Teach English in Tanzania
If you want to experience a truly different culture and way of life on your gap year, this is the programme for you. It is a programme where you can genuinely make a difference to the people that you are there to help. One of the most valuable skills that English speaking volunteers can bring to a school is their language. Children in Tanzania are desperate to learn from native English speakers as they see English as a route out of poverty for them and their families if they can get work in the tourist industry, for example.
As one of the first organisations to start sending gap year participants to this part of Africa, (sending volunteers every year since 2000), we have developed relationships with a number of projects that welcome our volunteers each year. As one of our longest running programmes, Tanzania is close to all of our hearts in the UK office! Jon, our Operations Manager, spent 5 months on this programme on his gap year between school and university.
Inspiring projects in a beautiful country
Come and get stuck in to local life in Tanzania and volunteer alongside friendly local teachers and other Oyster volunteers – all doing a great job with limited resources. The positive spirit is infectious and you’ll soon find yourself developing a ‘can-do mentality’ and loving the Tanzanian way of life. Oyster’s projects will place you at a school where you can make a genuine contribution and learn what makes Tanzania special.
What will I do?
We help you settle in during the first few days with an orientation course based at a hotel. This gives you the chance to acclimatise, learn some Swahili and see the local area. We will also give you a local SIM card and a mosquito net. Then, feeling much more on top of things, we'll move you into your accommodation and you’ll start volunteering. We take a flexible approach, so if you’d like to split your time between two projects, that’s absolutely fine.
Teaching is always popular. The children are very enthusiastic and you’ll quickly get the hang of devising games and activities to get your point across. Why not help with after-school clubs as well – or set up your own? It’s a huge treat for the children, who don’t get many chances to learn new skills. Coach sports, set up a choir or drama group. You’ll have a great time and really make your mark on the school community.
Those who prefer a hands-on caring role can volunteer at an orphanage, getting involved with the daily routines, helping with homework and playing lots of games. Prepare yourself for plenty of hugs!
We can also place volunteers to work alongside doctors and nurses in a district hospital. It’s an excellent way to get medical work experience and to see how things are done in a different healthcare system. You will shadow the staff and provide an extra pair of hands for patient care, medical procedures, x-ray and minor surgery.
Time to relax
In your free time you can enjoy the fun social scene in Arusha with the rest of your group. Most volunteers like to go further afield too. There are fabulous safaris available on your doorstep. If you fancy a challenge Tanzania has some of the best trekking, with Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro nearby. After that you might relish some relaxation on the paradise island of Zanzibar!
Accommodation and food
During your orientation, you will stay in a hotel in Arusha and have all meals provided (you pay for drinks). We then transfer you to basic traditional accommodation at your project or very nearby, which you will share with other volunteers. Do expect to share a room. We provide volunteers with a basic food allowance every two weeks which should go a long way to covering your food expenses each week, if you are buying local produce, cooking for yourself and not eating out every night!
Our UK staff will work with you to make sure everything is in place for your trip, and will run a pre-departure course before you leave. Once in Tanzania you’ll have excellent support from our local and long-serving rep, Mads. Jon, our UK Destination Manager for Tanzania spent his gap year as a volunteer teacher in Tanzania so knows exactly how to prepare and support you throughout your time as an Oyster volunteer.
Interested in this; ready to enquire?
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