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Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Teaching and Community Involvement

Get a glimpse of life in an African town, at a beautiful destination in the heart of Tanzania, and have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the community. In this project you will teach English, help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the community, give support to women and other groups who are suffering from HIV/AIDS, and more.



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectMoshi, northern Tanzania
Project LengthMin 2 weeks - Max 12 weeks
Arrival AirportKilimanjaro International Airport
Volunteer WorkTeach English to children, teachers, and other community leaders, work with HIV/AIDS organizations to help raise awareness in the community and rural areas, and help strengthen and promote women’s empowerment
Number of ParticipantsUp to 10 international volunteers
Age18 - 70

What's Included

AccommodationShared accommodation at the project base
Food3 meals a day
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersIncluded on arrival and departure day
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration
Orientation All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival
Insurance Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage

What's Not Included

Flights, personal expenses, and visa (approximately $300 USD).


This project takes place in Moshi, in the north of Tanzania, which is situated at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Moshi is a modern, vibrant town with a dynamic mix of Tanzanians from different tribes and backgrounds, all living and working together side by side. In Moshi, you will find a warm and welcoming community operating at a leisurely pace in a sunny climate. 

Moshi is the perfect location for adventurers wanting to explore a fascinating part of Africa. Located a few hours’ drive from major safari destinations such as the Serengeti, the Ngorogoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire, you are so close to seeing (and hearing!) Africa's iconic beasts such as the mighty lion, the social elephant, the beautiful zebra and the elegant giraffe.


About the Project

Volunteers in this project support the local teachers in educating and playing with children. While TEFL graduate volunteers and qualified teachers are most welcome, anyone can come and teach on our Moshi project.  

Our volunteers get involved in:

  • Teaching English to children, teachers, and local adults 
  • Singing and dancing with children
  • Developing the children’s creative skills through crafts such as painting, drawing, and colouring
  • Playing developmental games with the children 
  • General upkeep of the school so that it is a pleasant environment in which to learn 


Volunteer Work and Contribution

Throughout your stay you will be participating in various community activities. Below is some information on our current projects in which our volunteers work:  

Nursery schools:

We work with several nursery schools in the Moshi area. Nursery schools are usually divided into three classes in Tanzania: babies (ages 3-4), juniors (ages 4-5), and seniors (ages 5-7). Our volunteers typically work with juniors and seniors, helping the local teacher to teach the children English, sing songs, play games and lead creative activities.

Education center:
The education system in Tanzania is very rigid, which results in many young people leaving school early. This education center supports local people as they gain a valuable education. Volunteers in this project teach English to teenagers and local adults from the community. 
Secondary school:
Our project team manages an after-school class program in a secondary school in Moshi. Volunteers teach students English, as well as conduct HIV and AIDS awareness workshops. Young people in Tanzania are considered to be an ‘at risk’ group in terms of HIV transmission. Therefore, HIV/AIDS awareness alongside English classes are very important.  The students are extremely energetic and really enjoy meeting volunteers from across the world!  
Friday community work:
We also work with other groups within the community on an ad hoc basis.  Community projects on Fridays will involve working with a diverse group of people on a broad range of projects. Some Fridays will see volunteers facilitating activities in local orphanages whilst other weeks may involve work at a retirement home or at special needs schools. This community work will allow volunteers to gain a diverse insight into the lives of many different people in the local community. 

A typical day:

Here is how a typical day in the life of a Moshi volunteer might take shape. Please note that your itineraries may differ from this, depending on your own experience/interests and the number of other volunteers on the placement at the same time. This is merely to give an example from Monday to Friday:
  • 7:30 am: Rise and shine! Breakfast at the volunteer base.

  • 8:30 am: Leave for morning activities.

  • 9:00 am: Begin teaching a themed class at one of our local nursery schools, teach English to adults, etc.

  • 12:00 pm: Lunch break. You will go back from the school to the volunteer base.

  • 3:00 pm: Teach English and facilitate an HIV/Aids awareness workshop with secondary school boys and girls in an after-school program

  • 5:30 pm: You will be able to relax, have a cold drink, socialize with the locals and other volunteers, and enjoy all that Moshi has to offer until dinner.

  • 6:30 pm: Dinner – a time usually spent sharing stories about your day!

In the evenings, volunteers socialize with each other and prepare for the next day.  

You will have Saturdays and Sundays off to explore and partake in the many tourist activities in the area, or to rest from your week of volunteering.


Living Arrangements

Accommodations: volunteers stay in Moshi at the project base in shared accommodation with other volunteers. Rooms are comfortable but basic and you will be placed in same gender rooms. 

Food: volunteers receive three meals a day. Breakfast includes eggs, porridge, toast, fruit, tea, and coffee. Lunch and dinner include a mix of local and international foods which are freshly prepared each day by our team of dedicated chefs. We also have a "volunteer cook night" where volunteers cook for each other.

Laundry: weekly laundry service during your stay (please note you will need to wash your own underwear).

Internet: Internet facilities are available in town.  


Travel Highlights

Tanzania offers a variety of tours and safari options, which are perfect for a weekend getaway, or a post/pre-project safari. Moshi is only a few hours’ drive from exciting safari destinations such as the Serengeti, Ngorogoro, Tarangire and Lake Manyara.
Our staff in Moshi can help advise you on a number of different getaways which can include a safari, a trip to the Tanzanite mines, a visit to Zanzibar, a trip to the famous Serengeti National Park or the unique Ngorongoro Crater, and climbing the mighty Kilimanjaro! 

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age 18, maximum age 70
  • Good English (some previous teaching experience will be helpful but is not essential)
  • Full travel & medical insurance
  • Immunizations (please consult your doctor - the area is a malaria zone)
  • Police clearance form


Here's an excerpt of Jen's experience:

  "I was lucky enough to be teaching the Masai, who were adults in the local tribe trying to learn to read and write Swahili and speak small bits of English which would help in the tourist industry. Many of them worked as guards or for a local hotel which meant it was good to know some English as well as Swahili. They were all lovely, and were always excited and willing to learn; it was amazing seeing how happy they were after we would tell them they had got something right."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

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