Who’s up for an incredible African adventure? Grass-roots volunteering, amazing safaris, beaches of Zanzibar & an option to climb Kilimanjaro. Unforgettable! This is possibly the best of PMGY’s Real Experiences, designed to give you the chance to see all of Tanzania’s highlights, and there are quite a few. Billed as ‘the’ place to safari, endowed with powdery idyllic beaches and topped off with the stupendous Mount Kilimanjaro, what’s not to love about this magical country. Throw in the exotic delights of Zanzibar and you can see why it will be unforgettable.


Not only will you get the chance for adventure but also to make a huge difference volunteering at one of our educational or orphanage projects. Travelling with a group of like-minded people for the duration, you’re guaranteed to make friends to share the memories with.


1. Soak up the atmosphere of the vibrant African city of Arusha
2. Volunteering with enthusiastic kids that will make you smile every day
3. Bathe in bubbling mineral springs originating from Mt Kilimanjaro’s ground waters
4. Discover the Ndoro Caves and learn about the 14th century Chagga tribe
5. Climb Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa!
6. Check out the huge herds of elephants at Tarangire National Park
7. Camp overnight on safari in the magnificent Manyara National Park
8. Watch a majestic sunrise over the 8th wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater
9. Wonder at seas of pink flamingos at Lake Manyara
10. Fine, white sands and turquoise blue waters of exotic Zanzibar


Tanzania has a plethora of highlights and so much to explore but there is no doubt that as well as discovering the stunning beaches, wildlife safaris and fascinating culture, many travellers go to conquer Kili! Conquering the highest mountain in Africa with its unmistakable snow capped peak has been the dream of seasoned trekkers for many years. The views from the top of this vast mountain are mind blowing: from Kilimanjaro’s summit it is possible to make out the curvature of the planet and on a clear day the views stretch as far as the plains of the Masai Mara


The option to Climb Kilimanjaro costs an additional $2250 and will replace your second week at the volunteer projects.


This cost does not include tips for the guides, porters and cooks. While PMGY ensures all staff are paid fair and reasonable wages, tips are relied upon by the staff as a supplement to their wages, so your consideration and appreciation of their hard work is appreciated. We feel a tip of around $250 US Dollars is appropriate.


The group will spend just over two weeks volunteering at one of the teaching or orphanage placements that we support in Arusha. You will volunteer in Tanzania for around 4 hours each day. Your role will range from childcare and English teaching, to organising games and activities for the children. If you don’t have any teaching experience then there is no need to worry. You’ll be working alongside other members of your group and as long as you have lots of energy and enthusiasm you will be fine! We expect every volunteer to spend an hour or two each evening preparing activities and lessons for the following day. Volunteers can also choose to do a medical placement for their volunteering section. Please note that the medical project project incurs an additional $165 project donation fee.


We encourage volunteers to prepare as much as possible for their teaching programme overseas. You can make the most out of your time by completing our convenient, inexpensive and international accredited 60-hour Online TEFL Course for just $150.


Please make sure you arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport (airport code JRO) on the selected Sunday start date. You will finish the trip in Zanzibar and therefore will need to book your return/onward flight from Zanzibar International Airport (airport code ZAT) on the final day of your trip – which is a Sunday.


Day 1 (Sunday) Arrival


Karibu! On arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by a member of the PMGY team who will take you to your accommodation in Arusha. The journey takes around one hour. The rest of the day you can relax, meet other volunteers and begin to enjoy your first glimpses of Tanzania.


Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 2 (Monday) Orientation


You will spend today learning about life in Tanzania and preparing for your upcoming volunteer programme. Our local team will teach you about Tanzanian culture, the Swahili language and safety issues. We will also go on a tour of Arusha, so you are able to locate all of the essential amenities and points of interest and also purchase a local SIM card if you wish to.


Later in the day our team will brief you about your upcoming volunteer project, what is expected from you and what you can expect. Spend the evening getting to know fellow volunteers and preparing for your first day of volunteering.


Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 3-6 (Tuesday-Friday) Volunteering


It’s time to start your volunteer placement. Our local team will travel with you to the project on your first day to ensure you receive a comprehensive introduction. This will give you the opportunity to meet your new colleagues, learn about the placement and exactly how you will fit in. We will also work with you to develop your weekly schedule and answer any last minute questions you may have.


As the week continues your confidence will grow and you will begin to really come into your own at the volunteer project. Our local team are always on-hand to support you in any way required.


