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Karibu! Welcome to Peace Corps Tanzania!

Founded in 1962, Tanzania is one of the Peace Corps' oldest programs and is truly appreciated by the government and people of Tanzania.

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A vast country, with diverse but united people and astounding natural resources, Tanzania faces many development challenges. The government and its partners have set goals to address these challenges, which include:

  • eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; 
  • achieving universal primary education; 
  • promoting gender equality;
  • reducing child mortality; 
  • improving maternal health; 
  • combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; and 
  • ensuring environmental sustainability 

Peace Corps Tanzania is proud to consider itself amongst the partners working to address obstacles to well-being. We currently have about 200 Volunteers working in three sectors: Secondary Education, Community Health, and Sustainable Agriculture.

 

 

Serving in Tanzania

Volunteers serving in a general capacity are assigned to one of three sectors: Education, Health, Agriculture. Volunteers serving in a specialist capacity work within either the Global Health Service Partnership program or Peace Corps Response.

Volunteer Marissa M teaches secondary school students a game

Education

Education Volunteers improve student academic achievement in math, science, and English in secondary school communities. Together with their co-teacher counterparts, they plan and conduct activities to achieve the major goals of the Education sector:

  1. Improved achievement in math, science, and English proficiency and comprehension
  2. Improved content-based, student-centered teaching techniques

Learn more about the Education sector

Health

Health Volunteers focus on the promotion of health education and disease prevention, especially surrounding HIV/AIDS. Together with their rural community, they work on projects related to the major goals of the Health sector:

  1. HIV prevention and mitigation
  2. Maternal, neonatal and child health
  3. Community health

Learn more about the Health sector

Volunteer Alex J tests a new water pump
Volunteer Nora G-S helps a primary school student plant a tree

Agriculture

Agriculture Volunteers focus on building local food production capacity and accessibility, utilizing local natural resources in a sustainable manner. Together with their community, they work on projects related to the major goals of the Agriculture sector:

  1. Improved food availability
  2. Improved food access and livelihoods
  3. Sustainable natural resource management

Learn more about the Agriculture sector

Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP)

GHSP deploys volunteer physicians and nurses to serve one-year, renewable assignments as adjunct faculty in medical and nursing schools. In collaboration with host country faculty, they strengthen the quality and sustainability of medical and nursing education and clinical practices.

Learn more about the GHSP program

Volunteer doctor Steve H teaching in clinical setting
Volunteer doctor David R teaching in classroom

Peace Corps Response (PCR)

Peace Corps Response (originally called Crisis Corps) began in 1996 as a means for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to quickly respond to disasters, making use of their cross-cultural skills and adaptability. In 2012, the program was opened to professionals who have not previously served with Peace Corps but have at least 10 years of professional experience. One example of this is the Global Health Service Partnership program, a collaboration between Peace Corps, Seed Global Health and PEPFAR.

Volunteers serve short-term, high-impact assignments anywhere from three months to one year in length.

Learn more about Peace Corps Response

 


Living in Tanzania

Peace Corps Volunteer sites 2015-05

What's it like to live and serve in Tanzania?
Learn more about Tanzania, the country, and its people and culture.

 

Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 23 of the country's 30 administrative regions. Learn more fun facts about the Peace Corps Tanzania program.

 

How does site placement work, and what type of houses do they live in?

 

Wonder what a typical day is like? Here's a hint ... it varies greatly depending on the sector! Learn more about daily work schedules and what Volunteers do in their free time.

 

Want to know more? Meet some of our Volunteers to get an up close and personal view of their villages, projects and home lives.