Volunteering & Internships


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By volunteering you show active social commitment and make an important contribution to international understanding! In Tanzania you will learn at least as much about yourself as you can support your projects. As a German-Tanzanian-led organization, we at STEP Africa have been helping our participants to fulfill their dream of volunteering in Africa since the beginning of 2014. Our entire team works in Arusha, a beautiful city in northern Tanzania where your volunteer work will take place, and is always there for you!

  • Min. Age: 17 years
  • Duration: 2  weeks – 6 months
  • Program Start: Anytime
  • Affordable Fees: Initial 150 € (then 110 €/week) detailed fee structure
  • Accommodation and Meals in our comfortable volunteer house
  • Our whole team is based in Tanzania and always there for you!
  • Please also read our information brochure with the 25 most frequently asked questions regarding voluntary work with STEP Africa!

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Your advantages with STEP Africa

Your stay in Tanzania should be beneficial and meaningful for yourself as well as for your project. We will therefore provide you with intensive support right from the start. With the help of our volunteer guidebook you will be able to prepare for your assignment step by step. We are always there for you and can provide you with advice and hands-on support in case of any questions or unexpected problems. Our team is in regular and personal contact with all of our projects. This is the only way we can ensure tha sustainable work is done and that you as a volunteer are in best hands.


A lasting Experience

With STEP Africa you have the opportunity to find a project in Tanzania that exactly matches your interests. Regardless of your field of work you will receive a detailed certificate of attendance at the end of your assignment. You can also have your voluntary work recognized as an internship (field internship, teaching or social internship, nursing internship etc.) for your studies.

Volunteering in Tanzania will be an unforgettable experience for you and will strengthen your intercultural skills. Its of course a positive side effect that you can score with your abroad experience with future employers. Even if you haven’t received a professional training yet (e.g. high school graduate) or are unsure about your future professional career, your time in Tanzania and the work in your project can consolidate your desired career or give you new impulses for your decision-making. Volunteering can also be a great chance for professionals to enhance their skills and gain valuable experiences in a developing country. You will get to know aid work in Africa with all its challenges first hand and will be able to form your own opinion! At STEP Africa we do not make a conceptual difference between voluntary work and internships abroad because we believe that you are always both: A helper and a learner.

We only offer flexible volunteer programs from two weeks up to six months. This enables us to give our participants from a wide variety of backgrounds the chance for a meaningful break in Africa.


Our Partner Projects

We aim at placing each of our volunteers into a project that best suits their skills and interests. We have a variety of partner projects in different stages of development. We make sure that we only choose those institutions that are trustworthy and eager to contribute to society in a meaningful way.
Social Work (Pre-Schools, Daycare Centers, Baby Home)

Furahia Mtoto Foundation

The Furahia Mtoto Foundation is a day care centre and preschool for children up to 6 years of age and was founded in 2018 by Cosmas William Ngira. Families who come from difficult backgrounds, such as single and/or unemployed parents, have the opportunity to bring their children to Furahia Mtoto Foundation. The day care centre offers a safe and family-friendly alternative where the children are cared for while the families have the opportunity to go to work and earn income. In addition, the children learn social behaviour among their peers, receive regular meals (which are not always provided at home) and are taught English. Also, attendance at the institution is free of charge, parents do not have to pay fees. As Furahia Mtoto is a non-governmental organisation, it relies on donations to pay for food, teachers’ salaries, teaching materials, etc.

Currently, 35 children are taught by three teachers in separate classrooms. Children up to the age of 4 attend the baby class, while the other children aged four to six go to the preparatory class. The pre-school classes prepare the children for primary school by teaching them how to write and count.


