Program Details

Take part in community development and environmental projects that create lasting change. Immerse yourself in Tanzanian culture while you help to improve access to clean water and promote hygiene awareness, and lend a hand to local reforestation efforts.
Location:
Dodoma, Tanzania, United Republic of; Iringa, Tanzania, United Republic of; Morogoro, Tanzania, United Republic of
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Gap Year
Work Types:
Children, Construction, Economic Development, Education, Environment
Duration:
3-4 weeks, 1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:

A gap year can help shape your future, so do something that matters.

A Raleigh Expedition is a life-changing programme for 17-24 year olds that combines sustainable travel with volunteering. You will live with a local host family in a remote community in Tanzania, not frequented by tourists and work on meaningful projects that create lasting change and protect natural resources.

An Expedition offers more than just the opportunity to travel the world making a difference. It also gives you the chance to build skills for future careers or study that will help you stand out from the crowd.

“An unforgettable, once in a lifetime opportunity doing some life changing work with incredible people. The things I’ve seen and what I’ve experienced over a very packed 10-weeks has changed my life for the better and I have a better perception of the world as a result. I would recommend a Raleigh Expedition to anyone, and will try persuading others to do one.” – Harry, volunteered in Tanzania


Why volunteer in Tanzania

Tanzania is an East African country which packs a heck of a punch when it comes to dramatic scenery, impressive mountains, vast wilderness, and sublime national parks. It’s home to Africa’s highest mountain, (the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro) and lined with an array of vibrant marine life such as colourful coral reefs and whale sharks. Inland you can find stunning wildlife such as elephants, lions, rhinos, and leopards. While the country is also a haven of rich culture, welcoming locals and fascinating ways of life. You will live and work alongside local communities and it’s their lives you will be helping to change for the better.

 

What will you be doing?

In Tanzania, our work focuses on improving community managed water and sanitation systems and building community resilience. You will gain experience of sustainable development work and help this incredible country to move forwards towards a secure future, whilst developing skills for yourself.

You will have the opportunity to take part in three extraordinary projects in different locations and in different teams of young people: community, environment and adventure. The projects that you undertake during your Expedition will be dependent on the length of the programme that you do: 4, 7 or 10 weeks.


Environment project

Your team will be focused on helping with reforestation. As well as planting trees, you will also be working closely with local communities to raise awareness of this important issue. Don’t worry you needn’t be an expert in this area, we’ll support you every step of the way.

 

Community project

Live alongside a remote Tanzanian community and become part of village life. As part of a team of volunteers from around the world, you will be working to improve the community members’ lives. You might be helping improve access to clean water or building sanitation facilities and running events to promote hygiene awareness. We work very closely with local schools, so you will meet other young people from Tanzania.

 

Adventure

Join an exhilarating adventure trek through rural Tanzania. You’ll learn camp-craft and survival skills, sleep under the stars and trek through stunning landscapes. Whilst on your trek, you will visit the Ruaha national park, learn about conservation issues and see some of Tanzania’s incredible wildlife first hand.

 

Tanzania Fun Facts

  • Contains both the tallest (Massai Giraffe) and largest (African Elephant) land animals in the world. Its largest predator is the Lion. UK’s is the badger or red fox….
  • Giraffes have no call, they cannot produce sound through their vocal chords. They also have very high blood pressure.
  • Highest concentration of animals in the world. - The largest crab in the world. The Coconut crab from Zanzibar is apparently delicious.
  • It has the largest inactive & intact volcanic caldera in the world– Ngorongo Crater (19km wide, 600m deep)
  • Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake (surface area  68,800 km2 , Greater London is 1,572 km2.)
  • Tanzania has the world’s most valuable hardwood tree, the Mpingo tree. Also known as the African Blackwood tree.


Raleigh International needs volunteers, like you, from around the world to work side-by-side with communities to create lasting change!

Setting Description:
Immerse yourself in Tanzania, a country of warm hearts and long handshakes. Home to the highest mountain in Africa and the largest concentration of wildlife per square kilometre in the world. You’ll be met at Dar es Salaam airport by our friendly Tanzania staff team.

Additional Program Information

Requirements:
You can join a Raleigh Expedition as a volunteer if you are aged 17 – 24. If you are 25 – 75, you can apply to join our volunteer manager team. Our Expeditions are open to all nationalities. You will need a basic level of English so you can follow health and safety instructions. We welcome people from all over the world, regardless of background, education, skills and experience. We ask volunteers to share our belief in young people’s ability to create change. You’ll also need a positive attitude and an open mind. If you want to challenge yourself and learn about different cultures, then a Raleigh Expedition could be for you.
Scholarships:
No

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