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Working and volunteering


Volunteering opportunities (generally teaching, or in environmental or health work) are usually best arranged prior to arriving in Tanzania. Note that the Tanzanian government has recently changed the cost of volunteer (Class C) resident permits to US$200 for three months.


Unemployment is high, and unless you have unique skills, the chances of lining up something are small.

  • The most likely areas for employment are the safari industry, tourism, dive masters and teaching; in all areas, competition is stiff and the pay is low.
  • The best way to land something is to get to know someone already working in the business. Also check safari operator and lodge websites, some of which advertise vacant positions.
  • Work and residency permits should be arranged through the potential employer or sponsoring organisation; residency permits normally need to be applied for from outside Tanzania. Be prepared for lots of bureaucracy.
  • Most teaching positions are voluntary and best arranged through voluntary agencies or mission organisations at home.

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