Volunteer in Tanzania with Plan My Gap Year, an award-winning, international volunteer abroad organisation. PMGY provides safe, trusted and affordable programmes overseas with a wide range of volunteer projects in Tanzania including ChildcareEnglish Teaching & Medical opportunities.

PMGY Tanzania is located in the northern city of Arusha which is the gateway to many of the countries national parks. Our programmes start on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month throughout the year and participants can join us from 2-24 weeks in Tanzania. Volunteers are provided with an extensive pre-departure support service, airport pickup, orientation, meals, accommodation and local support throughout their placement.


















Leave a lasting impression on the lives of some Tanzania’s most disadvantaged children assisting with childcare and education.

From $375

2-24 WEEKS



Teach in a school or orphanage in one of the most extraordinary places in the world. Help the children build a positive, constructive futures for themselves.

From $375

2-24 WEEKS



Combine learning with hands-on activities in this placement that will give you essential and exciting experience for your medical career.

From $540

2-24 WEEKS



Spend a life-changing 6, 9 or 12 weeks of volunteering across the world’s second-biggest continent in Ghana, fascinating Tanzania & epic South Africa!

From $1575

6-12 WEEKS



An epic journey across 10 enthralling destinations and 4 breathtaking continents. If you are looking for the ultimate trip, then this is your Encounter!

From $5775

20-40 WEEKS



PMGY provide a sociable structured meaningful experience across need driven community projects in Africa, Asia and South America. Each year, we have thousands of volunteers working across a range of our projects from teaching and childcare to wildlife, medical and more. Our volunteer reviews are testament to the extensive pre-departure support and legacy our team provides to match the unbelievable in-country experience our volunteers engage in.


We are transparent and affordable with our fees, committed to long-term sustainable community development, all our local programmes are fully vetted and offer some great travelling and cultural opportunities to ensure that your time with us overseas is the best it can be.


A combination of all these reasons and more are why so many of our volunteers choose to come back to us and volunteer year after year with PMGY!


Book your flights as early as possible after confirming your place on the programme to ensure you get the lowest airfare possible.


You should book your flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport. The airport code is JRO.


PMGY work with various partners in the aviation industry to offer our volunteers competitively priced flights. If you would like any assistance in booking your flight, you can request an optional flight quote during the online application or feel free to call us or drop us an email.


PMGY have an ATOL Licence to ensure any flights booked through us are financially secured by the Civil Aviation Authority.


Travel Insurance really is a travel essential. It is mandatory for all of our participants to have adequate travel insurance in place across all their trip dates incase anything goes wrong when overseas.


PMGY have teamed up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive optional travel insurance policy specifically designed to insure PMGY volunteers for all their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone up to the age of 65 and covers you for any PMGY destination and any onward travel you may arrange (excluding the US and Canada).


Plan My Gap Year Ltd is an appointed representative of Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).


If you’d like to purchase Plan My Gap Year Travel Insurance, you can add this option on during your online application.


Before you begin your programme, we provide extensive pre-departure support on the build up to your volunteer project with us whether it is a month or a year away. This all begins from an online chat or a telephone call that develops into a regular email chain of next step communications to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip with us.


Further to this we provide a forty page plus Volunteer Handbook that provides all you need to know once you confirm your place on the programme with us; from visa guidance and how to get a background check to what to pack and more information on the culture and preparing for your project.


For all our destinations we have Facebook groups made up of our local teams, past, present and future volunteers that provides a great forum for volunteers to network and to also share project updates and community updates across the year.


We have also generated a range of informative and action packed videos to bring some tangibility on what volunteers can expect when travel volunteering with us. This can be accessed on our PMGY Vimeo channel.


Our pre-departure and programme preparation webinars are not to be missed either. They run on selected Tuesdays at 1pm (UK time) and will provide you with some invaluable advice on your upcoming trip. The first webinar covers all 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.


For those looking to go one step further, we introduced a 60 hour online TEFL course to really strengthen volunteers project preparation. This really is the perfect introductory course to teaching English abroad and enable you to acquire some key skills along the way as well as an internationally accredited certificate.


