VOLUNTEER TEACHING ASSISTANT IN TANZANIA DAR ES SALAAM
Dar es Salaam in Tanzania needs English teachers to impart their skills and talents to primary school students in Tanzania. The vision of the school is to develop an English language secondary school that serves disadvantaged children from low and middle class families. These schools rely on the resources of volunteers and non-governmental organizations to provide students with academic instruction and world-class teaching materials, as well as to develop teachers professionally. The school currently has 300 students from kindergarten to age 7, but the capacity is 540.
- Having an unforgettable and rewarding volunteer experience and an unforgettable cultural experience in Tanzania.
- Discover the difference that enthusiastic volunteers make in people’s lives.
- Discover what this land of unforgettable and diverse cultural experiences has to offer while building understanding and friendship with the locals.
- Dedicated to us, not for us. We are most impressed with your knowledge and, above all, your desire to help.
- Visit the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Kilimanjaro and more for an unforgettable wilderness experience.
KIVOLEX Teaching Dar Es Salaam Placement
Kilimanjaro Volunteers Exposure (which we shorten to KiVolEx), is a volunteering organisation based in Dar Es Salaam, in eastern Tanzania.
We are a non-profit organisation, aimed at improving the lives of all those in need in the local community. Specifically, we work with underprivileged groups such as women and children through providing the needed healthcare and services from our volunteers. Established to bring Western enthusiasm, expertise and passion to tackling some of the problems which affect the most needy in Tanzania. Our ethos is that you’ll be volunteering with us, not for us. We’re far more interested in your skills and desire to help than your money.
In Tanzania, KiVolEx is run by a group of experienced social workers and doctors who have seen the difference passionate volunteers can make to people’s lives. We have support in the UK in the form of previous volunteers, who handle the recruitment and support of new volunteers before they fly out to begin project work.
Bethlehem Star Pre & Primary school is having challenges in English, ICT, Science and Mathematics Teachers. Volunteers with knowledge in English, ICT, Science ,Mathematics social Media, Website designing, physical education, Music, Psychology and physical disability are highly needed. Tanzania is a developing Country having a shortage of qualified teachers in above mentioned disciplines, Volunteers will use their talents and education to help our school children.
Volunteers can be placed in our school throughout the year except April, June, third week of august to the first week of September and second week of December to second week of January Volunteers in our School are generally expected to work at their placement five days a week. Weekday mornings will start with breakfast with Students and other volunteers at our School Dining hall, with school starting at around 8.00am. At around 13pm you’ll get a break for lunch, which you can take with other volunteers, Students and local staff. In the afternoons you’ll be taking additional classes or work but there is often time for games and sports and volunteers will help run these. You will generally finish your placement teaching in Dar Es Salaam at around 15pm, though you’ll find that the children will often want you stay around to play! After your placement you’ll get a chance to unwind with other volunteers, Boarding Students and local team members over dinner, and we often organize games and activities of our own in the evenings. Weekends are also your own but there are always plenty of extra Adventures to do in Tanzania!
What is expected from Volunteer Teaching Associate
ENGLISH TEACHING SITUATION IN 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)
With such a perfect location, perched on the edge of the African continent, and facing the Indian Ocean, Tanzania’s weather and climate leaves nothing to be desired. Warm and sunny days are followed by cool and balmy nights, and whether you’re on safari on the Serengeti plains or enjoying the tropical beaches of Zanzibar, the temperatures are always welcoming and gentle.
Location: Situated in East Africa just south of the equator, mainland Tanzania lies between the area of the great lakes—Victoria, Tanganyika, and Malawi (Nyasa)—and the Indian Ocean. It contains a total area of 945,087 sq km (364,900 sq mi), including 59,050 sq km (22,799 sq mi) of inland water. Comparatively, the area occupied by Tanzania is slightly larger than twice the size of the state of California. It is bounded on the North by Uganda and Kenya, on the East by the Indian Ocean, on the South by Mozambique and Malawi, on the South West by Zambia, and on the West by Zaire, Burundi, and Rwanda, with a total boundary length of 4,826 km (2,999 mi), of which 1,424 km (885 mi) is coastline. Tanzania claims part of Lake Malawi, although its internationally recognized boundary is the eastern shore.
Population: 50,483,923 inhabitants
Capital city: Located in the heartland of Tanzania, Dodoma is the nation’s new official political capital and the seat of government in the country. Today Dar es Salaam remains the principal commercial city of Tanzania and the de-facto seat of most government institutions. It is the major seaport for the country and its landlocked neighbors.
