- Arusha, Tanzania, United Republic of
- Program Type:
- Teach Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Gap Year
- 4-6 months, 7-11 months, 1 year, More than 1 year
- Teach Abroad:
- Placement Audience:
- 6-12 years old, 12-15 years old, 15-18 years old, Adults
- Program Description:
Volunteers support the local teachers in educating and playing with children. TEFL graduate volunteers are most welcome! They get involved in
- Teaching English to children, teachers and local adults (a TEFL qualification is useful, although this is not an absolute must)
- Singing and dancing with children
- Developing the children’s creative skills through crafts such as painting, drawing and coloring
- Playing developmental games with the children
- General upkeep of the school to keep it a pleasant environment in which to learn
Primary and secondary schools
working in the primary and secondary schools, with too many children to accommodate at one time, and shortages of staff and facilities, often two school sessions are run per day.
You will find that most of the schools have meager and ill-equipped facilities, but a wealth of children with a desire to learn. As a volunteer, you will assist teachers and contribute to our effort of providing children with a better education, especially by aiding them in the English language (again where a TEFL qualification would be really useful for your volunteer project). These are the ways in which you will assist in the schools:
The school’s English teacher will assist volunteers with teaching methods and advice. Teaching experience is not required but we expect volunteers to have a good command of English and communication skills. In most cases, volunteers stay with the local coordinator, sharing a room with other volunteers with three meals a day. Volunteers usually share bath and toilet facilities with their host family.
There is a similar school in Njisi near the border with Malawi, 12 hours bus ride from Bagamoyo. The school is for children who have lost or have been abandoned by their parents. Many are being cared by grandparents.
Bus transport from Dar es Salaam to Kyela will be organized. The road passes through the Mikumi National Park, one of Tanzania’s biggest parks, so you will have a chance to see some wild animals along the way. Accommodation is in a special volunteer house in shared rooms. You will get three meals a day. If you intend to volunteer at the African Child Care School for a longer period, you can decide if you also want to help in Njisi.
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