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International Education Internship

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The international education internship at TST is an excellent way for people who are interested in international education systems to get first-hand experience. During your time and internship with us at TST, you will be given the opportunity to really delve into and learn about how the Tanzanian education system works. This is a collaborative, cross-cultural learning and interning experience, where interns are given the space to learn from and share their ideas with Tanzanian and international educators. opportunity to engage with education systems, educators, and community members expected to respect and seek to understand the culture as well as respect fundamental rights, dignity, and worth of all people as equal. This internship will give you invaluable experience to propel you forward in an education-focused career, while at the same time getting to live in Tanzania, within the culture, learning the language, and gaining many new experiences.

Who we are looking for:

  • Currently pursuing a degree in education or related field, or an individual who has completed their schooling.
  • A flexible personality that is able to handle cultural differences and changes in schedule
  • Self-starter that is capable of working independently
  • Willing to learn Swahili, as it is essential for understanding Tanzanian culture and systems
  • Experience working with children in some capacity; must have a passion for working with children
  • Interest in learning from a small grassroots organization and the communities and people it supports.
  • Pass a background check or your country's equivalent
  • Follow our Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct at all times
  • Participate in fundraising goals
  • Be prepared for an adventure of a lifetime while making an impact

What we offer:

  • Experience working one-on-one with Tanzanian educational experts
  • Exposure to an international NGO and a holistic understanding of how the organization functions; as well as informational sessions about international education and education in Tanzania
  • Ongoing 1:1 support, guidance, and mentorship
  • Weekly check-ins to ensure you are meeting your goals and feel supported in your efforts
  • A reference and letter of recommendation upon successful completion of an internship
  • Cultural support and intercultural competency training to succeed in Tanzania
  • Swahili lessons
  • Full-time support by a volunteer coordinator and can help you arrange safaris or other cultural activities to help you make the most of your time.
  • The experience of a lifetime in a different culture!
  • The opportunity to provide intangible value to the community in Nkoaranga at large
Time commitment: 35-40 hours/week. The expected stay is three months but we are flexible for the right candidate. Preferred Fall or Spring semester but flexible with start and end dates. Summer Internships are also available.

Responsibilities + Opportunities:
  • Help run our weekly tutoring program that caters to over 100 students from the surrounding villages and communities
  • Work closely with Tanzanian and international education specialists to develop supplementary education for our residential kids
  • Create and assist in running a variety of adult education workshops
  • Teach English to children, outreach families, students from the community, and other professionals
  • Participate in business classes within our outreach program
  • You will spend time at the daycare within our preschool and pre-primary classes for youth aged 3-6, teaching and leading activities.
  • Opportunity to work closely and learn from Tanzanian student teachers, who are spending a year at TST to gain experience before university. Practice Swahili with them and learn from each other about different educational systems, resulting in a collaborative cross-cultural education project/program.
  • The real in-time classroom experience
  • Visits to our partner schools, local universities, and multiple other organizations within the area.
Educations Interns will be best suited for the summer months May-August, or for one long semester. Reaching out to international study abroad programs as well as international education degrees and other education degrees

Application procedures:

For more information, you can visit our website www.thesmallthings.org. Then to follow the tab for "Get Involved", follow the button for applying. A member of the team will respond within 24 hours. Or, you can send an introductory email about why you would like to volunteer with The Small Things, when, and for how long to reubensamwel@thesmallthings.org including your CV.

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About The Small Things



Mission Statement

The mission of The Small Things is to provide comprehensive assistance for orphaned or vulnerable children and their families in Nkoaranga Orphanage and Hospital/Usa River, Tanzania, not only in moments of crisis, but with thoughtful and long term plans. Working with the local community, we aim to educate and assist our clients, primarily women and children, in becoming contributing, healthy, active citizens impacting their country and our world.


The Small Things was founded in 2010, and consists of nine board members - Bekka, Megan, Emma, Patty, Kristina, Marie, Dorothy, Bethan and David, who have all spent time at Nkoaranga Orphanage. We are a combination of former volunteers and professionals with relevant experience. Together we have created The Small Things as a vehicle for continuing to address the needs of the orphanage as a whole through long-term investments in education and the staff as well as day-to-day concerns. TST provides an avenue for everyone who cares about these kids to work together to improve their lives. After their volunteer stay is over, TST provides constant updates on the kids, encourages return trips, and raises awareness and funds for ongoing needs and future projects.

We achieve our mission through the operation of three cooperative programs: partnering with the locally run Nkoaranga Orphanage, creating our Children’s Village to house and care for these children after they age out of the orphanage at age 5, and running a community outreach arm to keep children in biological families or reunite them whenever possible.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


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NkoarangaNear Arusha, Arusha Tanzania



  • Tutoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Adult Education


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 19
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum of 4 weeks (8 or 16 weeks recommended).
  • Be willing to fulfill small, sustainable fundraising goals of and accommodation payments. It is important for you to know that 100% of the money that you pay to TST goes directly to the kids and programs, none to admin fees.

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