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Orphanages in Dar es Salaam

Program Duration

1-2 Week, 2-4 Week, 5-8 Week, 9-12 Week, 3-6 Month


Throughout the year


Participants in the Tanzania programs must be ready for the challenges of living in Africa and have the flexibility to adapt to simple living conditions. Orphanage volunteers must be prepared to work with a lot of children at once. Tasks will vary from day to day depending on the specific needs of the orphanage. Participants should also be flexible, adaptable and open to experiencing a new culture.

Knowledge of Swahili is not required but it will be very helpful.

Minimum Education

High School


  • English
  • Swahili

Cost in US$:

Starts at USD 885 for two weeks. Please contact us for details

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country staff support
  • Registration fees
  • Written materials pre-departure
  • In-country orientation/Training

Program Fees Include:

Pre-departure Support: ELI's staff is very knowledgeable and happy to help volunteers and interns to prepare for their travels.

Airport Pickup: Volunteers are met at the airport in Dar es Salaam and provided with transportation to their host family.

In-country Orientation: Each volunteer program starts with a two to three day orientation which covers important topics on the logistics of living and working in Dar es Salaam, city tours, help with transportation, and assistance with volunteering permits

In-country Staff Support: ELI's coordinator in Dar es Salaam has years of experience working with economic development projects. She is very resourceful and on call 24/7 in case of emergency.

Accommodations: Volunteers will stay with a local host family where they will be provided with a room and breakfast and dinner each day. By living with a family, volunteers will learn about the day to day rhythms of Tanzanian life first hand as well as sample traditional meals not usually available in restaurants. Host families are eager to welcome volunteers and are a fantastic resource for learning about the local culture and sights.

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Aids
  • Arts
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Childcare & Children
  • Community Centers
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • English Teaching
  • Human Rights
  • Orphans
  • Social Work
  • Sports
  • Street Children
  • Teaching
  • Tutor
  • Youth
  • Youth Development

Typical Volunteer

There is no typical ELI volunteer. We work with people from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds. ELI has placed volunteers ranging in age from 18-81. Successful volunteers are flexible, upbeat, energetic, and inquisitive.

Age Range

18 and up

This Program is open to

Worldwide, American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi and South African Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Group living
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work


Application Process Involves

  • Resume
  • Written Application
  • Online Application