Teaching and Community Work in Zanzibar

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Volunteer in Tanzania on a teaching and community work project based on the island of Zanzibar, located just off Africa's Tanzanian coast.

The project works with a number of different institutions where you will be volunteering on a combination of different activities. Work with pre-schools, primary and secondary schools supporting local teachers in educating and playing with children as there are often too many children to accommodate at one time, and shortages of staff and facilities. You can also get involved with teaching not only English, but also computer and life skills to adults at the local tourism training institute, helping them get work.

You may also have the chance to get involved with the local beach and marine conservation program. The focus of your project will depend on the time of year you visit and the school holidays, but there is plenty of work all year round.

Role of the volunteer

As a volunteer you will assist teachers in providing a better education to children, especially in improving their English language. You will teach English, singing and dancing, develop creative skills such as painting and drawing, and get involved with after-school sports for pre-school children. There will be some special refurbishment days scheduled at the schools too, as they are quite run down.

For adults, training in all areas of language, computing, administration and hospitality skills helps locals to get work within the growing tourism industry. Any specific skills brought by volunteers are valuable.

You will also be involved in a community marine project in the town. This entails keeping the beach clean and planting local trees.

There may also be opportunity for you to get involved at the local Primary School, depending on needs at the time and your skills if you have prior teaching experience.

Should you have teaching experience and/or skills and wish to get involved in teaching at the local Primary School, please let us have your Department of Education Certificates, CV and any other relevant Certificates or qualifications before you arrive so that we can put this in place for you if possible.

Skills Required

For those wishing to lead lessons, a teaching qualification will be needed. We do recommend carrying out your TEFL/TESOL before your arrival, as this will greatly improve your ability to teach English. Any experience of working with children is a plus.

Volunteers are asked to respect local culture, religious celebrations and dress appropriately. If you have good English skills and a passion to teach these eager children, then this project is for you.

You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project.