12/16 week Community Volunteering Placement in Tanzania
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Travel as part of a group and volunteer in pairs in the rural villages surrounding Moshi and Arusha.
It is a wonderful opportunity to experience rural Tanzanian life and ideal for those ready for a challenge. There is a chance for cultural exchange whilst teaching English and/or coaching sports in a local primary or secondary school, and living amongst the Tanzanians for 3 months in a rural setting. The teaching project is followed by a 4 week optional period of independent group travel in East Africa all with 24-hour support from our local representative.
A day in the life of a volunteer:
Whilst volunteering in Tanzania you will teach English and/or coach sports on your own or with your volunteer partner at a rural government primary or secondary school. You will live either on the school grounds or close by. Set in a village near Arusha or Machame at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, you will start your day walking to school with the incredible Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance, and local children calling 'Muzungu’ ('white person’ in Kiswahili). School starts at 8am, although many students who attend boarding schools will have been up since 5am doing their chores.
School is Monday to Friday and normally starts with assembly and the national anthem, followed by your English lessons, and possibly some Maths and Science classes too - whatever you are happy to help with. Lunch is provided in school and normally consists of Ugali - the typical East African dish of maize flour and water, which ends up resembling porridge.
There is also time for coaching sports too, as well as art, drama and music for those who are keen on extra-curricular activities. Classes are large - in some cases 50 children, so organising sports or controlling a class of this size can be challenging. Think on your feet and use your initiative! One volunteer attempted a relay race with 150 pupils! One lesson you will learn is not to set homework for 150 children!
The more you put into school life and getting to know the community, the more you will understand about this amazing country.
Spare time in the evenings or at weekends is spent preparing your lessons with your volunteer partner, marking books, or with the other volunteers and your new friends (neighbours and teachers). We encourage volunteers to get to know the locals - the teachers could even invite you to dinner. One volunteer was astounded by the welcome from her village near Arusha when she arrived; the teachers and locals invited her to their homes every weekend.
Being so close to Mount Kilimanjaro, a trek to the summit is definitely something to consider for the half term break or during the independent travel period. Bizarre experiences are a daily occurrence for volunteers like waiting for a dalla-dalla (taxi van) for an hour or so before one zooming past, packed with cows with their heads out of the windows - all behaving as if it was part of their daily routine!
Whilst volunteering at your school you will be accommodated in a basic staff house normally within the school grounds, with your partner or possibly in a 4. There will usually be a shared bedroom, a kitchen/communal area and a washroom. There are no showers - that is done with a bucket, and toilets are normally long drops (a hole in the ground). You will cook for yourselves and shop in the local market. There is normally no running water or electricity in the house. It is basic but all volunteers quickly grow to love their new home!
Our volunteer projects are a great way to improve your skills and enhance your CV - stand out from the crowd at job interviews! It is a competitive market out there - help others to help yourself!
Project dates - February to June.
Prices from GB£2985 - covers pre-departure information, online health check with InterHealth, telephone briefing and a face to face meeting, orientation on arrival, accommodation and basic food allowance during your volunteer placement, and of course 24 hour in-country back up from our local representative.
We'll work with your schedule.
- Must be at least 18
- Ability to speak English well enough to teach it.