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Schools in Tanzania work on a subject timetable so as an English teacher abroad you may be rotating between several classes as needed. The pupils you will teach range from 7 to 18 years.
As a gap year teacher you will plan and deliver lessons according to the curriculum. You will have a local Tanzanian teacher to guide you, but you should be prepared to teach a class independently from very early in your stay.
The schools have little in the way of resources, textbooks are few and far between and a blackboard and piece of chalk are the main means of communication. There is a great opportunity to bring fun activities into the classroom, like songs, games and drama – although some children may initially be shy.
In addition to the satisfaction of making a difference to the lives of less privileged children, many volunteers feel they gain enormously themselves from their placements. Often sited in this context are increased self-confidence, teaching experience, and the enjoyment of living a simple, rural lifestyle for a little while. And while you are in Tanzania, why not use your weekend to go on Safari?
Tanzania is one of Africa’s most beautiful countries and is home to the continent’s highest mountain as well as some of its finest national parks and game reserves. With landscapes shifting from tropical beaches to sweeping savannahs, it is a fascinating destination for a gap year.
This volunteer work is available in and around Arusha in Northern Tanzania. Arusha is the safari capital of East Africa, where tourists, Maasai warriors, businessmen and local craftsmen mix amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and offers the ultimate trekking challenge for anyone volunteering in Tanzania. Northern Tanzania is also home to some of Africa’s finest game reserves and national parks, making a safari in Ngorongoro Crater or the Serengeti a ‘must-do’ activity. Those looking for relaxation can travel to the coast and soak up the sun in the tropical paradise of Zanzibar.
Volunteers can fly into Kilimanjaro airport where they will be met by one of our Challenges Abroad team.
This volunteer project lasts a minimum of two weeks. To give you greatest flexibility in your volunteer experience we give you the option of extending your stay on a week-by-week basis.
You can book this volunteer program online by clicking on ‘Book Now’. After filling in our online booking form you will be asked to pay a sign-up fee of $250 via PayPal, which will confirm your place on the project.
The $250 sign-up fee is not an additional cost and is taken from your total project cost. Your place is not confirmed until we receive this payment. Payments can be made online via PayPal or by bank transfer. If you have any queries regarding the booking process please get in touch by sending us a message.
If you’re not ready to book, but want to find out more about any of our volunteer opportunities, click on ‘Enquire about this trip’ and submit our online enquiry form, or send us an e-mail at [email protected] Our volunteer coordinators will be happy to answer any questions you may have and advise you on what project best suits you.
Once we have confirmed your booking we will talk you through the application process and be in regular contact as we help you plan your trip of a lifetime!