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

Minimum duration: 4 weeks

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.

For all interns with an interest in developing skills as an educator, we also recommend an interactive Online TEFL Certification Course. The training offers tools and techniques over a 100-hour program. Upon completion, you’ll have earned experience in planning, designing, and adapting diverse language activities and materials. No previous teaching experience or training is required. You can sign up for the Online TEFL Certification Course anytime and you’ll pay the discounted Intern Abroad HQ rate.

Outside of your internship, you’ll have the opportunity to discover for yourself why Tanzania is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. The country is well-known for nature and adventure tourism, particularly its incredible safaris and wildlife reserves. People come from all over the world to visit Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, and the golden beaches of Zanzibar. Your in-country internship coordinator will assist you in advance to arrange day trips or longer excursions (such as multi-day safari adventures). If you’re planning your internship in Tanzania, don’t miss the opportunity to schedule an itinerary that incorporates these wonderful, unforgettable attractions.

Community Sports & Physical Education interns learn from an 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 organisation
  • 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.
Typical schedule:
  • Monday to Friday, 7.30 am to 4pm
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
Types of host organizations:
  • Pre-schools
  • Primary schools
  • Children’s sports clubs
  • Sports development associations
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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$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.

Non-medical internships

Duration
Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks $1,284Equivalent to $91/day
3 weeks $1,389Equivalent to $66/day
4 weeks $1,494Equivalent to $53/day
5 weeks $1,599Equivalent to $45/day
6 weeks $1,704Equivalent to $40/day
7 weeks $1,809Equivalent to $36/day
8 weeks $1,914Equivalent to $34/day
10 weeks $2,124Equivalent to $30/day
12 weeks $2,334Equivalent to $27/day

Medical internships

Duration
Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks $1,384Equivalent to $98/day
3 weeks $1,489Equivalent to $70/day
4 weeks $1,594Equivalent to $56/day
5 weeks $1,699Equivalent to $48/day
6 weeks $1,804Equivalent to $42/day
7 weeks $1,909Equivalent to $38/day
8 weeks $2,014Equivalent to $35/day
10 weeks $2,224Equivalent to $31/day
12 weeks $2,434Equivalent to $28/day
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • 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
  • International reference letter
  • Certificate of Internship Completion
  • Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
  • Optional extras, such as language lessons
  • Souvenirs and leisure activities during your free time
  • Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, public transportation, and any meals not included in your Program Fee
  • A deposit of $449 USD 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.

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Arrival and Orientation

Programs begin every Monday and participants may choose to spend a minimum of 2 weeks, up to a maximum of 12 weeks. Interns are advised not to book their flights until they have first registered to confirm their participation. Ports of entry to the program include the local Arusha Airport (ARK) or the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Airport pick up is included in the program fee. Transportation from the airport to the intern accommodation is approximately 30 minutes from Arusha Airport or 60 minutes from the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Alternatively, interns who arrive to the program overland (i.e. from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania) may be picked up from Arusha’s bus terminal.

Once interns have arrived, they are greeted by a representative of the local team and transported to the accommodation in Arusha. Accommodation is covered by the Program Fee and includes the Sunday night before the internship program orientation is held on Mondays. Orientation is provided by our local hosts and covers important details concerning introductions, support, culture, customs, safety, rules and expectations, things to see and do, and more.

Accommodation

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.

Meals

Interns 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.

Activities and tourism

There is an array of activities to enjoy during your stay in Arusha, as well as touristic excursions to attractions within Tanzania. Located on the “safari circuit”, the internship program is based near to some of Africa’s most beautiful environments, including Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Arusha National Park on Mount Meru. Whether you’re content with local entertainment, such as Maasai markets, cafes, music, nightlife, and cinema, or you’re planning to book in big ticket items such as overnight safari camps and mountain trekking adventures, our local team will assist you with itinerary advice and planning.

Day trips

Day trips are popular among interns and perfect for taking advantage of the weekends during your internship. Depending on the excursion, the rates can range from US$60 up to US$450, including round trip transportation and lunch. (The more expensive day trip rates cover transportation to destinations that are further afield, such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Note that the day trip cost will typically exclude additional gate entry fees, which may be subject to change). While you’re planning your internship in Tanzania, don’t miss:

  • Arusha National Park: Near Mt Meru, the park offers easy game drives and scenic walking tours, where you can discover beautiful streams, waterfalls and rivers.
  • Tarangire: This destination offers the chance to spot the Big Five. Keep an eye out for herds of elephants, lion prides, giraffes and many more animals within their natural habitat.
  • Lake Manyara: This lush oasis was once described by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest in Africa”. Relax on a peaceful game drive and enjoy the vista of buffalo, flamingo, lions, impala and more.
  • Serengeti: One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the famous Serengeti ecosystem extends right up to Kenya.
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area: Located in northern Tanzania, the region is home to the Big Five and boasts the vast, volcanic Ngorongoro Crater - a breathtaking natural wonder.
  • Metaruni Waterfalls Hike: Go trekking to the waterfalls through the foothills overshadowed by Mt Kilimanjaro. Enjoy lunch in the town of Moshi.
  • Hot Springs: It’s a longer drive to visit the natural hot springs in Moshi, but worth the trip! Soak in the warm waters against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Maasai Culture Tour: Visit a Maasai homestead for a friendly guided experience and meet members from the impressive nomadic tribe, who retain their unique cultural identity.
  • Snake Park: Check out a variety of snake breeds, from small grass snakes to cobras. The park is also home to other species of birds and amphibians and features a Maasai market.

Overnight safari tours and trekking

If you want to plan a Tanzanian adventure before or after your internship, we can assist you to arrange overnight camping safaris of the Northern Circuit (Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro), as well as a Mount Kilimanjaro trekking package (all inclusive six day climb). Extended safari tours are popular and two all-inclusive options offer either camping or lodge accommodation. Pricing details can be provided to interns once they have registered.

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Country profile

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.