Volunteer at a Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha, Tanzania Health & Medicine



Help impoverished children of the Motherland get sufficient healthcare they otherwise can’t gain access to. If you’re a hands-on type of person and passionate about helping others, look no further. Past volunteers on this project have done everything, from delivering babies to assisting with minor surgeries to drawing blood. So, you will have chances to get your hands dirty; having a clean heart and open mind when getting up close with locals in real need of medical provisions.

You will help medical personnel at one of Arusha’s many hospitals, such as St. Elizabeth Hospital in downtown Arusha, as well as Selian Hospital in nearby Ngaramtoni. The Khaya Medical Project in Arusha provides a wide array of medical disciplines for students and qualified doctors or nurses. Volunteers can partake in the nurse and doctor departments, as well as midwifery and physiotherapy. In addition to your time, you will be asked to donate financially as well to help with upkeep of the respective hospitals, as well as costs to supervise your activities.

Tanzania’s medical system has been hampered by inadequate resources, issues within local government and other hindrances. Additionally, government officials sell medicine to pharmacies, rendering them unaffordable for many Tanzanians, plus HIV/AIDS has become rife. You are an essential conduit for making sure these people have reliable care services that will improve their quality of life. Be an important part of this project and make people in need feel important. Their sense of self-worth and maintenance depend on it.


You will be exposed to many things, but your humanity and fervor to help people will be the thing that gets revealed most. A new culture, new friends made and new experiences that will impart more knowledge to you and hone your skills better than you could have imagined. Help enact change for Tanzania and its people and immerse yourself in eye-popping experiences. Let’s do this!

Field conditions

Get ready to rise and shine with the sun. Shifts at St. Elizabeth will either be from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. local time or 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., week from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Selian, working five days a week in each circumstance. On weekends, you are free to explore Arusha and plan how you will spend them with your coordinator, who may just recommend a couple of hot spots to visit.

St. Elizabeth Hospital – This Catholic Church-run hospital offers a myriad of healthcare services, including a maternity ward which includes two midwives who supervise any work done by midwife students. It also includes a theatre for surgeries, First Aid, X-ray facilities, a gynecology department, eye clinic, dental department, laboratory and research, general wards and more. This hospital is located 25 minutes away from your accommodations by local minibus share taxis called dala dalas before taking a 10-15-minute walk to reach safely.

Selian Hospital – Surrounded by much greenery, this hospital houses much of the same departments at St. Elizabeth, as well as their hospice for terminally ill patients, an outpatient day clinic, surgical wards, physiotherapy, as well as community outreach programs. General staff at this hospital is very welcoming and will create a rotation program with various activities for you to perform, under supervision, depending on study needs and personal preference.

Arrival and orientation

You will arrive in Arusha from Dar Es Salaam via bus or Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. You can also fly into Arusha Airport or Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met by your coordinator, Charles, who will welcome you personally and take you to your volunteer house.

Please note that there are additional pickup costs of US $50 from Kilimanjaro Airport or US $20 from Arusha Airport and these costs that must be paid in full to Charles. Once you arrive, you will have a chance to freshen up before taking a walk to get to know your surroundings and fellow volunteers. Your first day will involve some culture shock and a few ‘what the heck’ moments while trying to process your transition, but you’ll be just fine. You will be given a rundown of the volunteer house rules, code of conduct and necessary communication methods. Once you’re given that rundown, it’s time to run out and get to work. Charles is a friendly man; ensure you communicate with him as much as possible and ask questions at will.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

You will stay with Charles and his family at a child care center in Ngaratomi. Up to 12 volunteers can stay here. There are three bedrooms that volunteers can stay in, each with two bunk beds. You may need to share your space with two or three other volunteers, so prepare to be the friendliest roommate you can be. Blankets and sheets are provided, but bring your own towels in the meantime, as well as sleeping bags, which could come in handy for some exciting safari trips.

As for meals, you can buy and cook your own food, but you are encouraged to dig into some local cuisine and try things you’d be hard-pressed to find in western culture. You will be treated to three meals a day, including local food consisting of beans, yams, cassava, bananas, meat, and spaghetti. Buttered bread and tea will be your typical breakfast while lunch and dinner will be cooked and can be eaten individually or alongside the host family and other volunteers.

Expect a few power outages during your stay as those often occur in Tanzania, while clean water is in shortage due to its supply from volcanic areas surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. You should either buy drinking water from local vendors and have it boiled for safety purposes or buy bottled water. Water for showering, washing clothes and flushing toilets are brought to the house in buckets, so you’ll have to be hands-on with water usage too.


Volunteers will be sharing a bedroom with 2-3 other volunteers.


from $410 USDper week

from $410 USDper week


What’s included

  • Guidance and supervision during your stay

  • All meals included (3 meals a day)

  • Accommodations

  • First day introduction at the project and surroundings

What’s not included

  • Donation to hospital

  • Drinks and other personal luxury items

  • Insurance

  • Airfare

  • Volunteer permit c - required to volunteer in tanzania (200 usd)

  • Bus terminal transfer (20 usd)

  • Airport transfer (50 uds)

Start dates

Volunteers have the option to start or finish with their project at any given time, so we are flexible! Your stay will need to be booked per full weeks only and if you would like to extend your stay, you will need to arrange this with Khaya.

Established in 2005, Khaya Volunteer Projects offers unique and affordable volunteer and gap year projects in South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zanzibar. Khaya projects run the gamut of volunteer interests with project areas including Children; Communities; Sports Development; Healthcare; Wildlife and Conservation; and Education projects. A common thread running through all Khaya projects is a commitment to ethical volunteering. They work to ensure that your volunteering efforts and your financial contributions are used in the best way possible. In alignment with that goal, Khaya, with its base and several offices in Africa, can and does assist its local partners and projects in Southern and Eastern Africa with keeping the focus on responsible and ethical volunteering.

Their mission is simple but resonant:

“...we provide volunteering opportunities for international travellers that are both unique and as affordable as possible with high standards of service and facilities. Needless to say, we also prioritise our selected volunteer projects’ needs in ways that benefit both project and you, the volunteer.”

Honest pricing, crystal clear information, timely communication, and great service are all hallmarks of how they run a successful organization. True to the meaning of “Khaya” in several African languages, Khaya Volunteers makes sure its volunteers feel secure, well informed, and that they belong to the project to which they commit. Khaya believes that if you join on of their volunteering projects, you’ll have an African experience you’ll never forget.

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