The University of Dar es Salaam through the Directorate of Internationalization, Convocation, and Advancement invites applications from UDSM continuing students to participate in the buddy program for the  2023/2024 academic year.


I: What is a Buddy Program?

It is a volunteer-based program that pairs continuing host students (Tanzanian) with newly admitted foreign students at the University of Dar es Salaam. It aims to integrate international students into the UDSM/Tanzania way of life. The program provides a great opportunity for local and international students to share experiences and create an ever-lasting bond.


II: Who is eligible to participate?

Any continuing UDSM student is eligible to participate in this buddy program. 


  • Full-time enrolled UDSM undergraduate student (be in second, third/final year)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication (In both English and Kiswahili)
  • An open mind with the ability to respond to student questions in a timely manner and provide relevant transition information to incoming international students
  • Cultural sensitivity (awareness of the international perspective and willingness to work with a diverse group of international students)
  • Enthusiastic and committed


III: Volunteer’s responsibilities

  • Complete mandatory training for intercultural competence before the beginning of the semester.
  • Contact and interact with an assigned buddy through the contact information they provide, both before they arrive and in person, once they are here.
  • Fully participate during the Orientation Week (Monday 30th  October – Saturday 04th November 2023)
  • Keep in touch with your buddy for the entire semester.

IV: Benefits to volunteers 

  • Reasonable food & transport allowance (For all 6 days during Orientation Week)
  • An opportunity to improve your foreign language skills
  • International contacts and intercultural experiences
  • Connection to Volunteering & Internship Opportunities
  • A certificate for your voluntary support
  • End of Semester Award (for best performers)

V: How to apply

If you wish to apply, please follow the link below to access the application form and  submit your application online:

VI: Application deadline

The application deadline will be on 12th October 2023