Tanzania: Law Intern & Volunteering

Law in Arusha & Volunteer in Aruhsa, Moshi, Dar es Salaam

You'll Experience...


  • Combine law + volunteering.
  • Hands on legal work experience.
  • Refurbish orphanages.
  • Teach English & sport.
  • Reforestation on My Kili.
  • Safari at Lake Manyara.
  • Help run a safari lodge.
  • Coastal conservation.

Includes: 4 day adventure on Zanzibar Island.


In your spare time

  • Summit Mt.Kili
  • Hang out on Indian Ocean beaches. 
  • Serengeti Safari.


Intern Phase

Law Overview
The opportunity to work as a law intern in a developing country is great preparation for a career in the competitive legal profession, providing you with a special insight into procedure and practice, giving your CV a competitive edge.

We work with 2 law firms both based in Arusha: The Access Attorneys and Duncan Oola Advocates. Both are small firms which cover a wide range of law including criminal, corporate, civil and family for a large number of clients ranging from corporations, NGO’s, government departments and individuals.

They'll both take in 2 interns per departure, for 2 days a week and will encourage you participate in a variety of challenges.

Typical Tasks:
Attending court, writing reports and briefs.
Carrying out research, monitoring and reporting on proceedings, visiting clients.
General office admin.

Why only 2 days?
We believe in quality not quantity - these firms, at the moment, only feel its possible to dedicate 2 days a week to an intern.

Other days?
The remaining time will be spent on our Tanzania volunteering programme alongside the leap volunteers. If you choose the ten week programme then the last 4 weeks will be spent volunteering at the coast (not to be missed).

Ryan Cory - our latest law intern reports back..

We only run the law internship placement in January, April and September NOT in the summer.

Volunteering Phase

We highly recommend you stay on for another 4 weeks to get stuck into a contrasting phase of conservation and community projects based in Dar es Salaam on the stunning Indian Ocean coast.

Here you'll rejoin the Leap volunteers you met in Arusha, to tackle the project together.

Conservation Projects:
We support the work of the Roots and Shoots Foundation, established by the legendary primate researcher and environmental campaigner Dr Jane Goodall back in 1991.

Involving clubs attended by hundreds of thousands of young people in more than 120 countries, the Roots & Shoots global network connects youth who share a desire to create a better world. You will join forces with one of the Roots & Shoots original school clubs and assist groups of local volunteers to plant trees and flowers to prevent soil erosion.

Community Projects:
Teach English, art and sport at the St Felister, St Rafael and Neema primary schools, based in the city, 20 minutes away from your house (in good traffic).  Always eager performers, the children will happily show you their traditional dances and even serenade you with a few of their favourite songs.

Eco Tourism:
Finally, you will have the chance to visit the Makumbusho village, a unique cultural tourism facility which attracts both tourists and Tanzanians alike to learn about Tanzania’s myriad tribal groups. There are examples of tribal housing (always in need of repair) an art area, dance stage and a heritage centre with a variety of artefacts on display. Your main project at Makumbushu will be working with a women’s micro enterprise, designing and making outfits, which they are paid to put together.

Zanzibar Adventure in Week 10 (from September 2014):
For those of you on the 10 week programme, we include a 3 night 4 day island break staying on the beautiful beach resort of Kendwa, in north western Zanzibar. This incredible gem in the Indian Ocean is famous world over for powder white sand, crystal turquoise seas and an underwater coral landscape that Nemo would never want to leave! You’ll have the chance to kick back on the beaches, strap on a snorkel and try to track down a turtle or head to the capital, Stone Town to explore wonderful spice markets, ancient architecture and museums. At night Kendwa can be a party place, with a legendary full moon party that draws backpackers from far and wide!

Your Base

Live as a Team
Maximum number of 24 per departure, age 18-25. Each group is made up of interns and those on the volunteer programme.

You'll all live together providing you with great team spirit and friends to travel with at weekends and post placement. During the day you'll peal off to your individual work placement.

Accommodation and Meals:

Arusha Phase:
You'll be accommodated in 3 pretty bungalow houses all next to each other in the Olorien area close to Mt Meru, about 7 minutes from Arusha. Four volunteers per bunk room with en-suite WC and a private sitting room with cable TV and kitchen.  There are cold showers BUT a bucket of hot water will be provided daily for washing! There is electricity and access to power plug sockets.

Arusha is about 15 minutes away from the house and is affectionately known as the safari capital of Tanzania. It is multi-cultural and has loads of bars and restaurants as well as banks and internet cafes.

Coast Phase:
A modern and comfortable 5 bedroom house in Mbezi Luis, a quiet residential area of Dar es Salaam about 15kms from the beach. Within walking distance there are local bars and the city centre is about 20 minutes drive from the house where you 'll find all sorts of bars, markets, cinema's etc.

All meals are provided.

Breakfast: Bread and butter or cereal/porridge, eggs occasionally, juices, fruit, tea and coffee.

Lunch: Usually a packed lunch – sandwiches, fruit etc. Drinks – water, squash, tea, coffee will be provided.

Supper - Typical Tanzanian food - rice, matoki, beans, chapatti, chicken, fish or European meat dish with pasta, rice, vegetables, salads, fruit, bread etc. We can cater specifically for vegetarians.

Drinking water is boiled, filtered and safe to drink. 

