• medical volunteering in tanzania
  • medical volunteering in tanzania
  • medical volunteering in tanzania


Location 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks
  • Volunteer Program: Moshi
$1,995 AUD $2,595 AUD $3,195 AUD
  • Volunteer Program: Mwanza
$1,295 AUD $1,495 AUD $1,695 AUD


Tanzania is an intensely varied and colourful land on the east coast of Africa, a kaleidoscope of landscapes and diversity with a balmy climate. It offers a rich tapestry of culture and fantastic game viewing. This is home to Africa’s highest mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro, the incredible Ngorongoro Crater, the migration on the Serengeti and Zanzibar. It is without a doubt one of Africa’s most appealing destinations.

Medical Volunteering in Tanzania (and student placements)

Our volunteer programs are mainly located around Moshi and at a large tertiary hospital in Mwanza.  Moshi is located at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro and is the gateway for most Kilimanjaro treks and safaris.  Mwanza is the second largest city in Tanzania and is located on the beautiful southern shores of Lake Victoria in the western region of the country. Afterwards, or on your weekends, embark on an amazing safari!  Medical volunteering in Tanzania is ideal of all medical and healthcare students as well as medical professionals.


For many Tanzanians, proper healthcare is neither readily accessible nor affordable due to widespread poverty in remote villages and the poorer urban areas. We have access to a number of hospitals which have very basic equipment, limited facilities and experienced volunteers are badly needed. Medical students and nurses are also very welcome.

The hospitals usually have departments including ophthalmology, ENT, cardiothoracic surgery, general surgery, O&G, gastroenterology, laboratory, nephrology, endocrinology, infectious diseases, emergency paediatrics, outpatients, psychiatry, pharmacy, nuclear medicine and radiology.

Medical volunteers are required to have relevant training and qualifications and should also show initiative, flexibility and readiness to work in unfamiliar circumstances – for example, a surgery with minimal equipment, an understaffed hospital, or a clinic for HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis patients. There is a maternity clinic where volunteers may assist local nurses in the labour room, give vaccinations to newborns and treat mothers and their children who attend the clinic. Students may be assisting or observing in various departments within the hospital. More experienced practitioners may wish to also be involved in formal or informal training for local staff to exchange knowledge and share the latest techniques in your area of expertise.

Please advise on your Application Form if there is a specific department or area that you wish to be involved in during your volunteer program together with your CV with details of your relevant training and experience.


Education is highly valued in Tanzania. Volunteers can help broaden the horizons of the local children, exposing them to the English language as spoken by a native or very fluent English-speaker. Children in Tanzania love to go to school, and may start at the age of three and wherever possible, children hope to stay in school until at least 14 years of age.  Volunteers can work individually or alongside other teachers and volunteers.  There can be between 30 and 80 children in each class and volunteers therefore assist the local teachers, providing individual attention to the children, and sometimes relieving the teacher.  You do not need to be qualified or have previous teaching experience to volunteer on this program.


There are a huge number of orphans left behind after their parents die from illnesses such as HIV/AIDS. In some cases parents are simply unable to provide for their children or they have been abandoned. Tanzania has a family-oriented culture and therefore orphans tend to be looked after by extended families or neighbours.  The additional children put a huge strain on their new family and so they are sent to ‘orphanages’ each day for food and education. Thus children usually do not live at the orphanage and are only there for a few hours in the day. Volunteers may be asked to help with teaching, feeding, caring and general running of the orphanage.



We recommend that you arrive on the weekend prior to commencing your program. We will communicate your flight details to your hosts in Tanzania and they will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport (or at Mwanza Airport) and take you to your accommodation.

For those in Moshi (Mt Kilimanjaro), you will be accommodated in a clean and comfortable family-run guesthouse and there will be local orientation covering customs, safety and a tour of the local area. Your hosts will provide three delicious meals daily and will assist with transportation to/from work daily. Weekends are your own time, for relaxing and exploring. Long weekends can be used to embark on a safari or travel further afield (such as Zanzibar).

