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Thinking of doing some Volunteer Jobs in Tanzania? KIVOLEX Volunteers has ideal volunteer programs to cater for your requirements. We have wide range of Volunteer programs, covering different areas. This volunteer program is ideal for all people aged 18 years and above.

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Volunteer Jobs in Tanzania

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Highlights

  • Enjoy unforgettable medical volunteering experience coupled with unforgettable Tanzanian cultural experience.
  • Come and experience the difference passionate volunteers can make to lives of people.
  • See what the land of unforgettable experience and cultural diversity has to offer, while creating understanding and friendship with the local people.
  • Come and volunteer with us not for us, we are far more interested with your skills and desire to help than anything.
  • Experience unforgettable wilderness by visiting the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro to name a few.

KIVOLEX Volunteers

Kilimanjaro Volunteers Exposure (which we shorten to KiVolEx), is a volunteering organisation based in Dar Es Salaam, in eastern Tanzania. We are a non-profit organisation, aimed at improving the lives of all those in need in the local community. Specifically, we work with underprivileged groups such as women and children through providing the needed healthcare and services from our volunteers. Established to bring Western enthusiasm, expertise and passion to tackling some of the problems which affect the most needy in Tanzania. Our ethos is that you’ll be volunteering with us, not for us. We’re far more interested in your skills and desire to help than your money.

Volunteer Jobs in Tanzania

Thinking of what to do this year during a gap year, summer break or holiday? Getting involved into volunteer jobs in Tanzania would definitely be something to consider. Volunteer jobs in Tanzania programs will not only take you out of your comfort zone but also offer you an opportunity to have some unforgettable and amazing experience. Tanzania is more than just volunteer jobs, the beauty, taste and breath taking sceneries would make you thinking of doing this experience again.

Our Volunteer jobs in Tanzania programs are diverse purposely to cater for people from different countries, backgrounds and cultures. Over the years KIVOLEX Volunteers has been very flexibly by trying to customize our programs to suit volunteer from different corners of the world. That is why, KIVOLEX Volunteers is emphasizing that their volunteer programs are inclusive and for all. We Value culture and diversity, that is why Culture sharing and learning is paramount in KIVOLEX Tanzania volunteer programs.

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About Tanzania

Also known as the Safari country, Tanzania is home to the highest Mount in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro. Call it the roof of Africa or land of Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Zanzibar, these are just some of the reason as to why people prefer to do their Volunteer Jobs in Tanzania.

Located South East of Africa and bordering Countries like Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi to name a few, Tanzania enjoys fresh breezes of the Tanzanian Ocean on the Eastern side of the Country. Tanzania is among very few Countries in the world to be governed by a female President. President Samia Suluhu Hassan is the first ever female president in Tanzania, she was sworn in as a result of late President John Magufuli passing away.

The weather in Tanzania is on the average of 28 degree Celsius being during the day and 20 degree Celsius at night. Located just below the equator, Tanzania is among the countries that enjoy the beautiful tropical climate. Tanzania has two rain seasons one being the heavy rain season and the other being the low rain season. Heavy rainfalls are expected in the month of March, April and May while low rain season are in September, October, November to December. While its summer in the western world, it is the so called winter in Tanzania. Most travelers won’t feel it as winter in Tanzania because of the tropical nature of climate Tanzania is experiencing. It is during summer time that most people prefer to engage in volunteer jobs in Tanzania.

The population in Tanzania is around 60 million people and it is the most populous country in East and Central Africa. Dar Es Salaam is the Economical capital of Tanzania and the most populous city with population of over 6 million people. The capital of City of Tanzania is Dodoma located at the center of the country providing easy access to different corners of the country. Arusha and Zanzibar are not only among the big Cities in Tanzania but also the leading cities in tourism business.

The people of Tanzania are 90% black Africans with the remaining being Arabs, Tanzanians and Whites. The main language is Swahili which is spoken almost everywhere, whoever most people have basic English communication skills. Tanzania is 60% Christian and 35% Muslims leaving the remaining 5% to traditional and other small religion.

Volunteer Jobs In Tanzania Programs

Let us now take a look at what programs to expect when you decide to embark into our unique Volunteer Jobs in Tanzania program. Kindly note that only a few of our programs are mentioned here, to learn more about our volunteer programs and what options are at your disposal, kindly visit our volunteer program page or contact us.