Our projects are based in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania in Arusha around 60 minutes away from Kilimanjaro Airport. The town of Arusha, also known as A-town or Arachuga, is set amongst a backdrop of the impressive Mt Meru and vast lush countryside. It’s a really beautiful setting. It’s a vibrant town with a good nightlife and a friendly atmosphere.


Arusha is also the gateway to Tanzania’s top safaris and the amazing Mount Kilimanjaro. You can easily go on a number of incredible safaris from Arusha, climb mountains and even visit traditional Maasai communities. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in town where you can hang out in the evenings.


You will find all the amenities you could need in Arusha including banks, supermarkets and international standard hospitals. It is a welcoming area and really is the perfect setting for a volunteer programme.


Our programmes in Arusha run from 2-24 weeks beginning on the first and third Sunday of each month. Our Real Experience programmes that combine volunteering and travelling run for 4 weeks and start on specific start dates across the year.


PMGY’s programme in Tanzania are ran by our dedicated and experienced in-country local teams who have been fully vetted by our International Team.


Such a committed local staff network provide the structure for your stay with us when working on our Tanzania project. The support structure includes providing accommodation, breakfast and dinner, airport pick up, in-country orientation and 24/7 emergency support.


So whether you are teaching in schools, working at the children’s home or interning at the hospital with us, our local team will also allocate you to your project as well as providing a great framework for you to enjoy a unique cultural experience with us in Tanzania.


Your orientation will begin on Monday. You will spend the day 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 as you begin to get your bearings to life in Tanzania 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.


Please make sure you arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on the selected Sunday start date.


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 our Volunteer House in Arusha. The journey takes around 1 hour. The rest of the day you can relax, meet other volunteers and begin to enjoy your first glimpses of Tanzania.


If you arrive early in the morning and if you are not too jet lagged, then you may get the opportunity in the afternoon to begin your orientation period early with the town tour and chat to the team around placements and more.


Day 2 (Monday) – Orientation


After a good first night rest in Tanzania, its now time to begin your induction into life in Tanzania. The orientation will be a mix of theory, culture and visits to local points of interest.


Day 3-6 (Tuesday-Friday) – Volunteering Begins


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 to the project. This will give you the opportunity to meet your new colleagues, learn about the project and exactly how you will fit in. 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.

Day 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday) – Weekend


Your weekends are free time and there are a number of fantastic options for the weekend. Our local team can assist you and fellow volunteers in organising travel plans. Whether you’re looking for an adventure, a cultural day out or a relaxing weekend– you will find it in Tanzania. There is literally something for everyone. Why not check out our weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time!


The following weeks


You will volunteer from Monday to Friday. On average, you will spend around 3 to 5 hours per day at your volunteer placement. As time passes you will become more confident and involved within project life.


Last day (Sunday)


Sunday is your last day with PMGY. If you are heading home then we can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Please note that this is not included in your Programme Fee.


If you have not travelled much before, it is really hard to know what to expect and many volunteers (and their loved ones) are concerned for their safety and security.


Although we can never fully guarantee your safety, we do everything in our power to ensure your volunteering programme is as careful, safe and secure as possible. Every programme that PMGY offers has been personally inspected and selected by a Director of Plan My Gap Year. We have lived in the accommodation, experienced the orientation, worked on the projects and built strong trusting relationships with our local staff.


In the unlikely event that something was to happen, volunteers have various layers of support that they can go through (and people who will help them in the case of an accident).


1. In-Country Project Coordinators & Support Staff
2. Project Staff
3. PMGY International Team


Projects are monitored on an on-going basis to gauge volunteers’ experiences and we are continually improving our placements and projects through this feedback. Security and safety of our programmes is constantly being reviewed and if you have any concerns we encourage you to discuss these with the local staff at your orientation. During orientation, project staff will also provide guidance in the area of safety and security.


Listed below are some general safety tips.


