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Community Sports & Physical Education Internships in Arusha

Community Sports & Physical Education Internships in Arusha

Community Sports & Physical Education internships in Tanzania provide hands-on experience in empowering underprivileged children. Through sport, interns assist and encourage child development by practicing teamwork, discipline and physical health.

Internship Highlights:
  • Learn hands-on Sports & Physical Education skills from local experts and put them into practice.
  • Build positive learning environments and work closely with children to foster their learning.
  • Enjoy spare time in Arusha, go on safari in the Serengeti, and explore world famous natural landscapes.
Type of host organizations:
  • Pre-schools
  • Primary schools
  • Children’s sports clubs
  • Sports development associations
Fully hosted experience from $1704
Includes accommodation & meals
Typical schedule: Monday to Friday, 7.30 am to 4pm.
Minimum duration 4 weeks, up to 24 weeks maximum
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Suitable for English language speakers
Eligibility requirements and Associated career paths
Eligibility requirement

Students and non students with studies or experience in physical training, physical education, sports, sports education, physical therapy or sports therapy.

Language requirements

This internship is conducted in English.

Associated career paths

Sports Coach, Physical Education Teacher, Physical Therapist, Sports Psychologist, Personal Trainer, Life Coach, Sports and Fitness Coordinator, Wellness Manager, Sports Nutritionist/Dietitian, Primary/Secondary Teacher, Learning Mentor/Tutor, Special Education Aide, Teaching Assistant, Careers Adviser, Child Psychologist, Counsellor, Youth/Social Worker, Public Health Worker

Internship details

Community Sports & Physical Education internships in Tanzania provide hands-on experience in empowering underprivileged children. Interns assist youth to reach their full potential through football and physical education. Through sport, interns assist and encourage child development by practicing teamwork, discipline and physical health.

This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided. Click here to explore remote Education & Youth Development internships, which you can conduct from home.

Community Sports & Physical Education

This internship provides the opportunity to support a vital community service, which provides free sports education and sports clubs to primary schools and pre-school centers. Many of the children who benefit from this service have special needs, disabilities and come from disadvantaged homes. The activities provided through Community Sports & Physical Education programs help to keep vulnerable youth off the streets and focused on extracurricular activities, where they can join teams, play with others, and achieve their goals.

This is a fun and lively internship where you’ll gain practical skills and understanding in engaging young children aged between 5 and 13 years old. Interns who contribute to Community Sports & Physical Education should be positive, enthusiastic, motivated, proactive, patient and passionate. These are essential attributes for any career in child development and support, but even more important when you’re engaging in a diverse culture and community.

Children require a lot of support and stimulation to learn, so interns are encouraged to come prepared with fresh ideas for games, physical education, and social interaction. Interns should keep in mind that it’s common to encounter different beliefs and attitudes toward Physical Education and youth development. Your in-country coordinator will be available for support, reflection and discussion throughout.

Keep in mind that community services in Tanzania will have limited resources. Therefore, interns should not depend on being able to utilize any particular resources in order to carry out the activities that you may want to facilitate. Rather, plan for tasks that do not require extra resources, or ensure that you bring any resources with you, which you might need (for example sporting equipment).

This internship is conducted in English, and most local children will have at least basic understanding of the English language. Interns are ideally placed to help to build valuable English language skills and your supervisor is on hand to assist with any communication difficulties.

Please note that internships are likely located in the outskirts of Arusha city (approximately 45 mins by public transport). These internships are aimed at reaching the poorest communities and children who would benefit the most from this initiative. For your placement, you will travel like a local and walk or take public transport to the various pre-schools or children’s sports clubs you’ll be working with each week. You will need to set a small budget aside for this (around $1 per day by local minibuses, 4 to 5 days per week). It is important you are prepared and comfortable to travel around, this is a demanding role that requires dedication.

In all cases, interns should expect that the first week of your experience will focus on settling in and gaining some introductory knowledge, as you will not “hit the ground running”. Rather, you should start with learning about the placement to gain an understanding of what you can build upon, develop, learn, and contribute. Ensure that you ask questions and provide feedback during the introductory period, so that your supervisor understands how you’re progressing. This will help them to better understand important details, such as how quickly you learn, what you find challenging, what you find interesting, etc.

Understand and expect that individual internship experiences vary, as the specific placement that you’re assigned will depend on review of your resume and your current level of studies and experience. Therefore, if you’re at a more introductory level, you should reasonably expect a more introductory internship. Likewise, if you’re interning for a shorter duration, you will have a different experience from someone who is interning for a longer duration. Placement preferences are considered but always subject to availability.

Career Benefits

Community Sports & Physical Education interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Helping to set up structured sports activities.

  • Helping to set up larger weekend sports clubs supervising 30+ children.

  • Encouraging new ideas and new strategies for the children’s development.

  • Overseeing the children during sports activities.

  • Assisting the staff with children who need extra attention or support.

  • Helping to run or plan the sports activities and weekend sports clubs.

  • Supporting the staff with equipment and general organization.

  • Traveling to the children’s facilities around the community with the project team.

  • Assisting with fundraising efforts for sports equipment and clothing.

Professional development opportunities:
  • Understand how to build positive relationships that foster learning among students.

  • Build your cross-cultural communication skills with both teachers and students, to foster enhanced understanding and cultural intelligence.

