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.
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.
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.
As part of your orientation in Tanzania, you’ll spend two nights in Dar es Salaam and participate in a full-day city life and culture tour. You’ll learn about cultural dances and traditional clothing, see a traditional Tanzanian home, use traditional transport (Dala Dala buses), tour the history museum, and visit local markets for food and crafts.
While in Tanzania, you can choose to travel to Zanzibar or spend a full day in Bagamoyo. You can arrange these culturally immersive excursions with your country coordinator during your orientation in Dar Es Salaam.
To help you get acquainted with Tanzanian culture, you’ll receive two hours of Swahili instruction during your orientation in Dar Es Salaam. You’ll be surprised how quickly you start to pick up words and phrases.
Most United Planet Tanzania volunteers live with host families. This is a great opportunity to form new relationships during your Quest and practice your Swahili language skills!
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.
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.
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.
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.