Medical Volunteering in Tanzania

Tanzania like many developing countries suffers from a lot of avoidable death that are due to lack of adequate health facilities and qualified health Practitioners. The Government efforts are not enough to help alleviate this challenge and hence help from Volunteers and different development partners is highly needed

This medical volunteering in Tanzania program has been the leading program in terms of attracting more volunteers. This volunteer program is located in all our three program locations, Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar and Arusha. We Place volunteers into hospitals that will foster professional development, give volunteers an opportunity to help and learn, but also hospitals that are in need of help.

Hospitals that we place volunteers in Tanzania are mid-size hospitals of around 100 beds. Our medical volunteering in Tanzania program is available throughout the year. Depending with your availability but you can do a minimum of two weeks volunteering to more than a year.  Our program is not only available to medical students and Professionals but also to pre medical students. The distance from the accommodation to the Hospital is around 3 Kilometers and most volunteers prefer to use public transport (Daladala) as a means of Transport to and from the Hospital.

Medical Internship in Tanzania

It has been a trend now for medical students from western world to do their medical Internship in Africa and Tanzania has been one of their favorite destinations. All hospitals that we place our medical student for Internship are ideal Hospitals for the purpose of nurturing learning and gaining experience. To make the most of Volunteer jobs in Tanzania, you need an ideal placement for your program. KIVOLEX Volunteers has invested a lot in vetting for the right Hospitals for development of our medical Interns in Tanzania.  

Just like other medical volunteer programs, our Medical Internship in Tanzania Program is also available in all our three locations. You can choose whether it’s Dar es Salaam, Tanzania or Arusha. All our Hospitals are mid-size hospitals giving ideal opportunity for students to learn and practice unlike Big and very busy hospital. Our Medical Internship in Tanzania program is available throughout the year, with minimum commitment time being Two weeks. Participants in this program are required to be medical students only.

Childcare Volunteer in Tanzania

Our Childcare volunteer in Tanzania program is ideal for all children lovers and teachers. The love for the children is universal and no matter the location or Economic status all children deserve love and care. It is obvious that due to Economic difference and inequalities not all children get the love and care they deserve. It is for this reason that people decide to come out of their comfort zone and travel to Tanzania, Africa to give back to the world and at least reduce that inequality.

This Volunteer program is also available in Dar Es Salaam, Arusha and Zanzibar. Childcare Volunteer in Tanzania Program is free for anybody to join as long as one is above 18 years of age and has an intermediate command of English Language. This program is also available throughout the year with a minimum commitment of two weeks.

Volunteer in Tanzania Orphanage

Orphanages in Tanzania are quite different to Orphanages in other parts of the world. This is because of the extended family nature of Tanzania families. An Orphan can still be staying with an extended member of the family and still be visiting an orphanage. In most cases these extended members of the family are unable to cater for basic needs of the orphan hence these orphans have to visit an orphanage to get basic needs. This means not all orphans would be staying in an orphanage, some would come in the morning and leave in the evening.

It is very true that to volunteer in Tanzania Orphanage is no big difference with a teaching volunteer program. However to volunteer in Tanzania Orphanage is more diverse as you will get involved in activities more than just teaching. In Tanzania Orphanage you will be cooking for the orphans, Help in cleaning, Washing clothes, help in fetching water and all other activities that will make an Orphanage a better place for the children to live.

This program like all other programs is available throughout the year and in all our program locations. Anyone can Join this program as long as one has desire to help and is above the age of 18 years. You also need to have at least an Intermediate command of English language. A heart of giving back is paramount in this program. 

Volunteer Teaching in Tanzania

Education is essential in the development of any Nation and hence our volunteer teaching in Tanzania program is also very essential. This program aims at providing educational assistance to local teachers in subject and languages that volunteers are Conversant with. English teaching has proven to be one of the areas that volunteers have so far provided a lot of help. Other subjects taught by volunteers include Math, Geography, Science and Physical education. Teaching is one of the volunteer jobs in Tanzania core programs and most preferred one. It doesn’t require a lot of experience, because most of the teaching is mostly done in primarily schools, of which most volunteers are post that level. Volunteers would in most cases need to be 18 years and above plus and intermediate command of English language to be accepted to this program. 

Volunteer teaching in Tanzania program is also available throughout the year in our three placement Cities of Arusha, Dar Es Salam and Zanzibar. Teaching is a discipline that fit in most professional fields. Having teaching volunteering experience in your CV especially in a developed country like Tanzania could be a big boost to your CV. Hence it is a project that most student and graduates looking for jobs and building careers prefer to do.

 

Where will you stay?

Accommodation 

There are two types of accommodation available in Dar Es Salaam, Home Stay Accommodation and Volunteer House. 