  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.

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Program fees

It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$499 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$499 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.

Program Fee (USD)
4 weeks $1,704 Equivalent to $60 /day
5 weeks $1,809 Equivalent to $51 /day
6 weeks $1,914 Equivalent to $45 /day
8 weeks $2,179 Equivalent to $38 /day
10 weeks $2,389 Equivalent to $34 /day
12 weeks $2,599 Equivalent to $30 /day
16 weeks $3,399 Equivalent to $30 /day
20 weeks $3,959 Equivalent to $28 /day
24 weeks $4,519 Equivalent to $26 /day
  • Airport pick-up
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Program orientation
  • Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
  • In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
  • Sourcing and securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • Coaching from your supervisor
  • Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
  • Academic credit facilitation
  • International reference letter
  • Certificate of Internship Completion
  • Lunches and weekend meals
  • All in-country transportation
  • Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
  • Personal spending money for snacks, drinks, public transport, laundry, and leisure activities during your free time.
  • A deposit of $499 (approximately 499) is required to secure your internship
  • Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.

Free-time experiences & tours in Arusha

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Kilimanjaro Weekend Tour
Kilimanjaro Weekend Tour

In this tour you will visit two of the most popular destinations in Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Region. The tour starts and ends at Arusha, with experienced driver guides offering the trip of a lifetime!

Maasai Culture Tour
Maasai Culture Tour

Enrich your time in Tanzania with a visit to gain an authentic insight into the Maasai way of life.

Manayara Memories Package
Manayara Memories Package

Visit three of the most popular destinations in Tanzania - Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. The tour starts and ends at Arusha, with experienced driver guides offering the trip of a lifetime!


Arrival and Orientation

Internships in Tanzania begin every Monday. Exceptions may be made to this when start dates are shifted to avoid public holiday disruptions or closed when the program has already reached capacity. The minimum duration requirement is 2 weeks up to a maximum duration of 24 weeks.

Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee. The accommodation is covered from the Sunday night before the Monday start date - interns are required to arrive no later than the Sunday before their Monday start date, as all orientations are held on Mondays.

Typical ports of entry include the local Arusha Airport (ARK) or the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). If you are planning to spend time independently in Tanzania prior to your internship and will not require an airport pick up, we can discuss alternative arrival logistics with you.

Upon arrival, interns will be met, greeted, and transferred to the accommodation.

The last night of the accommodation is the Friday night of the final week, leaving interns free to depart on Saturday. Return transport to the airport will be provided to interns at no cost, provided they’re making their way back to the airport on either the Saturday or Sunday of their final week.

Extra nights of accommodation can be arranged in advance, if requested, and are subject to availability.

Orientation covers important details for your internship, including introductions, information about culture, customs, rules, expectations, safety, language lessons, cultural excursions, and more. Your specific internship placement orientation will follow the general orientation, as you’ll be shown how to travel to and from your internship and be introduced to the team you’ll be joining.

Please note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.

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Accommodation and WiFi

Interns in Arusha are accommodated together on one of the city’s most top-rated guest houses, located in a quiet and friendly neighbourhood (just 15 minutes from town center). Living is safe, clean, modern and comfortable, including 24/7 gated security, housekeeping, and a live-in local coordinator. (Laundry services are not included but can be arranged directly for a small fee). Amenities include hot showers, WiFi, and satellite television (in common areas). Interns can expect to share a bedroom with 1- 5 other guests, of the same gender. Bathroom facilities are shared. Private/en-suite room upgrades are subject to availability and must be arranged directly with the local team, once registered.

Please note that the accommodation pictured in the photo gallery of this webpage is provided as an example. Since we may work with more than one apartment (depending on capacity), the exact accommodation that you’re assigned may differ slightly from the photos. Rooms sizes, along with storage space, may also vary.


Internships in Arusha include breakfast and dinner, prepared and served Monday to Friday at the guest house accommodation. Typical dishes in Tanzania are influenced by seasonal produce and the dinner menu is usually set according to a weekly rotating schedule. For example, dinner meals may cover Wali Rosti (rice and meat stew), spaghetti bolognese, Wali Umboga (rice and vegetables), pilau, and chapati maharage (a thin wholemeal pancake cooked on a griddle, with beans). Dinner dishes are accompanied with salad. Breakfasts consist of fresh seasonal fruit, fried eggs, and bread with spreads (plus tea and coffee). A filtered cold water dispenser is available in the common area for use to reduce the amount of plastic bottle use. Bottled water​ ​is​​ ​readily available in Tanzania and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this (2 liters per day). Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements that you have in advance (i.e. allergies and intolerances), so that we may ensure your hosts are aware and make recommendations to you accordingly. However, it is important to note that the provided meals will not reflect what you are used to eating at home and flexibility is required. Interns are encouraged to budget extra spending money for any special snacks/treats.

Essential country information

Capital Dodoma
Population 47.78 million
Languages Swahili and English
Currency Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
Time zone UTC+03:00
Weather and climate:

In Arusha, where the Tanzania internship programs are based, the warm season typically lasts from January till late March. During this period, the average daily high is around 81°F / 27°C. The cooler season is from mid May till late August and the coldest month of the year is usually in July, when the low reaches around 56°F / 13°C. The dry season is considered to run from late May through till mid November. Rainfall can occur during the rest of the year, December through April.