You can choose to work on our teaching, medical or orphanage programme. Please note that the medical project incurs an additional $165 project donation fee. You will typically volunteer for around 4 to 5 hours each day. The rest of your day is free to hang out and explore the local area.


Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday) Moshi Cultural Weekend


We are off to Moshi. On the Saturday morning we will begin the journey to Moshi stopping off at a beautiful lodge for tea/coffee break. The lodge is surrounded by some absolutely sunning scenery – nature at it’s finest. Watch the zebra, antelope, ostrich and peacocks roaming around the site. Keep your eyes peeled for the cheeky colobus monkeys.


After a pleasant stop, we will continue towards Moshi, stopping at Chemka hot springs. In Swahili “chemka” means boiling or bubbling. This beautiful mineral spring that originates from Kilimanjaro’s ground waters, releases bubbles as it comes up into the natural pool, surrounded by large fig trees. Here you can swim in the transparent warm water, sunbathe or relax in the shade. Our team will prepare a BBQ lunch for everyone.


Later on we will travel into Moshi town and check into the hotel for the evening. Your evening is free and there are a number of great options for dinner and dancing shows. Our team can help you make the arrangements.


After breakfast on the Sunday morning, we will head out of Moshi town towards Marangu – the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. After a short walk we will reach the Marangu Waterfalls. We’ll spend some time swimming and hanging out by the waterfalls. We will prepare a packed lunch for the group near the waterfalls. We then head on to the Ndoro Caves to learn more about the Chagga tribe. Chagga (Wachaga) is the tribe that settled around the Kilimanjaro region in the 14th century after migrating across the dry, barren savannah in Kenya.


That evening you’ll return to the shared house in Arusha in preparation for your second week of volunteering (or beginning of Kilimanjaro trek for those who have added on this option).


Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch


Day 9-13 (Monday-Friday) Volunteering continues


On Monday you will start your second week of volunteering. As time passes you will become more confident and involved within project life. Evenings are free. Our local team will assist you in arranging activities to do in your free time.


Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 14-15 (Saturday-Sunday) Free weekend


Your weekend is free. Take this time to explore Arusha, go on a bike ride tour or checkout the Masai markets. Our local team will help you make any plans and explain the options available to you whilst you’re in Tanzania.


Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner



Kilimanjaro Trek Option


At 5,895m Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro showcases some truly unique features. Its lower slopes are dense with lush forest yet the mountain is surrounded by vast expanses of dry savannah; its caldera is covered with ice yet this dormant volcano is situated near the Equator. There is no doubt that the views from its top are the greatest reward of all: from Kilimanjaro’s summit it is possible to observe the curvature of the planet and on a clear day the views stretch as far as the plains of the Masai Mara.


Please note that this option is not included in the standard Programme Fee. The cost is an additional $2250 on top of the standard Programme Fee. Those who do NOT choose to trek Kilimanjaro will continue with their volunteer placement for the second week of the trip.


Day 9 (Monday) Today’s the day. It’s time to climb Kili! (Trekking 4 to 5 Hours)


Starting point: Marangu Gate (Elevation 1830)


After an early breakfast the driver and crew will collect the group from the shared house in Arusha where you will be staying. You will drive together with the Kili crew assigned to your group from Arusha to Marangu gate (approximately 2.5 hours). At the Marangu gate you will collect your permits and porters will make their final preparations of packs and equipment before the trek officially commences.


You will be required to check your daypacks to make sure you have sufficient water for the day, lunch box and additional clothing. This is because the porters (carrying your full packs, supplies and equipment) ascend a lot quicker than the hikers. From the gates you will be working your way up through the lush tropical forest at a gradual incline. Keep your eyes out for the blue and colobus monkeys and a variety of bird life. You will have lunch en route.


Overnight at Mandara Hut (Elevation 2700m)


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 10 (Tuesday) Trekking Continues


After breakfast you will set out at approximately 8am for a day of trekking. The first section of the trek is through the lush rain forest before skirting along the Maundi Crater and breaking out into the moorland. The moorland is more open terrain with shorter trees and a flatter landscape. You will see a variety of flora and fauna including the lobelia and helichrysum plants. You will continue your trek through the moorland until you reach the Horombo hut where you will have a rest while your evening meal is prepared.


