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Become a Volunteer

Together we can
How to be a Volunteer

Let’s help these children together

We are welcoming local and international volunteers to work at the center during day time. We have long-time and short-time volunteering programs. Short time is from 1 week and Longtime can end up to 16 – 24 weeks. Tanzania is a prime example of what most people expect of Africa. There is an endless wilderness in the national parks with wild animals, beautiful beaches, and mountaintops. Local communities need your support so there is so much more to experience and discover. Come make a meaningful difference while you volunteer and travel. 

Doing volunteer work is a dream of many people who want to mean something to these little children, give them love, play with them and show them there are people who care! They love to hug you and tell you their story while playing. 

You can really make a difference, in many different ways like;

  • Teaching English/math or any kind of knowledge you have (they are open to learning everything). 
  • Bringing the children to school and at the end of the day picking them up.
  • Helping at the daycare, taking care of the children, washing their clothes, and cooking for them.
  •  But most of all what they need is a person that has time to see them as the person they really are.

Volunteers general questions

To help you out we’ve answered some of the most frequent asked questions below.

Why volunteering in Moshi, Tanzania?

There are plenty of advantages to being a volunteer rather than a tourist. There is no better way to get to know the culture and the people of a country than to become part of its society and offer a helping hand. You can do medical care mission, join a women empowerment project, or teach and stay with children. If you’re excited about volunteering in Tanzania but don’t know where to volunteer yet, the following overview will uncover everything about the different volunteer opportunities in Tanzania. By volunteering, you will impact the lives of others less privileged in their local communities and visit the sights of Moshi and Arusha City, including visiting some of the most famous National parks in the world and the highest mountain peaks in Africa. This also will allow you to get to know the tribes and cultures, by chatting with our local friendly population, who will teach you a little Swahili.

How much does it cost to volunteer in Tanzania?

There are no program fees for volunteering though there are costs that occurred during volunteering time, such as accommodation, transfers, and transportation all costs are given according to the activity and location where the volunteering activities are undertaken, due to distance, location, and nature of the specified area. The suggested daily budget for volunteers in Tanzania is between US$ 20 and US$ 30. This is an estimate made considering the average price of some of the goods and services you may need during your time abroad. It gives you a general overview of how much things cost so you can prepare and save the money you’ll need. This is an overview of living costs in Tanzania (in US$, for one person): Hotel $42.41 Coca-Cola $0.45. Eating out $4.48 Rental Car $200 Hostel $6.71 Marlboro $1.34 Beer $0.9 Fuel $1.01 Taxi $4.00 Motorcycle (Bodaboda & Bajaj) from $1.00 and Public Transport (Dalladalla) $0.13.


You will need a Visa or MasterCard for accessing money from ATMs and paying entry fees at national parks. For hotel payments, credit cards are usually not accepted or are charged with high fees. Additional costs you should consider as a volunteer in Tanzania: flight tickets, travel insurance, fees for your visa, and your personal expenses

Who Can Volunteer in Tanzania?

All projects expect different skills from volunteers. Here are some general requirements that apply to most volunteer opportunities in Tanzania:

  • You need to be at least 18 years old for most volunteer projects, especially when working with children. Some projects will accept volunteers from the age of 16 but you need to get in touch with the project coordinator to confirm this.
  • You need to have basic English skills to do volunteer work in Tanzania. Volunteers working on a teaching project may even need advanced English skills.
  • Depending on the project, you may need to provide a criminal background check and a health declaration in order to volunteer.

Is there anything I can bring as a donation?

Yes, you can bring any material and monetary donation. Anything that you think might be useful in life. Things such as computers, tablets, phones, school supplies, clothes, medical books, medical supplies, and other things that might be used to teach our children, youth, and widows new skills would be useful. The recipients will be most grateful.

If food provided, what can I expect?

Local dishes include rice, beans, meat, fish, maize, green bananas, etc. You can also cook by yourself in most of the accommodations available where you can share the foods of your country with your new friends. We do not recommend drinking the local water. You can buy bottled water in local stores available.

How can I wash my clothes?

Laundry Machines are available in hotels only but in most areas, there are no laundry machines. You can either wash your own clothes by hand or hire a local who would be more than happy to wash your clothes for a fee.  Out of respect do not ask locals to wash your private garments.

What should I know about culture and religion

When volunteering in a foreign country, it is important to understand a little about the culture. The following facts about Tanzania might be helpful for you:

  • Home to over 120 different ethnic groups and cultures, Tanzania is an inherently peaceful place that embraces its multicultural heritage.
  • It is estimated that a third of the population follows Islam, Christianity, and traditional religions.
  • In Zanzibar, 99% of the population is Muslim. You may want to keep this in mind when traveling there.

Is it Safe to Volunteer in Tanzania?

The safety standards in Tanzania and in Africa, in general, differ a lot from western countries. Be sure to follow these tips and keep safe:

  • Walk as far from the road as possible and walk toward traffic. Most bag snatching happens by passing cars or motorbikes.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of money with you if you don’t have to. Leave important documents, cash, and jewelry in the hotel safe.
  • Make sure you only travel with licensed taxis and be mindful of whether your transportation seems safe.
  • Always listen to your volunteer coordinator or project manager.
  • Do not go anywhere alone.
  • When leaving the volunteer accommodation (to visit the local town or go to the shops) let the management know.
  • Be sure to let us know if you’re on any medication.
  • When drawing money from the ATM, withdraw in smaller amounts and don’t carry too much cash around with you.
  • Make a photocopy of your passport, insurance information, and other important stuff to keep with you.
  • Keep hydrated and wear sunscreen – the African sun can be very hot so be sure to bring sun protection and a water bottle.
  • Behave responsibly and adhere to the Code of Conduct so that you don’t endanger yourself or your fellow volunteers.

