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Education, Community Engagement & Cultural Exchange, Tanzania

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Be a part of something transformational on this award-winning volunteer project and immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of East Africa, while helping to empower a small rural community on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This is a unique opportunity to help combat poverty by getting hands-on experience uplifting the community through education. You will form friendships with the kids and Maasai warriors while having access to iconic wildlife experiences and places in Africa.

“I have always wanted to have a volunteering vacation where I could give my time and talents while in a new place, experiencing new things. I had a life changing experience. I was immersed in the local community as part of the new projects. I feel like I actually got to know the people, the town, the feel of the place, in just 2 weeks. Which, by the way, flew by and was a good appetizer, but I am hungry for more.”

Stacey Moyers, Education Volunteer


  • Work alongside local teachers, contributing to early childhood development and education through fun, interactive lessons with young children at the preschool
  • Empower the community and contribute to sustainable change with free adult English lessons that will allow for greater employment opportunities
  • Become part of the elusive Maasai tribe and get a rare opportunity for cultural exchange as you learn about their age-old traditions and fascinating culture while teaching them to read and write
  • Have the unique opportunity to get involved in every aspect of local life and, through that, build friendships with everyone in the community from the tiny toddlers to the wise village elders
  • Go #BeyondVolunteering and make a real difference

About the Destination

Mdawi is an authentic rural town on the southern foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, an iconic mountain steeped in myths and mysteries about lost civilizations, hidden treasures, and mountain dwarfs. But beyond the mystery and mysticism that surrounds the mountain, Mdawi is a humble little place where everyone knows each other and you can’t help but get seduced by the relaxed rhythm of rural life.

During your stay in Mdawi, you will be introduced you to a way of life that is completely unlike your own and meet people who will share remarkable stories and charm you with their friendliness and easygoing sense of humor. And it is in this small town that you will discover what all the fuss is about Africa and have experiences that will transform your perspective, and quite possibly, change your life.

Venture further out and you will find Moshi, a colorful town known for its lively streets, Swahili food, local markets, and coffee plantations. Seeing coffee roasted and brewed on an open fire is an unusual but truly mesmerizing experience. You will also meet Maasai warriors wrapped in shukas and elaborate beaded jewelry. Encounters with the Maasai is one of the best experiences you can have in Tanzania.

When you have been charmed by the people and wildlife you can return to the home base, an exclusive, fully furnished volunteer house with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy nights spent under the stars bonding with your fellow volunteers and reflecting on your experience in East Africa. Living in Mdawi is a perfect balance of integrating with the locals and enjoying the legendary nature Tanzania is known for.

Dates & Rates

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Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your stay at our African Impact volunteer home in the village of Mdawi – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
  • 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
  • Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
  • A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
  • All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
Our project fee excludes:
  • Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry
  • WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!

Volunteer Reviews

“It is quite difficult to capture in words just how special my month volunteering with African Impact in Moshi was. An organization who went at their work not with sympathy and a coin purse, but impassioned understanding, respect, and a belief in education.”   Thomas Reid, USA

“Best experience of my life 🙂 This project is extremely well organised by the African Impact staff who make you feel safe and supported throughout your whole volunteer experience.”   Chelsea Edwards, UK

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