Volunteer & Adventure in Tanzania

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Group Size: Avg. 15-22

Trip code: TAVA

Duration: 23 days

Combine volunteering with an an epic overland tour in Tanzania. Volunteer with children at an orphanage or teach at a local school then take our awesome 10-day Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure tour on this amazing combo trip! Immerse yourself in local African culture, safari through the stunning Serengeti National Park and experience the natural beauty of Ngorongoro Crater, then find paradise on idyllic Zanzibar Island!

Trip highlights

  • Volunteer with kids for 2.5 weeks: Teach English in schools or care for children in local orphanages in Arusha, Tanzania
  • Enjoy an awesome 10-day Tanzania & Zanzibar tour and make new friends on this exciting overland adventure
  • Go on incredible safaris and game drives in the breathtaking landscape of the Serengeti and in the impressive Ngorongoro Crater
  • Hop across to the idyllic island of Zanzibar for 4 days soaking up the sun and lazing on the beach - bliss!
  • Make a real difference as a volunteer on this rewarding and worthwhile Tanzanian trip!
Further trip information

Spend 2 and half weeks volunteering with kids in Arusha and then go on a 10-day adventure tour in Tanzania & Zanzibar.

If you wish to volunteer for a longer period of time, you can! Just contact us for further details.

Volunteer Projects: 2.5 weeks

Once you arrive back in Arusha you’re ready to make a difference as a volunteer! You can either choose to volunteer teaching English to kids in Arusha, or care for children at a local orphanage.

Spend 2.5 weeks volunteering or contact a travel advisor if you wish to volunteer for longer.

1. Teach Kids in Arusha

Volunteer at local school and nursery projects in and around Arusha, helping to teach and inspire young children aged between 3-15 years old. The schools and nurseries educate up to 60 kids per project, with a typical class teaching around 16-20 children. Volunteer duties may include:

  • Developing lesson plans
  • Teaching basic maths, English and sports lessons, or other subject areas
  • Supervising the children
  • Monitoring their activities
  • Helping with reading and writing
  • Playing games
  • Teaching computer skills
  • Helping to cook and prepare meals
  • Assist with community visits
  • Administrative duties

Volunteers can usually expect to work between 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday, plus extra time for lesson planning.

2. Volunteer at an Orphanage

Volunteer in one of the local orphanages in and around Arusha. The size of the orphanage projects vary from small homes to larger orphanages housing up to 50 kids. You can choose to work with very young children and babies, or volunteer alongside older kids, or with a mix of younger and older children. Volunteer duties may include:

  • Caring for little ones
  • Nursing and changing babies
  • Helping at mealtimes
  • Playing games
  • Taking children for walks in the local area
  • Taking children to clinic check ups
  • Organising their living space and bedrooms
  • Washing clothes
  • Administrative duties to help the home run smoothly
  • Working with older children
  • Teaching subjects such as English, maths, arts & crafts, science or music
  • Helping with games, sports and craft activities
  • Assisting at meal and bath times
  • Helping with household duties
  • Learning to cook traditional Tanzanian recipes

On a typical day at an orphanage, volunteers can expect to work between 9am-12 noon and 2.30pm-4/5pm, from Monday to Friday.

Your volunteering will typically end on a Wednesday and you will head to the tour welcome meeting that evening. You will have to make your own way to the welcome meeting but the local team can help to organise this.

Volunteer Permit

When you arrive in Tanzania you will need to purchase a volunteer permit. The local team will help you organise this. The permit currently costs around USD200 although this is subject to change. Please check the embassy website for up to date information.

Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure: 10 days

Day 1: Arusha  Arrive into the lively city of Arusha in Tanzania today. You are free to arrive at any time, but you will have a welcome meeting in the early evening when you will meet your guide and group. Get set for some amazing African adventures!

Day 2: Arusha/Mto wa Mbu Hop on an overland truck to the village of Mto wa Mbu and opt to take a cultural tour or a cycling tour (extra cost of USD35), plus a traditional lunch. In the afternoon you’ll visit a Masai village and a project which trains local women to install clean-burning stoves in the local community. 

Day 3: Mto wa Mbu/Serengeti National Park Jump back on your overland truck, bound for the stunning Serengeti National Park. Go on an unforgettable game drive into the centre of the Serengeti, which is teeming with wonderful wildlife. Set up camp in the bush and sleep under African skies.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park See all the highlights of the sensational Serengeti today as you set out on a full day’s game drive in your overland truck. If you really want to see the Serengeti in style, you can sign up in advance for a breathtaking hot air balloon ride (extra cost of 539USD). 

Day 5: Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Crater Enjoy one final game drive in this stunning location. Drive in your overland truck towards the majestic Ngorongoro Crater and camp out on the crater's rim.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater/Arusha  Explore the beautiful Ngorongoro Conservation Area on a 4x4 safari early this morning and keep an eye out for amazing animals. Hop back on your overland truck for the ride back to Arusha. 

Day 7: Arusha/Stone Town Take a short 1.5 hour flight from Tanzania to the idyllic island of Zanzibar.  You will be transferred to your hotel in Stone Town. Go on a short orientation walk with your guide, settle in and get ready for a few days on gorgeous Zanzibar! 

Day 8: Stone Town/Kendwa A short drive takes you across the island to the paradise white-sand beaches and turquoise waters of lovely Kendwa Beach. 

Day 9: Kendwa Relax in idyllic island surroundings today as you enjoy a full free day. Hang out on beautiful beaches, go swimming, take a sailing tour, join an island tour, go snorkelling or scuba diving. All optional activities are at an extra cost. 

Day 10: Kendwa/Stone Town You’ll travel back to Stone Town this morning, where your unforgettable Tanzania and Zanzibar adventure ends. You are free to depart at any time after 14:30am.

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