Tanzania is a
great place to volunteer. Formed in 1964 by the merger
of Tanganyika and the island of Zanzibar it is a stable
democracy attracting inward investment and is in 152nd
place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when
ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to
knowledge and the living standards of a country.
population of around 44 million, Tanzania is
nevertheless a country facing many challenges, few of
which are unique to sub-Saharan Africa. There is wide-spread
poverty, water access can be poor and life
expectancy is just 53 yrs old not least because of poor
health care provision and access with one in every six
children in Tanzania dying before their fifth birthday.
AIDS/HIV is also a major concern with a staggering two
million children in Tanzania orphaned by the virus. Fortunately the stability of the country makes its attractive to
volunteer work projects which mainly focus on working with orphaned,
marginalized and abandoned children; developing AID/HIV awareness and rolling out treatment programs, and promoting education
particularly amongst girls and young women whose take up rate is traditionally poor in a country where
three million children do not attend any education. If you do volunteer in
Tanzania remember its also an awesome place to visit for
tourist activities when you are in the country from the
Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation
Area, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National
Park and, of course, Mount Kilimanjaro.
If you run or
know of a volunteer work project in Tanzania let us know by
contacting here. We look forward
to hearing from you!