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English teachers are needed in Arusha and Dar Es Slaam Tanzania to volunteer their skills and talent for the benefit of primary school children in Tanzania.
Teaching English Associate Program Tanzania


  • Get to volunteer on the roof of Africa (The Kilimanjaro), and enjoy the feeling.
  • Enjoy spectacular sceneries of Tanzania and Magnificent cultures that Africa has to offer.
  • Get exposed to Tanzania and Africa's way of working, living and socializing.
  • Tanzania is Africa's work and tourism hotspot, get to experience this feeling.
  • Magical in every sense, that's the meaning of Tanzania.
ENGLISH TEACHING SITUATION IN TANZANIA In Tanzania English language is learnt as a foreign language. English enjoys the status of a foreign language as most of the Tanzanians use their Ethnic Community Languages (ECLs) as the first language and Kiswahili being the second language (L2). If that being the case, then English is learnt as a third language which is vividly a foreign language (FL) As it can be seen in Zanzibar that the learning of English has being blooming since the government introduced the reform policy in 1986, the same can be observed in Tanzania whereby the learning of English has been enforced by the government decision in education policy that English language should be used as a medium of instruction in secondary schools as well as in higher learning institutions. Again, it is obvious that this decision is influenced by the presence of globalization, thus it is obvious that globalization has made English more valuable to many Tanzanians. The learning of English in Tanzania, the same as in Zanzibar, varied according to education level as English language is taught just as a single subject in primary schools, but in secondary schools, apart from Kiswahili which is taught as a single subject, all other subjects are taught in English language. Also, the learning of English language at tertiary level in Tanzania as in Zanzibar has become saturated as learning English at Universities now is more like learning a means to serve other purposes. Teaching and learning English in Tanzania is surrounded with code-switching and code-mixing something which has virtual been referred by as bad habits as it is the case in Zanzibar. For instance, a physics teacher teaching Physics in one of the classes in Tanzania "Ukiwa na mwali mtuo unatoka kwenye chanzo chake ukigonga kitu chochote utaakisiwa. (Kiswahili. In other words, an incident ray from its source when strikes any object will be reflected. (English). Ukistrike tu unakuwa reflected" (Kiswahili + English = Kiswanglish) VOLUNTEERING IN TANZANIA Whether you have just graduated from the college, found yourself in search of a new job, or thinking about a vacation with a difference and really want to do something worthwhile, as a volunteer in Tanzania you will always be welcome. Volunteering abroad in Tanzania can be one of the most personally rewarding experiences you can have, and the most exciting part is, you are assisting to make the world a much better place. Volunteering abroad is an excellent way to acquire new skills, get better social skills, experience new cultures and also boost your Curriculum Vitae (CV). There are several ways by which you may help Tanzanians as a volunteer, and get as much from it as you give. You can help with teaching English and other core subjects, orphanage work, environment and nature volunteer work, teaching sports among others. Helping one another is a deep human intention, and you need not be famous or wealthy to change lives. By volunteering abroad in Tanzania, you will gain a sense of achievement, expand your horizons, learn of a great people and a great nation and also, raise your self-worth by fulfilling a basic calling among the human race. More importantly, you will realize the meaning of humility and the pride and value that Tanzanians have for their country. And reciprocally, they will respect and trust you. For businesses, volunteering abroad in Tanzania can help you create new contacts, receive referrals from various sources and also increase your customer base significantly. Is there a better way to boost one's confidence than to take responsibility for a task, organize other volunteers and make something happen? You can also apply your success as a leader on a volunteer job on your resume, as well as in the future professional endeavors. Volunteering sometime is a hard, rewarding physical work that’ll leave you with a tan and a toned physique. From teaching in schools to treating the sick in the hospitals, the skills aren’t hard to pick up if you don’t know how already, and you’ll be rubbing shoulders with members of the local community, making friends and improving the surroundings. You'll learn new skills, and contribute to the development of village pharmacies, hospitals, orphanages and schools that may well stand for generations. Often people wonder if volunteers are taking away jobs from local workers when they come to volunteer on development projects. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Without you, these projects just wouldn’t happen. Schools would be left without qualified English teachers; Hospitals and pharmacies would be left with few staff, community projects would be left without proper management. Your volunteer fee pays for development of some of these projects, and for the most part, much of the local labor is voluntary as well, pitching in with their spare time to improve their own children’s schools. Without you, the project could not happen There are lots of reasons to become a volunteer abroad in Tanzania. Decide now to do some good to people and yourself.

