Health Care Volunteering in Tanzania

If you’re a credentialed health care / medical professional interested in sharing your skills and experiencing health care in a developing country, this project is for you.  Health care volunteers in Tanzania have the opportunity to work in hospitals and clinics while performing an array of duties based on local needs, volunteer qualifications, and doctor/nurse directions.

Expand your professional opportunities, improve Tanzanian healthcare and discover the beauty of Tanzania! In Tanzania, you can combine your altruistic nature, medical professional goals, and adventurous side all in one.

Our local partner works with hospitals, clinics and nonprofit organizations to help improve healthcare and treatment for Tanzanians. As a volunteer in Tanzania working on the health care project, you will work alongside local doctors and nurses to promote basic health, sanitation, disease prevention, family planning and much more throughout the local community. Many people in Tanzania have little to no access to healthcare, but with the help of volunteers, local organizations and clinics/hospitals can supply necessary treatments and community education.

As a medical and healthcare volunteer in Tanzania, activities will vary greatly depending on volunteer qualification and experience. Volunteers may just observe doctors/nurses or they may provide direct patient care. Volunteer duties may include:

  • Observing & assisting local doctors/nurses
  • Providing basic care and administering medicine & vaccines
  • Recording patient details such as height, weight, blood pressure, etc.
  • Promoting disease prevention and personal hygiene and sanitation
  • Organizing and leading educational workshops and training
  • Observing basic functions of clinics and hospitals and assisting with administrative tasks
  • Traveling to remote locations to help provide care to rural Tanzanians
  • Teaching the importance of family planning

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Room & Board

Your project fee for projects in Tanzania covers your room and full board in the NGO’s volunteer hostel or with a local host family.

  • Shared, single-sex dorm rooms (2-4 volunteers per room) with shared washroom
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, & dinner)
  • Hot water is usually available (not guaranteed in host family homes)
  • Orientation and 24/7 local support



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

1 week$250
2 weeks$350
Additional weeks (each)$150
Prices for projects in Tanzania are in US Dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (

Included: Airport arrival transport • Orientation on arrival • Shared accommodation in the volunteer hostel / home-stay • 3 meals per day • 24/7 local staff support • Project Donation

NOT Included: Flights • Visas • Vaccinations • Travel insurance • Local transport • Return airport transfer • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees • WiFi / Internet access


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Special Considerations | Health Care Volunteering in Tanzania


For special considerations regarding the project in Tanzania, please visit the Tanzania page.

Medical Credentials

To be a medical volunteer in Tanzania and work in clinics and hospitals, you must submit proof of a medical certification such as a medical ID, EMT, paramedic, nursing, etc. Due to liabilities, volunteers must be healthcare professionals and those who lack medical credentials may not participate in this project.

Criminal Record Check

GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children.  Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee).  U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.

The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.