Volunteer in an Orphanage in Tanzania

Mentor and befriend orphans in Tanzania one smile at a time

  • Explore the vastness and richness of the lakes and mountains of Tanzania
  • Hop on-board the trip of a lifetime in the home of Kilimanjaro 
  • Unleash your creative skills to educate and empower Tanzanian children
  • Join a heart-based volunteering project connecting volunteers and children
  • Work beside others volunteers who share the same dreams as you
  • Join one of the most affordable programs starting at $175 & trusted by over 22,000 since 2006
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orphanage Projects In tanzania

Tanzania is a country affected by extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and lack of opportunity. These dire social situations in Tanzania result in an ever-increasing orphan population. Local children need immediate help and support.

Tanzania orphanage work is a great project to share your love, passion and help as it goes to people who need it the most. IFRE orphanage projects are located in Moshi and Arusha, two major cities of Tanzania.

Volunteer participation in the orphanage project is appreciated by children and orphanage administration alike. A good portion of the volunteer weekly program fee goes directly to the orphanage project to help to fund their disadvantaged programs.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

There is no specific qualification needed to join the orphanage volunteer project. However, volunteers must be flexible and patient. You should have passion and love for children as well as be able to act as a healthy role model for the children.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Volunteers working in Tanzanian orphanages generally teach English 3-4 hours a day at the local school or in the orphanage. Additional support is provided through homework assistance (English and maybe math, science or other subjects) and assisting/educating them in areas of personal hygiene (i.e. brushing, flossing their teeth) and life skills.

Afternoons and evenings are fun times. Volunteers organize activities, games, sing-a-longs and dances as well as other creativity-based activities to teach the children.

While the children attend a school, possible daytime activities besides teaching English for volunteers include administrative work and fundraising, proposal writing and possible help with cleaning, cooking and gardening.


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 home base 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 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.

Alexandra Miller

These last six weeks of volunteering have been a truly amazing and life-changing & very wonderful experience for me.

Alexandra Miller


Leslie Slade

I had an excellent time, better than I ever could have imagined. Other volunteers were so nice and willing to help.

Leslie Slade

- Vermont, USA

Don Maddocks

I had a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to teach children of all different ages.I am sad to leave!

Don Maddocks


Manko Blakely

My volunteer experience with IFRE has been unforgettable. It has opened my mind & heart. Staffs were very helpful.

Manko Blakely

- Germany


  • Please provide a typical day schedule for the orphanage project.

    A typical volunteering with a Tanzanian orphanage consists of volunteers arriving at 8:30 am and working until 12:30 pm. They have the choice of joining the children for their lunch hour or returning to the volunteer house for lunch and returning to the orphanage at 2:00 pm.

    Having the volunteers join the orphans for lunch is an enjoyable experience for both. Volunteers will assist at the orphanage between 2-7:00 pm, following which, they are welcome to venture into town or relax back at the volunteer house.

  • What type of accommodations do volunteers get at the orphanage project?

    Volunteers with the Tanzanian orphanage project will stay at a volunteer house or with a host family. Whichever location volunteers stay in, they will be provided basic, clean accommodations and local food three times a day.

  • How far is the project from the accommodation? How do I commute daily?

    We partner with a number of orphanages in Tanzanian, therefore the distance they are located from the accommodations will depend on which you are assigned to.

  • Could you please send me the contact details of the host family and the project?

    Volunteers are provided with detailed placement information upon registration for the program.

  • How many children are in the orphanage and what are their ages?

    We work with many orphanages; therefore, number of children will vary depending on the orphanage. The number of children in the orphanage also changes, as sometimes orphanages grow in size or decrease as children are added or adopted. The number can fluctuate.

  • What are the day-to-day activities in the orphanage project? What do I actually do? What would daily life look like in the orphanage?

    While volunteering in an orphanage, volunteers will assist with a variety of task, including, but not limited to:

    • Helping with manual work around the orphanage such as cleaning, cooking – this is not a required task, but volunteers are welcome to help.
    • Provide meaningful, compassionate interaction with the children, which can include games, coloring, educational lessons or simply just having a presence.
    • Assist children with their school work.
    • Assist at meal time.
  • How many hours a day do we work in the orphanage?

    The hours volunteers may choose to work in the orphanage are flexible. We ask that volunteers assist at least 6 hours daily; however, some volunteers choose to work a full 8 hour day. We thoroughly appreciate the time and assistance provided by our volunteers, and want them to also enjoy the beauty and culture Tanzania has to offer.

  • Is the orphanage placement available year-round? When will it close and for how long?

    The orphanages in Tanzania we work in are open year round, and do not close.