Volunteer in Tanzania

Home to soaring mountains, enormous savannah, wildlife abundance and Maasai warriors, Tanzania is a rugged, diverse and beautiful country that should not be overlooked. Coupled with extremely friendly people and a wealth of culture and tradition which is slowly disappearing in other parts of Africa, Tanzania is a magical place to step off the beaten track and really enjoy what you find there.

Tanzania is a country of contrasts. Home to the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, which attracts thousands of walkers each year, and boasting a selection of the most luxurious and varied safaris in the world, Tanzania is definitely on the map for adventure travellers.

Despite all of this, Tanzania remains one of the poorest countries on earth. Whilst the tourism industry booms, the life of everyday citizens has remained largely unchanged over the past few decades. Oyster has been sending volunteers to Tanzania since 2000 to assist with development work in schools, hospitals and childcare facilities. Since then we have seen the positive impact that volunteers have had on the communities that they have worked in. From simply bringing a smile to a child’s face, setting up a local football team or working hard to get an English class through the end of year exams, our volunteers have been there.

During your time in Tanzania you will live under the soaring Mount Meru, just outside the bustling town of Arusha, and will become fully immersed in African village life. On a clear day, you will spot Mount Kilimanjaro on the horizon, rising 5895 metres into the sky. As a volunteer, you will get the best of both worlds; at the weekends you can come into town to check your emails, meet up with friends and have a good social life, while during the week, you can escape back to the real Africa, where, in most cases, you are the only westerners in the village.

Oyster volunteers can volunteer as a teacher or in a children’s carehome in Tanzania. Our Tanzania teaching programme has been particularly popular with hundreds of volunteers since 2000; Jon, our very own destination manager, spent 5 months teaching English here on his own gap year.

As a volunteer in Tanzania it is easy to fall in love with this country. Living close to the heart of the village means you’ll soon be embraced as a member of the community. You’ll be throwing yourself into Tanzanian life and living with at least one other volunteer in basic village accommodation, similar to that of your neighbours. At the weekends you can meet up with other volunteers to enjoy the fantastic social life in Arusha, or even head further afield to explore the country. We recommend our very popular safari to grab the best chance to see the ‘Big 5’. Why not also take on a trek to Mount Meru, or even Kili, or visit the paradise island of Zanzibar for a relaxing snorkelling and dolphin-spotting opportunity surrounded by white sandy beaches and great friends?

It really is possible to make a positive impact whilst volunteering in Tanzania, hence why it is such a popular destination for gap year volunteers and career break travellers alike.