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Picture yourself watching a majestic herd of giraffes or impalas on the plains of the Great Rift in Tanzania, or buying spices on one of the exotic islands! As a volunteer in beautiful Tanzania, you can change your life and the lives of other.
Volunteer with IFRE and you can thrill to the spectacle of East Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro, or roam through the inspiring National Park of the Serengeti. Your Volunteer in Tanzania experience will provide memorable, unique opportunities for cultural insights and color, and memories for a lifetime. IFRE’s Volunteer in Tanzania program allows you to help others while you’re savoring the special flavor of a special country! Challenge your preconceived notions, broaden your horizons and enhance the depth and breadth of your life. The country is there. The people are there. The fascinating sights and sounds are there. Where are you?
Give yourself the fascinating gift of helping people, just by being who you are, and bringing them into your heart. Travel with us to Tanzania and write us today for all the details on this life-altering volunteer program!
Importance Notice: Volunteers require Class C permit to volunteer in Tanzania. The permit costs US$200 and can be obtained after arriving in Tanzania.
Start Dates: Our programs start every Monday, although we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.
IFRE is a 501(c)3 organization, so your program fee will be tax deductible. IFRE Volunteers is proud to offer the world’s best fee. Our programs are now more affordable than ever. We are proud to focus on the humanitarian aspect of our business, not on profit. We work very hard and smart to keep our costs down, especially for the volunteers because we know the value of your donated time and efforts. We remain devoted to maintaining both the quality of the program and the safety of all volunteers involved. Below is a brief summary of the program fee and services that IFRE Volunteers offers.
IFRE fees comprise of two separate fees. An application fee of $299 USD (covers advertising, staff/office expenses, etc.) and a nominal weekly program fee (covers room/board, field support, etc). You will pay your fee directly to host families and projects. In this way, what you pay will go for you or people who deserve it (not for profit).
- Language and Culture Program $250
- Summer volunteer and adventure (4 weeks include travel) $2299
- Class C permit is required to volunteer in Tanzania costs (US$200 up to 1-8 week) and (US$500 up to 9-12 week). The permit must be obtained after your arrival in Tanzania. Airport Pick up/Transfer (45 miles) $75
Language and Cultural Immersion program fee includes: Language and cultural training, food and accommodations for 7 days, training materials (books, paper, papers), cost of local sight seeing/tourist sites, recreational activities, cultural programs and additional activities, travel related expenses (one week orientation), Insurance
Additional costs for volunteers: International flights, visa extension, personal expenses on water/soft drinks/entertainment ($1-3 per day), laundry, telephone, immunization
In Tanzania , IFRE offers one week of Language and Cultural orientation in Moshi . This week long intensive language and cultural immersion program includes: Swahili language training, lessons on history, culture, ways of life, visits to local villages/towns/markets, guided city exploration of Moshi and Arusha and local tourist attractions. This IFRE program aims to submerge you in Tanzanian culture, history and ways of life to vastly improve your time as a volunteer in Tanzania . When you understand the life and culture around you, your experience is richer and more rewarding.
If you choose to participate in this one week Language and Cultural immersion course, your volunteer program will begin the Monday following this one-week of Language and Cultural Immersion taught in and around Moshi. This experience should not be missed! So many international travelers wish they could have an opportunity such as this to receive a briefing on customs, language and history.
IFRE manages living accommodations, provides meals and supervision for volunteers for the entirety of their stay in Tanzania. During the volunteer period, most volunteers stay in our safe and secure homebase in Moshi/Arusha. IFRE's home base is located in a beautiful area nearly 30 km from the Kilimanjaro International Airport . We try to create a “home away from home” for volunteers staying at our home base. It is a perfect situation for volunteers to live safely and comfortably while making many new friends and sharing experience every day. Most of volunteers project in Tanzania are located within 1-10 KM of our home base so you may walk or ride a local bus to your project. In the evening when you return to home base, you can relax, eat dinner, explore local areas or simply share experience with volunteer comrades. Our home base provides a same-gender shared room and shared bathroom with running water and a “western” style toilet.
Occasionally, depending on volunteer traffic, available projects or distance to a volunteer's assigned project, we may also place our volunteers with carefully pre-screened host families. Our host families are socially respected and are experienced with hosting international volunteers. They have strong interest in our volunteers' safety and well being and demonstrate this with caution and care. In most host family situations, volunteers will share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Another viable option is an at-orphanage stay. Many orphanages in Tanzania have set aside special rooms to house international volunteers.
Throughout the volunteer project, our local staff stays in contact with volunteers with either face-to-face visits or via email/telephone. IFRE's main office is in Moshi and our in-country coordinator serves as a point of contact for local volunteers. With longer placements, we visit our volunteers every 2 weeks (when possible) and volunteers are always welcome at the local office. If project placement is local, we request that volunteers stop by the office once a week to keep us posted on how they are doing with their home stay and project. If project placement is very far from our main office, then our local staff members maintain communication by either email and/or phone and the local project director serves as a volunteer's contact.
Volunteers have free time for the duration of their volunteer project, weekends and the Language and Culture program. While IFRE does not arrange activities during this time off, our local staff, members and coordinators can provide priceless assistance in making appropriate arrangements for travel in Tanzania . It's the time for self discovery and learning. It's time to explore Tanzania – it is one of the most unique and amazing countries in the world, offering tremendous opportunities for travel and exploration near IFRE's Moshi and Arusha projects. Our IFRE local coordinators/staff are available to give you free advice, travel tips and helps to book your travel.
Moshi rests on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro . This city offers a wide variety of cultural experience as it is home to three major African tribes – the Chagga, Pare and Maasai. Giraffes roam just outside the city and local parks are abundant with wildlife. Local transport is interesting with "Daladalas". These are 16-seat vans which usually transport about 30 people and/or children and livestock at any given time. A typical Moshi experience is more rural than urban with abundant cultural and market experiences throughout this quaint city where nature's borders and city limits are at times indistinguishable.
Arusha is often overlooked as tourists rush to their safaris, but the city is a diamond in the rough and offers up a cultural kaleidoscope of eating and shopping opportunities, and the interaction with local nature can't be beat. Arusha offers many bars and restaurants, with Indian being the predominant cuisine. Colorful markets pulse with bargaining opportunities and the local Maasai market boasts and assortment of handicrafts which can't be found anywhere else in the world. Transport is similar to Moshi's with “daladalas” racing through town. Most travelers see Arusha as a pass-through and not a destination, but an adventurer who embraces this town's eclectic and less-polished vibe will be thrilled with discoveries!
- About Tanzania volunteer program (In General)
- Applying for the Tanzania volunteer program?
- Airport and Arrival Information
- Room and Food
- Health and safety
- Money Matter
- Field Support and supervision
- Climate of Tanzania
- Materials to Bring
- Gift for Host Family and Project
- More About Tanzania