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Teaching English in Tanzania Dar Es Salaam

English assistant volunteer teachers are needed to help teach English in local schools in Tanzania. English education in Tanzania is virtual in children’s Academic development.  


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Teaching English Tanzania Dar Es Salaam

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  • Get to volunteer on the roof of Africa (The Kilimanjaro), and enjoy the feeling.
  • Enjoy spectacular sceneries of Tanzania and Magnificent cultures that Africa has to offer.
  • Get exposed to Tanzania and Africa’s way of working, living and socializing.
  • Tanzania is Africa’s work and tourism hotspot, get to experience this feeling.
  • Magical in every sense, that’s the meaning of Tanzania.



In Tanzania English language is learnt as a foreign language. English enjoys the status of a  foreign language  as  most of  the  Tanzanians  use  their  Ethnic  Community  Languages  (ECLs)  as the first language and  Kiswahili  being the  second  language (L2).  If  that  being the case,  then  English is learnt  as  a third language which is vividly a foreign language (FL) As it  can  be seen  in Zanzibar  that  the  learning  of  English  has  being  blooming  since  the  government introduced the reform policy in 1986, the same can be observed in Tanzania whereby the learning of English has been enforced by the government decision in education policy that English language should be used as a medium of  instruction  in  secondary  schools  as  well  as  in  higher  learning  institutions. 

Again,  it  is  obvious  that  this decision  is  influenced  by the  presence  of  globalization,  thus  it  is  obvious  that  globalization  has  made  English more valuable to many Tanzanians. The learning  of  English in  Tanzania,  the same  as  in Zanzibar,  varied  according  to  education level  as English  language is  taught  just  as  a single  subject  in  primary  schools,  but  in  secondary  schools,  apart  from Kiswahili which is taught as a single subject, all other subjects are taught in English language. Also, the learning of  English  language  at tertiary  level in  Tanzania  as  in Zanzibar  has become  saturated  as  learning  English  at Universities now is more like learning a means to serve other purposes.

Teaching  and  learning  English  in  Tanzania  is  surrounded  with  code-switching  and  code-mixing something  which  has virtual  been  referred  by  as bad  habits as  it is  the  case  in Zanzibar.  For  instance,  a physics  teacher  teaching  Physics  in  one  of  the classes  in  Tanzania  “Ukiwa  na  mwali  mtuo  unatoka  kwenye chanzo  chake  ukigonga  kitu  chochote  utaakisiwa.  (Kiswahili.  In other  words,  an  incident ray  from its  source when  strikes  any  object will  be  reflected.  (English). Ukistrike  tu unakuwa  reflected”  (Kiswahili  +  English  = Kiswanglish)



Whether you have just graduated from the college, found yourself in search of a new job, or thinking about a vacation with a difference and really want to do something worthwhile, as a volunteer in Tanzania you will always be welcome. Volunteering abroad in Tanzania can be one of the most personally rewarding experiences you can have, and the most exciting part is, you are assisting to make the world a much better place.

Volunteering abroad is an excellent way to acquire new skills, get better social skills, experience new cultures and also boost your Curriculum Vitae (CV). There are several ways by which you may help Tanzanians as a volunteer, and get as much from it as you give. You can help with teaching English and other core subjects, orphanage work, environment and nature volunteer work, teaching sports among others.

Helping one another is a deep human intention, and you need not be famous or wealthy to change lives. By volunteering abroad in Tanzania, you will gain a sense of achievement, expand your horizons, learn of a great people and a great nation and also, raise your self-worth by fulfilling a basic calling among the human race. More importantly, you will realize the meaning of humility and the pride and value that Tanzanians have for their country. And reciprocally, they will respect and trust you.

For businesses, volunteering abroad in Tanzania can help you create new contacts, receive referrals from various sources and also increase your customer base significantly.

Is there a better way to boost one’s confidence than to take responsibility for a task, organize other volunteers and make something happen? You can also apply your success as a leader on a volunteer job on your resume, as well as in the future professional endeavors.

