Community Health Development

founded in 2014
Fursa Projects Tanzania
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Coordinator | Jackson
Coordinator | Jackson
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Experience the Tanzanian way of life and live within the local community
Gain professional experience working in health development in a community with limited resources and support
Become passionate about health based education and expand your professional skills and experience working in International Public Health
Enjoy travel alongside a group of likeminded volunteers, stay in vibrant accommodation and enjoy weekend trips and tours!
Gain Swahilli language experience
The community health development program is for those working in the healthcare sector and are looking to contribute to health-based education and awareness. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
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The community health development program is for those working in the healthcare sector and are looking to contribute to health-based education and awareness in the local community. Our health programs aim to provide long-term, sustainable support to communities whereby people have the opportunity to be better educated on key health-related challenges including:

  • Women’s Health
  • Maternal Health
  • WASH
  • First Aid
  • Disease prevention and control
  • Dental Hygiene

To ensure safety for both volunteers and community members, health volunteers do not work in hospitals or clinics, where they perform direct medical services on patients. This program works specifically as a capacity-building program where volunteers can expect to develop resources, run workshops, provide talks and educate on health challenges.

We are only looking for volunteers who are either qualified or enrolled in medical education: Medical Students, Dental, Nursing Students, and Midwife Students. When you apply for this placement, we require you to see either qualification or enrolment papers from your educational facility as well as a list of your qualifications, so we can make sure that you are fit and prepared to volunteer in health.

Key program focuses and outcomes:

  • To work with local communities to ethically research and identify core health challenges.
  • To develop a plan of how you will work to collaboratively develop community knowledge around such health challenges.
  • To develop workshops, resources, and curriculums to educate the community on such challenges.
  • To create a plan on how you will ethically conduct such outreach, including where, how, and what efforts will be made to gain the trust and consent of the community, safeguarding, and ethical practices.

Typical day

On this program, you will be working with local schools and community groups, promotion health awareness and education on key health related challenges. Therefore, a typical day on this program could look quite different, depending on where your group is needing to work that day. However, a general overview of your daily schedule could look like:

7am - 8am - Breakfast

8am - 8:30am - Head to your place of work for that day (school, community group, centre, etc)

8:30am - 12pm - Volunteering and general activities, outreach and program delivery.

12pm - Return home, have lunch relax.

12pm - Afternoon - Working on developing content, ideas, resources, activities, and more!

This program involves working with local community members to identify key health related challenges, then using what you identify the needs to be, developing workshops and resources to promote health based awareness. This means you may spend some days at the accommodation working with other volunteers on developing such workshops and resources, gathering equipment or materials needed, making plans on where you will be conducting your outreach. During your program, the bulk of it will be spent delivering health based education and awareness in local schools and community groups.

This program really draws on your professional health knowledge, and allows you the opportunity to expand your public health skills by working with developing communities who have very limited access to healthcare. This program does not allow you to work specifically in hospitals, as ensuring the safety of both volunteers and the community remains at the forefront of our programs. Focusing on developing health knowledge and awareness at the grassroots is the focus for more long-term, sustainable impacts.

You can spend your free time with other travellers, exploring the city, relaxing, and many continue working on developing ideas, resources and activities for your school in the afternoons also.

At the accommodation, there are several weekend tours, Safaris, daily activities and events which you can also join to make the most of your time here in Tanzania.

Free-time activities

There are plenty of good weekend activities that can be done whilst you are in Arusha. With these, you can arrange these from your accommodation, where you will get to join a group to enjoy activities with. 

The main things people can look at doing on weekends would be:

  • Hot springs and waterfalls day tour (Maji Moto)
  • Moshi Tour, which visits coffee plantation and making, banana plantations, Chugga Caves tour, waterfalls on the base of Mt Kilimanjaro, Moshi town tour, etc.
  • Arusha National Park Walking Safari
  • Mto Wa Mbu 2-day tour
  • Massai Village Tours
  • Mt Kilimanjaro day hike
  • You can do 1-day safaris to Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro

General things around Arusha would be Snake Park, the Cultural Heritage Museum, Mt Meru day hikes, Massai Market, there are plenty of Cafes, hotels with pools, etcetera. 



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at Health related qualifications level
Required Documents
CV, Certificates and Proof of Qualifications
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Relevant work experience or qualifications are desired.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 12:00

What's Included

Services by Fursa Projects Tanzania

The fee covers your living expenses whilst here in Tanzania, and a percentage goes towards your placement itself, to further support the projects. During your stay, you will be living at a vibrant volunteer house, located in Darja Mbili, only a short walk from the city centre.

Program Inclusions:

  • Accommodation at our lively volunteer and backpacker’s house
  • 2 meals per day (Breakfast and dinner)
  • Airport pick up
  • Orientation and town tour
  • In-country program support
  • Your placement
  • Program Certificate
  • Access to a range of Day Tours and Safaris to experience more of Tanzania!

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport
Airport pick up will be arranged closer to the time. All we require are your flight details and arrival information. 

You will be staying at our local volunteer house and backpackers. The accommodation is called Tribe Nomadics and is a shared room style accommodation. The accommodation is secure, with a guard on-site overnight, is gated and rooms are also individually locked. All your sheets are provided, and there is also a laundry service available at the accommodation.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Breakfast and Dinner is provided each day
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Kilimanjaro. We assist you to find cheap flights to Tanzania.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Tanzania provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

You can start working at this project on the first and second Monday of each month.

When you arrive, you will be picked up from Kilimanjaro and transported to your accommodation at Tribe Nomads Hostel in Arusha City. On your first day, you will receive an in-depth program orientation where we also do a town tour showing you Arusha, how to use the public buses, where to find ATMs, exchange money and much more. The next day one of our staff members will take you to your project showing you the way and making sure you are always safe. 

Fursa projects have a primary focus on having a sustainable and ethical impact on the community and placements we work with. As such, your program does have set guidelines and key focuses that ensure the people you work with are protected, their needs are put first, the community remains at the forefront of development and to ensure a that volunteers continually contribute to long-term, overarching goals.

We will recommend that you arrive to Tanzania by the end of the week so that you have the weekend to settle in and get comfortable in the house and area before beginning your work the following Monday. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
20 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$140 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Fursa Projects Tanzania will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fursa Projects Tanzania during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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