"I'm sure when I ponder my life experiences, during the twilight of my years, I will regard my six weeks in Thailand as six of the most sensational weeks of my life... I traveled to Thailand hoping for an enriching experience. What I found exceeded my wildest expectations."
Chris Cox, International Health Program, Thailand

PROGRAM UPDATE: After 20 years of service in East Africa, GSC has concluded our work there, and therefore are NO LONGER offering programs in Tanzania.

We’ve decided to leave our Tanzania web pages up so visitors to our site can get an idea of the kind of work that we have done. Information can be found below on best practices and lessons learned from our Tanzania program that we've carried over to our Cambodia programs.

The Global Public Health (GPH) Program focuses on providing volunteer participants with opportunities to work with local professionals to address critical public health issues in Tanzania. GSC volunteers engage in sustainable interventions in the fields of nutrition, HIV/ AIDS prevention and food security. Participants in the GPH Program are exposed to these critical health care issues to experience and develop expertise in behavior modification and group education.

GSC volunteer Emily with Tanzanian youth at GSC's annual HIV/AIDS Prevention and Life Skills Day Camp.

Although the health of the Tanzanian population continues to improve, Tanzania still faces a serious HIV/AIDS epidemic and a growing rate of noncommunicable diseases. In addition to HIV/AIDS, the World Health Organization has identified key health gaps that contribute to the increased mortality and morbidity still found in Tanzania, especially amongst children. These include poor sanitation and malnutrition. In response to these serious health issues, participants in GSC’s GPH Program wield an effective weapon: education.

Participants join GSC staff to provide community trainings in both urban and rural settings with a focus on HIV/AIDS and nutrition, serving women’s groups, people affected by HIV/AIDS, Maasai and other indigenous groups. Participants may also assist to improve food security by providing local smallholder farmers with the materials and education needed to maintain a bountiful, nutritious home garden.

Home gardeners with a blossoming garden developed with GSC's assistance


An in-country orientation that includes technical training sessions on nutrition, HIV/ AIDS prevention and food security, lessons in the Swahili language and an introduction to Tanzanian culture, cuisine and customs.

  • Spectacular wildlife viewing on a day-long safari excursion at a local reserve, covered by GSC.
  •  A true cultural immersion experience at a local homestay. This means you will adopt an extended Tanzanian family and community who you’ll never forget.
  • Mentorship from local professionals and leaders in the field.
  • A variety of hands-on opportunities to improve public health in Tanzania.

Dates & Rates: The Global Public Health Program is offered year-round, with start dates every month. Programs range for two weeks to six months or longer. For more information, visit our Dates & Rates page.

For more information on about the Global Health Program in Tanzania, go to our Tanzania Global Public Health Program page.