Gily’s Daycare

Gily’s Daycare is a kindergarten / preschool founded in 2019 for children aged 9 months to 6 years. The aim of the facility is to offer age-appropriate care for children who live in difficult economic and personal circumstances. The parents or guardians of the children pay a minimal monthly contribution to the facility to ensure childcare and meals, so children whose families cannot afford the contributions at all can come for free. While their children are being looked after, parents have the opportunity to work or study. There are no public childcare facilities in Tanzania for children under the age of 6. Many parents are therefore forced to leave their children alone or with neighbors while they are working or trying to find work. In the worst case, children run the risk of being brought to orphanages by their desperate families for lack of other perspectives, which the family hopes will improve the future prospects for the children. However, such a separation should be avoided at all costs, since it can result in long-term damage for the children such as attachment and anxiety issues.


Home of Malaika

HOME OF MALAIKA is a project house, which was founded by former STEP
volunteers together with the German association TAKE A MALAIKA E.V. in April
2022.
The aim is to support women and children living in economic and social difficult
circumstances in the district Mianzini, Arusha. At the moment the association is
working together with the local NGO Kukua Pamoja, but is in the process of founding
its own international NGO.
The Team in Mianzini is very happy about the support of volunteers. The project
house is still developing,so there is a lot of things to do! Volunteers can help to teach
and play with the children during the remedial classes in the afternoon, help to
embellish and renovate the classrooms and of course support all the different
projects!
You can find the following projects at the HOME OF MALAIKA house:

  • The Sewing and Creative Project where women produce various gifts sold in Tanzania and Europe providing the women with a stable income
  • The project “Ulinzi wa kike” (“Protection for women”) which teaches girls in local schools to sew their own reusable sanitary pads
  • The sponsorship program – Kukua Pamoja (“grow together”) which provides daycare and after school support for over 200 children in need.
  • The Family Friends project which supports families in need through initial funding and business training.

Joyhub

The Joyhub Center is a small day care facility in Njiro, Arusha that specializes in the care and therapy of children with special needs. Children with various physical or intellectual disabilities visit the facility, which was founded in 2020 by Grace, an experienced occupational therapist. The aim of the facility is to offer every child individual therapy and education and to prepare them towards a life fully integrated into their community.

People with disabilities in Tanzania are exposed to many prejudices, superstitions and stigmata, which is why institutions like Joyhub not only make a major contribution to the lives of individual children, but also create a new awareness of inclusion and equality in the public through their work.

Regular excursions and activities with the children are organized. Some of the children who are cared for in Joyhub also attend regular kindergartens and schools or are being prepared for entry into such a school.

Grace and her team are warmly welcoming the support of volunteers and interns who come from the fields of special education, occupational and physiotherapy and related fields. However, specialist knowledge is not a must. Much more important is a high level of motivation and commitment, as well as empathy, in order to be able to respond individually to the children and their very different needs. As a new facility, the center is still in the beginning stage so volunteers can also participate in the construction of play equipment and the planning and purchase of new therapy equipment.


Cradle of Love Baby Home

The Cradle of Love Baby Home is a children’s home founded in 2004, which exclusively cares for babies and toddlers aged 0 – 3 years. Around 30 children are currently being looked after in the children’s home. Most of the children living there were either abandoned by their biological family or lost their mothers due to complications during childbirth.

Cradle of Love is a temporary place to stay for the kids. The aim of the children’s home is to either reunite the children with living family members or to find responsible adoptive families for those children who don’t have family members. The children are divided into a total of three age groups, the nursery (0-6 months), the crawlers (6-12 months) and the toddlers (1-3 years). Volunteers can help in all groups, usually specializing in one group and spending a lot of time there. The main tasks of volunteers include helping with the care of babies and toddlers as well as meaningful and age-appropriate play activities. Please note that the Cradle of Love is the only one of our projects where volunteers work in shifts. These include day and night shifts all 7 days of the week, as helping hands are needed around the clock at the children’s home. Volunteers who want to work full time attend 5-6 shifts a week, a part time assignment consists of 2-3 shifts respectively and can be combined with another project. 


Miles of Smile Daycare

“We aim to put an unexpected smile on a face by caring for, loving, supporting, trusting, teaching the value of sharing and educating our children!”

