‘Karibu sana!’ Volunteer in Tanzania for three months and you’ll hear this Swahili welcome a lot, especially if you serve with Tearfund’s partner, AICT-Geita (African Inland Church Tanzania, Geita region) as they give so much of themselves to many.

There is extreme poverty within the communities AICT-Geita are working. As a result the charity is running a variety of incredible projects to encourage development within the communities.

One of the primary projects focuses on education and helping to improve quality and access to education all the way from nursery age, right up to tertiary education.

AICT-Geita are also running community development initiatives that look at helping communities to develop access to water and sanitation, improve their environment and provide sustainable support when disasters hit.

Another amazing project they run works closely with women, focusing both on their spiritual and physical development, as well as care and prevention to HIV/AIDS victims.

Through all these projects, AICT-Geita are acting out the calling they believe God has placed on their heart. ‘God wants us to provide health services; he is the one who created us. 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.’

A final part of their work is around investing in youth and development both with spiritual nurturing, economic empowerment and prevention from transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.

We have an exciting opportunity for you to serve for three months alongside the incredible work that is being done, contributing to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development of quality education for all, good health and wellbeing and zero hunger.

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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 staff.

Swahili is the main language spoken across Tanzania so we’d advise learning a few basic words before you go.

What could you be doing?

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
  • Supporting communities 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
Trip date: 05 Mar 2019 - 04 Jun 2019
£2,950.00 ($3,883.68 approx)
Application deadline: 23 Sep 2018
Pre-departure training: 15 Oct 2018 - 19 Oct 2018 TBC (GB)
Interviews: 28 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018 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 14th September 2018, 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, contact our communications manager: lucy.pieterse@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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