Volunteering in Tanzania

Key Information


Application Deadline: 21/02/22 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Extra-curricular opportunities, Volunteering

Ref: 10006352


Departure Date: 31/05/22

Return Date: 29/06/22


£1500-£1600: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding any support). Students will also be required to pay for: UK transfers, visits, food and drink, DBS check and visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £400

Additional Funding: Turing Scheme Bursary: £480 + £110 extra for students from disadvantaged backgrounds


Accommodation: Booked and provided by IVHQ

Travel: Booked by DMU (students travel as a group)


General Enquiries: dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk


All DMU students are eligible to participate in this opportunity, but it would be particularly relevant to those with a demonstrable interest in public good, volunteering and contributing towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.


There are a maximum of 15 places available, with a minimum of 8 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommend to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Please note, that no DMU staff will be travelling with students as part of this opportunity, instead participants will be supported by IVHQ and the host organisations in Tanzania. 


DMU Global in cooperation with our partner International Volunteer HQ, are offering DMU students the chance to spend 4 weeks volunteering in Tanzania in summer 2022. By participating in this opportunity you will help to make a genuine difference to hundreds of people by working on a variety of community projects. During this volunteering opportunity, students will have the opportunity to make a positive impact with the local community by engaging with one of the following projects based in and around Arusha:

  • Childcare – Assist at kindergartens and early childhood centres in low income areas in Arusha. Participants will gain childcare experience while helping staff at underfunded, poorly resourced centres by providing quality care, educational activities and support. The primary aim of this project is to improve education and provide care for children in disadvantaged communities.
  • Teaching – Assist in schools in Arusha and the surrounding area. Classes can be large and under-resourced so having volunteers available makes a genuine difference to the pressure on local teachers and the education students receive. Volunteers also gain teaching experience while helping to broaden the horizons of students and providing valuable exposure to the English language.
  • Women’s education – Assist at local NGO’s that support women affected by gender inequality and issues including domestic violence, homelessness and HIV/AIDS. Participants will gain experience working with disadvantaged women in under-resourced communities by providing companionship, guidance and sometimes childcare. The primary aim of this project is to empower women through income-generating projects, education and skills training.

For more information about IVHQ and the specific volunteering opportunities in Tanzania, please visit the IVHQ website.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

De Montfort University is the only higher education institution in the UK to be a global hub for one of the Sustainable Development Goals – SDG 16 to promote peace, justice and strong institutions. The SDGs were introduced by the United Nations in 2010 with the aim of improving the lives of millions of people by 2030.

Through our activities at DMU, we aim to contribute to all of the UN SDGs in a variety of ways. This DMU Global volunteering opportunity specifically gives students the chance to engage with the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Learning Objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop a range of skills and competencies that enhance your studies and boost your employability. Through participation in this volunteering opportunity in Tanzania we expect that students will develop the following:

  • A greater sense of societal responsibility and civic mindedness, by engaging in behaviours and activities in the best interests of society and the environment.
  • Respect for other cultures, beliefs, world views and practices.
  • Cross-cultural empathy and the ability to understand cultures and how different people perceive situations, emotionally respond to them, and how to behave as a way of showing understanding.

Cultural Activities

The projects offered within the volunteering program will provide many opportunities for intercultural learning. As students will be volunteering for 3-6 hours per day, there will be plenty of time to explore Arusha and its surroundings. Arusha is known for its amazing wildlife, where volunteers can see Africa’s Big 5 – lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhino, as well as a vast array of other species.

You will be able to explore Arusha’s great markets or the cultural heritage centre. You can also take a few days to hike up the nearby Mt Meru, or learn about the Maasai and Meru tribes of the area.

COVID-19 information

  • Travel to Tanzania is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website.
  • Students are strongly advised to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine prior to travel. Failure to do so could mean that you are required to self-isolate, quarantine or pay for additional tests.
  • Accurate and up-to-date information about the entry and testing requirements for Tanzania can be found on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office website. The current requirements are for travellers to take a PCR test before travel to Tanzania, and a rapid test upon arrival. In addition, travellers are required to take a lateral flow or PCR test within 2 days of arriving back in England. Further Information can be found on the UK Government website.
  • For fully vaccinated travellers, the estimated costs for the required COVID-19 tests are £100. Students are required to arrange and pay for these tests independently.
  • All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.