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Ujamaa Hostel was created for volunteers and travellers to provide the best quality low-cost accommodation and volunteer experiences in Arusha, Tanzania. It’s fun, friendly, safe and affordable – so why not stay with us and you can meet like-minded people, check out the Tanzanian culture and spend time volunteering in the local community.

Ujamaa is the Swahili word for “extended family” which in Africa means that every individual work for the benefit of the community. It is the belief that a community should be based on cooperation and that the advancement of the whole is the foundation for each individual’s existence. This ideal is the basis for the Ujamaa Hostel where people can come together to share their skills, expertise and enthusiasm with those in need in the local community, and have a whole lot of fun while doing it!

If you are interested in volunteering, it is our belief that if you want to volunteer you shouldn’t have to pay for the experience so at Ujamaa Hostel we offer free volunteering opportunities with local organizations in desperate need of help. If you are interested in Volunteering with us, we require a minimum commitment of 2 weeks and you can stay as long as you like.


Ebola update (January 27  2015): For those who want to volunteer but is concern about the ebola virus; ebola is not in Tanzania or East Africa. Even though ebola virus is in Africa; Africa is a huge continent with many countries and the ebola virus is only in a township of the effected West Africa countries. We still have volunteers coming to tanzania and volunteering. Management is in constant communication with medical staff on a weekly basis to be informed about the virus. 

Rest assure you can still volunteer and stay at our hostel. Management was informed that there are no flights that are traveling between East Africa to West Africa. Tanzania and the East Africa countries are screening everyone who enters the country no matter where you are coming from to ensure that the virus does not enter Tanzania or East Africa countries. 

Come and stay with us! 


Ujamaa Hostel Management