Overnight at Horombo Hut (Elevation 3690m)


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 11 (Wednesday) Acclimatisation Day (Trekking 4 to 5 hours)


Today is spent acclimatising in preparation for the last section of the trek to the summit. After breakfast you will commence the days hike, heading towards the Mawezi hut, passing the zebra rocks along the way. You will hike, ascending slowly for approximately three hours before returning to the Horombo hut for lunch. The terrain over the days hike is challenging, being quite stony and eroded. After lunch you will have the opportunity to rest before the evening meal.


Overnight at Horombo Hut (Elevation 3690m)


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 12 (Thursday) We’re Getting Close! (Trekking 6 hours)


After breakfast you will depart Horombo hut and continue your ascent into Alpine Desert habitat, hiking on a relatively gradual incline until you reach Kibo hut. You will pass the last watering point at approximately 4130m, where the following two days water supplies will be replenished. You will rest in the afternoon, making sure you get as much sleep as possible for the midnight summit commencement.


Overnight at Kibo Hut (Elevation 4720m)


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 13 (Friday) You Did It! (Trekking 6 to 7 hours summit & 5 hours descent)


You will be woken just prior to midnight for a light meal of biscuits, porridge and tea before beginning the summit part of the trek. It is generally extremely cold during the evening part of the trek but warms up towards the end of the hiking day, so prepare for the two extremes when choosing your clothing for the day. Summit trail commences along a rocky path to the Hans Myer cave (1500m) before Zigzagging up to Gillman’s point (5681m), located at the crater rim. This section of the trail is very steep and probably the most challenging of the trek. From Gillman’s peak you will normally be trekking through snow until you reach Uhuru peak. Once you reach Uhuru peak you have reached the highest point of the mountain and the continent of Africa (Elevation 5895m). You will arrive at approximately 6:30 am when you will be able to take in the brilliant views of the glaciers and Crater. You will have the opportunity to take lots of pictures and enjoy the feeling of achievement. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.


You will then begin the decent. First heading back to Kibo, which takes approximately 2 hours where you will have the opportunity to rest over Brunch before continuing the descent to Horombo Huts (approx 3 hours).


Later in the evening you will enjoy your final dinner on the mountain followed by a well-deserved sleep.


Overnight at Horombo Huts (Elevation 3690m)


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 14 – The Way Down (Trekking 6 hours)


After breakfast you will cover the last section of the mountain and final decent to the Marangu Gate. Your decent will be broken into 2 three-hour timeframes, stopping at Mandara Hut for a hot lunch before finishing the final 3 hours and arriving at Marangu Gate. Trekking through the forest at lower elevations can be slippery and muddy so gaiters and poles may assist in making the decent a little easier. Light cool clothing such as shorts and t-shirts will be sufficient for this part of the trek, however it is always wise to have rain gear and warmer clothes handy.


Arrival at Marangu Gate (Elevation 1830m) where a vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to the shared house in Arusha where you can meet up with the rest of the group.


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 15 (Sunday) Free Day


Today is free to relax, catch up with the rest of the group and reflect on what has been an incredible trip so far. Take this time to get some much needed rest and explore the town of Arusha.


Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 16-18 (Monday-Wednesday) Volunteering final few days


Hopefully by now we are well established at the project and feeling more confident in your volunteer role. The next few days will be a great opportunity to cement any learnings you have made across your time on the volunteer placement and further develop the relationships you build with the people at the project.


Wednesday in particular will be an emotional day as its time to say goodbye to the project on your final day volunteering. But excitement will start to build that evening as an epic three day safari lies in-store!


Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 19 (Thursday) Tarangire National Park


Our safari commences with a drive to Tarangire National Park for a full day Safari at Tanzania’s sixth largest national park. Drive from Arusha to Tarangire National Park, which takes approximately two hours. Lunch en route followed by an afternoon game drive through Tarangire.


Tarangire National Park is based in the Manyara region and the name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara National Park.


It lies a little distance to the south east of Lake Manyara and covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometres. The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else in the northern safari circuit.


The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees and tree climbing lions. Visitors to the park can expect to see any number of resident zebra and wildebeest in addition to the less common animals. Other common animals include waterbuck, giraffe, and olive baboons.


Home to more than 550 species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts who can expect so see dozens of species even in the dry season.


We will then make the drive towards Manyara where we will set up camp overnight just outside the National park before an early morning wake up call!


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 20 (Friday) Lake Manyara National Park


After breakfast we will head into Manyara National park for a full day game drive. Lake Manyara National Park is approximately 330 square kilometres of which 200 square Kilometres make up the lake itself when water levels are at a maximum.