Volunteer House 

The Volunteer House is a western-style house with 6 bedrooms (all shared accommodations with bunk beds). It has 2 bathrooms with western-style toilets and occasional hot water for showers. The house also includes one double bedroom, and this room is generally reserved for married couples. The house is safe and secure, with a security guard and a large gate. In the volunteer house, there is a cook who cooks the meals for the volunteers. 

(Please note that spaces in the volunteer house are very limited and can only accommodate 18 to 24 people).

Home Stay Accommodation

Living is basic but all the Home Stays have electricity and running water and accommodate volunteers in safe and secure homes (some rural home stays may not have electricity or running water during times of drought). All home stays have been inspected thoroughly by local staff and chosen because of their safety and security. Most volunteers love their home stays and feel that they get a more authentic Tanzanian experience by staying there.

 

Transportation within

We will provide you with reliable Taxi drivers phone number,which you could use in case you want to move around. However you could also use Daladala these are buses, public transport that most people use to travel locally on daily basis.  There is also an option of using bodaboda these are motorcycles that are used as taxis. Other volunteers choose to walk whoever if you also choose to do so like any other new environment we encourage you to be very careful with thieves and pick pocketing   

Visa and Permit

A volunteer is required by the government to pay for a Visa and a permit to be allowed to volunteer in Tanzania. Kindly contact us for more information regarding this.

 

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Typical day

In general, expect to work 4-6 hours per day. Volunteers usually wake up early, around 7 or 8 and have breakfast. After breakfast, their workday begins, usually somewhere between 8 and 10 AM.

 Your workday will usually end around 2 or 3 PM.

Although you will be expected to be at your work placement every weekday, the rest of your time in Tanzania is essentially left up to you to decide how to use it.

Your daily schedule may change, as well, so you’ll need to be flexible and ready to adjust.

KIVOLEX anticipates and encourages your desire for travel and adventure. Your time away from volunteering is open for you to decide your activities. You may decide to take advantage of the local culture and spend time within the community over the weekend. Otherwise, there is ample opportunity to explore Tanzania and all it has to offer. Long weekends can be taken to go on safari or to travel further afield to places such as Zanzibar, Dar-es-salaam, Kenya or Uganda. If volunteers wish to volunteer over the weekends they can join local teams and visit other children organizations to spend time simply playing with and entertaining the children.

Tanzania is a big country full of exciting adventure. If you want to stay on in country after volunteering, we’ll help you arrange any number of trips and activities. You can go on safari through the Serengeti or Ngorogoro- which has the highest density of safari animals anywhere on earth. You can relax on the spice island of Zanzibar, taking in non stop sun, white beaches and clear blue seas. Swimming with dolphins, PADI dive courses, spear gun fishing, sleeping in hammocks strung between palm trees on the beach.. We like Zanzibar! If physical adventure is more your thing, Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world is right on your doorstep. A five day climb, and nearly 4 miles high, with temperatures down to minus 25 at the summit, it’s not for the faint of heart, but it can be done, and the sense of achievement will stay with you for a lifetime. 

Free-time activities

DAY TRIPS FROM DAR ES SALAAM

Dar es salaam City Tour
Spend a day getting to know one of the greatest cities in East Africa.

Dar Es Salaam Zoo
Want to see all of the animals of Africa, but don’t have time to leave the city? No problem! Take our Dar es Salaam Zoo tour.

Mikumi National Park
Want to venture out of town and see some wildlife in its natural habitat?  Then come with us to Mikumi National Park which is alive with wild animals and birds.

Saadani National Park
Sadaani National Park is the only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa right on the Tanzanian Ocean, and is the closest safari from Dar es Salaam. The bush meets the beach in Saadani and the wildlife is abundant making it an amazing day trip.

Zanzibar Day Trip 

This beautiful Island of Africa is one of Tanzania’s popular tourist sites. It has vibrant Islamic culture and beautiful white sand beach 

Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.

Language Skills You need to speak English (basic level)

Education Requirements Health or social care related disciplines at High school/University level

Required Documents CV, copies of certificates and related documents

Nationality Restrictions No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Time Commitment Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 – 15:00.

What’s Included

Services by KIVOLEX Volunteers

Volunteer Program fee covers the following

  • Volunteer placement facilitation-full program scheduling and supervision
  • Pre-arrival support & preparation of your project/work placement
  • Airport pick up 
  • Orientation (usually begins on a Monday
  • Accommodation Room & Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Housekeeping
  • Daily in-person availability of a local coordinator

EXCLUDES

  • $150 USD contribution to placement facility
  • Airport transport on departure (can be arranged)
  • VISA and PERMIT fees
 
Airport Pickup at Julius Nyerere International Airport
 
We do pickup of volunteers from Julius Nyerere International Airport Dar Es Salaam or anywhere else within Dar Es Salaam.
 