Miles of Smile Daycare is a small daycare centre established in September 2020 and officially registered in 2022. The director Isaya Kiriama is 26 years old and a doctor by profession. He employs two educators, a cook and a deaf-mute person who plays with and cares for the children.
Currently, 33 children attend the day care centre, but only 16 children pay a minimum monthly fee. The children get porridge every day and on some days a cooked meal. The centre cannot currently afford a daily lunch. The children are between 2 and 6 years old, and when they are 7 years old, they are enrolled in a government primary school.


WEHAF Daycare

WEHAF is a non-governmental organisation based in Arusha, Tanzania. The NGO was founded in 2017 by Theresia Mollel. The organisation was founded to help and empower widows who have lost their husbands to HIV/AIDS. It focuses on helping widows, children and victims of HIV/AIDS to lead a better life for themselves and their families. It aims to end discrimination, exploitation and abuse of vulnerable groups of women living with HIV/AIDS. WEHAF strives to change this situation by providing various knowledge and skills for independence.

To help widows get safe and meaningful childcare for their children, WEHAF established its own kindergarten/pre-school, which currently cares for and teaches 40 children. Originally, only a small room in the premises of the NGO was available for the facility. Since 2022, the kindergarten has been housed in its own building with a total of four learning and care rooms in the Daraja Mbili district of Arusha. Volunteers can help with the care and teaching of the children as well as with the renovation and beautification of the buildings and classrooms.


Sport- and Holiday Programs

Volunteers who want to get involved in sports programs should show a high level of initiative and be able to plan and carry out their projects independently. For this, it is necessary to plan a schedule in advance of the trip and to bring any equipment that may be required along to Tanzania. 

Especially during the school holidays (April, August and December), volunteers can organize holiday activities and sports programs aimed at the children of our partner projects. But even during the year, volunteers at schools and day care centers are more than welcome to fill in the afternoon childcare with clubs and courses. The children are usually very happy about such offers, which are not only fun, but also promote fitness and team spirit.

Community Outreach, Women's and Children's Rights

Step Africa Community Outreach

The idea of the STEP Africa Community Outreach Program is to reach and support different groups (especially women and children). We focus on groups that are disadvantaged due to their family situation (e.g. single parents), economic situation or housing situation (especially in the rural areas of northern Tanzania) and do not have regular access to information services, medical care, counselling and further education as well as sports and team-building activities.

The aim of the outreach program is to mentor, educate, support, empower and initiate intercultural exchange. Our outreach programme actively involves international volunteers and is led by a team of qualified educators and social workers.

The aim is to focus on different groups and institutions that can benefit from the variety of topics we offer through our community outreach programs. Among others, we support the Amazing Grace Widows and Orphans Project in Monduli, the Ndoto School in Moita village, the Sunshine Nursery School in Nduruma village, Gily’s Children Foundation and several women’s groups and public primary schools in the Arusha and Manyara regions.
As we continue to develop our programmes and themes, we plan to reach even more groups within the community.

The outreach program is open to all our volunteers and can be supported full time or on a day-to-day basis alongside another main project.


HEalth Integrated Multisectoral Development (HIMD)

HIMD was founded in 2003 by Mackrine Rumanyika with the vision of providing health-based education for people of all walks of life, beliefs and tribes in Tanzania. The focus of the organization is on prevention and advice in the field of HIV / AIDS, contraception (teenage pregnancies) and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), the mutilation of female genital organs that is prohibited by law in Tanzania, but is still practiced in many rural areas of northern Tanzania by the Maasai tribe. For this purpose, the team from HIMD visits Maasai women’s initiatives and village communities and provides information about the health consequences of genital mutilation. Treatments are also offered in their own clinic in Ngaramtoni, Arusha and within other specialist hospitals. The organization also operates a dropping center for young Maasai women who have escaped the procedure or a forced marriage and helps them to communicate with authorities and educational institutions as well as supporting them with plans for the future. The work of HIMD is extremely diverse and of great social importance. Volunteers can get involved in all areas of the NGO, accompany the team on village visits and days of action, work in the clinic and become active in the important area of public relations and fundraising.


