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Tanzania Teaching Aid & Beaches - 1 week

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Tanzania Teaching Aid & Beaches - 1 week

Help change the lives of those around you for the better and leave a lasting impression on the communities of Mafia Island, a true tropical paradise.

Prices from $295

Your Frontier journey begins with a thrilling flight high above the turquoise Indian Ocean as you fly to Mafia Island – the most beautiful of Tanzania's Spice Islands where tranquil white sand beaches, friendly villagers and world class scuba diving sites combine to make this a true tropical paradise.

Your teaching aid assignment will integrate you into your host community as a welcome new member. You'll help teach students basic English and depending on the need other subjects of your choosing and you'll have an opportunity to play sports and games with them and do other fun activities.

Tanzania, though beautiful and welcoming, is one of the poorest countries in the world. Access to basic education is scarce and many people in rural areas rely on subsistence farming to sustain a living. This is your chance to change the lives of those around you for the better and leave a legacy that will last for decades to come.


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  • Immerse yourself in true Tanzanian culture
  • Gain valuable work experience as a teaching aid
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Up to date CV
  • Criminal background check (DBS)


Location Mafia Island, Tanzania
Activities Help teach English in schools and in the community
Environmental education days
Extra curricular activities
Accommodation Communal camp near to the beach



Before you go

Pre departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)

In country

3 meals per day provided on project site, 6 days per week. 2 meals provided on Sunday
Camp accommodation near the beach
Airport pickup in Dar es Salaam (extra cost $22/$20)

First night hostel accommodation (extra cost $22/$20)

Transfer to the airport for connecting flight to the island (extra cost  $22/$20)

Airport pickup at Mafia Island airport

Transfer to Frontier camp (extra cost $7/$6)

Local orientation
Project training
24-hour international HQ back-up
In-country emergency support




A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Teaching in Tanzania

Tanzania's sophisticated education system was severely affected in the 1980s by economic difficulties and the literacy and school attendance rates have since plummeted. Government programmes are in place to have all primary school aged children in school, particularly girls, to address the poor attendance rate. In addition, only 5% of secondary school aged children currently attend school.

You could be working at a variety of institutions interacting with students of all ages teaching basic conversational English. Lots of people will be keen to learn English and practise speaking with you. To teach you will need to be patient and flexible, a confident communicator and able to use your initiative and imagination.

Learning a few basics in Swahili will help you a lot but don’t worry – you will have plenty of opportunities to learn when you get here! Lessons will be fun and interactive, developing the students' confidence and conversational skills.

Other Teaching Activities

Students will 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, although this will obviously depend upon the students' needs. There may also be the possibility of linking up with our marine conservation programme to arrange collaborations for environmental education.


Whilst on your placement you will work with the local primary school in Utende. Duties will include teaching English and potentially other subjects, depending on need and experience. You will usually have your own class for English lessons and may also be required to assist other teachers in class as well. Outside of the formal school hours teaching volunteers are encouraged to arrange extra curricular activities such as sports and games and lead community environmental education days in conjunction with the Frontier marine conservation project.

During the holidays volunteers have an excellent opportunity to make a real difference by holding holiday classes, particularly in English. Please consider school holiday dates when booking your placement and be sure to ask one of our recruitment advisors for further information.

Although their lives may seem difficult the local children are extremely cheerful and friendly and will be eager to learn as well as to find out more about you and where you come from. After a busy and rewarding week of teaching you will have a well deserved weekend break. You can spend time relaxing on the stunning beach close to camp, visit Chole island and see historic ruins and swim in the blue lagoon or pop into Kilindoni to get some tasty treats.


We can arrange an airport pick up for you at Dar es Salaam Airport and a local private driver will escort you to a local hostel where you can spend your first night relaxing and recovering from your journey. These costs are extra and you can pay our local representative directly ($68/$60). The next day you will take an internal flight on an eight seater light aircraft to Mafia Island. Please ensure that you book your flight well in advance. Once on the Island you will be met by Frontier staff at Mafia Airport and transferred to camp.

If you are travelling independently you may wish to make your own internal arrangements and if so we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to reach the Mafia Island camp.

It is possible to reach Mafia by ferry but sailing times can be very unpredictable; the journey might be rough and it can be tricky with no knowledge of Swahili. If you choose to travel by road and ferry you need to transfer to the port town of Nyamasati, 90 km south of Dar from where you can catch the ferry, approximately a 6-hour trip, to the small harbour town of Kilindoni on the western side of Mafia Island. Once on the island you will be met by the Frontier marine field staff, either at Kilondoni or at the airport on Mafia and transferred by boat or vehicle to the project camp.


