Placement dates (excluding travel time): 10 Jun 2020 - 09 Sep 2020
£2,950.00 ($3,558.59 approx)
Application deadline: 11 Nov 2019
Interviews: 29 Nov 2019 - 29 Nov 2019 Tearfund, Teddington (GB
Pre-departure training: 14 Jan 2020 - 16 Jan 2020 TBC (GB)


See for yourself how the local church and the local community are working together to bring about incredible change.

You’ll be supporting the work of the African Inland Church Tanzania (AICT- MUD), partnering with people at the grassroots to tackle poverty together.

AICT’s programmes support people to become self-sufficient and cut the limiting ties of dependency. As a result of AICT’s work there are now affordable medical clinics for local people, and agricultural schemes which enable farmers to increase their yields. Communities that once had no running water not only have a well but are also able to educate their children.

Three months with AICT will see you involved in a range of programmes. You will experience how the local church is at the heart of tackling poverty and injustice, and learn how initiatives such as self-help groups are the key to unlocking potential and bringing change.

What will you be doing?

  • Visiting the Care for the Children project which works with 3000 vulnerable children.
  • Visiting local health clinics and the HIV home-based care programme.
  • Supporting the self-help programme running in local communities.
  • Teaching at the local primary and secondary schools.
  • Supporting and developing youth programmes including drama, worship and children’s ministries.
  • Getting involved in the Church & Community Mobilisation Process (CCMP).
  • Participating in the life of the local church; helping to run discipleship programmes, Bible studies and initiatives with women and young people.
  • Sharing your IT skills, to help improve AICT’s staff members IT skills.
  • There may also be an opportunity to help with church maintenance and construction projects.

What can you bring?

We’re looking for people who are willing to serve where the need is greatest. You’ll need to be flexible, adaptable, and ready to work as part of a team of volunteers, supporting AICT as they empower communities to lift themselves out of poverty.

Swahili is the main language spoken across Tanzania so it would be helpful to learn a few basic words before you go.

Get a £100 fundraising discount

Do you have a friend who wants to volunteer with us too?

Once you’ve applied you can refer a friend to come on a 3 or 6 month placement in 2020. Both you and your friend will get a £100 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 2020.

Simply contact us at or call 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.

*Please note…

The cost mentioned above includes pre-departure training, insurance, debrief, a medical package, administrative costs and in-country travel, accommodation and food.

For information on additional costs, check out our FAQ section below.


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 chose and which partner you volunteer alongside. But we’re 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?

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