Rural farm workers harvesting and packaging of locally grown produce. Photo: M. Willman


Tanzania is an east African republic, home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Victoria and the island of Zanzibar. A former British colony, Tanzania gained independence since 1961 when it was renamed Tanganyika. Tanzania's economy is largely agriculture-based, as well as being the third largest producer of gold in Africa. 

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Development challenges

Country history

Since 1964, a vast majority of Australian volunteers have worked in the education sector, including both primary and secondary institutions. Other placements have been in agriculture and provided technical assistance through the United Nations Development Program. From 1986 until 2000 there was a hiatus in the program. The program commenced in 2000 but on a relatively small scale.

Our country staff

Africa (Tanzania)

Africa (Tanzania)

1st Floor Sykes Building, Goliondoi Road
Arusha, Tanzania

(Post: PO Box 1496, Arusha, Tanzania)

Our priority areas

Women's economic empowerment and reduction of gender violence

Volunteer assignments will strengthen the capacity of local organisations to improve gender equality outcomes particularly through women’s economic empowerment, reducing and responding to violence against women and building women’s leadership.

Improving food security and sustainable livelihoods

Volunteer assignments aim to enhance agriculture’s contribution to sustainable and inclusive growth and economic growth and food security. They will also support human capacity building in the agriculture sector.

Improving health outcomes

Volunteer assignments will focus on increasing access to quality basic health services for marginalised, poor and remote communities.

Improving accessing to water sanitation & hygiene (WASH)  

Volunteer assignments will aid development of appropriate media and resources for purposes of information, knowledge sharing and awareness raising around the issue of clean water and sanitation.

Improving education outcomes

Volunteer assignments will strengthen the vocational education system through teacher training and curriculum development.