‘Karibu sana!’ Volunteer in Tanzania for three months and you’ll hear this Swahili welcome a lot!

Work alongside Tearfund’s partners, AICT-Geita (African Inland Church Tanzania, Geita region) or Christian Council Tanzania (CCT) and play a part in serving the local community where the need is greatest!

These partners work on projects such as, HIV prevention and care programmes, education and helping to improve quality and access to education, helping communities to develop access to water and sanitation, improve their environment and provide sustainable support when disasters hit.

Through all these projects, AICT-Geita and CCT are acting out the calling they believe God has placed on their heart. ‘Jesus himself was involved with people – comforting them and healing them. The role of the church is to care for the sick, following Jesus’ example.’

CCT and AICT-Geita would love a team of volunteers to join them for three months to help serve alongside these powerful partners, contributing to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development of quality education for all, good health and wellbeing and zero hunger.

So, are you ready?

Three months volunteering in Tanzania will both challenge you personally and stretch your faith. You will experience how the local church is at the heart of tackling poverty and injustice and have the chance to show God’s love in practical ways as you visit and learn from inspirational communities.

Who are we looking for?

Individuals who are flexible and adaptable and would love the chance to spend three months living in Tanzania, working in a team, alongside other volunteers and AICT-Geita and CCT staff.

Planning to take a gap year?

Head out on an adventure of a lifetime for your gap year and serve wholeheartedly alongside some of the most inspiring people you will ever meet. A three month Tearfund placement is the perfect way to use your skills whilst being challenged and developed in ways you never imagined. Learn more about the world, build amazing relationships, and come back from your gap year ready to take on the next step that God has for you.

What could you be doing?
(This will depend on whether you are chosen to serve alongside CCT or AICT-Geita)

We want to make sure that volunteers are helping where the need is greatest in Tanzania, so the day-to-day work may change closer to the time to reflect this. You'll receive a more detailed outline of the work you'll be doing a few weeks before you depart on your placement.

Past teams have been involved in:

  • Engaging and inspiring young people to be involved in helping to develop their own community.
  • Support community living in mining areas with environment management and maintenance.
  • Helping to train the local community on how they can diversify their income.
  • Home visits to vulnerable families living with HIV and AIDS.
  • Training community members on water and sanitation, nutrition to children under five and maternal health care.
  • Working with youth leaders to engage and empower the youth and young people in development.
  • Teaching life skills classes on HIV/AIDS.
  • Working with the local church and the church community mobilisation project on issues of human rights, advocacy and sustainability.
  • Supporting the trainings of women in church and social leadership for them to understand various issues of gender development.
  • Educating and training local community members on gender based violence and child abuse.
  • Teaching on life skills in local primary schools.
Trip date: 06 May 2019 - 03 Aug 2019
£2,950.00 ($3,751.81 approx)
Application deadline: 13 Jan 2019
Pre-departure training: 04 Feb 2019 - 08 Feb 2019 TBC (GB)
Interviews: 18 Jan 2019 - 18 Jan 2019 Tearfund, Teddington (GB

Fundraising amount

Placement fundraising amount: £2,950

What’s included?

  • Training and support before, during and after your placement
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Tearfund staff time
  • In-country travel, food and accommodation

What’s not included?

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel to and from UK training events

Although your placement fundraising amount does not include flights, visas or injections, you will receive good advice and support about organising these aspects. As you will need to pay for these yourself, it is important to keep any fundraising for flights, visas and injections separate from the donations you send to Tearfund to pay for the placement (ie this must be done personally and not through JustGiving or an equivalent site, as the fundraising for these elements is not considered to be a charitable donation).

Please note that all costs are subject to change; this is due to the variable nature of overseas travel expenses.

When do you have to pay?

We don’t ask you to pay the whole fundraising amount all at once.

When you apply you are required to send in a non-refundable deposit. The deposit covers the administrative costs of processing your application, your selection event and pre-departure training event.