Home of Malaika

HOME OF MALAIKA is a project house, which was founded by former STEP
volunteers together with the German association TAKE A MALAIKA E.V. in April
2022.
The aim is to support women and children living in economic and social difficult
circumstances in the district Mianzini, Arusha. At the moment the association is
working together with the local NGO Kukua Pamoja, but is in the process of founding
its own international NGO.
The Team in Mianzini is very happy about the support of volunteers. The project
house is still developing,so there is a lot of things to do! Volunteers can help to teach
and play with the children during the remedial classes in the afternoon, help to
embellish and renovate the classrooms and of course support all the different
projects!
You can find the following projects at the HOME OF MALAIKA house:

  • The Sewing and Creative Project where women produce various gifts sold in Tanzania and Europe providing the women with a stable income
  • The project “Ulinzi wa kike” (“Protection for women”) which teaches girls in local schools to sew their own reusable sanitary pads
  • The sponsorship program – Kukua Pamoja (“grow together”) which provides daycare and after school support for over 200 children in need.
  • The Family Friends project which supports families in need through initial funding and business training.

WEHAF (WIDOW ENCOURAGEMENT AND HIV/AIDS FOUNDATION)

WEHAF is a non-governmental organisation based in Arusha, Tanzania. The NGO was founded in 2017 by Theresia Mollel. The organisation was founded to help and empower widows who have lost their husbands to HIV/AIDS. It focuses on helping widows, children and victims of HIV/AIDS to lead a better life for themselves and their families. It aims to end discrimination, exploitation and abuse of vulnerable groups of women living with HIV/AIDS. WEHAF strives to change this situation by providing various knowledge and skills for independence. It offers various projects, such as sewing and baking courses or Mboga-Mboga projects (small-scale vegetable farming). Currently, 66 women are registered with WEHAF Foundation, participating in courses, the Mboga Mboga project and VICOBA (village community bank). WEHAF also runs a pre-school for the children of the women in care and moved into a separate building with four learning and care rooms for this purpose in 2022.

Teaching at a School

Ikirwa Pre- and Primary School

The Ikirwa School is an English-language, non-profit private school teaching children from pre-school age (3 years) to 7th grade (approx. 14 years). A boarding school is connected to the school in which many of the students live during school times. The students mainly come from farmers families, many children at Ikirwa come from very poor backgrounds and are supported by international school sponsors. The school was founded in 2013 and has since been able to provide many children in the Ngulelo area with a better education.

Private schools in Tanzania cannot be compared to the rather elitist character of European private schools. Since over 100 children are usually taught in one class in public schools and teacher training is very poor, families try to place their children in a private school whereever possible so that they can learn and grow in a more quiet environment. The Ikirwa School is a non-profit school, so no profits are made from the school fees of parents and sponsors, but these are only used to cover running costs and the further development of the school.


Tuishime Pre- and Primary School

Tuishime School is an English-speaking school for children from pre-school age (3 years) to Grade 7 (approx. 14 years). Grade 7 (approx. 14 years). About 400 pupils (40 children in each class) study there. About half of the pupils live in needy families. Many of them are sponsored by the school administration. The school sponsors 30 children and pays for all expenses such as uniforms, stationery, food or transport costs.

The school was founded in 2002 by Naomi Myugi Masenge, who wanted to improve the education of children in the city of Arusha. The school is located in the Njiro district in the street next to our STEP Africa house. As the school is called “English Medium School”, the language of instruction is English (with the exception of the Swahili lessons).

An assignment at Tuishime School is especially recommended for volunteers and interns who are studying teaching or pedagogy or have experience in this field and would like to contribute their knowledge to teaching at a Tanzanian school and exchange ideas with the teachers.


Teaching at a Secondary School

Please not that an internship in a Tanzanian secondary school is only possible for teaching students or trained teachers. 

