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Prepare to Volunteer


  • Book your flights to Kilimanjaro international airport
  • Get malaria prophylaxis
  • Get all the following vaccinations: A and B hepatitis, Yellow Fever, Cholera, Typhoid Fever and Tetanus. Make sure also that your MMR vaccination is still valid.
  • Go through medical check-up to avoid any unpleasant surprises. You will get good medical health care in Tanzania during your trip if needed.
  • Inform us about all your medications, chronic illnesses, sicknesses, allergies or other limitation or precautions
  • Get appropriate travel insurance
  • Make sure your passport is valid 6 months after your trip
  • Go through our websites for more information and contact us if you have any questions
  • Inform us about any special diets


  • All your personal medication and medical prescription
  • Insect repellent (can also be bought from Arusha)
  • Stomach medicines for both diarrhea and constipation
  • Hat to protect you from sun and also clothes with long sleeves and long trousers to protect against mosquitoes
  • Comfortable shoes and during the rainy season, shoes that can be worn in mud
  • Take a mobile phone with you. If possible you can take some old one which you don’t use anymore at home. TVL gives you a local phone connection for free to refill and use during your trip.
  • Flashlight or headlight
  • Check requirements of dressing in your placement from your placement´s presentation.
  • AC power plugs and sockets used in Tanzania are British type G, BS 1363 and the voltage is 220-240 volts. If your electric devices don’t fit to this kind of plugs you will need to take an adapter with you.


  • All the most common medicines e.g painkillers, plasters etc. are available for purchase in Arusha
  • Products such as shampoos, lotions, toothpaste, laundry powder can also be bought in Arusha
  • Bed sheets, mosquito nets and towels are included in all the rooms


  • Tanzanian currency is Tanzanian shilling (TZS)
  • It is not possible to buy Tanzania shillings outside the country
  • Shillings are accepted everywhere in Tanzania, US dollars in some tourist destinations
  • You can draw cash (Tanzanian shillings) from ATM machines with Visa, Visa Electron or Mastercard
  • US dollars or euro can be exchanged in bureau de change
  • US dollars printed earlier than 2006 are not accepted in Tanzania
  • You can’t pay with credit card
  • You can’t cash traveller’s cheques