English Teaching Volunteering Projects in Tanzania
- Placement locations: Arusha, Dar es Salaam
- Types of schools: Primary, Maasai school run by Projects Abroad
- Age of students: 5-16
- Class sizes: 40 - 50
- Role: Teacher or teaching assistant (English)
- Extra-curricular roles: Art, Drama, Geography, Music, Sports, Mathematics
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
No Prior Teaching Experience Required
You can gain work experience teaching at primary schools or at a Maasai school in Tanzania and no TEFL or other formal teaching qualification is required. Whether you want to volunteer during your gap year, career break or holiday you will have a role to play and your efforts will be greatly appreciated.
The impact you have on the lives of your students will be long-lasting. You will also be part of a much wider volunteer network, which is making a really positive contribution to the communities in which we work.
Tanzania’s Bilingual Policy and the Value of English
Tanzania’s two official languages are English and Swahili, but many Tanzanians also speak one of a hundred or so tribal dialects. The main feature of Tanzania’s education is its bilingual policy; speaking good English is the key to getting a good job in business or in the tourist industry and it is the language of technology, commerce and administration. Swahili remains important as the language which keeps Tanzanians in touch with their cultural heritage and values.
Despite the bilingual policy, levels of spoken English vary widely throughout the country and as an English teaching volunteer you can make a big impact in helping to improve the standards of English in the school where you are based.
Teaching Placements in Tanzania
Our Teaching placements are based in and around the northern town of Arusha and in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam. Volunteers who can only commit to a minimum of 2 weeks will automatically be placed at our Maasai school on the outskirts of Arusha, where the lessons are all taught in English. Volunteers who work on a Teaching project for 4 weeks or longer will have the option of teaching in different educational institutions in both Dar es Salaam and Arusha. Please let us know what your preference is so that we can make arrangements for you.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Tanzania Teaching Management Plan.
Projects Abroad has set up a school for the Maasai children living on the outskirts of Arusha. These children have little or no access to education, so the lessons provided by the volunteers allow the children to gain an education and an opportunity for a better future. This is a unique project that depends on the work of the Teaching volunteers.
What Volunteer English Teaching Placements Involve
Teaching volunteers working in a primary school often start as classroom assistants helping the local teacher with the English classes and working with small groups of children on conversation based tasks. Depending on your ability and preferences you may be asked to take the timetabled English classes for a range of ages. In the Maasai school you will be working independently among other Projects Abroad volunteers. You will be expected to plan and prepare for your lessons each day.
Be encouraging and plan fun, interactive lessons to spark enthusiasm in your pupils. You can also teach other subjects like sports, art and drama, so let us know when you apply if you have any specific skills or interests.
Participate in Teaching Workshops
The Projects Abroad team in Tanzania organise regular workshops for volunteers in both Dar es Salaam and Arusha. The content of the workshops varies and may focus on cultural differences, learning some Swahili vocabulary, reflection and feedback sessions between volunteers or practical ideas for lesson planning.
The workshops will provide you with a valuable insight into the Tanzanian culture and education system. Some workshops are held at the placement itself so that you can learn from the local supervisors and share ideas.
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