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The Organization for Rural Self-Help Initiatives

The Organization for Rural Self-Help Initiatives

Musoma, Tanzania

ORSHI runs a flexible volunteer intern program with assignments built around the specific interests of the prospective volunteer.  Placements available include:


  • Orphans support and Vulnerable Children, the organization provides support to the children’s in the areas of education, health care and nutritional support.


  • Tree planting campaign (Tree nursery raising and   distribution to the communities).
  • Sustainable agriculture and food security (Organic farming).
  • Animal husbandry (Poultry keeping, Beekeeping etc)


  • Providing access to safe drinking water (promotion of low cost     water treatment technology).
  • HIV/AIDS awareness and support


  • Vocational training and job creation programs.
  • Women’s empowerment programs    


Organization for Rural Self-Help Initiatives (ORSHI) volunteer programs are hands-on learning experiences that vary in length. We encourage volunteers to stay for at least three weeks, but volunteers are welcome to sign up for any length of time. Long-term stays of over six months are welcome and negotiable. Many volunteers combine their stay with time spent doing more traditional tourist activities elsewhere in Tanzania - such as safaris, climbing and beach holidays. No matter how long you decide to volunteer, you will have a remarkable experience and will gain a firsthand understanding of how Tanzanians live their daily lives.

There are many ways in which our volunteers choose to spend their time and contribute towards ORSHI. Most volunteers spend a proportion of their time with planning activities, outings and projects.Whilst specific job roles and activities are flexible, according to your talents and preferences (and ORSHI needs), volunteers often adopt one of the following job roles during their stay with us.

In practice, each volunteer brings their own skills, interests and experience, and can offer their own personal contribution and fresh ideas. It is ultimately up to the volunteer to decide what they would like to do for ORSHI, and most end up having multiple roles and projects. Volunteers are welcome at any time of our projects.


Most of your volunteer work will be conducted during the day, Monday through Friday, and volunteers are encouraged to explore Tanzania and its nightlife during the evening and weekends.  

Musoma is another starting point for visiting many of Tanzania's national parks and volunteers can easily arrange safaris to famous parks such as the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater as well as many others.

Musoma also has reasonably-priced air links to most destinations in Tanzania, including Zanzibar. You may also want to visit the Julius Nyerere (Tanzania’s first president) Museum on the outskirts of Musoma town where you can observe local dances and customs, or participate in Cultural Tourism programs that provide a unique look at village life.


ORSHI has the ability to create a customized volunteer program that matches your interests, skills and time.Volunteers are responsible for obtaining a return ticket, health insurance and the appropriate visa before their departure to Tanzania.

 If you are interested in becoming a ORSHI volunteer intern, contact us by stating:

  • Your age and Interests,
  • A brief summary (or CV) of your relevant education and experience,
  • A description of the types of projects that interest you, and
  • The time estimates that you would be available. 


No program fees is charged, however we encourage you to be creative and innovative for the project to be successful. We also remind you to raise funds through your community, friends, family, place of work or local religious establishments to cover your own expenses during your stay.


For further information contact:

Executive Director,

Organization for Rural Self-Help Initiatives (ORSHI)

P.O. Box 714, Musoma,


Email: orshitz@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you!!!!