After we have confirmed your place and selected you, we will ask you to send in a further deposit. This is for remaining UK administrative costs, such as your medical and criminal record checks, in-country and other necessary preparatory costs that have to be paid in advance, and again, this is non-refundable.

You will need to pay the final balance a month before you travel.

Get a £100 fundraising discount

Once you’ve applied, you can join our refer a friend scheme.

Do you have a friend who wants to volunteer with us too? If you refer a friend to come on a Tearfund 3 or 6 month placement in 2019 then both you and your friend will receive a £100 fundraising discount!

The friend you refer has to be a brand new applicant to Tearfund.

They can apply to any of our 3 and 6 month opportunities to volunteer overseas in 2019.

Simply ask your friend to apply before 13 January 2019, then contact us at go@tearfund.org or call on 020 3906 3111 to let us know they are applying. Once we receive their application forms and their deposit we'll apply the discount for both of you.

Fundraising inspiration

As soon as you have completed your application form we will contact you about fundraising and setting up your JustGiving page. If you would like more inspiration, check out Tearfund's fundraising webzone and Nia’s blog, giving eight great tips.


You’ll receive all the information you need to know to prepare you for your placement, including: in-depth medical and travel advice, travel insurance information, cultural guidelines, fundraising ideas and advice about involving your local church.

Pre-departure training: You must attend our pre-departure training. This will be the first time you met your team. The event will prepare you to visit a new culture, and help you and your team get to know each other. There will be other sessions on culture, staying healthy, safety and security, information about where you are going, as well as plenty of time to focus on God. We take health and safety very seriously and comply with the Global Connections Code of Best Practise in providing you with adequate insurance cover, 24-hour support whilst overseas and appropriate medical equipment and training.

Debrief: On your return to the UK you will be offered a debrief for your team. This is an excellent opportunity to renew friendships, to review what you've experience, and to thank God for all that He has done and to ensure that it continues to impact your life.

Promotion: If you'd like to promote your placement with the media, please email go@tearfund.org

Trip FAQs

Worried about costs?

When we first meet you at an interview day or at pre-departure training, we will give you some ideas about fundraising. If you would like more inspiration, check out Tearfund's fundraising webzone and Nia’s blog with eight fundraising tips.

We don’t ask you to pay the whole cost all at once!

When you apply you are required to send in a non-refundable deposit. The deposit covers the administrative costs of processing your application, interviewing and/or assigning you to a team.

After we have confirmed your place and selected you, we will ask you to send in a further deposit. This is for administrative, preparatory, in-country and other costs that have to be paid in advance, and again, this is non-refundable.

You will need to pay the final balance a month before you travel.

What will I be doing?

All sorts! It totally depends on which country you choose and which partner you volunteer alongside. But we are normally correct when we say... 

  • You’ll be learning loads
  • You’ll be supporting our partner to keep up their fantastic work
  • You’ll be making new friends
  • You’ll be growing in your relationship with God

Here are some recent examples:

In Cambodia: Tearfund's partner CHO works closely with children, providing education. Volunteers have brought their personal education experience to help teach English, run sports, and lead Bible studies. CHO also has an incredible Social Enterprise called Destiny Cafe where the volunteers get an opportunity to work alongside locals and develop new innovative ways to expand business in the area.

In India: Tearfund's partners have invited prayer teams to join them for two weeks. Volunteers bring their fresh enthusiasm and commitment to prayer, coming alongside partners and beneficiaries, often resulting in a fresh awakening of God's power at work.

Where will I stay and what will I eat?

This totally varies from team to team, but we can guarantee that you will have a mattress under you and a roof over you! You may be sleeping in a church, house, school, or simple guesthouse. Two-week teams tend to live in a guesthouse with running water. Food will usually be a mixture of local food and English food. It's hard to predict what you will encounter so you need to expect the unexpected. Our most common complaint from teams is that they are treated too well!

How do I contact you if I have more questions?

Sometimes it's hard to navigate your way around new sites, so we'd love to chat to you over the phone or email. 

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