United Planet invites you to slow down in Tanzania. One of the most popular and exotic tourist destinations on the planet, Tanzania is also brimming with opportunities for volunteers to make a difference. Between the heights of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti desert and the turquoise waters of Zanzibar, Tanzania’s landscape is a marvel of nature. While Tanzania has avoided political strife and has a stable democracy, the country faces many economic and social issues. These, coupled with a limited healthcare infrastructure, result in large numbers of HIV/AIDS orphans. Opportunities abound to work with children and youth in teaching or health care capacities.
As a volunteer in Tanzania, you can choose to work in the bustling city of Dar es Salaam or the relaxed, country setting of Iringa. Adventure awaits with either choice – and so do smiling faces and friendly locals. United Planet is the US and Canadian partner of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. In Tanzania, you will work with United Planet Tanzania (UPTZ) to foster community and build relationships.
Volunteers work at schools or educational centers. Subject matter will vary according to placement. At some schools, English is the language of instruction, in others, the volunteers may be asked to assist in the teaching of English as a second language. Most of the educational projects work with children, so volunteers should enjoy working with young people and be full of energy.
Volunteers will work with urban children. Many of the placements are at orphanages and include childcare as well as maintenance of facilities and coordinating recreational activities.
Volunteers work at centers for people in need of specialized care. Examples include a children’s cancer ward, a home for the disabled, and a center for mentally handicapped youth.
This place is one of the oldest buildings in Zanzibar. The palace was abandoned in 1880, and has slowly deteriorated. You are still able to see the Arabian architectural style in what remains of the palace. You can take a tour of the ruins and on every Tuesday and Friday, there is a concert and dinner. Take the opportunity to visit this historic sight and sample some of the delicious foods of Tanzania.
The Ngorongoro crater is a beautifully unique landscape. It is a conservation area and is believed to have been formed after an enormous volcanic eruption that caused the cone of the volcano to collapse in on itself, creating a massive crater. Visit the Ngorongoro crater and see some of the natural beauty of Tanzania
Visit a traditional Masaai village in Tanzania and experience the historic traditions of this tribe while also learning more about the Tanzanian culture. The Masaai live away from modern society and follow the same traditions that their ancestors performed many years ago. The Masaai tribe lives throughout northern Tanzania and southern Kenya.
Serengeti National Park is located in Northern Tanzania and covers an area of about 14,760 square kilometres. That’s almost three American football fields! Fondly called ” “the place where the land moves on forever” by the Maasai, you’ll find everything from elephants to vast plains and great rivers.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6-month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline||Late Deposit Deadline|
|January 2018||$7,850||$11,325||Monday, July 31, 2017||Monday, September 4, 2017||Monday, September 18, 2017|
|August 2018||$7,950||$11,825||Monday, March 5, 2018||Monday, April 30, 2018||Monday, May 14, 2018|
Enroll by the Early Bird Deadline and take $300 off your Quest fee.
Please note that deposits received after the Regular Deadline (before the Late Deadline) require an additional $150 fee.
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don't just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.