Role of Volunteer
In teaching English in Tanzania project, you will work for 4 -5 hours/day; five or six days a week. In Tanzania, each school usually has its own English teachers who direct our volunteers with methods/curricula and offer advice on solving communication barriers in the classroom and beyond.
“Teaching English” consists of developing conversational skills with students aged 5 to 10-years-old mostly in primary schools and 11 to 16-years-old in junior secondary schools. Reading literature to and with them helps improve their low comprehension level and practicing conversations develops the poor pronunciation levels of students. Volunteers will also be able to provide theoretical and practical assistance while assisting local teachers as they interact with and teach the students.
Tanzania has four academic terms per year: January-March, April-June, July-September and October-December.
There are no specific qualifications needed to join our teach English in Africa (including Tanzania) project beyond a fluency in English, but your understanding of Tanzanian culture and diversity can help improve the experience for you and your students. Consider enrolling in our one-week Language & Cultural Immersion program. No previous teaching experience is required. Volunteers should have a love for teaching, English and conversation. Volunteers should be enthusiastic, reliable, flexible, patient and be positive role models for students.
Volunteer in Tanzania: Project Locations and Free Time Options
Our volunteer in Tanzania projects are located in and around Arusha and Moshi. Arusha is one of the bigger cities in the north of Tanzania and sits at the base of Mount Meru, not far from the Kenyan border. It is well-known African congress center and contains the site where the International Tribunal for the Rwandese Genocide was held. Safari tours to the Serengeti, N'gorongoro, Manyara and Tarangire usually launch in Arusha. The city is also an excellent base for visiting the Arusha National Park, where volunteers can experience a wide range of habitats and experiences. There are lakes that serve as a gathering point for a kaleidoscope of waterfowl, the imposing summit of Mount Meru is nearby and Moshi is approximately an hour-and-a-half (90 minutes) drive from Arusha.
Moshi sits on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is an often over-looked tourist destination, but offers many intriguing cultural exposure opportunities. The Chagga people call Moshi home and it is in the middle of a major coffee growing region. Central Moshi is busy and colorful making an interesting walking excursion. The area around the market and Mawenzi Road is recommended, as there is a slight Asian flavor to the area and a Hindu temple, mosques and Indian traders.