WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Tanzania's sophisticated education system was severely affected in the 1980s by economic difficulties and literacy and school attendance rates have since plummeted. Government programmes are in place to get all primary school aged children into school, particularly girls, to address the poor attendance rate. In addition, only 5% of secondary school aged children currently attend school.
You could be teaching in a variety of capacities in primary or secondary schools or even some adult learning classes. Lots of people will be keen to learn English and practise speaking with you. To teach, you will need to be patient, flexible and a confident communicator and be able to use your initiative and imagination.
Don't worry if you don’t speak any Swahili – you will have plenty of opportunities to learn! Lessons are taught in English and will be fun and interactive, developing the students' confidence and conversational skills.
Students will also be interested in life where you come from. You may be able to get involved teaching other activities such as sports, music or science, if you are interested and have the relevant skills; this will of course depend upon the students' needs.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Whilst on your placement you will work with a local school. Duties will include teaching English and potentially other subjects, depending on needs and your experience. Classes are generally very full and teachers in demand so you may find yourself working as a teacher’s assistant in class in order to support all of the students more effectively or as you progress you may even be asked to take classes of your own! Outside formal school hours teaching volunteers are encouraged to arrange extracurricular activities such as sports, games, arts and music.
Holiday dates are approximately as follows:
4th December – 4th January
26th March – 3rd April
11th June – 12th July
17th August – 24th August
Please note that these dates are subject to change with little or no notice!
Whether you come during term time or help out with vital vacation classes during the holiday periods, volunteers have an excellent opportunity to make a real difference. Although their lives have often been difficult, the local children are extremely cheerful and friendly and will be eager to learn as well as discover more about you and your life at home.
You can make a lasting contribution to a school or orphanage by taking part in our book initiative. All you have to do is bring a book/books and they will be donated to the mobile library.