Sakura Girls Secondary School

Sakura Girls Secondary School was founded in 2016 by Frida Tomito, who is also the director of the school. The school is a boarding school currently attended by 150 girls, mainly from Arusha and Babati and some of them from Dodoma or Dar es Salam. The school starts with grade 8 and goes up to grade 12. In addition to the large school building and dormitory, the school has its own school farm, garden, laboratories and library. Although it is a girls’ school, there are male and female teachers.
Students live at the school for three months, but after those three months they go home for two weeks, and parents are also always welcome to visit their children whenever they want. Many of the girls come from difficult backgrounds and attend the school thanks to a sponsorship program set up by the Japanese partner NGO “Jakei”.

Healthcare / Medical

Meru District Hospital (TEngeru)

Meru District Hospital is a public hospital in Tengeru and a branch of the public Mount Meru Hospital in Arusha City. The specialties and stations at Tengeru Hospital include a general medical ambulance, emergency room, maternity ward and gynecological clinic, tuberculosis and malaria testing and treatment, HIV / AIDS counseling as well as diagnosis and therapy. There is also a wide-ranging surgical clinic. Dental and eye treatments, physiotherapy and psychotherapeutic support are also offered. The hospital further manages another small medical dispensary in Leganga, Usa River, where volunteers can also work.

The hospital is publicly funded, and numerous treatments and preventive examinations are free. Many other services are free of charge for patients who are voluntarily insured in the very affordable statutory health insurance or through their employer. The clinic is also supported by numerous local and international donors. The hospital has 110 beds, although these often have to be occupied by two patients at the same time due to lack of space. Around 1000 operations are performed each year and an average of 200 patients are treated each day.

Prior experience in the medical field should be proven in order to work at Tengeru Hospital. Medical students, trainees in the medical field as well as trained doctors of all disciplines, nurses, physiotherapists and people from related professions in the medical field are very welcome at Tengeru Hospital.


St. Elizabeth Hospital

St. Elizabeth Hospital is a large clinic in the centre of Arusha with a total of 100 beds. The hospital looks back on a history of almost 40 years and has grown more and more over the years. In addition to general medical treatment and routine inpatient operations, which take up a large part of the hospital’s daily routine, there is also an eye clinic, an HIV and tuberculosis clinic and a children’s and women’s clinic, among others. St. Elizabeth Hospital also runs outreach programs to remote areas of Tanzania.

St. Elizabeth Hospital is largely funded by donations and patients’ treatment fees, with expectant mothers, children and the elderly being treated free of charge. The core working hours for volunteers at the hospital are between 8am and 4pm. Nursing interns are welcome, as well as students in the medical field and medical professionals. Volunteers are trained accordingly by local staff and are allowed to participate in all areas of the hospital depending on their interests, previous experience and qualifications.

Animal Welfare / Veterinary Care

Mbwa wa Africa Animal Rescue

Mbwa wa Africa (“Dog of Africa”) is a small animal shelter on the edge of the Arusha National Park, which was founded in 2012 by two Germans (Sandra and Jens). The shelter takes in injured and abused street dogs and cats, treats them and then finds responsible homes for them. Mbwa wa Africa is also carrying out systematic spay and neuter and vaccination campaigns to put an end to the government’s previous practice of regularly shooting street dogs to control the population.

Many of the dogs are traumatized and require special attention and care. All dogs are taken on walks daily and helping hands are always needed here. The care of sick and injured dogs, as well as the training of basic commands is also one of the tasks of volunteers.

Since the shelter is a bit outside of town and you can only reach it with a Piki Piki (motorcycle taxi), you should plan around 15 euros per person per week as travel costs from our STEP House to the shelter.

Construction Projects

Construction Project

Would you like to volunteer, support various projects and prefer manual work? Maybe the building and renovation group is the right place for you.
Some of our projects are being established or are looking to expand their facilities, so there is always some building or renovation work that needs to be done and your help is very welcome.