Your Stay

This could very much be your first time in Tanzania, hence we will send you Swahili learning information prior arrival to help you with basic swahili. Once in country, you are picked up at the airport and taken to your accommodation. You receive two meals a day whilst on the project, and your accommodation is included too- either in group lodgings or you can choose to homestay with a Tanzanian family, which is a great way to really immerse yourself in the culture. The local KiVolEx team, including graduates with degrees in social work, medical and project management, are on hand 24/7 to help you get the most out of your project. From tours of the city, to being constantly on call to answer your questions, to helping you book onward travel, we will look after you in country, because you will be a valued part of our team whilst working with us

About Tanzania

With such a perfect location, perched on the edge of the African continent, and facing the Indian Ocean, Tanzania’s weather and climate leaves nothing to be desired. Warm and sunny days are followed by cool and balmy nights, and whether you’re on safari on the Serengeti plains or enjoying the tropical beaches of Zanzibar, the temperatures are always welcoming and gentle.

Location: Situated in East Africa just south of the equator, mainland Tanzania lies between the area of the great lakes-Victoria, Tanganyika, and Malawi (Niassa)-and the Indian Ocean. It contains a total area of 945,087 sq km (364,900 sq mi), including 59,050 sq km (22,799 sq mi) of inland water. Comparatively, the area occupied by Tanzania is slightly larger than twice the size of the state of California. It is bounded on the North by Uganda and Kenya, on the East by the Indian Ocean, on the South by Mozambique and Malawi, on the South West by Zambia, and on the West by Zaire, Burundi, and Rwanda, with a total boundary length of 4,826 km (2,999 mi), of which 1,424 km (885 mi) is coastline. Tanzania claims part of Lake Malawi, although its internationally recognized boundary is the eastern shore.

Population: 50,483,923 inhabitants

Capital city: Located in the heartland of Tanzania, Dodoma is the nation’s new official political capital and the seat of government in the country. Today Dar es Salaam remains the principal commercial city of Tanzania and the de-facto seat of most government institutions. It is the major seaport for the country and its landlocked neighbours.

Ethnic Groups: Mainland-native Africans constitute 99% of the total population. About 120 peoples have been categorized into 5 ethnic groups distinguishable by their physical characteristics and languages. Approximately 95% of Tanzanians may be roughly classified as Bantu, a comparatively recent blend mainly of Hamitic and Negroid stocks. Tribes range in membership from only a few thousand to the Sukuma tribe, which numbers more than 2 million. Other major tribes include the Nyamwezi, Makonde, Haya, and Chagga. The Luo, east of Lake Victoria, are the only people of Nilotic origin; the Masai of the northern highlands are Nilo-Hamites. A very small number of Bushmen-like people are scattered throughout northern Tanzania, where small tribes of Cushitic origin also live. The inhabitants of Zanzibar and Pemba are chiefly descendants of mainland Africans or are of mixed African and Arab extraction. The remaining 1% of the populace is made up of non-Africans, including Arabs, Asians, and Europeans.

Languages: The official languages of Tanzania are English and Kiswahili. However, some 120 languages are spoken within the borders of Tanzania. The large majority of these (ca. 100) are Bantu languages. The others belong to the language families Afro-Asiatic, Nilo-Saharan and (controversially) also Khoesan. A small number are unclassified. Immigrant languages from Europe and Asia can also be found.

Religion: Christianity and Islam are the predominant religions of Tanzania. About 40-45% of the population practice Christianity, about 35-40% practice Islam. The rest of the population adheres to traditional beliefs, most of which centre around ancestor worship and nature-based animism. Most Christians live on the mainland, where missionary stations and schools reach deep into the continent. Islam is the major religion of the coastal areas but is also practiced further inland along the old caravan routes.

