Where do we work?: Tanzania

Population: 40,213,160

Area: 945,087 sq. km.

Median Age: 17.8

Literacy: 69.4 %

Languages: Kiswahili, Kiunguja, English, Arabic, many local languages

Tanzania was formed when newly independent Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged in 1964. It is home to Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro, largest lake, Lake Victoria (which it shares with Uganda and Kenya), and deepest lake, Lake Taganyika. It also hosts the famous Serengeti National Park.

Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. It’s literacy rate has dropped since peaking at over 95% in the mid-1980s and HIV/AIDS is devastating communities. Unemployment is high and the median age is just 17.7 years (Australia’s is 37.1). In 2002, the government made primary education free for all, however there are insufficient teachers and other resources to cater for the larger numbers.

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Below are some profiles of volunteers who have recently completed their placements in Fran Hewitt volunteering in Tanzania.

Fran Hewitt

Fran Hewitt, a teacher from Hobart, has volunteered to work at Edmund Rice Sinon School in Arusha, Tanzania.

Jennifer Ferris

Jenni Ferris, from Brisbane, is volunteering as a teacher with Foodwatershelter in Arusha Tanzania.

Kathy Brick

Kathy Brick, from Melbourne, has volunteered to work at Edmund Rice Sinon School in Arusha, Tanzania for two years.


Davina Wiltshire

Davina Wiltshire is working at Edmund Rice Sinon School, Arusha Tanzania for two years.

Rosaleen Smyth

Rosaleen Smyth

Rosaleen Smyth, from Canberra, is volunteering for RUCO, Iringa for two years.

Exercising Freedom

November 28, 2013

Sport and exercise isn’t seen to be necessary or proper for girls/women in many African cultures. But Pascal and Nestory can see the benefits of me role-modelling for the girls, and so one afternoon I even played on the staff football (soccer) team against the Form 5 students.

From Limpopo to Arusha

May 14, 2013

Fran Hewitt recently finished her first Palms’ placement in South Africa. She is now volunteering at Edmund Rice School in Engosengiu, Arusha, Tanzania.

Fran Hewitt volunteering in Tanzania

January 3, 2013

Fran Hewitt, a teacher from Hobart, has volunteered to work at Edmund Rice Sinon School in Arusha, Tanzania.

Help us find our next volunteers

November 15, 2012

Communities across Africa, Asia and the Pacific are asking us for volunteers in 2013.

Can you help us by sharing the following requests at work, in your industry or union journal, in your parish newsletter, or through social media?

Supporting African Initiative

August 10, 2012

Each field visit provides the great privilege of meeting our partners and being reminded that our volunteers are only a tiny part of a long-term development story which is driven by Africans. It is a terrific reminder of what Palms Australia is all about – supporting local initiative.

IT, English and Science Teachers

July 11, 2012

IT, English and Science Teachers are need to teach students and mentor teachers within each department of a Catholic secondary school.

Secondary Teachers

Secondary Teachers to work across curricula, further developing and strengthening the individual capacity teachers.

Project Administration

A Project Administrator is required to work with staff developing and strengthening the organisation/administrative structure underpinning a new rural community school.

Below are some of the volunteer positions Palms Australia is seeking to fill in . To find out more about any position or about other opportunities, please enquire about volunteering with Palms Australia.

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