As a volunteer on the Teaching project in Tanzania, you will work in English-medium schools or government schools, where the presence of volunteers is beneficial in opening the minds and broadening the horizons of the students, along with exposing them to native English speakers. Children in Tanzania love to attend school, often starting as young as 3 years old, and wherever possible, children hope to stay in school until at least 14 years old, as education is highly valued in Tanzanian society.
If you’re someone who is passionate about teaching and you want to help increase access to education in under-resourced communities in Tanzania, this project will be a good fit for you.
On this project, you will either work by yourself or alongside local teachers and other volunteers, teaching subjects, such as English, Math, Science,
Social Studies (Geography and History), Art and Physical Education. There can be between 30 and 80 children in each class and you will often assist the local teachers with daily lessons, providing one-on-one attention to the students and sometimes relieving the teacher of a class or two per day. There is also an opportunity for volunteers to work in a special needs school in Arusha with around 25 students, aged between 3 and 25 years old. If you are placed at this school, you will work with students with a range of mental and physical disabilities, such as autism and Down Syndrome. These students require a great deal of attention and support in their studies and if you have experience in working with special needs children, or are interested in volunteering at the school, please make a note in your application.
As you will be volunteering with the support of Arusha Volunteer Experience local team and placement staff, you do not need to be qualified or an experienced teacher to participate on this project. However, we encourage you to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. discounted rate.
Please note that English-medium schools run year-round and have holidays for the entire months of April, August and December. Government schools have holidays for the entire months of June and December. These schools also take week-long holidays during Easter and September. If your program duration crosses into the school holidays, you can take a break, travel, go on safari, take tutorials for senior students, or volunteer at another placement. As each school-type has holidays at different times, there is teaching work available for volunteers throughout the year, apart from December.