• Be modest with the amount of jewellery you wear in public.
• Do not drink tap water.
• Be cautious of beggars or crowds. Incidents of theft often occur when there are crowds and confusion to distract you.
• Be cautious about removing money in public.
• Always try to know where you are going before you attempt long journeys. Be especially careful at night.
• Use reputable taxi firms only. Our local staff will recommend some specific companies during orientation. If you are unsure – ask local staff who to use.
• Try to keep in groups at night and never walk alone along dark, empty streets. If possible use transport from door to door after dark.
• The recognised tourist areas can be considered potentially high risk areas for pickpockets and thieves.
• Leave your valuables behind before a night out in the town.
• For traffic safety, always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly when crossing the road.
• Do not accept drinks or food from strangers.


The climate of Tanzania is best described as tropical although this varies from region to region. Along the coast the weather is quite humid whereas further inland it is notably cooler, especially during the evenings in the mountainous areas. The warmest time of the year to visit Tanzania is December through March with the cooler months being June through October.


Tanzania has two rainy seasons. The lighter short rains (Mvuli) fall during November and December and occasionally into January and the heavier long rains (Masika) have their downpour March to May. The shorter rains generally occur at night and during the earlier hours of the morning and are followed by lovely long afternoons of sunshine. The longer rains occur at more frequent intervals, are heavier and last longer. Arusha and its surrounding villages get quite muddy during the rainy season (and can be very dusty in the hotter months) so be sure to pack some sturdy walking shoes and avoid white clothing.


Despite its proximity to the equator, Arusha enjoys a cool and dry climate, due to its high elevation from sea level. The average temperature is 25ºC all year, although it does get quite cold at night so please pack some warmer clothes. Furthermore, it can get quite cold in the months of June and July, so please pack 19 accordingly.



Volunteer House


You will stay at our Volunteer House in Arusha. This is a basic but comfortable set up located just a 15 minute drive from central Arusha in a quiet neighbourhood.


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.


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 has Wi-Fi but it can be unreliable. We usually recommend volunteers to purchase a local SIM Card for a more reliable Wi-Fi service. A weekly laundry service is available for $5 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.


A member of our local team will regularly visit the house to ensure everything runs smoothly. There is a great atmosphere at the accommodation and you will meet some wonderful people to share your experience with.


During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.


Volunteers receive breakfast and dinner at the Volunteer House, which are freshly prepared on-site by our cook. Meals are a mixture of Tanzanian and western cuisine. You should budget around $3 per day for lunch if you plan to eat local meals or $5 to $8 for western food.


Generally, we have a two week rotating menu, which offers a varied choice of meals. For breakfast, you will receive fruit salad, or boiled eggs, or a Spanish omelette, or pancakes.


For your evening meal you may have pasta, lentils and chapatti, veggie burgers, or banana and potato stew. We will always have a vegetarian option available.


There is a restuarant opposite the volunteer accommodation where volunteers can purchase lunch. There are western supermarkets in Arusha where you can purchase food and store it at the house if you’d like to prepare your own lunch/meals.


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.


While some of the projects are within walking distance, most projects require you to take a dalla dalla (local bus) to placement. You should budget up to $15 per week for getting to/from the project. It can take up to 45 minutes to travel to your placement every day. Our local team will guide you through the local transport methods during your in-country orientation, and you can always ask them if you are unsure of how much you should be paying for a journey.


PMGY welcome volunteers of all nationalities and backgrounds. The minimum age to join the programme is 18 and there is no upper age limit. All volunteers need to have a good level of English, although it does NOT need to be your first language. You do not need to speak Tanzanian, although learning a few words in your days with us in Tanzania will go a long way!


We require a clean background check from all our participants in advance of volunteering with us abroad.


In general no formal experience or qualifications are required for the projects, just lots of energy, enthusiasm and preparation. Medical and healthcare projects usually require additional documentation before participation begins in country.


Registration Fees must be paid within 7 days of the application being successful to confirm your place and Programme Fees are due at least 60 days before the programme start date.


UK: +44 800 321 3564

USA: 1-813-422-5109