It is of utmost importance that you mentally prepare yourself before you come to Africa, Africa time is flexible most things do not go in time.  Patience and acceptance of the unexpected will make your life a lot easier.

What health measures should I take?

To minimize the risk of falling ill while volunteering, consider the following health advice:

  • Make sure that your routine vaccinations of MMR, Diphtheria- Tetanus-Pertussis, Chickenpox, and Polio are valid.
  • Other recommended vaccinations for travelers, according to CDC, are against Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Rabies, and Yellow Fever. Discuss with your doctor which vaccinations make sense for you.
  • Inform yourself about the medical care on-site and make sure you have health insurance.
  • Use insect repellent and cover your skin to prevent mosquito bites. Zika, Malaria, and Yellow Fever are health risks in Tanzania.
  • When traveling to national parks and remote areas, only use official sites for camping because emergency access and evacuation can be difficult.
  • When hiking or climbing, make sure you’re well equipped and prepared for low temperatures. The extreme altitude of Mount Kilimanjaro can cause altitude sickness.

What should be in my packing list?

Depending on what kind of volunteer work you will do, you should adjust your packing list accordingly. Here are some essentials you should definitely bring with you:

  • Bring a copy of your passport and all important documents and carry them with you instead of the originals.
  • Make sure to pack sun protection, a sun hat, and strong insect repellent.
  • If you are planning on working outdoors or trekking in your free time, bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes.
  • Bring any medical supplements you may need.

What will I be doing as a Volunteer?

Interns and volunteers can be at Tuleeni Home and at Akili Kindergarten.
Activities at Akili Kindergarten and Tuleeni pre/primary school include:
  • Assisting the Kindergarten educators in teaching Mathematics and simple English, numbers, and ABC. After an introduction, you can teach on your own if you like to
  • Playing games, singing songs, doing handcrafts, sports, dance, etc.
  • Assisting with cooking, washing dishes, and tidying up the kindergarten
  • Providing workshops such as “Toothbrushing Workshops“, teaching proper handwashing, etc.
  • Class times are from 8 am to 12:30 pm.
In the afternoon, volunteers/interns can help at the orphanage:
  • Assisting the children with their daily routine, such as homework, washing, brushing teeth, etc.
  • Helping with cooking and cleaning up, feeding the younger children
  • Assisting the centre with administrative tasks (finances, reports, etc.)
During the Tanzanian public holidays (in December, from June-July, and Easter) the schools are closed, but volunteers/interns can continue with tasks and activities at the center. The youth of the centre are dying fabrics using the Boutique technique. The fabrics are then used by a women’s group to make cloth, which is an income-generating activity for the women. In total, Tuleeni runs three women’s groups (with 22, 15, and 10 members respectively), also breeding pigs.
Volunteers/interns who have experience in handicrafts (sewing, woodwork, carpentry, etc.) or sports (dance, etc.), can provide workshops at Tuleeni Center. Former volunteers have for instance organized a carpentry workshop (building tables and chairs, including material purchase, cost calculations, etc.).
Volunteers can also provide language classes to children and youth at the Tuleeni Center, particularly if they stay for longer durations. As a volunteer or intern, you can not only be at Tuleeni Centre and Akili Kindergarten, but you can also join the activities of the women’s groups and in nearby public schools. These diverse activities will give you good insights into African life and social work.
Akili kindergarten is located in Rau and Tuleeni Pre/Primary School is located in Uru, outside of Moshi town. These two Day Care Center/Nursery School has around 43 children and 4-6 permanent teachers. Commuting time between both centres using public transport is around one hour (incl. the walk to and from the Daladala stops). It is also possible to do a volunteer/internship placement exclusively in Uru or to combine the two locations Uru and Moshi-Rau.

General Immigration Information

Do I Need a Visa to Volunteer in Tanzania?

Yes, you need a Visa to volunteer in Tanzania. we recommend getting in touch with the embassy or consulate of Tanzania in your country. There are some general requirements you need to comply with upon arrival in Tanzania:

  • Please check the current validity of your passport. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Tanzania.
  • Make sure your passport has at least two blank visa pages. Tanzania requires you to have adequate unused pages in your passport.
  • Please check if a transit visa is required for any connections.
  • You will need a valid return ticket.

“Best Practice for Short-Term Volunteers”

If you are planning to volunteer in Tanzania for 90 days or less, you can easily get a Visa on Arrival. As the name suggests, this visa can be obtained at the airport where you arrive and costs between US$ 50 and US$ 100. You should get in touch with your closest Embassy or Consulate of Tanzania to discuss whether or not you will need a work permit.


“Best Practice for Long-Term Volunteers”

If you are planning to volunteer in Tanzania for more than 90 days, you should also get the above-mentioned Visa on Arrival. Once in Tanzania, you will need to apply for a long-term Residence Permit “C“. You can apply for the permit at the Immigration Bureau in Moshi, Dar Es Salaam, or Arusha. Please note that you will need to factor in additional fees that change frequently. We advise you to inform yourself about the exact fees of the permit before starting your trip.


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