Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Teaching and Community Involvement
Get a glimpse of life in an African town, at a beautiful destination in the heart of Tanzania, and have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the community. In this project you will teach English, help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the community, give support to women and other groups who are suffering from HIV/AIDS, and more.
|Location of Project||Moshi, northern Tanzania|
|Project Length||Min 2 weeks - Max 8 weeks|
|Arrival Airport||Kilimanjaro International Airport|
|Volunteer Work||Teach English to children, teachers, and other community leaders, work with HIV/AIDS organizations to help raise awareness in the community and rural areas, and help strengthen and promote women’s empowerment|
|Number of Participants||Up to 10 international volunteers|
|Age||18 - 70|
|Accommodation||Shared accommodation at the project base|
|Food||3 meals a day|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Included on arrival day and departure day|
|Pre-Departure Kit||Full project details will be sent following registration|
|Orientation||All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival|
|Insurance||Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage|
What's Not Included
|* Visa: You will be able to obtain a 3 month visitors’ visa at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Visa costs: US Citizens USD100 / Other Citizens USD50. You will also need to purchase an ADDITIONAL volunteer visa once you are at the project and our project manager will assist you with this. The additional visa will cost an extra USD200.|
This project takes place in Moshi, in the north of Tanzania, which is situated at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Moshi is a modern, vibrant town with a dynamic mix of Tanzanians from different tribes and backgrounds, all living and working together side by side. In Moshi, you will find a warm and welcoming community operating at a leisurely pace in a sunny climate.
Moshi is the perfect location for adventurers wanting to explore a fascinating part of Africa. Located a few hours’ drive from major safari destinations such as the Serengeti, the Ngorogoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire, you are so close to seeing (and hearing!) Africa's iconic beasts such as the mighty lion, the social elephant, the beautiful zebra and the elegant giraffe.
About the Project
Volunteers in this project support the local teachers in educating and playing with children. While TEFL graduate volunteers and qualified teachers are most welcome, anyone can come and teach on our Moshi project.
Our volunteers get involved in:
- Teaching English to children, teachers, and local adults
- Singing and dancing with children
- Developing the children’s creative skills through crafts such as painting, drawing, and colouring
- Playing developmental games with the children
- General upkeep of the school so that it is a pleasant environment in which to learn
Volunteer Work and Contribution
Throughout your stay you will be participating in various community activities. Below is some information on our current projects in which our volunteers work:
We work with several nursery schools in the Moshi area. Nursery schools are usually divided into three classes in Tanzania: babies (ages 3-4), juniors (ages 4-5), and seniors (ages 5-7). Our volunteers typically work with juniors and seniors, helping the local teacher to teach the children English, sing songs, play games and lead creative activities.
A typical day:
7:30 am: Rise and shine! Breakfast at the volunteer base.
8:30 am: Leave for morning activities.
9:00 am: Begin teaching a themed class at one of our local nursery schools, teach English to adults, etc.
12:00 pm: Lunch break. You will go back from the school to the volunteer base.
3:00 pm: Teach English and facilitate an HIV/Aids awareness workshop with secondary school boys and girls in an after-school program
5:30 pm: You will be able to relax, have a cold drink, socialize with the locals and other volunteers, and enjoy all that Moshi has to offer until dinner.
6:30 pm: Dinner – a time usually spent sharing stories about your day!
In the evenings, volunteers socialize with each other and prepare for the next day.
You will have Saturdays and Sundays off to explore and partake in the many tourist activities in the area, or to rest from your week of volunteering.
- January 1 - New Year's Day
- January 12 - Zanzibar Revolution Anniversary
- April 7 - Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume Day
- April 26 - Union Day
- May 1 - Workers Day
- July 7 - Saba Saba Day
- August 8 - Nane Nane Day
- October 14 - Nyerere Day
- December 9 - Independence Day
- December 25 - Christmas Day
- December 26 - Boxing Day
Accommodations: volunteers stay in Moshi at the project base in shared accommodation with other volunteers. Rooms are comfortable but basic and you will be placed in same gender rooms.
Laundry: weekly laundry service during your stay (please note you will need to wash your own underwear).
Internet: Internet facilities are available in town.
- Minimum age 18, maximum age 70
- Good English (some previous teaching experience will be helpful but is not essential)
- Full travel & medical insurance
- Immunizations (please consult your doctor - the area is a malaria zone)
- Police clearance form
Here's an excerpt of Jen's experience: