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Since independence in 1961, VSO has been bringing people together to fight poverty in Tanzania.

This year, the CASH project provided services reaching 7,002 beneficiaries. The RISE project worked in education, to support children's learning outcomes, and helped their parent's improve their farming businesses, reach 2,983 people. The VNA project delivered services to 512 beneficiaries, fostered the creation of 27 companies, and found employment for 295 youth. 

We’re motivated by impact. Recent independent evaluations of our projects have shown maternal and neonatal deaths reduced by up to 30%, school literacy and numeracy results improved by almost a third compared to control schools, and farmer incomes boosted fourfold through our support.

Huge challenges remain. Tanzania needs an educated workforce to reach its potential, but has the second lowest secondary school completion rates in East Africa. Malnutrition means 50% of children have stunted growth.

Our projects are making real progress, and we're excited to see what we will achieve in a time of national growth of industry and opportunity.

If you’d like to support our work and be part of the transformation in Tanzania, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Our impact in Tanzania

What our partners say

VSO improved quality of services to patients and introduced guidelines, checklists and monitoring charts which have been useful to our patients, and also training of staff on the day-to-day activities.

Hospital management team report, St Francis regional hospital (SFRH), Ifakara

A strength of VSO is the flexibility in terms of planning, developing a project from the beginning, including everyone consulting together … this means that there is flexibility in implementation and decisions … there is real partnership with VSO and this leads to better outcomes.

Tanzanian Ministry of Education and Vocational Training

VSO works together with the participants and understands the real situation on the ground. They work with the stakeholders and see many problems and advise on how to solve them.

Head teacher, Kiembe Samaki TC

Find out more about partnering with VSO Tanzania by contacting Partnerships and Innovation Manager Roy Mushobozi.

Volunteering for Development programme

The Volunteering for Development programme, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) works to improve quality and access to health and education services as well as livelihood opportunities for the most poor and vulnerable.

The grant recognises VSO's extensive experience of putting volunteers in the right places to tackle poverty and inequality. Find out more:



Interested in finding out more about our work in Tanzania? We’d love to hear from you.

Email the VSO Tanzania team:

VSO Tanzania
4 Kahama Road – Msasani
P.O. Box 6297 Dar es Salaam

Phone: +255 22 2600072

Volunteering opportunities

We are currently have roles for specialist, youth and corporate volunteers in Tanzania.

Find out about volunteering in Tanzania with VSO