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Working in Tanzania

Tanzania is the largest East African country and was formed following the union of the mainland and the Zanzibar isles. Much like many African countries, part of the developing world, unemployment is high and only individuals with unique skills get to find work.

To find a job in Tanzania, prospectors should browse through openings on job search engines, browse through company websites or Google to identify and apply to advertisers. Visitors to Tanzania are all issued various types of residency permits which are normally catered for by employers.

Agriculture is Tanzania’s main source of foreign exchange and employs almost two thirds of working age nationals. In recent years, the tourism industry has picked up and is making a major difference. In 2006, the country had over 600,000 visitors earning it in excess of $800 million. For prospectors in tourism, government is making efforts to boost growth in the industry and provides some investment to operators. A good proposal forwarded to a suitable lodge or Safari Company may well be the way to get one’s foot in the door. With an annual economic growth rate of 7% and a very peaceful nation investing in Tanzania is often profitable and secure.

However, for individuals keen on working here, opportunities exist in the Safari industry, hotel industry and in teaching. Due to comparatively lower literacy level, many other East Africans come to Tanzania in search of work, therefore competition maybe stiff. In addition to work Tanzania is beautiful country with very high concentration of wildlife and visitors are bound to find the trip worthwhile.

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