Situated on Africa’s east coast, Tanzania’s landscapes, cultures and wildlife encompass everything that comes to mind when someone thinks of Africa; beautiful beaches, tribal cultures, Mount Kilimanjaro and some of the best safari locations on the continent. Our group trips in Tanzania are open to anyone with an enthusiasm for volunteering together in the developing world; including those at school, in a community group, at university or working together.
Our projects could see your group working with vulnerable and poor children in schools, helping groups of women in community centres or shadowing medical professionals in hospitals and clinics learning about local health issues.
General information on Tanzania
Home to Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain; Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as Africa’s largest lake, hundreds of tropical beaches and huge wildlife reserves, Tanzania truly is one of the most appealing destinations on the African continent.
After Zanzibar gained independence from Britain and combined with the previous British colony of Tanganyika in 1964, the nation of Tanzania was formed. The modern exciting culture holds true to the roots of its tribal traditions and ancestors yet embraces the colonial influences of the last century. Despite being one of the world’s least developed countries, Tanzania’s improving economy and political stability have formed a solid base for continued growth which the people and the country is currently embracing. Since gaining independence, the country’s education and healthcare systems have also improved and volunteers working in medical institutions, day care centres and schools can help this progress to continue.
Where we are based in Tanzania
Projects Abroad is based in two locations in Tanzania; the small town of Moshi at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and the larger city of Arusha. Moshi is situated in the heart of the mountainous Kilimanjaro region. Known as the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park, this peaceful and friendly city is surrounded by mountains, forests and meadows. As one of Tanzania’s major coffee producing hubs, you can find the secret to the perfect cup of coffee in Moshi while touring the farms and surroundings.
The larger city of Arusha is a hub for culture in Northern Tanzania, attracting a lot of young Tanzanians from the surrounding countryside, including many young Maasai tribe members who are embracing the 21st century. The Mount Meru volcano provides an inspiring backdrop by dominating the skyline, as well as a teaser for the much larger Mount Kilimanjaro located 80km to the east. The city relies heavily on tourism and so is a popular destination for tourists preparing for climbs up Mount Kilimanjaro, or for those seeking to join a safari to the west in the Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater or the Serengeti National Park. This city really is ideal for adventurous volunteers looking to add on some exploration after their project!
Most groups will stay in a local hostel or hotel so that organisation for work and trips is easier. This also means that it will be easier for volunteers to arrange activities to do together during their free time, such as exploring the sights and sounds of the city or town in which they are based.
Travel and Tourism in Tanzania
In the evenings and at the weekends, groups will have free time to do with as they please which can be anything from simply exploring the local town to integrating a weekend trip to a location of choice within the country at the weekend. The vibrant markets are worth exploring and are a great place to buy traditional batiks, wood carvings, and Maasai jewellery.
For groups based in Arusha, the town offers plenty of market places, restaurants, shops and museums to keep you entertained in the evenings. However, the true uniqueness of this location is obvious at the weekends when your group can take full advantage of the range of activities that surround the town. Whether it’s going on a safari in the Serengeti National Park, hiking up Mount Meru volcano overlooking the town or climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain!
For groups based in Moshi, the town has a fascinating history and gives you the opportunity to work surrounded by the Chagga tribe. Learn more about their traditions, culture and daily life up close or take a cultural tour around the city. At the weekends, groups should definitely hike to the glistening waterfalls along the lower mountain slopes, enjoy a soak in the bubbling hot springs or take a bike tour from the bustling main roads to the nearby villages, through forest trails and lush green rice fields.
With an impressive 25% of the country protected as conservation areas and national parks, Tanzania is now firmly established as one of the best safari destinations in the world. Couple this with the great improvements in the country’s public transport system in recent years, a trip out of the city or town to see Africa’s famous Big 5 shouldn’t be missed.
“With our group we travelled to the picturesque island of Zanzibar, and went on safari to Mikumi National Park, visiting a local Maasai tribe on the return journey... I would recommend anyone to give Tanzania a go!”Al Macfarlane