From a sea of pink flamingos as far as the eye can see, to bull elephants at close range, Lake Manyara showcases a superb variety of herd animals and bird life.


Famous for its vast amount of monkeys and scintillating tree climbing lions, be sure to keep your eyes peeled across the whole of the safari!


We’ll stop for lunch and enjoy the surroundings, before heading back to camp overnight just outside the National Park.


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 21 (Saturday) Ngorongoro Crater


We’ll be up early this morning to enjoy an early breakfast before we head into the Crater highlands and descending into the Crater for a game drive. Be sure to take in a majestic sunrise along the way!


The Ngorongoro Crater is a world heritage site, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and is commonly referred to as the 8th wonder of the world. The walls of the crater stand 2,000 feet high while the floor spans across approximately 10 miles. Animal regularly seen throughout the crater include elephant, black rhino, hippo, buffalo, eland, zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest, waterbuck, warthog, Grant’s & Thomson’s gazelle, baboons, vervet monkeys, lion, cheetah, hyena, jackal and the occasional leopard.


That afternoon will see us make the three hour journey back to Arusha after a truly epic three day safari taking in the best wildlife the continent has to offer!


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 22 (Sunday) Free Day in Arusha


At the end of an action packed few days, today is a free day to relax.


Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 23 (Monday) Fly to Zanzibar


It’s time to say goodbye to Arusha. Our local team will transfer the group to Kilimanjaro Airport and ensure you are all checked-in to your flight to Zanzibar. It’s only a short flight, so you’ll be in Zanzibar before you know it.


On-arrival into Zanzibar Airport, you’ll be met by our local guide who will look after you during your time in Zanzibar. After checking into the hotel, we will take you on a walking tour through Stone Town’s Magical maize of cobbled alleyways. During the tour we will visit he National Museum of History and Culture, persian baths, mosques, churches and palace ruins.


That evening we’ll go to Forodhani Gardens, the location of Zanzibar’s lively evening food market. You’ll be able to pickup a wide variety of meals from pizza to fresh seafood!


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 24 (Tuesday) Free Day


Today is free to relax by the pool and take a stroll around town. Our local guide will be around to help you with your plans for the day.


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 25 (Wednesday) Off to Kendwa Rocks


We’ll make our way to Kendwa Rocks after a leisurely breakfast. Kendwa is famous for its beach with fine white sand or ground shells. The water is turquoise blue, the sunsets spectacular and the local boat activity picturesque.


The rest of the day is free. Kendwa offers a mixture of tranquillity by day and a lively atmosphere by night. Over the years its become a real hotspot for young travellers.


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 26-27 (Thursday-Friday) Another Day In Paradise


The next two days are free. There are a number of water sports available for you to get involved in (at an extra cost) or you can spend the time relaxing and enjoying the experience. Kendwa is a great spot to hang out and there are some cool places in the surrounding area to explore if you fancy a break from the beach.


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 28 (Saturday) Back to Stone Town


We’ll make our way back to Stone Town in the afternoon in preparation for your flight home on the Sunday. It’s time to pickup some last-minute gifts – Zanzibar is a great place for present buying, particularly for paintings.


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 29 (Sunday) Kwaheri! It’s Time To Go Home


Unfortunately all good things come to an end. It’s the last day of the Real Tanzania Experience.


Our team will help you arrange your return airport drop off to Zanzibar Airport. Please note that this is not included in your Programme Fee. A taxi from the Volunteer House to the airport will cost around $7.


Meals included: Breakfast


* This itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen circumstances.


Please note there is a strong customary tipping culture when it comes to partaking in safaris or climbing Kilimanjaro/Meru. Staff such as the driver guide, porter and cook are paid reasonable wages, but tips are relied upon by the staff to supplement their wages and so your consideration of their hard work is appreciated. The amounts vary specific to which activity you complete and can also be relative to the group size; but as a guide budget $25-30 per day for tips at safari and $50-65 per day for tips when climbing Kilimanjaro/Meru.


What are the programme start dates?

The programme start dates are as follows –


8th July 2018
12th August 2018
7th July 2019
11th August 2019

What are the requirements to join?

In order to join the programme you need to be at least 18 on the programme start date.


We welcome volunteers of all backgrounds, nationalities and religions. You must be able to provide us with a clean criminal background check prior to your programme start date. We are unable to accept anyone who has any previous criminal convictions.


