Volunteer Teaching in Tanzania

It’s said that the most important thing you can give to a child is your time.  That’s especially true for underprivileged children.  Volunteering in Tanzania at a school is one of the best ways to experience local culture and make a significant impact in a short time.  Even if you’ve never taught before, this project provides the perfect opportunity to help improve a child’s life and education.

Like in most countries, the demand for English is constantly increasing in Tanzania as international tourism and trade expand. While the importance of English as a second language is recognized and stressed, many underprivileged children are left without the opportunity to learn English. As a result, many rural Tanzanians are left without hope of better career opportunities.

Volunteer Teaching in Tanzania gives you the opportunity to help improve the educational environment for underprivileged Tanzanian children. Not only will you brighten the futures of your students, you will also experience daily Tanzanian life.

 Depending on skills and interests, volunteers teaching English in Tanzania will work closely with local teachers and follow the set Tanzanian English curriculum. Daily activities may include:

  • Teaching basic English
  • Aiding local teachers with lessons and activities
  • Teaching other subjects, such as math or science
  • Organizing extracurricular activities such as music, dancing, sports, art, games, etc.
  • Teaching life skills such as basic business, painting, sewing, cooking, etc.
  • Teaching basic health and sanitation
  • Fundraising for educational programs
  • Assisting with local curriculum development
  • Maintaining the schools
  • Playing with the children
  • Assisting school/organization staff with local projects

This program is closed during semester breaks and midterm examinations.  Dates are subject to change, but placements are not available from mid-June until August and from mid-September to mid-October.  Please email us for specific dates.

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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 (www.xe.com).

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 | Volunteer Teaching in Tanzania


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

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.