Volunteering sometime is a hard, rewarding physical work that’ll leave you with a tan and a toned physique. From teaching in schools to treating the sick in the hospitals, the skills aren’t hard to pick up if you don’t know how already, and you’ll be rubbing shoulders with members of the local community, making friends and improving the surroundings. You’ll learn new skills, and contribute to the development of village pharmacies, hospitals, orphanages and schools that may well stand for generations. Often people wonder if volunteers are taking away jobs from local workers when they come to volunteer on development projects.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Without you, these projects just wouldn’t happen. Schools would be left without qualified English teachers; Hospitals and pharmacies would be left with few staff, community projects would be left without proper management. Your volunteer fee pays for development of some of these projects, and for the most part, much of the local labor is voluntary as well, pitching in with their spare time to improve their own children’s schools. Without you, the project could not happen

There are lots of reasons to become a volunteer abroad in Tanzania. Decide now to do some good to people and yourself.

Where will you stay?


Volunteer House 

The Volunteer House is a western-style house with 6 bedrooms (all shared accommodations with bunk beds). It has 2 bathrooms with western-style toilets and occasional hot water for showers. The house also includes one double bedroom, and this room is generally reserved for married couples. The house is safe and secure, with a security guard and a large gate. In the volunteer house, there is a cook who cooks the meals for the volunteers. 

(Please note that spaces in the volunteer house are very limited and can only accommodate 18 to 24 people.


Transportation within

We will provide you with reliable Taxi drivers phone number,which you could use in case you want to move around. However you could also use Daladala these are buses, public transport that most people use to travel locally on daily basis.  There is also an option of using bodaboda these are motorcycles that are used as taxis. Other volunteers choose to walk whoever if you also choose to do so like any other new environment we encourage you to be very careful with thieves and pick pocketing   

Visa and Permit

A volunteer is required by the government to pay for a Visa and a permit to be allowed to volunteer in Tanzania. Kindly contact us for more information regarding this.

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Typical day

Usually volunteer are expected to for 5 to 8 hours a day. wake up time is between 6 and 7 am during weekdays and work usually starts at 8 or 9am. We are always flexible to discuss your timetable, our goal is to see you as comfortable as possible. 

Lunch is usually at 01:30pm and your work day is expected to end at around 03:30pm. 
there is a lot to see and do in Tanzania and we expect you to use your weekends to the fullest in doing Safaris and tours. flexibility is very Important in our problem as your timetable could change along the way.

Free-time activities

Tanzania is home to some of Africa’s most famous parks and the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro rising above the Serengeti. Most visitors will find themselves passing through Dar Es Salaam and heading out on safaris and various wildlife viewing adventure. For those who want to take a break and spend some time soaking up the sun, the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar beckon. Off Pemba and Mafia island is a whole other kind of natural wander. One most appreciated by the Scrubber divers and snorkelers who come here from around the world to experience the coral gardens, colorful fishes, crystal clear waters.


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.

Language Skills You need to speak English (basic level)

Education Requirements Health or social care related disciplines at High school/University level

Required Documents CV, copies of certificates and related documents

Nationality Restrictions No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Time Commitment Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 – 15:00.

What’s Included

Services by Volunteer Tanzania

Volunteer Program fee covers the following

  • Volunteer placement facilitation-full program scheduling and supervision
  • Pre-arrival support & preparation of your project/work placement
  • Airport pick up 
  • Orientation (usually begins on a Monday
  • Accommodation Room & Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Housekeeping
  • Daily in-person availability of a local coordinator