Time In/Out

Fly out as a team of leapers made up of interns and volunteers.  First 6 weeks based in Arusha and last 4 weeks at the coast at Dar Es Salaam. Summer Interns: 6 weeks programme: First 5 weeks in Arusha carrying out internship (teaching, care and businness only no law) and 1 week in Dar es Salaam - visiting projects and Zanzibar Island - i.e. cultural exchange. Media placement - 6 weeks in Dar es Salaam.

In both phases you'll work Monday to Friday for approximately 6 - 8 hours per day, but we do ask you to be flexible.  At the weekends you're free to travel.

Getting About

There are daily buses or matatus (minibus taxis) around Arusha and Dar es Salaam which cost very little and any extra excursions/tours/expeditions can be easily arranged when on the ground and paid for directly. We find that's more cost effective and our project leaders have the most up to date information and recommendations.

Top Trips

Safari’s to Arusha National Park, Tarangire, Manyara, Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.  Although you will spend part of your time around Lake Manyara we highly recommend visiting these other parks, as they are world famous.

At The Coast
You can do tours around the city and nearby historical and cultural sites. These include museums, botanical gardens and Mwenge Art Market where you can view and buy art and crafts made by local tribes. Or hang out on beautiful beaches along the Dar es Salaam coast or the adjacent Kigamboni.

Zanzibar Island
The Zanzibar Archipelago is a collection of paradise islands just of the coast of Tanzania, which hold a legendary allure over travellers. A melting pot of African, Indian and Arabic influences, Zanzibar’s pretty whitewashed capital Stone Town (birthplace of Freddy Mercury!) was a major trading port for Spices and it’s night markets still offer incredible culinary delights.

A weekend in Zanzibar is essentially a chance for you to experience the best in African culture, chill out on palm-fringed beaches and scuba dive coral reef, or dance the night away at a full moon party. Easily accessible at the weekend by ferry from Dar es Salaam costing approx $40. For basic B&B style accommodation we recommend budgeting $15 - $20 per day.

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro
If you’re interested in taking the challenge of a lifetime, it doesn’t get much tougher than climbing to the top of Africa’s highest mountain at 19,333 feet. Climbing the mountain takes about 5 – 7 days.  Unfortunately it is pretty expensive (approximately £900) due to the National Park and climb fees, but this includes food, porters and accommodation. The project host can give you advice on the best companies and prices, as always it is cheaper to book once in Tanzania.



Departure Dates

2014 for 6 or 10 weeks
January 6th, April 1st , July 1st (6 weeks only), September 1st

2015 for 6 or 10 weeks
January 5th, April 1st, July 1st (6 weeks only), September 1st

Once on the placement it is possible to switch from 6 to 10 weeks.

Enjoy these extra benefits only available if you stay 10 weeks
We appreciate that many choose the six week option for financial or other reasons but would highly encourage leapers, if they can, to stay for the full ten weeks – most do.

We are also very flexible and allow people the choice to extend from six weeks to ten weeks either pre departure, when you know how your fundraising is going or once overseas. The flights booked through STA travel are deliberately flexible to allow you to change your plans.

  • combine Internship work experience with volunteer conservation and community projects (unique to The Leap).
  • 3 night 4 day Zanzibar Island beach adventure
  • also get the chance to move locations seeing more of the country and its people.
  • dip your toes in the Indian Ocean and experience a completely different side to Tanzanian culture – the coast is predominantly a Muslim area, get used to hearing the city’s Mosque issuing it’s call to prayer.
  • work with world renowned conservationists, helping to restore mangroves and plant trees alongside local children.
  • stay with Mama Helen, the Leap’s caring and most charitable host for a true taste of local culture and amazing hospitality.
  • learn first hand about Tanzania’s varied tribes through working at Makumbushu Museum and visit historical sites of the slave trade.
  • learn to scuba dive some of the world’s finest coral reef, swim with dolphins and party with a unique mix of backpackers and Maasai tribesmen on the beaches of Zanizibar!
  • longer time to experience the culture and have fun overseas.
  • maximise the value of the international flight, especially if you tag on some independent travel to nearby countries.


Up until 31st August 2014

6 weeks £1947
6 weeks summer £1967
10 weeks £2855

Media Intern Only (min of 2 required):
6 weeks £2117
10 weeks £3025

Up until 31st August 2015

6 weeks £1947 
6 weeks summer £1967
10 weeks £2978

Media Intern Only (min of 2 required):
6 weeks £2117
10 weeks £3148



  • Selection and briefing on all aspects of the scheme
  • 24 hour emergency back-up, management and support by UK team and in-country Placement Manager, with reliable communications and infrastructure.
  • Safety and induction course on arrival.
  • Airport pick up and transfer to and from the placement and transport to projects sites throughout including transfer from Arusha to Dar es Salaam.
  • Food and Accommodation throughout.
  • National Park Fees only whilst carrying out project work.
  • We subsidise the cost of the $500 Student Class C visa permit, required by the Tanzanian Government to carry out volunteer work, by $380 (£250 approximately). Most companies expect you to pay this in full.
  • *3 night 4 day Zanzibar adventure - accommodation, ferry, vehicle transfers
  • a detailed teaching guide for free with loads of useful ideas and tips.

Not included:
International flights, internal flights (not applicable), visas, travel insurance, medical expenses (reclaimable through travel insurance), soft drinks/beer etc and independent/weekend travel e.g. food and accommodation whilst away from the placement location and any excursions not listed above. If you wish to visit a National Park in your spare time the fees are - $50-$30 per 24 hrs payable directly to the parks authorities. We are happy to arrange flights through STA Travel who are well known for offering good value. * Zanzibar adventure food budget $7-10 per meal, drinks and activities.

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