Where will you stay?

Accommodation Volunteer House The Volunteer House is a western-style house with 6 bedrooms (all shared accommodations with bunk beds). It has 2 bathrooms with western-style toilets and occasional hot water for showers. The house also includes one double bedroom, and this room is generally reserved for married couples. The house is safe and secure, with a security guard and a large gate. In the volunteer house, there is a cook who cooks the meals for the volunteers. (Please note that spaces in the volunteer house are very limited and can only accommodate 18 to 24 people.

Transportation within

We will provide you with reliable Taxi drivers phone number,which you could use in case you want to move around. However you could also use Daladala these are buses, public transport that most people use to travel locally on daily basis. There is also an option of using bodaboda these are motorcycles that are used as taxis. Other volunteers choose to walk whoever if you also choose to do so like any other new environment we encourage you to be very careful with thieves and pick pocketing

Visa and Permit

A volunteer is required by the government to pay for a Visa and a permit to be allowed to volunteer in Tanzania. Kindly contact us for more information regarding this.

Typical day

Usually volunteer are expected to for 5 to 8 hours a day. wake up time is between 6 and 7 am during weekdays and work usually starts at 8 or 9am. We are always flexible to discuss your timetable, our goal is to see you as comfortable as possible. Lunch is usually at 01:30pm and your work day is expected to end at around 03:30pm. there is a lot to see and do in Tanzania and we expect you to use your weekends to the fullest in doing Safaris and tours. flexibility is very Important in our problem as your timetable could change along the way. Free-time activities Tanzania is home to some of Africa's most famous parks and the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro rising above the Serengeti. Most visitors will find themselves passing through Dar Es Salaam and heading out on safaris and various wildlife viewing adventure. For those who want to take a break and spend some time soaking up the sun, the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar beckon. Off Pemba and Mafia island is a whole other kind of natural wander. One most appreciated by the Scrubber divers and snorkelers who come here from around the world to experience the coral gardens, colorful fishes, crystal clear waters.


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.

Language Skills You need to speak English (basic level)

Education Requirements Health or social care related disciplines at High school/University level

Required Documents CV, copies of certificates and related documents

Nationality Restrictions No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Time Commitment Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00.

What's Included

Services by KIVOLEXVolunteer Program fee covers the following
  • Volunteer placement facilitation-full program scheduling and supervision
  • Pre-arrival support & preparation of your project/work placement
  • Airport pick up
  • Orientation (usually begins on a Monday
  • Accommodation Room & Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Housekeeping
  • Daily in-person availability of a local coordinator
  • $150 USD contribution to placement facility
  • Airport transport on departure (can be arranged)
  • VISA and PERMIT fees
Airport Pickup at Julius Nyerere International Airport We do pickup of volunteers from Julius Nyerere International Airport Dar Es Salaam or anywhere else within Dar Es Salaam. Accommodation VOLUNTEER HOUSE The Volunteer House is a western-style house with 6 bedrooms (all shared accommodations with bunk beds). It has 2 bathrooms with western-style toilets and occasional hot water for showers. The house also includes one double bedroom, and this room is generally reserved for married couples. The house is safe and secure, with a security guard and a large gate. In the volunteer house, there is a cook who cooks the meals for the volunteers. (Please note that spaces in the volunteer house are very limited and can only accommodate 18 to 24 people). Food & Beverages Meals: You will be provided with 2 meals daily. Breakfasts generally consist of Chai (tea), toast, cereal, fruit and mandazzi (deep fried dough). Dinner usually sees traditional food such as ugali, chapatti, boga and irio accompany the meat and vegetables. Internet Access You will have to pay for Internet Access. What's NOT included? Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Flight Tickets The nearest airport is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar Es Salaam. We assist you to find cheap flights to Tanzania. Travel Insurance Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Tanzania provides security and is a plus to have. Vaccines If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.