Ethnic Groups: Mainland-native Africans constitute 99% of the total population. About 120 peoples have been categorized into 5 ethnic groups distinguishable by their physical characteristics and languages. Approximately 95% of Tanzanians may be roughly classified as Bantu, a comparatively recent blend mainly of Hamitic and Negroid stocks. Tribes range in membership from only a few thousand to the Sukuma tribe, which numbers more than 2 million. Other major tribes include the Nyamwezi, Makonde, Haya, and Chagga. The Luo, east of Lake Victoria, are the only people of Nilotic origin; the Masai of the northern highlands are Nilo-Hamites. A very small number of Bushmen-like people are scattered throughout northern Tanzania, where small tribes of Cushitic origin also live. The inhabitants of Zanzibar and Pemba are chiefly descendants of mainland Africans or are of mixed African and Arab extraction. The remaining 1% of the populace is made up of non-Africans, including Arabs, Asians, and Europeans.
Languages: The official languages of Tanzania are English and Kiswahili. However, some 120 languages are spoken within the borders of Tanzania. The large majority of these (ca. 100) are Bantu languages. The others belong to the language families Afro-Asiatic, Nilo-Saharan and (controversially) also Khoesan. A small number are unclassified. Immigrant languages from Europe and Asia can also be found.
Religion: Christianity and Islam are the predominant religions of Tanzania. About 40-45% of the population practice Christianity, about 35-40% practice Islam. The rest of the population adheres to traditional beliefs, most of which centre around ancestor worship and nature-based animism. Most Christians live on the mainland, where missionary stations and schools reach deep into the continent. Islam is the major religion of the coastal areas but is also practiced further inland along the old caravan routes.
Requirements to Volunteer
To participate in the program, you must be at least 18 years old on the day the program begins. You can be forgiven if you have permission from your legal guardian or if you are accompanied by a parent.
Language skills: Speak English (beginner Level)
Educational Requirements Secondary school education in any field
Required documents Resume, copies of certificates and related documents
There are no citizenship restrictions. We welcome support from all over the world.
Promise Time We need your help Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 am.
Prices for a volunteer program include:
Facilitation of volunteer placement – planning and monitoring of graduate programs
Pre-arrival support and project / training preparation
Orientation (usually starting Monday)
Accommodation (Breakfast and Dinner)
Daily face-to-face communication with internal coordinators
Exclude the following
Donate $ 150 for Project donation
Airport transfer at departure (on request)
VISA Standards and PERMITS
Dates & Fee
We are very Flexible, Volunteers can arrive at any date
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Life is simple, but all the homes have electricity and running water so volunteers can stay in a safe and secure home (some lodges may be without electricity or water during a drought). All homes are carefully inspected by local staff and safety inspections are performed on them. Many of the volunteers enjoyed the welcoming family and felt that their stay gave them a real Tanzanian experience.
Volunteer House is a western bungalow with 6 rooms (all with bunk beds). There are two bathrooms with western toilets and sometimes a fireplace. The house has a double bedroom, which is usually reserved for couples. The house is safe with guards and doors. Chefs work in a volunteer house and prepare food for volunteers.
(Note that the Volunteer House has very limited space and can accommodate only 18-24 people).
food and beverages
Provides two meals a day. Breakfast usually includes tea (tea), toast, cereals, fruit and mandazzi (fried flour). At dinner, meat and vegetables are often combined with traditional dishes such as Ugari, Chapatti, Boga and Irio.
You have to pay for internet access.
Tours & Free Time Activities
KIVOLEX looks forward to and encourages your desire for travel and adventure. Time away from voluntary work is up to you to decide on your own activities. You can also enjoy the local culture and spend time in the community on weekends. Alternatively, there are plenty of opportunities to explore Tanzania and all it has to offer. Long weekends can be game drives or trips to Zanzibar, Da Es Salaam, Kenya and Uganda. If volunteers want to volunteer on weekends, they can join a local team, visit other children’s organizations, and play and play with children.
Tanzania is a big country full of exciting adventures. If you wish to stay in the country after your volunteering, we can help you organize excursions and activities. You can go on safari anywhere on the planet through the Serengeti or Ngorogoro which has the most safari animals. Relax on the Spice Island of Zanzibar and enjoy the uninterrupted sunshine, white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue water. Swim with dolphins, PADI dive routes, spearfishing and sleep in a hammock among palm trees on the sand. We love Zanzibar! For more physical adventure, Kilimanjaro, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, is just around the corner. After five days of climbing, about 4 miles high, the temperature at the top dropped to -25. Not for the faint of heart, but it is possible.
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to prepare for it. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft – travel insurance in Tanzania provides and is a supplement.
If you are considering volunteering in Tanzania, you should consult your doctor before embarking on a social journey. Check out mandatory vaccinations in Tanzania.
Our program runs throughout the year, but volunteers usually arrive every Friday and the program begins every Monday. except for special programs. The arrival airport are the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es salaam, Kilimanjaro International Airport in Moshi and Abeid Karume International airport in Zanzibar.