During the project you'll live on a basic camp alongside the marine project volunteers at Utende within Mafia Island Marine Park where we aim to provide you with a unique and memorable living experience. The Frontier marine camp was constructed by local craftsmen and Frontier field staff using traditional building techniques from locally sourced, environmentally friendly building supplies. You may even have a chance to try out some of these construction techniques for yourself while living on camp.

The camp, which is situated in a clearing in a coconut plantation, was designed to blend in with the surroundings. Camp life is very simple, unsophisticated and fun. You will be staying in communal bandas, huts made from makuti (woven palm leaves), poles and mud, and sleeping on beds constructed from wooden poles, your "shower" will be a jug or a bucket of water and you cook over a charcoal stove so prepare for the basic, unencumbered lifestyle!

As well as helping with teaching and working within the local community you will also help with daily camp maintenance, taking turns to cook, tidy and clean the camp, collect water and help with a variety of other essential camp duties.


Camp food is simple and nutritious and consists largely of rice, beans and vegetables, all of which are purchased locally in order to help support the local economy. Luxuries such as chocolate, biscuits, peanut butter and drinking chocolate can be bought in nearby Kilindoni so make sure you stock up before heading to camp! Part of your role on camp will be to help with the cooking, so get your cookbooks out now and start practising!

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The Frontier-Tanzania camp is fun and in your spare time you'll have opportunities to swim and snorkel, play football against the unbeatable local side or try out beach volleyball. Alternatively you may enjoy a traditional Saturday night themed camp party, play poker, chess or backgammon or join in a camp quiz night. After a long hard day you may prefer to relax with a drink and sway in the camp hammock, or sit and chat to your new friends under a sky lit up by millions of stars.

Tanzania offers a massive range of adventure and cultural activities for you to enjoy after your Frontier project. Visit game reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and forest reserves. Experience a traditional African safari and game drive, visit the exotic island of Zanzibar, climb Kilimanjaro, snorkel or learn to scuba dive by taking a PADI dive course. We encourage you to book these extra activities direct with local providers thereby making more of a contribution to the local economy.

Dive courses run monthly commencing on the first monday of the month 

  • Single Day Snorkelling $17
  • Single Day Dive $42
  • Double Dive $85
  • 4-dive package $170
  • 10-dive package $340


  • Discover Scuba Diving $68
  • Open Water Dive Course $782
  • Advanced Open Water $620
  • Medic First Aid $221
  • Rescue Diver $595
  • Dive Master $1,275

*Medical certificate is mandatory for participation in dive courses

RENTAL EQUIPMENT (Prices per day)

  • Jacket/BCD $8
  • Regs $8
  • Wetsuit $8
  • Mask/Snorkel $5
  • Fins $5

Modern conveniences

Mafia Island

  • Boat rental
  • Fishing
  • Hostels / hotels
  • Internet available at local bars
  • Post office
  • Souvenir shops
  • Traditional markets
  • Western style restaurants

Kilindoni - 20-30 minute Tuk Tuk ride away at own cost

  • Grocery Stores
  • Medical clinic
  • Phone shops
  • Traditional markets

Dar es Salaam - 45 minute flight at own cost

  • 24 hour supermarkets
  • Banks / ATMs; National Microfinance Bank, Standard Chartered, Barclays, National Bank of Commerce, Stanbic
  • Bars / clubs
  • Bureau de Change
  • Cinema
  • Dentist/li>
  • Department store
  • Hairdresser
  • Hospital
  • Hostels / hotels
  • International Embassies and Consulates
  • Internet cafes
  • Local style restaurants
  • Mobile phone shops
  • Pay phones
  • Pharmacy
  • Traditional markets
  • Western style restaurants
  • Western Union


1 week $545

2 weeks $695

Christmas Week $295


First and Third Monday of every month.

Alternative dates available on request.

School Holidays 2018

During school holidays a modified programme will run with one to one coaching, educational workshops and extracurricular activities.

Please be aware that these dates may be subject to change at short notice.

Please note there will also be a number of public holidays and unannounced holidays throughout the year.


1 week and longer


This project is available for the special price of $255 per week over the Christmas period.  Placements starting on the 24th or 31st of December 2018 are eligible for this price, subject to availability.  Please apply using the orange button below and then tell your volunteer advisor that you wish to take part over Chsritmas.


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)


  • 3 meals per day provided on project site, 6 days per week. 2 meals provided on Sunday
  • Camp accommodation near the beach
  • Airport pickup in Dar es Salaam (extra cost $22/$20)
  • First night hostel accommodation (extra cost $22/$20)
  • Transfer to the airport for connecting flight to the island (extra cost  $22/$20)
  • Airport pickup at Mafia Island airport
  • Transfer to Frontier camp (extra cost $7/$6)
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • 24-hour in-country and international HQ emergency support and back-up


Nearest airport(s): Dar es Salaam (DAR), Mafia Island (MFA)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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