What will I do at my Teaching Placement in Tanzania?
As a Teaching volunteer, you'll work at a school alongside experienced local teachers. These are some of the tasks you can expect to do on this project:
- Teach English to children and make classroom learning fun and interesting
- Assist teachers with extracurricular activities such as music, sport, art and drama
- Work with teachers to prepare lessons that are both exciting and practical
- Help out at the local Maasai school
At your volunteer teaching placement in Tanzania, your work will focus on the following areas:
Improve the standard of English
Your main role is to teach English to primary school children. You will help students to understand the basics of grammar and pronunciation through exercises and spelling bees. You are encouraged to use games, flash cards, and other fun techniques to keep lessons interesting and teach the children new words. Ultimately, the goal should be to get students to practice speaking as much as possible.
Help teachers with extracurricular activities
Outside of teaching English, you can get involved with extracurricular activities in the afternoons, like art and sports. These classes are a wonderful opportunity for the children to embrace their creative sides, and teachers will definitely appreciate the extra help.
It is very important that every lesson is clearly planned, with a particular goal in mind. You will be expected to lay out these lesson plans, clearly defining the goals and objectives of each class. Lesson planning is an important skill to learn, and will look great on your CV.
We run regular workshops for all of our Teaching and Care volunteers, where you can get advice, ask any questions that you may have, and discuss any challenges you are facing. You will also have access to online resources where you will be able to see sample lesson plans and activities.
Help out at the local Maasai school
Projects Abroad has also set up a school for the Maasai children living on the outskirts of Arusha. These children have little or no access to education. We depend on volunteers like you to teach classes, so we can support their education. If you teach here, you’ll prepare and teach all of your own lessons. You’ll focus on improving literacy and teaching basic English.
Where will I be working in Tanzania?
You will be placed at a local primary school in either Arusha or Moshi, or at the Maasai school just outside of Arusha. All of these areas will be less developed than you are used to, with dirt roads and rustic buildings.
Arusha is a lively city located below Mount Meru on the Eastern edge of the Rift Valley, not far from the Serengeti National Park.
In Arusha, you also have the option of teaching at a Maasai school, a 30 minute drive outside of the city. You’ll be placed here automatically if you can only teach in Tanzania for two weeks. This school is fully funded and run by Projects Abroad. We rely on the support of volunteers like you to keep it going. The areas is underdeveloped, so you can expect conditions to be very basic.
Moshi is a municipality located on the slopes of Kilimanjaro mountain, and is considered to be the cleanest town in Tanzania. This city is less developed than other cities in Tanzania, allowing you to enjoy the natural beauty of the area without the hustle and bustle of big city life.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa. There’s plenty to see and do here during your free time on your project.
A project in Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a safari! This is a chance to see the beautiful wildlife of this country, like elephants, rhinos, and lions.
What’s more, Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Hiking around the base through lush vegetation is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon.
Browsing through a vibrant, local market is a must while you’re there. You can also spend time in a Maasai village, getting to know a completely different way of life.
There will likely be many other volunteers in Tanzania with you. This means you have the option to explore the country independently or with a group of like-minded volunteers from different projects.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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