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Volunteer in Tanzania

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 give their time. 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.

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. Opportunities abound to work with children and youth in teaching or healthcare capacities.

Project Information

Global Health

Volunteers will work at a center for physically and mentally disabled youth and young adults. The purpose of the center is not only to create better awareness of mental disability in the community, but to improve the quality of life for mentally disabled young people. Tasks include teaching English, science, and sports, playing with and taking care of the children, and more. Those who have experience in counseling, physical therapy, or speech therapy do well at this project site. Please note that volunteers will not provide direct medical treatment to the residents.

Available Dates: Quests start the first and third Thursday of each month, year-round
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Requirements: At least 18 years old, previous international travel experience and experience working with disabled individuals recommended

Children and Education

There are a variety of opportunities to participate in Children and Education Quests in Tanzania, such as caring for children at a local orphanage, teaching English in a primary school, assisting with a variety of activities at a community center, and working with youth and young adults at a disabled youth center.

Children and Education Projects

Quest Fees and Details

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.

Included in Your Quest Fee

  • Lodging at a local homestay
  • Three home-cooked meals per day
  • 2-day orientation in Dar Es Salaam
  • 2 hours of Swahili lessons during orientation
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • Online pre-departure training with our Boston staff
  • In-country airport transportation
  • Emergency medical and travel insurance
  • 24/7 in-country support and supervision
  • A United Planet t-shirt

Health and Safety

United Planet provides emergency travel and medical insurance for all volunteers. All Tanzania staff members participate in extensive health and safety training, and are available at all times by 24-hour phone line. Upon enrollment, you will receive a full emergency contact list. In addition, we register all of our volunteers with US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). We recommend booking a doctor’s appointment or visiting a travel health clinic a few months out to update your vaccinations.  Read more about health and safety.

Transportation and Flights

Due to varying airline prices, United Planet does not arrange or cover the cost of flights to and from Tanzania. However, we arrange all ground transportation to and from the airport in Tanzania and will ensure that you arrive safely at your host house. Most volunteers will be able to walk to their host project from their host family’s house, and if not, you will be able to take a public bus. Daily commuting costs are covered by volunteers.

Quest Fee

About Our Quest 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.

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