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    It can be scary at times to take that first step, but you don’t need to be afraid. Tanzania is a beautiful country filled with friendly and welcoming people, lots of opportunities to make a difference, and plenty to see and do.

    Choosing a program isn’t as hard as it sounds, especially if you follow these steps:

    • #1. Decide where to go. Figuring out where YOU should volunteer in Tanzania is paramount. Have a short list of locations that sound ideal for your goals and skills (i.e. if you don’t have experience working with animals, you might reconsider volunteering in Arusha). Don’t let the chapati hold you back—choose a place that’s right for you.


    • #2. Pick your project. We outlined a few common causes that international volunteers support above. Do some reflection on what skills and knowledge you bring to the table, and which project would best benefit from your time and energy.


    • #3. Choose from the best volunteering programs in Tanzania. Pay attention to past participants’ reviews, program/university reputation, location, and how the project’s needs match your skills. Some programs may even share contact info for ambassadors or past participants if you want the REAL dirt.


    • #4. Plan your finances. Sort out funding before you go to afford daily essentials and splurge on travel (in addition to program costs and airfare). Be sure to raise a little extra money to donate to the organization that you’ll be working with.

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