Although you do not need to speak English as your first language, we do require all participants to have a good level of English in order to join the programme.


You should also be physically fit, as volunteering overseas can be quite strenuous. If you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas then these must be declared to us during your online application.

What date should I arrive and leave?

You should arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport (airport code JRO) on the selected Sunday start date. You will be met at the airport by one of our local staff or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.


The programme ends on the Sunday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day.

Are there any age restrictions?

In order to join the programme you need to be at least 18 on the programme start date.


Generally the average age range of volunteers is 18-22 but this is by no means definitive.


There is no upper age limit. However, we encourage anyone who is slightly older to contact us in the first instance and we can advise if there is a more appropriate programme/destination for you.

When should I apply for the programme?

For the majority of our programmes you can apply at any time. However, we advise that you apply as soon as possible to ensure we have availability on the programme – particularly if you’re looking to travel between June and August, as spaces can fill up very quickly during this period.

It is best that you apply sooner rather than later as some of our programmes only have a limited capacity and spaces get filled very quickly. However, you should always make sure you’re 100% committed to the programme before applying.

It is also possible to change your start dates once you have already applied and had your space confirmed. However, please note this does carry an administration charge of $60 and is subject to availability.

You need to apply online by locating the “Apply Now” button on the individual programme; this will guide you through our Online Application process.

Can I volunteer if I live outside of the UK?

We accept volunteers from all over the world. The majority of our participants are from the UK, US, Canada & Australia. However we have hosted volunteers from countries such as Nigeria, Bermuda & Peru in the past.

Can I go with my friend/parent/boyfriend/girlfriend?

You’re more than welcome to travel and volunteer with friends, family members or with a boyfriend/girlfriend. If required, we can make sure that you stay in the same accommodation and volunteer at the same project (please note the majority of our volunteer accommodation is on a single-sex basis).
Please outline in the ‘Special Requirements’ box of your online application if you’d like to make sure you’re placed alongside another applicant/s.

Is it safe to travel to PMGY destinations?

Although our volunteers work in the developing world, we always ensure our host locations are safe. Each programme has been extensively researched and has passed our strict vetting process. Our UK team undergo an extensive routine when establishing our in-country infrastructures and we continue to monitor our safety procedures on a regular basis. Furthermore, we monitor the stability of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis. Through our constant contact with consulates and embassies and our reports from our overseas teams, we are able to ensure that our volunteers are never placed in unstable regions.


The PMGY team have visited and participated in every programme we offer and verified them based on our own independent criteria. We carefully inspect every little detail of our set-up. From inspecting the living conditions, checking out the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, to tasting the food you’ll be eating – each and every programme we establish has gone through a lengthy and rigorous vetting process. Risk assessments have been written for all areas in which PMGY operate and our experienced local coordinators are always on-hand to manage any emergencies that may occur. Our UK team are always on the road reviewing our risk management procedures in the field and monitoring local conditions.


In emergency situations we have the necessary protocols and equipment in place and we are able to evacuate our volunteers from potential dangers. Our local coordinators are trained to deal with emergency circumstances.


When you join PMGY we will send you a Volunteer Handbook. This document addresses a range of issues such as health, safety, visa issues etc. Furthermore, our UK team are only ever a phone call away should you wish to discuss any aspect of your upcoming programme. When you arrive in-country, you’ll be given a comprehensive safety briefing during your orientation course by our local coordinators. We will go through everything from emergency procedures, how to use local transport and cultural differences. You’ll also be given the opportunity to purchase a local SIM card, something we strongly suggest, so you’re contactable at all times. We will provide you with a full list of the important contact numbers that you’ll need to know.


All our local teams are experienced development professionals who have years of experience in hosting international volunteers. They are our representatives on the ground and will assist you 24/7 throughout your stay. Whether you need to call home, travel at the weekend or require urgent assistance – they are there to support you.


While we cannot guarantee your volunteer experience to be 100% trouble free we have taken all the necessary precautions to make sure each programme is as safe as possible.

When do I pay? Can I pay in instalments?

In order to confirm your place on a PMGY programme you need to pay the Registration Fee ($249). The remaining Programme Fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.

You’re only required to pay your $249 Registration Fee once we can guarantee you a place on the programme, unless you’re applying within 60 days of your programme start date in which case you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. We will notify you by email that you have been successful in your application.

