Career Break Volunteer Project – Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

There are many reasons people think about taking a career break, including stress, boredom of their routine and the desire to do something completely different. People also often “fall” into a career path and realize after a while this may not be what they want for their future. A career break can help you discover what you do want from life, both professionally and personally.

Volunteering during your career break can open up a whole new realm of possibilities. You can apply your skills and knowledge in a developing country, benefiting and empowering a whole community; or you can try something completely different and gain a whole new set of skills. Regardless, volunteering can only serve to benefit your career as you work alongside a diverse team in an international setting, develop your leadership skills, discover new skills and maybe even learn a new language.

I just grew so tired of staring out the window every day wondering if this was it! I loved my job and I was good at it, but I just knew I needed to do something different; I needed to challenge myself. That’s why I took a career break and went to volunteer with Big Beyond for two months. Initially, it was just for a change of scenery and because I wanted to give back in some way but my experience there genuinely changed my life – I learned so much about myself and my priorities. Looking back now it was the best decision I ever made.” Miranda, UK


  • Using your skills to help a community and gain new experiences
  • Gain new skills in a developing country which can help develop your career
  • Volunteering in a new environment to reflect and get new ideas for your direction in life

Quick Facts

  • Where Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • When All year
  • Price $1,297
  • Who Anyone looking to getting involved in hands-on education

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You’ll be located in Mdwai which is outside of Moshi town on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. You’ll fly into Kilimanjaro International airport where you’ll be met by someone from Big Beyond and it takes about an hour to get to the project base. The Big Beyond team will orientate you on your arrival, so you’ll feel right at home in next to no time!

Volunteering in Tanzania with Big Beyond means you’ll be living and working closely with the our community in Moshi. There are many ethnic groups such as the Chagga and Maasai who have very different cultural identities in Tanzania. Living here means you’ll experience the real and genuinely friendly side of Tanzania without the strange relationship gap a tourist sometimes has to endure. The language spoken is Kiswahili and we’ll be teaching you the basics once you arrive so that you feel comfortable speaking with people.


The climate in Tanzania is very comfortable and it’s normally warm and dry outside of rain season. The long rains fall in March, April and May and the short rains in November. As we’re close to the equator the sun is strong and sunscreen is important. It’s generally best to wear light and breathable clothing for your trip with warmer clothes for the night time if needed. A light rain jacket, and hiking boots or gumboots are useful during rain season for walking around.


Your accommodation in Mdawi and all your meals are included in the Big Beyond volunteer fee, so you won’t need to worry about organising anything. During your stay with the Big Beyond Tanzania team, you’ll stay in our volunteer house in shared accommodation with up to two other people with an en-suite bathroom. You’ll be fully catered for, with three meals a day and filtered water at camp. Big Beyond provides a menu with a mix of local and international dishes to accommodate all tastes.

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Our projects in Tanzania provide the perfect setting for volunteering during your career break. With education, gender and community empowerment projects in the Kilimanjaro region and conservation projects in Zanzibar, we can work together to shape a project that will allow you to get the most from your career break.

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January 2nd, 16th & 30th | February 13th & 27th | March 3rd & 27th | April 10th & 24th | May 8th & 22nd | June 5th & 19th | July 3rd, 17th & 31st | August 14th & 28th | September 11th & 25th | October 9th & 23rd | November 6th & 23rd | December 4th

Project participation fees

2 WEEKS USD 1297 GBP 777 EUR 1004 AUD 1423
3 WEEKS USD 1646 GBP 986 EUR 1275 AUD 1806
4 WEEKS USD 1995 GBP 1195 EUR 1545 AUD 2189
5 WEEKS USD 2524 GBP 1512 EUR 1954 AUD 2769
6 WEEKS USD 2853 GBP 1709 EUR 2209 AUD 3130
7 WEEKS USD 3182 GBP 1906 EUR 2464 AUD 3491
8 WEEKS USD 3511 GBP 2103 EUR 2719 AUD 3853


  • All airport collection and returns with a Big Beyond representative
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day (weekends included)
  • 24 hour support with a Big Beyond staff member living on-site at the volunteer accommodation
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water


  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry


Big Beyond projects make long-term sustainable impacts within the communities they work. You’re project fee goes towards your direct expenses on project, supporting our longterm staff who ensure our projects are sustainable and towards the running of Big Beyond to ensure the organisation itself is sustainable. By volunteering with Big Beyond you not only make an impact during your time but help us ensure that everything we do make a sustainable and lasting change.

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Volunteering with us on the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro offers you an incredible variety of day trips and activities to fill your weekends. From Chaga cultural tours, traditional coffee tours and trips to beautiful waterfalls and secluded hot springs. As Kilimanjaro is primarily a coffee region if you’d like to explore the local coffee and cuisine there’s no better place than to take a trip into Moshi town.

Tanzania has some of the best wildlife experiences in Africa as the parks are not fenced you get a chance to see all of the animals in their natural environment. Apart from being an ideal place to see the ‘Big 5’ African animals. One of the most incredible things to experience is the annual migration of an estimated two million wildebeest between the Serengeti in the south of Tanzania and the Masai Mara in the north of Kenya. If you’d like to spend a weekend or longer on safari we can help you to arrange the trip along with your volunteering.

For anyone interested in climbing the mountain we’re conveniently based about 40 minutes away from some of the main entry gates onto Mt. Kilimanjaro. We normally suggest arranging to climb it at the end of your volunteer stay with us as it gives you more time to acclimatise to the heat and environment here. We’re also more than happy to advise you and help you organise your climb with a reputable company.


For something different volunteers can also visit the historical Zanzibar Island off the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar is culturally deep as it was the melting pot between Arab and African culture. Its main city Stone Town is a World Heritage site with winding streets rich in history the island is surrounded by the picturesque Indian Ocean and white sandy beaches in the North and South East of the Island. You’ll have no shortage of things to do, with cultural and history tours, snorkelling and diving and other day trips.

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Whether you’re taking a short or long-term career break this project can open up a whole new realm of possibilities for you. You can apply your skills and knowledge in a developing country, benefiting and empowering a whole community or maybe you want to try something completely different. The Big Beyond career break project offers you the chance to experience life in a new environment, develop your skills and reflect on what’s important to you in life.

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