Dates & Fees

Details on arrival Our program run throughout the year but Volunteer arrival is usually Friday of every week and the program start day is Monday of every week. Unless there is a special arrangement. The arriving airport is Julius Nyerere International Airport Dar Es Salaam. Availability Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Duration 2 - 50 weeks Program fees Costs: Prices in USD

Length of Program Program Fee
2 weeks $570
4 weeks $880
6 weeks $1,280
8 weeks $1,685
10 weeks $2,085
12 weeks $2,355

Registration Fee $210
Additional Week $120

Past Volunteer Reviews

Martin C, United Kingdom. Volunteered in 2020 To sum it all up, it was a memorable and valuable experience, the rotation of work at the hospital was very nice; examination, scaling, fillings and extraction were among the activities we did. It was so nice to learn of the Tanzania dental clinic setup. Accommodation was very fine bedroom, food and bathrooms were all in good condition. Innocent our local coordinator is a very friendly and nice person. He helped us with almost everything and made our stay in Tanzania very comfortable. We also had a wonderful experience going for Safari and learning of the local culture.

Katie A, Australia. Volunteered in 2021

Loved my experience with KIVOLEX. I got to help out in the emergency department, pediatric/male/female wards and the maternity department of the hospital. I witnessed/assisted with natural births, as well as witnessed c-sections in theatre. The people at the hospital were fabulous, as was Innocent and Angel (at the volunteer house). The food was excellent, as was the accommodation. Lots of activities to do in spare time, I went up to Arusha to do safaris, and Kilimanjaro, and spent a lot of time with coworkers at the hospital. The only thing I didn't enjoy was getting the bus to and from work - if you can organise a driver then I would recommend doing that. I would do this experience again, without a shadow of a doubt, and highly recommend it!

Heidi L, Denmark. Volunteered in 2021

The people at KOVOLEX are kind and helpful. My friends and I had a good time as K volunteers with KIVOLEX. It was my very first trip to Africa, and I would definitely want to go back. It was my dream to one day work in Africa and in exact environment KIVOLEX took me. As a nurse student I had not only a learning experience but also a working one, although supervised but at times they would let me practice as a nurse and get that feeling of being registered and licensed nurse. The hospital is a very good place to learn and grow as a junior nurse from abroad. If you are looking to learning and get experience in a different environment outside your comfort zone, then Tanzania is a place to be. Cardinal Lugambwa Hospital introduced to almost everything I wished to experience.

Sarah W, USA. Volunteered in 2021

This trip is a life changing and it actually made me believe there is a whole other world outside the United States. Life is completing different in Dar Es Salaam, everything about it. The food, the people, traditions and overall dynamics are different from the USA. At the clinic the kinds were wonderful; they changed me in several aspects. Kids with their parents visited the clinic for treatment but to see them having fun with a big smile on their faces was just wonderful. I integrated with these kids and created a very strong bond and I am so grateful for that. Recording their vital sign like heart beat, temperature and taking their weight was just amazing. I strongly recommend this trip to anyone who likes to deal with kids in a child and maternal health department of a hospital.

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Mission Statement

KIVOLEX is committed towards helping communities within Tanzania to have the same opportunities as their developed counterparts. We sincerely believe we can achieve this at a grass roots level by having volunteers interact directly with local communities. Our hope is that our volunteers gain a better sense of their role within the global community by directly contributing their time and energy into developing world.


Kilimanjaro Volunteers Exposure (which we shorten to KiVolEx), is a volunteering organisation that offers African Volunteer programs and Opportunities in Tanzania. We are a non-profit organisation, aimed at improving the lives of all those in need in the local community. Specifically, we work with underprivileged groups such as women and children. Established to bring Western enthusiasm, expertise and passion to tackling some of the problems which affect the most needy in Tanzania. Our ethos is that you'll be volunteering with us, not for us. We're far more interested in your skills and desire to help than your money. In Tanzania, KiVolEx is run by a group of experienced social workers who have seen the difference passionate volunteers can make to people's lives.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


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Kipawa, Uwanja Wa NdegeDar Es SalaamDar Es Salaam, Dar es Salaam Tanzania



  • General Education
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Reading / Writing


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • 2 weeks minimum
  • Language Skills You need to speak English (basic level) Education Requirements Health or social care related disciplines at High school/University level Required Documents CV, copies of certificates and related documents

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