We understand you have many questions about your volunteering experience in Tanzania and we hope the below will help answer some.  If you have any questions remaining, please shoot us an email!



A visa is required to volunteer in Tanzania and please see visa instructions on the Rates/Visa Costs page. Volunteer visas are mandatory.  If staying and volunteering through Hostel Hoff, you must follow these requirements.

Getting Here

The closest international airport is Kilimanjaro International airport (KIA/JRO) and the most common airlines flying into JRO are Ethiopian, Kenya Airways, KLM, Qatar & Turkish Airlines.  Pre-booked pick-ups are provided from Kilimanjaro airport for USD$40.  Alternatively you can arrive into Nairobi or Dar es Salaam and catch an 8 hour bus.  Feel free to contact us for more advice regarding this.


Breakfast and dinner is served daily.  Meals consist of good quality western style food and local dishes.  Vegetarians and other dietary requirements are catered for.  Some projects provide a basic local lunch for their volunteers.  For others you will need to provide your own lunch which can easily be purchased in town.


As Moshi Town lies so close to the equator the year round temperature is not too variable.  Being in the Southern hemisphere our seasons are Dec-Feb (summer) and Jun-Aug (winter).  During summer you can expect temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius and during winter up to 19 degrees Celsius.  


The main rainy season is April/May and short rains in November.  During the rainy season, most rain is during the night.  At this time you also have the advantage of less tourists and dust!

Internet & Mobile Phones

WiFi in Moshi can be very unreliable, but mobile data works best. Upon arrival, our hostel managers will assist you in getting local SIM cards with internet bundles (mobile data) for a small fee. This will ensure a seamless online experience throughout your stay at our hostel for volunteers.

Mobile phone SIM cards are easily available.  This is much cheaper than using your number from home.  It is best to use a cheap, basic phone around town as expensive smart phones are a target for pick pockets.  If you are bringing a phone from home, please ensure it is unlocked.  Alternatively it is easy to buy one in Moshi.


Tanzanian Shillings is a soft currency, which means it is only available in Tanzania.  There are many ATM's around Moshi and a lot of volunteers use these to withdraw cash.  Please ensure you notify your bank that you are travelling as sometimes they can block your account when they see unusual transactions in a foreign country.  Alternatively, you can bring US Dollars or Euros and exchange these in one of the banks.  Please ensure that any USD notes are printed on or after 2009, because notes printed before this are not accepted anywhere in Tanzania. Large denominations 50 & 100 are better to bring that smaller denominations.


In Tanzania you will require a British plug (three square pins).

Living Costs

This obviously varies from person to person, however expect to spend USD$50-$100 per week on lunches, internet access, transport, day trips, spending money etc.  You need to allow more if you plan to undertake activities such as safari, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or travelling to Zanzibar.

Safety & Travelling Alone

Tanzania is a relatively safe country however, as with all developing countries, there are some precautions you should take.  Upon arrival we will give you a safety briefing, however below are the most important precautions to be aware of.


 - Dressing conservatively is encouraged as this will reduce unwanted attention and show respect to the local culture.  This is especially important when volunteering at projects.

 - Limit how much cash you carry around with you and keep it well hidden, along with other valuables.  We provide everyone with a lockable drawer at the hostel for storing valuables. Please bring a small padlock from home.

 - Do not use local motorbike taxis as these are unsafe.  The drivers do not normally provide helmets for their passengers and you may not be insured to ride on a motorbike.  Please take a normal car taxi. 

 - Do not walk around the streets after dark, take a taxi.

 - Do not accept drinks from strangers at the local bars.

 - If going out at night, stick together with your fellow volunteers.


Before travelling to Tanzania you need to contact your doctor.  Yellow fever vaccination is no longer mandatory when travelling from a developed country, unless you are coming from a yellow fever infected country or have passed through  a yellow fever infect country and stopped for more than 12 hours. 


Whilst the malaria risk in Moshi is low, it is advised to take preventative medication.  Your doctor can advise which is most suitable to you.  We also advise volunteers to cover up in the evening and use mosquito repellant.  We provide mosquito nets at the hostel. 


Your doctor may also suggest polio, hepatitis and others.


We strongly advise you to take out travel insurance before you travel.  This will cover lost luggage, medical costs and emergencies.

Medical Facilities

Around Moshi there are many clinics, hospitals and pharmacies and should you have any medical problems whilst you are here, we will help you to visit an appropriate medical facility.  Whilst pharmacies are generally well stocked, many products you are used to from home may not be available here.  It is therefore a good idea to bring a small supply from home.  Suggestions include tablets for nausea, diarrhoea, headaches, an anti-inflammatory and any personal medication you require.

Recommended Clothing & Things to Bring

This list is a basic idea of clothing and important things to bring with you to Tanzania. It does not include everything (we presume you will remember underwear!).  The items listed are those most suitable for the environment in Moshi.

  • T-shirts (you will need to cover your shoulders in town & at projects)
  • Shorts/skirts (need to be at least knee length in town & at projects)
  • Sweater
  • Nice clothes for going out at night (nothing too revealing)
  • Sneakers/running shoes
  • Umbrella/raincoat if coming during the rainy season
  • Swimming costume
  • Sunscreen/hat/sunglasses/mosquito repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Medical kit/supplies
  • Towel
  • Padlock to use on the lockable draws at the hostel.
  • Torch (power cuts do occasionally happen in Tanzania!)
  • Sleeping bag if planning overnight/weekend trips

Note: As from the 1st of June 2019, Tanzania banned the use of plastic carrier bags . Please do not bring plastic carrier bags with you. Plastic carrier bags known as "ziplock bags" that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of the volunteer and are not expected to be disposed of in the country.