Volunteers based in Mwanza will be accommodated at a guesthouse on the hospital compound. The guesthouses are large, western-style houses with many bedrooms (you will have your own bedroom) and you may be sharing your bathroom with other volunteers. Bathrooms have flushing toilets and showers (occasionally there is hot water!).  A variety of eating options are available on the hospital compound.  Please note that power and water shortages are common in Africa and your hosts will do their best to work around this.

If you are travelling as a couple we will arrange a private room and therefore please note this on your Application Form.


When to Go 

Between Dec – Feb and Jun – Oct is the best time to travel to Tanzania, Mar – May = Heavy rain season, Oct – Dec = Low rain season.

Even though the weather varies throughout the country, because it is close to the equator, temperatures usually average a high of between 22 and 32 (°C).

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature 30°C
Average low temperature 10°C
Precipitation 58 mm
2.3 in
84 mm
3.3 in
178 mm
7 in
368 mm
14.5 in
211 mm
8.3 in
33 mm
1.3 in
15 mm
0.6 in
20 mm
0.8 in
20 mm
0.8 in
36 mm
1.4 in
112 mm
4.4 in
102 mm
4 in


Cost (per person)

2 week Volunteer Program = A$1,995 Moshi / A$1,295 Mwanza
3 week Volunteer Program = A$2,595 Moshi / A$1,495 Mwanza
4 week Volunteer Program = A$3,195 Moshi / A$1,695 Mwanza

6 week Volunteer Program = A$4,095 Moshi / A$2,195 Mwanza

Please ask for all other durations.  All costs quoted are subject to change by the tour operators, volunteer organisations and currency adjustments prior to final payment.

Inclusions Exclusions
Pre-departure assistance and Information Kit Drinks
Arrival transfer and local orientation Items of a personal nature (ie. internet, telephone etc)
Accommodation in local guesthouse Travel insurance
Laundry service (excluding underwear) Meals (in Mwanza)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including bottled water (in Moshi only). Vaccinations
On-site Medical Supervisor and Hospital registration fees Passport, Visa and Work Permit fees (currently US$250 and payable on arrival in Tanzania)
DocTours t-shirt and personalised luggage label Flights (and taxes) to and from your destination



Contact STA Travel if you would like assistance with your flights, optional tours or travel insurance.  STA Travel provides special offers and benefits for volunteers and therefore please call direct:  Email:  doctours.au@statravel.com   Phone:  1300 675 435

Volunteers are required to submit a recent Working with Children Check or a police report – we can advise on how to arrange this.


Terms & Conditions


Your medical voluntary work may be eligible for CPD points from your relevant college.  We will forward the guiding notes with your travel documents.

We recommend that you advise your professional indemnity provider of your medical volunteering in Tanzania in advance of travel.

Processing of your Application can be initiated once we have received your deposit of $495.00 per person with your completed Application Form and CV (one for each volunteer).

FINAL PAYMENT is due two months prior to departure or on receipt of invoice if travelling in less than two months.  Apologies but payments by Visa and Master Card will incur a 1.5% fee and American Express 3.0%.

All volunteers need to have a business visa and local work permit issued in Tanzania. This is currently issued on arrival in Tanzania and costs USD 250 per person.  We will provide you with further details and let you know of any updates to this process.  You will need to take the following documents with you to Tanzania:

  • A printed copy of your CV
  • 5 recent passport photos
  • A photocopy of the photo page of your passport
  • USD250 per person

It is a condition of your travel arrangements that you have current travel insurance to cover against cancellation fees, medical expenses, lost luggage and evacuation.    

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions. Deposits are non-refundable once your arrangements have been confirmed.

Please note that all costs are subject to change due to airline increases, taxes, hotel and volunteer price increases, as well as currency adjustments.