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Medical Volunteer in Tanzania!

Do you dream of experiencing beautiful African scenery and wildlife at an affordable price? Do you want to help in impoverished communities in Tanzania while learning about their fascinating culture and history? Then this IFRE volunteer program is the right fit for you.

Tanzania is a gorgeous country, filled with spectacular scenery like the Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as exotic wildlife like lions and elephants. It also has a deep and rich history, with many different ethnicities and cultures having lived on this land for millennia.

Sadly, it is also a country stricken by poverty, which leads to often inadequate healthcare for its citizens. This hits rural areas and city outskirts the hardest, with local hospitals and clinics located here lacking the proper manpower or resources to adequately care for their charges. Volunteers are desperately needed to alleviate this desperate lack of access to medical services in rural areas.

As part of our Medical Volunteer Tanzania project, you can provide vital aid to the disadvantaged and help ensure that all Tanzanians, regardless of wealth and social standing, have access to proper healthcare and medication.

Contact IFRE to inquire about this exciting opportunity to gain the experience of a lifetime exploring an exciting and beautiful place.

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Skills and Qualifications:

Applicants interested in joining our volunteer medical program in Tanzania need to possess previous experience and training in the medical field. If you’re a nurse, doctor, or medical student with love and passion for the most disadvantaged, then you are perfectly suited to this project. You need to have a kind disposition and have a great capacity for patience, as well as a sincere wish to see healthcare services provided to those who cannot afford or access them.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Volunteers’ Responsibilities & Impact

Your exact responsibilities will greatly depend on your education, experience, and existing skills/qualifications. Volunteers are not allowed to perform major diagnostic or surgical work, but will work closely with local doctors and medical staff by shadowing them.

Common tasks for medical volunteers in Tanzania include taking measurements, assisting doctors, working in health camps distributing medication, providing health advice and counselling to patients, and treating minor injuries and wounds. You will also be assisting with administrative work and patient records as needed.

This work will provide crucial care and attention to an often-overlooked part of Tanzanian society, and the kindness you will show your patients will be greatly appreciated. It will also provide relief to an incredibly overworked local medical staff, letting them reach even more people and provide even better care.

  • First Day: On your first day ofTanzania medical volunteering, your in-country coordinator will bring you to your clinic and hospital and introduce you to your fellow medical staff. The day will be spent briefing you on your duties and getting to know the staff.
  • Weekdays: Your medical work starts on the second day, and while every day will present a brand new and exciting challenge, a typical day looks like this:
  • 6.00 to 7.30 AM: Breakfast is served by your hosts, consisting of a delicious and authentic home cooked meal enjoyed as one of the family.
  • 7.45 AM: After a hearty meal you set out for an incredibly rewarding day of helping save lives.
  • 12.00 PM: Around noon you will get a break for lunch together with your new colleagues.
  • 3.00 PM: Around this time your medical work will conclude for the day, and you have the rest of the afternoon and evening to discover everything the nearby area has to offer.

Medical Volunteer Tanzania: Dates and Fees

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Medical Volunteer Tanzania is not available from 18th December to 5th January .

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency.

Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Volunteer Program Fee (US$)

Duration Medical
  1 Week   $505
  2 Weeks   $660
  3 Weeks   $815
  4 Weeks   $970
  5 Weeks   $1,125
  6 Weeks   $1,280
  7 Weeks   $1,435
  8 Weeks   $1,590
  9 Weeks   $1,745
  10 Weeks   $1,900
  11 Weeks   $2,055
  12 Weeks   $2,210

Note: 50/week surcharge for medical project

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »

Please apply for volunteers visa since volunteers are not allowed to use tourist visa to work as a volunteer,

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
  • Airport pick up
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Business visa fee. Pleases see volunteers visa requirement in Tanzania http://tanzaniaembassy-us.org/?page_id=76
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

C permit can be received upon arrival.

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Accommodation and Meal

While working as a medical volunteer in Tanzania, your accommodation will be provided by a safe and loving host family. They are respected local members of the community, with a proven track record of happy and safe volunteers. They will open their home to you and make you feel as one of the family and are also eager to teach you everything they can about their country and culture. They will provide you with three delicious and authentic Tanzanian family meals a day.

Read more about the accommodation and meals you can expect in Tanzania.

Free Time and Weekends Exploration

Not only will you get to save lives while in Tanzania, during the week, you’ll have free time every day to explore the local area and discover everything it has to offer. Additionally, on the weekends you will have both Saturday and Sunday to go on longer excursions all across Northeastern Tanzania and take in the gorgeous Serengeti.

Learn more about some of the amazing locations you can visit while volunteering in Tanzania.

