops.

Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local ingredients, and feature traditional cuisine choices. Our volunteer program in Tanzania meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are the volunteer's responsibility.

Learn more about your accommodation and meal in Tanzania.


Travel and Weekend

Tanzania is a beautiful country, with a great deal to explore. When you volunteer in Tanzania, we make sure you have the opportunity to do so. Work days typically last 4-6 hours, and the rest of the day is yours. Weekends are entirely free for exploration.

Our Tanzania volunteer programs are located in and around Arusha and Moshi. Arusha is one of the bigger cities in the north of Tanzania, and sits at the base of Mount Meru. During your stay in Tanzania, you will be exposed to a lot of the rich history that makes up this fascinating country.

Among other things, Arusha is known as the jumping off point for safari tours to the Serengeti, N'gorongoro, Maynard, and Tarangire. The city is also an excellent base for visiting the Arusha National Park. Moshi, a 90-minute drive from Arusha, sits on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is an often over-looked tourist destination, but offers many intriguing cultural opportunities.

Learn more about your free time and weekend travel options in Tanzania.


Safety and In-Country Support

We put safety and comfort first for our volunteers. While volunteers are in Tanzania our staff will stay in regular contact with them, either through face-to-face visits or via phone/email, or both. Key support comes from our country coordinator and in-country field staff.

These individuals are employed by our company and committed to ensuring your experience the best it can be. Your chosen project staff and host family offers support as well. They are familiar with international volunteers, and accustomed to answering questions and providing guidance.

Volunteers in Tanzania program also have access to our country coordinator's mobile number for emergencies. With longer assignments, our field staff visits regularly (every 2-4 weeks) to ensure the experience is meeting your expectations, and that you are well. Sometimes an assignment may be too far to visit in person, in which case staff members will touch-base via phone/email. You are also welcome to stop in the offices at any time. You are never alone.

Learn more about our field and in-country support in Tanzania.


Volunteering in Tanzania: Major FAQS:

Have you got more questions? That sounds good to us. We have assembled a list of answers to frequent questions. Read on, and learn more about the exciting opportunities that await you.

Which airport do I need to fly in?

You need to fly to the Kilimanjaro International Airport. However this is not fixed, sometimes you need to fly to a different location as per the project selected.  Always confirm your project location before you book your travel.

What happens if I missed flight or arrived late?

In case if you miss your flight you should contact your in-country coordinator as soon as the problem arises. We can adapt and reschedule your airport pick up.

Where are the projects located?

Our Tanzania volunteer opportunities are located in the city of Moshi and Arusha.

Moshi is bound by the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, making it incredibly awe-inspiring. Moshi is one of the major coffee growing regions of the country. It boasts of exciting natural bounties combined with varied landscapes, all worthy of serious exploration. Arusha is known as the jumping off point for safari tours to the Serengeti, N'gorongoro, Maynard, and Tarangire.  

Can I change project if I do not like?

Yes, you can change your Tanzania volunteering programs if you are not satisfied. However, we can say that 95% of our volunteers are satisfied with the projects in which they are placed.  Regardless, if you do want to change your project, you simply need to talk to your in-country coordinator. If another position is available it will be provided to you, (although it cannot be guaranteed).

Will I have enough time to travel after work and in weekend?

Yes, you will get enough time after work and in the weekends for exploring many fascinating destinations nearby.

Who will guide or support me in the project?

You will be supported and well guided by our in-country coordinator, and the project support staff. You will always get help to the fullest.

How should I be to take part in these projects?

You should be of 18 years of age or above to participate in our Tanzania volunteering opportunities. For minors looking to participate in this volunteer program, parent’s permission is compulsorily required. Another option that you have is to participate directly with your parents.

Is there dress code in the project?

You are required to dress conservatively while in Tanzania. Wearing Jeans and a t-shirt are acceptable. However shorts and tank tops are not allowed. You should always consider and pay due respect to the regional religious beliefs and customs of Tanzania, which demand modest clothing and dress. Whenever if you enter temples, mosques, or buildings of religious importance always check what dress attire is required and follow it absolutely.

Will I receive training before the start of the project?

Yes, training is given to you before you actually being your volunteering program in Tanzania. The in-house country coordinator, with the help of the field staff, will familiarize you with your project and all its requirements. The training allows you to know the language culture, customary beliefs, do’s and don’ts for safety, and the sentiments of the local community.

Why pay to volunteer abroad?

The payment that you make goes toward the daily running of the organization, including office space, computers, Internet, supplies and staffer salaries. It also covers food and accommodations for your volunteer experience.

Why are Global Crossroads fees so much more affordable than other volunteer organizations?

Global Crossroads volunteer projects are never run for profit. Under no circumstances it involves middlemen in its projects, which invariably cuts down the unwanted overhead costs. Besides that it receives good support from its network of local partners, so nothing extra is spent to run the program that too with quality.

Can I get help to raise fund?

Yes you will always get enough help and support for raising funds while participating in our volunteer program in Tanzania. We have various ongoing volunteering campaigns for raising funds, where you can combine to raise funds.

Is it safe to travel to Tanzania?

Yes it is safe to travel and volunteer in Tanzania programs, but a degree of precaution and care should be taken. It is always advisable to check with your own national advisory board for recent updates about the country you visit. Here are few advisory boards that provide timely warnings for each country. These links provide travel information:

Here are few travel opinions that are available online that is informative for your use.

Kindly make note of the following links to collect more travel information:
British Foreign Office Advice  
American State Department Advice
Australian Government Advice

What are safety measures you take for the volunteers?

Your safety is of paramount concern to us.  We pick you up from the airport upon your arrival, and transfer you directly to our office. Here you are given a brief orientation and details regarding your upcoming journey. Our in-country coordinator conducts the orientation. The orientation not only helps you to handle your project well, but gives you the confidence and idea to safely complete your project with success.

What happens if I get sick?

If you get sick, while working in Tanzania volunteer program, immediate medical attention is provided to you. Rest assured that our in-country coordinator along with support staff will do everything necessary to put you back on track.

What Vaccination Do I need to take?

We recommend to all our volunteers that they check with the center for disease controls traveler's health recommendations. Check out this list of recommended vaccinations by CDC for Tanzania. These are: hepatitis A. hepatitis B. rabies. Typhoid. Boosters for tetanus, diphtheria and measles.

For more readings
Vaccination
Health and Safety

How can I apply to volunteer program in Tanzania?

You can either apply online, or download the application from the Global Crossroads official website. In either case, please fill in the application form, and send $299 as an application fee to our office.

What happens once I submit my documents and application?

When you submit your documents, it is received at the Global Crossroads office. Next your application document is reviewed, and forwarded to the in-country coordinator. That person then finalizes and assigns individual projects to you. After that, the finalized placement details for participating are forwarded to you.

What documents do I need to submit with my application?

You only need to submit your application to join Tanzania volunteer program experiences.

Are there any necessary requirements to participate in volunteer programs?

18 years of age and above is the only specific requirements to take part in our volunteering opportunity in Tanzania. Apart from this you need to be passionate for helping others, and of sound physical and mental ability.

Do I need a visa to work as a volunteer?  

You will need a business visa (not tourist visa). We recommend you to secure the visa before leaving your home country to avoid unnecessary hassles. However, on arrival visa is also available in Tanzania depending on your nationality. Please visit this link for detail information.

How do I contact with Global Crossroad’s local coordinator?

You can contact your Tanzania in-country coordinator either by sending an email or by a telephone. All the details of the in country coordinator is provided to you in advance in your Tanzania volunteer program placement packet.

Page updated: 25th August, 2019