Teaching English Project (Moshi, Arusha)

volunteer in teaching english project in tanzania
  • Share your passion in teaching English to disadvantaged children
  • Work with local schools and help shape the futures of the students
  • Live with a local family and explore day-to-day Tanzanian life
  • Practice Swahili while discovering a whole host of exciting African experiences in Tanzania in your downtime

If you’re interested in teaching or want to broaden your educating experiences, there’s no better place to do so in Tanzania! Tanzania was once a British colony, and English is a common language now. However, the quality of education in the country is unfortunately lacking. With the growth of tourism, globalization and increase in trade and commercial activities worldwide, English has become a very important subject for the young children of Tanzania to learn. Often, a good ability to read and write in English will mean they can secure seats in good universities and later get well paid jobs. Many schools in Tanzania, however, are not well-funded and neglected. The schools lack well-trained teachers, and the children often find it hard to improve, especially in the English language. New Hope partners up with local schools to provide qualified English teachers to schools attended by children from deprived and needy families. Teach English in Tanzania, so that the children can have a brighter future ahead of them. While you there, take the opportunity to explore the world-renowned wildlife safaris and climb Mount Kilimanjaro!

The schools in Tanzania are closed in June and December. During this time, volunteers can work in orphanage teaching the children.

Volunteers' Responsibilities

As a volunteer teaching English in Tanzania, you will teach English to nursery, primary and secondary school students between the ages of 6 and 16-years old. Depending on your individual interests and skills, and on the needs of the local staff, your daily activities involve, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching basic English to the students
  • Teaching other subjects such as Math, Science, Physical Education, or other subjects of interest
  • Helping students to improve their Basic English and conversational skills
  • Supporting recreational and artistic activities focused on educational learning
  • Organizing and developing activities that encourage learning
  • Assisting the fulltime local teacher with class duties
  • Working alongside the local teachers on curriculum development
  • Assisting school administrations with daily tasks
  • Tutoring the students and help with their homework
How You Can Make a Difference

If you're interested in teaching, this would prove to be an enriching experience for you. The ability to speak English accurately often ensures the success of young Tanzanians by equipping them with the skills required to compete in the growing global economy. Volunteers will mostly teach resource-poor schools, which are often attended by children from impoverished backgrounds. Due to the booming tourism and hospitality industry in Tanzania, English has become an increasingly crucial skill for the students. The ability to speak, read and write well in English can mean a monumental difference in securing a good job that can pull them out of poverty. While in Tanzania, you can also practice your Swahili and learn more about the education system in an African country.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications needed to join our volunteer English teaching in Tanzania project beyond a fluency in English. However, your understanding of Tanzanian culture and diversity can help improve the experience for you and your students. Consider enrolling in our one-week Language & Cultural Immersion program. Volunteer teachers should have strong English fluency, both written and verbal, although no previous teaching experience is required. Volunteers should have a love for teaching, English and conversation. Volunteers should also be enthusiastic, reliable, flexible, patient and strive to be good role models for the children. Volunteers must also respect the locals and the host organizations, along with their rules and projects.

Project Location

This project is located in and around Arusha and Moshi. Arusha is one of the bigger cities in the north of Tanzania and sits at the base of Mount Meru, not far from the Kenyan border. It is well-known African congress center and contains the site where the International Tribunal for the Rwandese Genocide was held. Safari tours to the Serengeti, N'gorongoro, Manyara and Tarangire usually launch in Arusha. The city is also an excellent base for visiting the Arusha National Park, where volunteers can experience a wide range of habitats and experiences. There are lakes that serve as a gathering point for a kaleidoscope of waterfowl, the imposing summit of Mount Meru is nearby and Moshi is approximately an hour-and-a-half (90 minutes) drive from Arusha.

Moshi sits on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is an often over-looked tourist destination, but offers many intriguing cultural exposure opportunities. The Chagga people call Moshi home and it is in the middle of a major coffee growing region. Central Moshi is busy and colorful, making it an interesting walking excursion. The area around the market and Mawenzi Road is recommended, as there is a slight Asian flavor to the area and a Hindu temple, mosques and Indian traders.

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