Tanzania, an East African country, has a rich array of wildlife and natural beauty. It is home to Africa’s highest peak, Kilimanjaro. The Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater are Tanzania’s world-famous natural parks. Besides that, it has a beautiful coastline, a coral reef, and the islands of Unguja (Zanzibar) and Pemba.
Tanzania is also home to the Great Rift Valley, a geological marvel that stretches across its western border. This dramatic landscape encompasses stunning lakes like Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria, providing habitats for a rich array of aquatic species. Volunteers can witness this awe-inspiring landscape as well as encounter lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and numerous bird species.
Tanzania is also very ethnically diverse, with over 120 ethnic groups. The largest ethnic groups include the Sukuma, Chaga, Haya, and Maasai.
The official languages are Swahili and English, with Swahili being widely spoken across the country.
The region or archipelago of Zanzibar is located off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. It features a tropical climate with pristine white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. This tropical paradise offers a unique blend of African and Arab cultures along with mesmerising marine life for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts. Zanzibar is also known for its historical Stone Town and spice plantations. The economy of Zanzibar is mainly characterised by tourism, fishing and algaculture.
There is no shortage of volunteer opportunities in Tanzania. You can devote yourself to volunteer work by joining various volunteering programs. Choose among environmental volunteering, wildlife protection programs, or humanitarian educational programs. Discover Maasai tribe immersion project or an educational project in the island of Zanzibar.
Is it safe to volunteer in Zanzibar
Zanzibar is considered to be a safe destination for travellers and volunteers. Freepackers has verified all of our partner organisations and we have visited the sites as well! As with any volunteer program, you should familiarise yourself with local customs, traditions, and cultural norms. Respecting the local culture will contribute to a positive and safe experience and will help you to make the most of your program by fully immersing yourself in the community.
Advice before volunteering in Tanzania
Before volunteering in Tanzania it is important to do your research! Learn about the country and some cultural norms. You should also check the visa, vaccine and insurance requirements. Familiarising yourself with some basic phrases in Swahili could come in handy too. There is always a learning curve when travelling to a new country but you will have support the whole way, both before you leave and as soon as you arrive!
Requirements to volunteer in Tanzania
In order to volunteer in Tanzania, you must be 18+, have at least Intermediate English and have a clean criminal record.
Get involved with wildlife or the community while discovering a new culture. Join a Freepacker’s project and take a humanitarian trip to Tanzania!