Safety and In Country Support

We always make sure our volunteers are safe and comfortable during their project. As one of our medical volunteers, you can expect full support from the moment you reach out to us until the very last moment of your project. Our experienced in-country coordinator will be available at all times to help you with anything you need, and your host family will provide a safe atmosphere for you to stay in.

Read more about our track-record on safety and our extensive in-country support network.

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Medical Volunteer Tanzania: FAQs

Arrival and departure

Volunteers must make sure they fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport one day prior to their medical volunteering trip in Tanzania. It is advised that volunteers maintain a direct contact with our country coordinator and provide him/her with their flight details before boarding the flight.

There will be a local representative of IFRE waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to your accommodations. However, we do not offer any kind of airport drop-off service once the project is finished, thus volunteers must arrange thistransport themselves.

Airport Pick-up and Drop

All of our international volunteers in Tanzania will be welcomed by our local representative after their arrival in the airport. Volunteers are advised to send proper details of their flight to our country coordinator so airport pickup services can be done in a timely manner.

However,if volunteers have to catch another flight or if their flight gets delayed then they need toget in touch with our country coordinator immediately so that airport pickup time can be changed and scheduled for a later time. This way we can avoid unnecessary complications.


It is required for all our international volunteers to obtain a business visa from the embassy of Tanzania before the start of their health care volunteer project in Tanzania. Immigration officials won’t allow entry to volunteers without a legitimate tourist visa.

Visa on arrival is also available at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. So, if you are in a hurry then you can just get one at the airport after your arrival. The visa on arrival is availableto citizens of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and most countries inEurope.

You can alsoextend your tourist visa if you wish to continue working on our healthcare Tanzania volunteer programs. To do that, you just have to visit the Immigration Office located in Dar es Salaam. Keep in mind, you’ll have to pay an extra fee for the visa extension.

Learn more details about Tanzanian tourist visas


For our Tanzania medical volunteer project, our volunteers must get vaccinated for deadly diseases such as hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, diphtheria, Hepatitis A, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, malaria, and typhoid.

learn more about these vaccinations and find out why they are important, and you should consult your medical doctor before taking any vaccinations.

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Volunteer Health and Safety

Safety Tips for Your Volunteer Abroad Trip

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Volunteers should come with their own scrubs and a stethoscope, if necessary. In addition, if volunteers are volunteering through an organization, school etc. They may bring any hospital supplies to the hospital in Tanzania they deem necessary. It is very helpful and appreciated whenvolunteers provide additional supplies.

Why volunteer in Medical project in Tanzania?

Health project volunteering gives a sense of accomplishment

Taking part in Tanzania medical volunteer opportunities gives you a rare sense of accomplishment. By providing medical assistance to the distraught children and adults you will realize that your work is helping change people’s health.

Making a tangible difference in the lives of the underprivileged population

Volunteering in our Tanzania Health program is an unbeatable opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the world. Providing adequate healthcare can unlock massive opportunities for the underprivileged people in the future.

Get to know closely about the Health System of Tanzania

By volunteering in Tanzania medical volunteer program ou get to learn about a new and different health treatment system. This is an eye opening and educationalexperience.

Derive valuable work experience of international health issues

By taking part in our Volunteering in Tanzania Health program you will not only give the needy a better chance of survival but gain valuable health related experience internationally. The time devoted here in helping the distraught people consistently improves your medical career prospects.

Boost the overall health of people in the rural areas of Tanzania

The majority of Tanzanian people face huge problems in getting adequate treatment for simple diseases and illness. So, by participating in Medical Volunteer in Tanzania Projects, you’ll be providing easy medical access to these underprivileged populations. This in turn will boost their health for a better means of survival.

Learn teamwork through health volunteering

Volunteering in Tanzanian medical programsgives you a new appreciation for learning from and working with people from vastly different backgrounds. This is once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and learn with people whom you might otherwise never have gotten a chance to interact with.

Other Volunteer Programs in Tanzania

No matter what your passion for volunteering is, IFRE offers variety of volunteering opportunities such as work in orphanage, teaching English, teaching computer education, women empowerment, HIV/AIDS volunteering, summer volunteering in Tanzania

IFRE Medical Volunteer Opportunities in Other Countries

  • Cambodia - Health/Medical Project
  • India - Medical/Health Project
  • Nepal - Work in Health Project
  • Sri Lanka - Medical Volunteer
  • Thailand (Surin) - Medical Project
  • Ghana - Health Projects
  • Kenya - Work in Health Project
  • South Africa - Health Projects
  • Uganda - Health Projects
  • Argentina - Medical Project
  • Costa Rica (Cortes) - Healthcare
  • Costa rica (San Jose) - Healthcare
  • Guatemala (Xela) - Healthcare
  • Guatemala (Antigua) - Volunteer in Healthcare
  • Peru - Medical/Healthcare Project
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