Any remaining payments must be made no less than 60 days prior to your start date. This payment can be made in one lump sum or in several instalments. If you chose to take our insurance or book a flight with PMGY then these must be paid for (in full) at the time of booking.

Payments can be made directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur.

Can I use PMGY’s programmes as part of a university or college placement?

It is certainly possible to use one of PMGY’s programmes as part of your university or college placement. Project staff can sign off any paperwork required by your course tutors. PMGY regularly receives medical, childcare, psychology and nursing placement students at our projects around the world and we have ties with some of the leading universities.

If you’re a course tutor and would like further information about how one of PMGY’s programmes could meet the placement requirements for your degree course then please contact us directly on [email protected] to schedule a meeting.


Do you offer an online TEFL course?

For PMGY volunteers joining our teaching programmes the only real ‘qualifications’ you need are bags of energy, commitment and enthusiasm. If however you’d like a chance to do some preparation work before you hit the classroom, we’ve got the perfect introductory course to teaching english abroad.


At only 60 hours and completed online, this course is hugely convenient because it can be done in your own time, at your own pace and you don’t even need to leave the house! You’ve got a whopping 75 days to complete the course, so there is no rush and you can fit it in when you can. An hour here and there certainly adds up over the course of the couple of months you have to complete it, so there really is no pressure.


Once completed you’ll not only have acquired some key skills for teaching English abroad but you’ll also gain an internationally accredited certificate. If you find that teaching really is your calling, this course can be built upon with more modules leading to a paid teaching position in the future.


As well as a core module in the ‘Principles of Teaching English’ which covers ‘Understanding language’, ‘Key English grammar points’ and ‘How to teach grammar in the classroom’ you will have a choice of one of three specialist modules. The ‘Survival teaching’ module is perfect for volunteers covering ‘Teaching large classes’, ‘Teaching with limited resources’, ‘Learner-based training’ and ‘Cultural awareness’.


The cost of the course is $150. If you’ve already signed up to one of our programmes and would like to enroll on the online TEFL course then please call us or email us.

Can I fundraise for my trip?

With PMGY the money our volunteers pay goes towards the structure you receive for your time with us overseas. The fundamentals of this structure include food, accommodation, airport pickups, around the clock support from our UK and in-country team, pre-departure training as well as the implementation and monitoring of the projects.


We do our best to keep our programme costs as low and affordable as possible, without sacrificing on quality and safety. However with flights, travel insurance and spending money to factor into your overall budget, you may find you need a little bit of help with the finances. Therefore a large number of PMGY volunteers decide to fundraise for their trip.


We recommend setting up an online fundraising page to allow friends and families to learn more about your trip and make donations. PMGY have partnered with the online crowd funding website GoGetFunding.


This professional online fundraising service creates a personalised fundraising page for your PMGY trip, allowing you to set financial goals and get the message across about what you’re doing. You can also share your PMGY fundraising page across various social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the word.

Can I raise money for the projects?

The PMGY Foundation is a UK registered charity (1169415) that has been set up to help provide financial aid and assistance to the projects and countries we work with on an ongoing basis.


The objective of the PMGY Foundation is the prevention or relief of poverty of people living in the communities we support by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient.


The ultimate aim of the PMGY Foundation is to enable donations to be directed towards specific hand-picked projects in countries most in need. The project donations are determined by the charities trustees during our annual overseas visits.


If you are looking to help raise money directly for the PMGY Foundation you can do so via our BT MyDonate fundraising page.


100% of all money raised will be donated directly to the projects we support around the world. Please note that participants are unable to raise money through the PMGY Foundation to help finance the cost of their trip overseas.

How do I register for your online webinars?

On selected Tuesdays at 1pm (GMT) we hold our Pre-Departure Webinars. They are well worth attending, take only 45 minutes and will provide you with some really invaluable advice on your upcoming trip.


There are two to choose from and it is well worth attending both:


Travel Essentials Pre-Departure Webinar – covers all the basics.
Programme Preparation Webinar – covers specifically childcare and teaching programmes.


You will receive an email invitation to join these sessions once you have confirmed your place the programme.


The first webinar is designed to cover all of the essential pre-departure information you need to know and things you need to do before you go and the second webinar is more programme specific with advice and information for whilst you’re on your placement.


The webinars are hosted by a member of our UK team, who all have extensive knowledge of our projects around the world. You can attend (and even ask questions) from anywhere in the world simply by logging in through your own computer. All you need is a computer, good internet connection and a pair of headphones.


