Tanzania – Girl Empowerment in Moshi

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Help provide young women with a better opportunity in life by participating in community development projects aimed specifically at educating girls. Explore the cultural and social issues that the community is experiencing and learn more about life in Tanzania for women.

Program Highlights:

  • Make a significant impact on the lives of young girls living in Tanzania
  • Empower women through education and inspiration
  • Immerse yourself in Maasai culture
  • Experience learning a different language: Swahili!
  • Live a stone’s throw away from Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Spend your weekends going on safaris and swimming in waterfalls


Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum two-week commitment):

Arrival Day, Monday: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). You will be picked up at the airport and taken to your new home near Moshi Town. Take the time to get settled and meet other volunteers.

Days 1-4, Tuesday-Friday: Spend your days working on literacy and social development programs, teaching English and participating in the female empowerment and gender equality after school club. You will have lots of time to spend with the girls so you will be able to see the impact of your work directly.

Days 5-6, Saturday-Sunday: Your weekends are free to explore Tanzania. Go hiking in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro and swimming in waterfalls, or go on a safari tour in the incredible Serengeti National Park.

Remaining Weeks: The remaining weeks will follow a similar schedule of volunteering Monday-Friday and having Saturday-Sunday off. Use your weekends to go on cultural tours of Moshi or even take a trip to the tropical island of Zanzibar. Departures are on a Monday.


Location icon Location of the Project: Moshi, Tanzania

Project length Project length: Min 2 weeks – Max 8 weeks

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work:  English and Health education; empowerment sessions, HIV/AIDS support

Age Age:  18-60

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 14 international volunteers


What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Shared rooms in a volunteer house

Food Food: Three meals per day

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers:  Airport transfers are provided on both arrival and departure days

Orientation Orientation: Orientation upon arrival includes introductions to the Kilimanjaro area as well as introductions to project staff and overview of project before volunteer work begins.

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.


What’s not Included

Flights, visas (approx. $350 USD), travel health insurance, personal expenses

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. It also has a number of restaurants, supermarkets, and cafes.

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.


Hundreds of young girls in Africa are missing out on basic education, finding themselves in abusive situations and being forced into marriages and early pregnancy simply because they are girls. This project aims to deliver opportunities for teenage girls to gain support within their communities as well as make more informed choices as they grow up.

The teenage years are a critical time in a girl’s life and where prospective opportunities can flourish through education, learning skills and social support. This project focuses on empowering young girls to fulfill their rights to proper education, health and protection from violence and abuse, ensuring they have the chance to achieve their potential and go on to become empowered women who support their families, communities, and country.

This project provides allows you to deliver valued support to girls and to educate boys, men and the community on the issues adolescent girls face. While the project aims to provide opportunities for girl and women empowerment, engaging with all genders is important for its success. As a volunteer you may be involved in a range of community initiatives including:

  • Nursery schools: In Tanzania, nursery schools are divided into three classes: babies (ages 3-4), juniors (ages 4-5), and seniors (ages 5-7). As a volunteer, you will help with all three classes, including teaching the children English, singing songs, playing games and leading creative activities.
  • Afterschool club: The complex education system in Tanzania often results in many young people leaving school early. The education center sponsors young people so that they can gain a valuable education.
  • NAFGEM: Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with the Network Against Female Genital Mutilation and local women’s groups.


A typical day: You will begin the morning volunteer work by teaching local teenagers and adults and leading discussions about gender social issues. Mid-morning classes ill take place at the nursery school. Evening volunteer work includes working in an afterschool center that focuses on female empowerment, or you may be working with The Network against Female Genital Mutilation (NAFGEM). On Fridays you will be working with the local women’s group.

   Internet icon Internet: Internet facilities are available in town for a small fee.

Laundry icon Laundry: A weekly laundry service is available for an additional fee.

Accommodations icon Accommodations: Volunteers stay in the rural village of Msaranga at the project base, about six kilometers away from Moshi. At the project base, volunteers will stay in comfortable, shared rooms, equipped with bunk beds and mosquito nets.

Food icon 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.


Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Police clearance
  • Good level of English
  • Some previous teaching experience will be helpful, but is not essential
  • Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)

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.

The project coordinators in Moshi can help advise you on a number of different getaways which can include a trip to the Tanzanite mines, a visit to Zanzibar, a trip to the famous Serengeti National Park or the unique Ngorongoro Crater, and, of course, climbing the mighty Kilimanjaro!

Project Orientation (Included):
On arrival in Moshi, you will receive a comprehensive orientation, including:

  • Information that will help with your integration into the project, as well as give you further tips for your involvement
  • Introduction to all senior project staff and heads of department
  • Introduction to Kilimanjaro and the surrounding area
  • Overview of the volunteer roles and responsibilities

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