Rural Education and Community Development Project – Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Education is recognised internationally as one of the most vital tools in combating poverty, empowering individuals and strengthening communities. This is incredibly true in Tanzania and by joining our education and community development project you can help contribute towards our long-term goals.  This project seeks to use education to empower communities so that our members can gain the skills they need to lift themselves out of poverty and create a virtuous circle of spreading awareness of the importance of education for future generations.


  • Teaching English and basic literacy skills to adults
  • Working alongside local teachers in pre-schools on early childhood development and education
  • Teaching teenagers about relevant health and gender issues
  • Working with vulnerable groups to ensure a holistic approach to community development
  • Developing resources and lesson plans to support the education project
  • Being immersed in Tanzanian culture

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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Rural Education and Community Empowerment Project

Our volunteer projects take a holistic approach to education, working with all demographics within the community, including children, teenagers and adults and vulnerable people, including single mothers and widows from low income households and people with disabilities.

All projects are needs-based and are designed to address key needs identified by the communities themselves. As a volunteer you will work along-side our full time project staff on a combination of the following:

The projects

Maasai Literacy Programme

Members of the Maasai tribe traditionally have less access to education than other demographics of the population in Tanzania. Many adults have not graduated primary school and many have never been enrolled in formal education at all. As a result, many adults cannot read or write which impacts their ability to find employment.

This project seeks to overcome this challenge by teaching Maasai adults to read and write in Swahili, as well as some basic English language instruction. Volunteers will develop teaching materials and resources to support the curriculum and teach small, interactive groups using these resources.

The impact of this project is immediate – seeing an adult write his name for the first time in his life or watching someone read a full sentence for the first time is a direct result of volunteer engagement.

Adult English Programme

Tourism is the primary industry in this part of Tanzania, offering one of the greatest sources of employment. However, due to a rigid education system, most adults do not have the level of English necessary to obtain jobs in this sector.

Our Adult English Programme works with adults in the community who wish to learn English to improve their livelihoods. We work with absolute beginners as well as those who have a basic foundation. As well as increasing employment potential, we have found that our students become more aware of the importance of education and pass this on to their children.

Volunteers teach the adult classes, developing their lesson plans and teaching resources in line with the learning objectives for each class. They quickly get to know their students and form strong bonds, enhancing the learning dynamic.

Early Childhood Education Programmerural

In Tanzania, primary education is taught through Swahili, with a sudden change to English for secondary school. There is no bridge between the two, which can put some students at an immediate disadvantage.

Volunteers on this programme teach English, developing their own lesson plans in line with the learning objectives for each class. They also work alongside local teachers, developing key resources and materials for the children.

Vocational Skills Programme


Due to a rigid education system in Tanzania, many students fail their exams and cannot complete high school. This puts them at an immediate disadvantage when it comes to seeking employment. Our vocational skills programme works with teenagers and young adults to develop life skills and vocational skills that will assist them in getting jobs in the future.

Volunteers are involved in this project at every stage, from planning lessons to teaching the classes with the assistance of our project staff.

Youth Empowerment Programmehealth

There are several subjects and topics that are not taught in secondary schools in Tanzania, including general health, sexual and reproductive health and issues relating to gender and decision-making. Our volunteers and staff work with teenagers in secondary schools on these issues to ensure young people are informed and have the ability to make healthy choices.

Elderly People’s Health Programme

wazeeElderly people are treated with incredible dignity and respect in African culture. However, due to unfortunate circumstances, there is a home for elderly people with no families in Kilimanjaro that is under-serviced and under-resourced. Our volunteers and staff work with the home to improve their mental and physical health in a number of ways, from a nutrition project to exercise classes. The impact from such a small project is clearly visible and makes a positive impact in so many ways.


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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 cultural tours, traditional coffee tours and trips to beautiful waterfalls and secluded hot springs, you won’t run out of things to do! 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 Indean 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, snorkeling and diving and other day trips.

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This project gives you a hands-on opportunity to contribute to our work on the Global Goals for 2020. Education is recognised internationally as one of the most vital tools in combating poverty, empowering individuals and strengthening communities. This is incredibly true in Tanzania and you can help us continue to make a difference by joining our programme. All our projects are identified from a needs assessment with our community partners you’ll work with us to achieve set goals from these assessments. You’ll lend your skills and passion to our structured programmes to help us improve education services and accessibility in this rural area.


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