  • $150 USD contribution to placement facility
  • Airport transport on departure (can be arranged)
  • VISA and PERMIT fees
Airport Pickup at Julius Nyerere International Airport
We do pickup of volunteers from Julius Nyerere International Airport Dar Es Salaam or anywhere else within Dar Es Salaam.
The Volunteer House is a western-style house with 6 bedrooms (all shared accommodations with bunk beds). It has 2 bathrooms with western-style toilets and occasional hot water for showers. The house also includes one double bedroom, and this room is generally reserved for married couples. The house is safe and secure, with a security guard and a large gate. In the volunteer house, there is a cook who cooks the meals for the volunteers. 
(Please note that spaces in the volunteer house are very limited and can only accommodate 18 to 24 people).
Food & Beverages
You will be provided with 2 meals daily. Breakfasts generally consist of Chai (tea), toast, cereal, fruit and mandazzi (deep fried dough). Dinner usually sees traditional food such as ugali, chapatti, boga and irio accompany the meat and vegetables.
Internet Access
You will have to pay for Internet Access.
What’s NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar Es Salaam. We assist you to find cheap flights to Tanzania.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft – a travel insurance for Tanzania provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.

Dates & Fees

Details on arrival

Our program run throughout the year but Volunteer arrival is usually Friday of every week and the program start day is Monday of every week. Unless there is a special arrangement. The arriving airport is Julius Nyerere International Airport Dar Es Salaam.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 – 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
Length of Program Program Fee
2 weeks $570
4 weeks $880
6 weeks $1,280
8 weeks $1,685
10 weeks $2,085
12 weeks $2,355
Registration Fee $210
Additional Week $120

Past Volunteer Reviews

Martin C, United Kingdom. Volunteered in 2020

To sum it all up, it was a memorable and valuable experience, the rotation of work at the hospital was very nice; examination, scaling, fillings and extraction were among the activities we did. It was so nice to learn of the Tanzania dental clinic setup. Accommodation was very fine bedroom, food and bathrooms were all in good condition. Innocent our local coordinator is a very friendly and nice person. He helped us with almost everything and made our stay in Tanzania very comfortable. We also had a wonderful experience going for Safari and learning of the local culture.


Katie A, Australia. Volunteered in 2021

Loved my experience with VOLUNTEER TANZANIA. I got to help out in the emergency department, pediatric/male/female wards and the maternity department of the hospital. I witnessed/assisted with natural births, as well as witnessed c-sections in theatre. The people at the hospital were fabulous, as was Innocent and Angel (at the volunteer house). The food was excellent, as was the accommodation. Lots of activities to do in spare time, I went up to Arusha to do safaris, and Kilimanjaro, and spent a lot of time with coworkers at the hospital. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was getting the bus to and from work – if you can organise a driver then I would recommend doing that. I would do this experience again, without a shadow of a doubt, and highly recommend it!


Heidi L, Denmark. Volunteered in 2021

The people at VOLUNTEER TANZANIA are kind and helpful. My friends and I had a good time as K volunteers with Volunteer Tanzania. It was my very first trip to Africa, and I would definitely want to go back. It was my dream to one day work in Africa and in exact environment VOLUNTEER TANZANIAtook me. As a nurse student I had not only a learning experience but also a working one, although supervised but at times they would let me practice as a nurse and get that feeling of being registered and licensed nurse. The hospital is a very good place to learn and grow as a junior nurse from abroad. If you are looking to learning and get experience in a different environment outside your comfort zone, then Tanzania is a place to be. Cardinal Lugambwa Hospital introduced to almost everything I wished to experience.


Sarah W, USA. Volunteered in 2021

This trip is a life changing and it actually made me believe there is a whole other world outside the United States. Life is completing different in Dar Es Salaam, everything about it. The food, the people, traditions and overall dynamics are different from the USA. At the clinic the kinds were wonderful; they changed me in several aspects. Kids with their parents visited the clinic for treatment but to see them having fun with a big smile on their faces was just wonderful. I integrated with these kids and created a very strong bond and I am so grateful for that. Recording their vital sign like heart beat, temperature and taking their weight was just amazing. I strongly recommend this trip to anyone who likes to deal with kids in a child and maternal health department of a hospital.