Volunteering in Orphanages in Tanzania
Volunteering on Projects in Tanzania is a way for you to help improve conditions and the level of education for local children. You can join a volunteer care project during a gap year, career break, or vacation, or even during your retirement. Volunteers with qualifications and experience are welcome but you do not need to have either to volunteer. All you need is energy, passion, and a commitment to the children that we work with.
Tanzania is no longer one of the poorest five countries in the world, a position it occupied in the mid-1980s. However, due to the increase of HIV/AIDS in the country, and a life expectancy that remains low, many children in Tanzania still need extra help.
We have a variety of volunteer options for you in Tanzania, working in orphanages, care or special needs homes, and kindergartens with children aged from 0 to 14 years old. Our Care placements are located in and around the town of Arusha in northern Tanzania and in the vibrant coastal city of Dar es Salaam.
Volunteering as a Teacher in Tanzania
Tanzania’s two official languages are English and Swahili, but many Tanzanians also speak one of a hundred tribal dialects. The main feature of Tanzania’s education is its bilingual policy. Speaking English is crucial to getting a good job in business or the tourism industry. English is also the language of technology, commerce, and administration. Swahili remains the language that keeps Tanzanians in touch with their cultural heritage and values.
Despite the bilingual policy in Tanzania, levels of spoken English vary throughout the country. As a teaching volunteer, you can make a difference helping improve the standards of English in the school where you volunteer.
Interning Abroad in Medicine in Tanzania
Your exact role within the hospital or clinic will be determined by your level of medical experience as well as by the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. Pre-university interns usually start by observing the doctors and nurses. You may find more practical opportunities arise once you get to know the local staff and if you can demonstrate a good understanding of local medical conditions.
The role of interns who already have some medical experience also varies and it is important to build up trust and a good relationship with the local doctors.
Facilities within the hospitals and clinics are basic and treatments are sometimes not of the standard we would expect in North America. You should be prepared to see some shocking cases, and try not to get emotionally involved with the patients.
Your working hours will usually be decided on a weekly basis and most volunteers work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free