There are two ways to support this project. People with specific experience are always needed. So if you are a bricklayer, carpenter, electrician, engineer, plumber, tiler or any other skilled trade, you can work hand in hand with our craftsmen here in Arusha. This way, mutual learning is possible for both sides. But even if you have not worked in such a field, it is possible to support this project by helping with simple tasks and/or starting a fundraising campaign.

If you are interested in the building project, please contact us and let us know if you have any previous experience or special skills, so that we can find a project where your labour is most needed.


Our Volunteer Program – Explained Step by Step

You can sign up for the STEP volunteer program online using our application form. Before you register you should think about your desired field of work and specify your expectations and wishes for your stay in Tanzania. This way we will get an idea of which project(s) will best suit you.

Please note that at the time of your registration we will only need your approximate travel dates, you should however provide us with your exact dates as soon as you have booked your flights so we can plan our schedule accordingly.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA trip to Africa is always a great adventure and experience shows that anticipation and excitement increase as the day of departure approaches. But you can go about your preparations very relaxed, because in Tanzania you can expect an unforgettable time with an infinite number of new experiences. The less expectations you have of your time in Tanzania, the more open-minded you will be.

With our STEP Africa guidebook you’ll have all To-Dos at a glance, such as flight booking, vaccinations, visa formalities and more. This way you can organize everything well in advance and without pressure. The content of our volunteer guide book also prepares you for your upcoming tasks in the projects. Read everything carefully and conscientiously, but also learn to take it easy and enjoy the anticipation, too!

The project is the centerpiece of your stay in Tanzania. The following basic principle applies to your project: volunteering is what you make of it! Your motivation, your dedication and your joy, which you will bring into your work, determine your experiences. Think positive, you are committed to a great cause and you have the courage for something that many others do not dare! Your project work will shape you for the rest of your life and enrich you in so many ways. So you have every reason to look forward to your project.

When you arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport our driver will already be waiting for you to take you to the volunteer house. In many ways daily life in Africa is very different from life in a western country. So a certain culture shock is quite normal in the beginning but will certainly wear off soon the more you get to know your new home away from home. 

On the first day after your arrival, you will receive a detailed orientation. We will show you around Arusha town, explain how to use public transport and where banks and the most important shops are found. Soon you will feel confident enough to explore everything on your own. On your first work day, we will accompany you to your project and discuss your tasks and working hours together with the project management.

Most of the volunteers get used to life in Africa very quickly and it is usually much more difficult for them to leave Tanzania in the end than it was to get used to everything. You can rest assured that we are always there for you, especially during your settling-in period, to give you the best possible start in Tanzania. You will also meet other volunteers and like-minded people with whom you can share your experiences.

Weekly work hours in your project will usually be between 20 to 40 hours, depending on whether you want to work part- or full-time. You will usually have the weekends off, you can however choose to support your projects during the weekends due, should the need arise. In either case, you are entitled to 2 off-days per week. Your tasks vary depending on the project you work at. You should be ready to work independently and pro-actively as tasks aren’t always following a fixed schedule. Always remember that you act as an assistant trying to support and take work from your local colleagues. 

Besides of your project work you will have plenty of opportunities to explore Arusha and the surrounding area during your leisure time. Everyday life in Tanzania is full of adventures. One of them being the daily trips with the Daladala, the local minibus that takes you to every corner of town. It will not be long before you master your first sentences in Swahili, the extended greetings, numbers and other basics. Its a great feeling being able to negotiate the prices on the market in Swahili for the first time! As a “Mzungu”, meaning a European or white person, it is inevitably that you will often stand out and attract attention. But it’s something you will soon get used too as well. Especially children are very curious and -walking through the street – you will certainly more than once hear greetings such as: “Good morning Mzungu. How are you?”.

