Placement dates (excluding travel time): 25 Mar 2020 - 08 Apr 2020
Cost: £1,350.00 ($1,687.77 approx)
Application deadline: 11 Nov 2019
Pre-departure training: 14 Jan 2020 - 16 Jan 2020 Tonbridge, Kent (GB)


An opportunity to join our partners in rural Tanzania as they facilitate sustainable community-based development.

Rift Valley is an Anglican Diocese in Central Tanzania, where many people struggle to make a living from small-scale subsistence farming. This semi-arid region has incredibly high levels of poverty.

Rift Valley has been at the forefront of community empowerment in its work to strengthen the local church as they reach out to make a difference. They work with 267 local churches, supporting them to engage with community groups, schools and hospitals to enable positive change in the region.

On this placement you’ll be living and learning alongside Rift Valley staff, experiencing rural Tanzania and meeting the inspirational people who are changing their communities for good.

What will you be doing?

  • Assisting in primary and secondary schools with various activities, such as teaching classes, playing sport and training teachers.
  • Supporting community development initiatives, including at a Mothers’ Union group.
  • Serving and working with the Rift Valley staff to meet community members and gather stories for research and evaluation.
  • Working at the St John’s Seminary nursery and pre-school.
  • Working and serving in the hospital and pharmacy.

What can you bring?

This placement is rural and challenging, but above all it is an incredible opportunity to see and contribute to Rift Valley’s work. You’ll need to be willing to try new things and to adapt to very different daily life. As part of a team of volunteers you'll be building relationships and growing as individuals. You’ll bring commitment, excitement and a willingness to get involved where the need is greatest.

*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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