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Help teach within the under resourced government school

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  • Duration
    1-24 weeks
  • Accompanied age
    5+
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £120
  • Duration
    1-24 weeks
  • Accompanied age
    5+
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £120

Tanzania Teaching Volunteers

Teach English and other important subjects in the heart of Tanzania, as you assist within overcrowded and under resourced government primary schools.

You will become an integral part of the school and local community, as you encourage students to develop a skill to help them achieve their future goals.

With over one third of people in Tanzania living below the national poverty line, education is key to helping develop the children’s future. With tourism now booming in the country and expectations of this to keep increasing, the ability to speak English dramatically increases their opportunities to gain meaningful employment.

"Being able to teach within the government school in Moshi was a real privilege for myself. Knowing that I contributed and helped so many young smiling children and had so much fun along the way made it the best time of my life so far!"

Tanzania’s government have made great advances in recent years, with new initiatives such as no longer charging to attend school. This has led to great successes, with the number of children attending school being at its highest rate yet – at around 96%.

However, this has now created problems in its own right. Not only do schools have an average ratio of 1 teacher to 53 children (with this being even higher in rural areas), the quality of education currently provided is a growing cause for concern.

Teaching methods are largely based on learning through repetition and is aimed towards just passing exams. This has led to a situation where the children are able to reel off information, yet they have very little understanding of what they are saying.

To make matters worse, most secondary school classes are taught in English, which causes major problems. If we can improve the methodologies of learning at this level, we can create the foundation for increased learning potential in later life.

You will be volunteering at Soweto School, in the centre of Moshi town. The government funded school has over 700 students that attend each and every day, aged between 5 and 17 years old.

Many of the classes are highly overcrowded and lack the resources and materials needed to provide everyone with a proper education. Some of the classrooms do not yet have proper flooring and instead the children learn on mud floors and some even outside due to there not being enough room or desks.

However, there are new initiatives being put into place (such as a dedicated computer class) and with the help of volunteers, we strongly believe all children will get the education they deserve within the not so distant future.

You will be volunteering from Monday to Friday, where your days will start at around 8am and finish at 4pm – with a long lunch break in the middle. Lunch will be provided back at the volunteer accommodation, although you can choose to stay and eat with the children.

Working alongside the local teachers, you will get to learn the syllabus currently being taught and then start to plan and provide your own exciting lessons. Although the basic curriculum has to be followed, you will have the freedom to introduce new ideas and topics.

Your main focus will be teaching English, but you can also get fully involved with music, art, maths and even sports. No previous teaching experience is required, you just have to be creative and proactive to create and teach engaging lessons.

Not only will you be providing a new learning experience for the children, but at the same time you will be transferring skills and sharing cultural perspectives. You can also get involved with all of the other activities that a busy school offers. These can include marking work, providing one to one attention to children, cleaning and helping prepare meals.

You will be able to choose your preferred age group (with a total of 8 classes to choose), to ensure your skills and any experience you may have is fully utilised.

Experience the best of both worlds, with all of the amenities and free time activities of a tourist town while volunteering on worthwhile projects in the surrounding rural villages.

Located in the tourist town of Moshi, you are conveniently located to take advantage of everything this amazing country has to offer! Head out on safari in the world’s best destination in search of the Big Five, relax on the golden sandy beaches in the beautiful Zanzibar, climb Mount Kilimanjaro (or just look in awe from it’s base!) or trek through the rainforest to find hidden waterfalls.

Come and enjoy everything Tanzania has to offer, while knowing that you have helped shape a child’s future!

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