Arusha is a traditional yet modern city that has adapted to tourists and international visitors and expatriates from all over the world. In the city center there are great bars, restaurants, museums, markets and swimming pools that you can visit in your free time. As soon as you drive a few kilometres out of the city, you will find yourself in the midst of beautiful African nature, savanna lands to the west and tropical forests towards the slopes of majestic Mount Meru. Walking, cycling or a day trip to Maasai land, you have endless opportunities to get to know the diversity of Tanzania’s nature and traditions. The STEP Africa House will be you home away from home where you will be able to rest and relax from your exciting daily work and adventures.

You are not alone in Tanzania! You will quickly gain new friends among locals and fellow volunteers. A friendly and supportive atmosphere is very important to us at STEP Africa. Our volunteers form a community that supports each other through any challenges and problems. Always keep in mind that volunteering is never one-sided, but will give you the opportunity to learn a lot about yourself and life in Tanzania, while at the same time supporting and contributing to your project.

Still unanswered questions? Get in touch with us!

Our Philosophy

We select our partner projects based on criteria of sustainability and their efforts towards education and, above all, based on their credibility and transparency. We do not support Orphanage Tourism in any form. We are critically aware that not every aid project is a good project! We build on mutual acceptance and tolerance. All of our projects welcome volunteers regardless of their backgrounds or believes. Volunteers are expected to be open-minded and creative because the areas of responsibility are not always precisely defined. With a little initiative and flexibility the integration into the project is usually very smooth. Volunteering in Tanzania always means learning to understand everyday life in a local aid project. We do not want our volunteers to replace local workers but rather want them to see themselves as supplementary workers who, through their assistance, contribute towards joyful day to day life in the projects and support intercultural exchange. We firmly believe that volunteers can make a long-term and positive contribution to their projects. But volunteering doesn’t just mean: “Hi, I’m here to help!” but rather: “Hi, I’m here to learn from you how I can help – now or in the future!”.



Our Volunteer Accommodation


Our volunteers and interns are accommodated in two volunteer houses. Our STEP Africa houses are centrally located in the district of Njiro, Arusha, from where the projects can be easily reached. The houses are not far from each other, so that volunteers can visit each other and spend time with the residents of the other houses at any time. We organise regular barbecue evenings, which take place alternately in the respective houses.

Our “headquarters” in Arusha is the STEP Africa house on Rashida Street, where our office is also located. However, our volunteer supervisors divide their time between the houses so that our volunteers are well looked after at all locations. Each house has two lovely house mums who are responsible for cooking and cleanliness, as well as our night guards and gardeners.

What unites our volunteer accommodation is that it is located in the middle of Tanzanian life, central yet quiet. Bus connections, restaurants, cinemas, pharmacies, supermarkets and numerous other shops are located in the village, and the city centre is only 10-15 minutes away by bus. All our projects can be easily reached from here. In the STEP houses you will always meet like-minded people with whom you can exchange ideas and gather new ideas for your project. We serve a typical Tanzanian breakfast consisting of white bread and black tea and other side dishes such as eggs, fruits and mandazis (Tanzanian baking speciality) and delicious local dishes for dinner (vegetarians/vegans are cooked separately!). We want you to feel comfortable in our accommodation, so we place a lot of emphasis on friendly interaction and a family atmosphere. In the cosy courtyards and gardens you can relax from work and the sometimes exhausting African daily life.

The STEP Africa houses each consist of shared rooms with bunk beds and double rooms / private rooms. In addition, there is a kitchen with its own refrigerator for our volunteers, an oven, bathrooms, common rooms equipped with comfortable sofas and TV facilities, as well as covered outdoor dining areas.


Host Family

There is also the possibility to stay with a host family during the time in Arusha. Vicky, the host mum, offers two rooms with 4 beds each in the main building and another 4 beds in a small outbuilding. This means that up to 12 volunteers can stay with the host family at the same time. This makes it easy to socialise with other volunteers and meet like-minded people. The host family is in the same district as our STEP-Africa Hostels and is also very centrally located. Vicky offers the volunteers a typical Tanzanian breakfast as well as a hot dinner. A large, cosy living room invites you to sit together and exchange ideas after an exciting day.