Dar es Salaam Highlights

  • Diving off Zanzibar’s tropical coastline
  • Big game safari on the savannah
  • Hike through beautiful Mikumi National Park
  • Shop for handmade crafts in the bazaars and markets
  • Laid-back bars and restaurants with live music


  • Our famous elective tailoring service
  • Supervised clinical experience
  • Extensive pre-departure preparation
  • Support from in-country teams, 24/7
  • Private, spacious, catered housing
  • Free local language lessons

Dar es Salaam and beyond

Dar es Salaam, once a quiet fishing village, is now a teeming metropolis with African, Arabic, German and Indian influences. However, astounding natural beauty still surrounds the city. Ocean on one side and savannah on the other, Dar es Salaam promises real adventure. During your stay you’ll be able to sample Tanzanian speciality dishes in the many restaurants, peruse the bustling bazaars for local crafts, and hit the beach for cocktails under the sun. Further inland experience big game safari on some of Africa’s most beautiful savannah, or take the boat across to the paradise island of Zanzibar for snorkelling and diving that’s out of this world.

home away from home

When you step off the plane you’ll be met by our friendly ground team, then taken to our private accommodation. The property is at the centre of a beautiful garden and a short walk away from a stunning beach on the Indian Ocean. You’ll have access to our private swimming pool too. Our dedicated in country teams will be there to support you throughout your stay, and make sure your experience with us is the best it can be for the duration of your elective in Tanzania. Our experienced in-house chef will prepare delicious breakfasts and dinners for you, and if you’ve got any special dietary requirements, she’ll take them into account. Finally, so you’ve got complete peace of mind, the house is guarded around the clock by highly trained security, making it the perfect base for our electives in Tanzania.

tanzania electives


In addition to your main placement in Dar es Salaam, a week in an African village offers a once in a lifetime experience. Here, you'll have the chance to gain an understanding of what life is like in a remote African village. Living with a host family on the western side of the Uluguru Mountains, you’ll work in a busy primary healthcare clinic. You may find yourself helping in labour and maternity wards, male and female wards or in the outpatients department. There is also a basic dental ward and HIV counselling in which you can also be involved. This is the perfect complement for your time in the city. In your free time you’ll take part in many local activities. This includes cycling to the sugar cane plantations, visiting nearby waterfalls, volunteering in the local primary school, learning traditional drumming and dancing, and more.

BPC - Laura Dewulf
BPC - Laura Dewulf

Electives in Tanzania - Dar es Salaam

Bowis, Rachael

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"I would definitely recommend a Work the World placement. I’d go back to Dar es Salaam tomorrow if I could."

Rachael Bowis, Manchester Metropolitan University 2017

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