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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 current cost of volunteer (Class C) resident permits is US$200 for three months. Also note that for any volunteering work involving children, you will require a criminal background check from your home country and/or previous countries of residence.

African Initiatives (www.african-initiatives.org.uk) Focuses on girls' education and women's rights, and offers several ways of getting involved, although most opportunities are outside Tanzania.

Frontier (www.frontier.ac.uk) Marine conservation work, primarily on Mafia Island.

Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (www.ieftz.org) Education work in Maasai areas of northern Tanzania.

Kigamboni Community Centre Teaching and other volunteer opportunities in a rural community on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam.

Peace Corps (www.peacecorps.gov) US voluntary organisation with placements in various countries, including Tanzania.

Responsible Travel.com (www.responsibletravel.com) Matches you up with ecologically and culturally responsible tour operators to plan a volunteer-focused itinerary.

Trade Aid (www.tradeaiduk.org/volunteer.html) Skills training work in Mikindani village in southern Tanzania.

Voluntary Service Overseas (www.vso.org.uk) British voluntary organisation with placements in Tanzania.


Unemployment and underemployment rates are 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. Work permit regulations for foreigners have recently become more restricted, so be sure to inform yourself fully of the situation before setting your plans.
  • Most teaching positions are voluntary and best arranged through volunteer agencies or mission organisations at home.

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