We are looking for volunteers to join our inspiring and challenging expeditions in Tanzania.
Tanzania is a beautiful, friendly and diverse country. Its landscape varies from deep freshwater and saltwater lakes to stunning beaches, vast mountainous terrain including Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, and national parks that form more than a third of its territory including the famous Serengeti National Park. And with over 120 tribal groups ranging from the Maasai warriors, to the Hadza Bushmen, Tanzania is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.
There are 364 mammal species in Tanzania some of which are critically endangered, vulnerable or near-threatened. Almost 20% of Africa's vast array of mammal species can be found across the country's national parks, such as lions, hippopotami, giraffes, elephants and even flamingos.
Based in remote rural areas living and working alongside the local community on sustainable development projects, you will gain a unique insight into daily Tanzanian life.
Early Childhood Development Centres
Compulsory (and free) education in Tanzania starts at the age of 7. Below this age it is estimated that only 35% of children attend pre-primary school centres; the majority of which are based in urban or suburban areas. These centres are important because they provide essential development opportunities for children, allowing them to integrate socially with others, learn through play and discovery, and develop language skills that are vital for their transition into primary school.
ECD (Early Childhood Development) Centres) also play an important part in improving the futures of children by providing nutritious food and education on diet, as well as allowing parents’ time to work to provide an income to support the family. As part of the project you could be involved in the physical construction of an ECD Centre as well as engaging with the local community on health and hygiene, and nutrition awareness.
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)
Volunteer on a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) project to help provide clean safe water and safe sanitation to remote communities in need. Almost half the population in Tanzania currently do not have access to safe water and just 12% of the population have access to safe sanitation facilities. This leads to a huge number of widespread problems including illness, overburdening of health services, low school attendance, and drop out from school because of limited sanitation facilities (particularly for young girls around the age of puberty). Rural Tanzanian women and children spend between 2 – 7 hours a day collecting water, which means there is often little time for school, work or social activities.
You will be working alongside the community to improve access to safe water and sanitation in rural Tanzanian communities through awareness-raising, training and construction projects. These projects will improve the health of the communities we work with but will also give children better access to education and free up women’s time to pursue their own interests or those of the community.
Raleigh International will visit some of the most beautiful and untouched areas of Tanzania on the adventure phase. You could be trekking south east of Iringa and North West of the spectacular Kilombera Valley. This Highland region is rarely visited by outsiders, both from Tanzania or overseas. The region takes in beautiful ridges, stunning peaks, wonderful forests and alluring waterfalls. The trek will consolidate environmental and community issues with the personal development involved in this challenging adventure. You will have the ooportunity to meet and visit extremely remote local communities.
Environmentally you will ensure that no negative footstep behind you and your group. Going back to basics, you will be self-sufficient, carrying everything you need with you. You will camp at night and learn survival and camp craft skills. You will also have the opportunity to shower in the waterfalls of the highlands and become some of the privileged few who have had the opportunity to see this unspoilt and beautiful part of Tanzania.
10 week expedition
Join other venturers and volunteer managers from all walks of life on our unique 10 week expedition. You'll spend 6 weeks on two community projects, working with local communities to install infrastructure that developed countries take for granted, such as sanitation. The other 3 weeks are a tough mental and physical adventure battling nature's elements.
Don't have 10 weeks free? You can choose to do a shorter version of the main expedition by just doing two project phases for 7 weeks.
5 week expedition
On our unique 5 week expedition you'll combine either a 3 week community project with an adventure challenge. This is an intense, adrenalin-fuelled 7 day experience of trekking, survival challenges and water-based activities.