About Teaching in Tanzania
Education is one of the most effective ways to ensure a brighter future for a community. By participating in World Endeavors’ Teaching program in Tanzania, volunteers can contribute their knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm to helping students get ahead in a system that is often short on resources and staff. Volunteers assist in local schools, teaching core subjects such as reading, math, art, and science to students in all grade levels. Class sizes in Tanzanian schools are often large, so volunteers usually assist in a classroom alongside full-time staff members, giving attention to individuals or small groups of students and often focusing on English language skills. Volunteers may also assist with school administration and lead extracurricular activities such as sports, music, and games. This project presents an unmatchable opportunity for aspiring or experienced teachers, or for volunteers who simply want to work with children.
A Typical Day in the Life of a Volunteer in Tanzania
World Endeavors volunteers in Tanzania can expect their days to be a combination of meaningful volunteer work, cultural experiences, and free time for relaxation and reflection. The sample schedule below represents a typical day for a volunteer in Tanzania. Keep in mind that when volunteering abroad, a typical day can be anything but typical!
7:30 am – 8:00 am: Breakfast with your host family or at the volunteer apartment. Breakfast in Tanzania often consists of fruit, freshly baked bread, eggs, and a cup of locally-grown coffee or spiced milk tea.
8:00 am – 8:45 am: Walk or catch the local bus to travel to your volunteer project site.
8:45 am – 12:30 pm: Work at volunteer placement.
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch with your host family, at the project site, or at a local affordable restaurant. Lunch in Tanzania often includes a combination of wali (rice), beans, ndizi kanga (fried bananas or plantains), spinach or other greens, maandazi (bread rolls), sambusas (triangular pastries deep-fried and filled with vegetables or meat), or nyama choma (a piece of goat meat, chicken or beef grilled on an open fire).
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Work at your volunteer project.
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Free time to stop by the market, hang out with other volunteers, visit the internet café, watch a rugby or soccer game, or play soccer with the local children.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Dinner with your host family or at the volunteer apartment. Dinners in Tanzania often include beans, meat, or fish with rice, ugali (a porridge made of cornmeal) or chapatti (fried flatbread).
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Relax at home, practice Swahili and watch a movie with your host family, prepare for the next day’s volunteering, or plan a weekend excursion to go hiking, go on a safari, or visit Lake Victoria, Mount Kilimanjaro, the coast, or one of Tanzania’s beautiful national parks.
Project and class schedules, meals, and free time activities may vary depending on the details of your placement.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Tanzanian culture.
I most enjoyed the time spent at the school, both teaching and learning from my students and fellow teachers.
-Emily, Teaching Volunteer in Tanzania
Neo is from San Diego, California, and studied History and Anthropology in college. He volunteered teaching children in Ghana through World Endeavors.