If any family or friends would like to attend the session as well then they are more than welcome to do so. Please note that you need to sign up for the webinar a few days in advance.

What about vaccinations and malaria tablets?

As we are not medical experts we cannot, unfortunately, tell you exactly what vaccinations you’ll need to obtain so it is vital you consult your local GP or travel clinic a few months before you intend to travel. Your local doctor/nurse will advise you as to what vaccinations and malaria prevention is needed for entry into your volunteer destination.

Additional information can be found on the NHS Fit For Travel website.

How do I arrange my flights?

You can choose to book your flights independently or we can help you in arranging them. Through our close partnerships within the travel industry we are able to offer flights at very competitive rates. PMGY has a wealth of experience in travelling to and from our host countries; we know the most affordable ways to travel and the best airlines to use.

For peace of mind, PMGY holds an ATOL License (11262) that allows us to offer flight-based packages that are financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority in the unlikely event of our insolvency.

If you’d like to receive a flight quote from PMGY, you can submit an online enquiry by visiting the specific web-page of the programme you’re interested in joining, or by calling our office or dropping us an email.

When you apply for a PMGY programme we cannot guarantee your acceptance immediately. On receiving an application we have to liaise with our local team to ensure there is space available on the programme and to assess your suitability for the specific project.

Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not make any flight and/or travel arrangements until your programme has been confirmed by us in writing. Once your programme has been confirmed you’re then free to book your flights either with PMGY or a through third party travel agent.

Do you offer travel insurance?

It is mandatory that all PMGY volunteers hold travel insurance during the entirety of their time on our programme; this includes your travel to and from the host country. Although PMGY do everything to ensure your trip is safe, inevitably things can go wrong so you must adequately protect yourself.

PMGY have teamed up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive travel insurance policy for our volunteers. The policy is specifically designed to insure PMGY volunteers for all their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone up to the age of 75 and covers you throughout any PMGY destination and any onward travel you may arrange (excluding the US and Canada). You can purchase PMGY Travel Insurance during your online application or you can contact us directly to arrange it.

Please note that PMGY Travel Insurance is purchased in week-long blocks. Therefore, you should carefully identify how many days you’ll be away for, including the date you depart and return to your home country, to ensure you select the correct duration of travel insurance. For example if you’re travelling for 29 days in total, you’ll need a 5-week policy, not a 4-week policy.

How do I obtain a background check?

To join any of our programmes you’ll need to provide us with a clean CRB or Police Check before you travel. We have a commitment to the projects we support to ensure the volunteers we send are trustworthy and of sound moral character. We are unable to accept participants who have had any previous criminal convictions.

If you hold a current CRB or Police Check then we can accept this providing it is issued no more than 18 months prior to your programme start date. Please scan and email us a copy of this document. If you do not have a CRB or Police Check then we will outline how to obtain this in your Volunteer Handbook. The CRB or Police Check must be submitted to us no less than 21 days prior to your programme start date.

If you don’t have a valid CRB check (also known as DBS or Police Check), then you will need to apply for one. UK volunteers need to apply for a “Basic Disclosure” through Disclosure Scotland (which serves all people in the UK). 

This costs £25 and takes around 15 working days to process. Full information on how to obtain a CRB check through Disclosure Scotland is outlined in the volunteer handbook you receive once you are signed up to the programme.

When will I receive my Volunteer Handbook?

All volunteers will receive a PMGY Volunteer Handbook once they have paid their deposit and confirmed their place on the programme. We will send you an email entitled ‘Welcome to PMGY’ which will include a link where you can download the Volunteer Handbook. Please note that we DO NOT send a hardcopy of the PMGY Volunteer Handbook.

This Handbook contains literally everything you need to know – from what to pack, to how to obtain a visa, to local language guides. It is really important that you read through the Volunteer Handbook carefully once you’ve downloaded it. If you require any further information not covered in the Volunteer Handbook then our team are always on-hand to assist you. You can contact us via email, telephone, Skype, Facebook, online chat…whatever works best for you!


Can I arrange a private room?

All of our accommodation options involve sharing a room with other participants (usually same-sex). Unfortunately we are unable to arrange private room options for our participants.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.

Are there any public holidays that effect project availability?

We aim to communicate as clearly and accurately as possible all holidays that effect project availability and project closures in the Volunteer Handbook. However, due to the nature of developing countries holidays can often be sporadic or prone to change that directly effects project availability and we ask our volunteers to be flexible and appreciative of this. This usually represents a unique experience for volunteers to enjoy in the festivities and holidays themselves and/or our local teams will always do their best to find alternative project work if applicable.