Accommodation
HOME STAY ACCOMMODATION
 

Living is basic but all the Home Stays have electricity and running water and accommodate volunteers in safe and secure homes (some rural home stays may not have electricity or running water during times of drought). All home stays have been inspected thoroughly by local staff and chosen because of their safety and security. Most volunteers love their home stays and feel that they get a more authentic Tanzanian experience by staying there.

 
VOLUNTEER HOUSE
 
The Volunteer House is a western-style house with 6 bedrooms (all shared accommodations with bunk beds). It has 2 bathrooms with western-style toilets and occasional hot water for showers. The house also includes one double bedroom, and this room is generally reserved for married couples. The house is safe and secure, with a security guard and a large gate. In the volunteer house, there is a cook who cooks the meals for the volunteers. 
(Please note that spaces in the volunteer house are very limited and can only accommodate 18 to 24 people).
 
Food & Beverages
Meals:

 

 
You will be provided with 2 meals daily. Breakfasts generally consist of Chai (tea), toast, cereal, fruit and mandazzi (deep fried dough). Dinner usually sees traditional food such as ugali, chapatti, boga and irio accompany the meat and vegetables.
 
Internet Access
You will have to pay for Internet Access.
 
 
What’s NOT included?
 
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
 
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar Es Salaam. We assist you to find cheap flights to Tanzania.
 
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft – a travel insurance for Tanzania provides security and is a plus to have.
 
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.

Dates & Fees

Details on arrival

Our program run throughout the year but Volunteer arrival is usually Friday of every week and the program start day is Monday of every week. Unless there is a special arrangement. The arriving airport is Julius Nyerere International Airport Dar Es Salaam.

Availability
 
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Duration
2 – 50 weeks
 

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
Length of Program Program Fee
2 weeks $570
4 weeks $880
6 weeks $1,280
8 weeks $1,685
10 weeks $2,085
12 weeks $2,355
Registration Fee $210
Additional Week $120
 

Past Volunteer Reviews

Martin C, United Kingdom. Volunteered in 2020

To sum it all up, it was a memorable and valuable experience, the rotation of work at the hospital was very nice; examination, scaling, fillings and extraction were among the activities we did. It was so nice to learn of the Tanzania dental clinic setup. Accommodation was very fine bedroom, food and bathrooms were all in good condition. Innocent our local coordinator is a very friendly and nice person. He helped us with almost everything and made our stay in Tanzania very comfortable. We also had a wonderful experience going for Safari and learning of the local culture.

 

Katie A, Australia. Volunteered in 2021

Loved my experience with KIVOLEX. I got to help out in the emergency department, pediatric/male/female wards and the maternity department of the hospital. I witnessed/assisted with natural births, as well as witnessed c-sections in theatre. The people at the hospital were fabulous, as was Innocent and Angel (at the volunteer house). The food was excellent, as was the accommodation. Lots of activities to do in spare time, I went up to Arusha to do safaris, and Kilimanjaro, and spent a lot of time with coworkers at the hospital. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was getting the bus to and from work – if you can organise a driver then I would recommend doing that. I would do this experience again, without a shadow of a doubt, and highly recommend it!

 

Heidi L, Denmark. Volunteered in 2021

The people at KIVOLEX are kind and helpful. My friends and I had a good time as KIVOLEX volunteers. It was my very first trip to Africa, and I would definitely want to go back. It was my dream to one day work in Africa and in exact environment KIVOLEX took me. As a nurse student I had not only a learning experience but also a working one, although supervised but at times they would let me practice as a nurse and get that feeling of being registered and licensed nurse. The hospital is a very good place to learn and grow as a junior nurse from abroad. If you are looking to learning and get experience in a different environment outside your comfort zone, then Tanzania is a place to be. Cardinal Lugambwa Hospital introduced to almost everything I wished to experience.

 

Sarah W, USA. Volunteered in 2021

This trip is a life changing and it actually made me believe there is a whole other world outside the United States. Life is completing different in Dar Es Salaam, everything about it. The food, the people, traditions and overall dynamics are different from the USA. At the clinic the kinds were wonderful; they changed me in several aspects. Kids with their parents visited the clinic for treatment but to see them having fun with a big smile on their faces was just wonderful. I integrated with these kids and created a very strong bond and I am so grateful for that. Recording their vital sign like heart beat, temperature and taking their weight was just amazing. I strongly recommend this trip to anyone who likes to deal with kids in a child and maternal health department of a hospital.

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