If a trip to Africa is on your must-visit list, you probably know Tanzania is one of the most popular and safe countries you can visit. But there’s also lots of opportunity to give back as a volunteer to the wonderful people you’ll meet along the way.
Just over twice the size of California, Tanzania is an incredible country that should be on any traveler’s must-see list. This East African nation is home to more than four million different types of animals, has over 120 different languages spoken countrywide, and is home to Africa’s tallest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro. And while 90% of Tanzanians live in rural areas, in recent years many have migrated to larger towns and cities.
So why should you volunteer in Tanzania? Of the country’s 48.2 million citizens, about 36% live below the poverty line and are more vulnerable to many types of diseases and illnesses without access to proper medical treatment. In addition to poverty, much of Tanzanian society adheres to strict gender roles, despite legal advances – as a result, a large number of women are physically and sexually abused, and have a great deal of trouble finding legal aid or ways to improve their own lives, or the lives of their families.
Many of Tanzania’s hospitals, children’s homes, schools, and wildlife sanctuaries benefit from volunteers – both skilled and unskilled – to keep them running and helping those in need. As a volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new community and learn from its leaders, while working alongside them to build better lives for their citizens, protect their wildlife, and conserve their environment. You can help women who don’t have a voice find the tools they need to turn their lives around. You’ll work alongside teachers to give a quality education to children of all ages. And you can provide care for domestic animals, or help conserve endangered wild animals to ensure their species survival. All of this and so much more can be done while you experience Tanzania’s wonderful culture, meet wonderful new people, and learn new skills that you can bring home and use long after your travels.