What is the dress code at the projects?

Dress code varies from country to country. We ask that our volunteers adopt a smart and responsible image during their time in the communities. We will outline the specific dress code requirements in your Volunteer Handbook so you know exactly what to pack.

The general rule of thumb for girls is to cover your shoulders and thighs and for men to not take their shirts off. Whilst we do not wish to impose strict regulations on our volunteers, we do ask that you respect the local culture during your travels. Dressing appropriately will earn you the respect of the people you’ll be working with.

It’s a good idea to take some nicer clothes for the weekends and special occasions but please avoid tight and very short clothing. You should also avoid clothing that may have potentially offensive slogans on it. Tattoos and piercings should be covered where possible whilst you’re at your placement, particularly if you’re working with children.

How much spending money will I need?

The amount of extra spending money you should take depends on where you travel to and how many travel activities you plan to undertake during your free time. If you plan to go for a safari in Tanzania, scuba-diving course in Thailand or trekking in South Africa, then you should budget accordingly. However, for general expenses and some independent travel, you should find $75-$150 per week a suitable amount.

Will I be able to travel whilst on the programme?

You’ll have plenty of opportunity to travel during your time with PMGY. In fact, we encourage you to travel during your free time. All of our programmes have been designed so that you have weekends off. This gives you the opportunity to explore the local area or even travel further afield within your host country. Our local coordinators will provide you with all the travel tips you need to help you plan any independent adventures.

Furthermore, you’re going to meet so many new people during your time with PMGY that you’ll definitely meet some travel buddies along the way!

Before booking your flights we recommend that you look into travel opportunities within the relevant country either side of your volunteering placement. It is always great to spend some time travelling and seeing more of the country you wish to volunteer in. If you do plan to travel extensively please factor this into your flight itinerary, as we only encourage travel during weekends while you’re volunteering as you have made a commitment to the project.


The group will stay in a variety of accommodation types during the PMGY Real Tanzania Experience. The accommodation is basic but comfortable and the group will always be placed together. All accommodation has been vetted by the PMGY Tanzania team, to ensure it meets the comfort and safety needs of our volunteers.


During the volunteering phase of the trip, you will stay in a communal house with other members of the group. Rooms are shared, up to 8 people per room. Each volunteer is provided with a mosquito net. The shared bathrooms have warm showers and western toilets. Operating the coils to access the warm water can be unreliable and difficult therefore volunteers should expect cold showers.


The accommodation has a communal area with comfy sofas to relax in during the evening. There is also a refrigerator for volunteers to store food and drinks as they wish. Please note that power cuts are fairly commonplace in Tanzania although they tend not to last more than a couple of hours.


The house does not usually have Wi-Fi and for reliable internet access volunteers are best to purchase a local SIM Card. A weekly laundry service is available for £3 per person, or you can choose to hand wash your clothes. We have a cook who will prepare your breakfast and dinner. There is also a night guard employed for extra security on the premises.


On your weekend trip to Moshi and time in Zanzibar, the group will stay at a hotel. Rooms are shared (single sex). Each room is en-suite with western bathroom facilities.


During the safari the group will stay in tents, usually 2 to 3 persons per tent. The campsites all have electricity, shower and toilet facilities. All have dining hall and kitchen as well. Camping under the stars in a Tanzanian national park – what an experience!


Certain meals will be provided throughout your time in the PMGY Real Tanzania Experience. You can find the exact details of what meals are included in the trip by reading the itinerary section, which you can find by clicking the ‘Itinerary’ tab on this page.


The majority of meals will be traditional Tanzanian cuisine but we will include some western meals every now and again.


Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.






4 weeks
4 weeks + Kili Option

* These fees apply to each individual application and are displayed in USD.



In order to confirm your place on a PMGY programme you need to pay the Registration Fee ($249). The remaining Programme Fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.


You’re only required to pay your $249 Registration Fee once we can guarantee you a place on the programme, unless you’re applying within 60 days of your programme start date in which case you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. We will notify you by email that you have been successful in your application.


Any remaining payments must be made no less than 60 days prior to your start date. This payment can be made in one lump sum or in several instalments. If you chose to take our insurance or book a flight with PMGY then these must be paid for (in full) at the time of booking.


Payments can be made directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur.







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