Agape Volunteers

Teaching a mixed curriculum

Arusha, Tanzania show on map
Non-profit
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founded in 2011
Guillaume
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Coordinator | Guillaume
Coordinator | Guillaume
You'll be teaching a mixed curriculum to Tanzanian children aged 6-14. You'll get to shadow a local teacher before leading your own lessons and games. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
Nursery, Primary and Secondary school placements are available. Remember to inform your trip adviser of your preference. Please note that teaching placements will not be available during school holidays in April, August and December. Secondary school placements are limited to volunteers with teaching experience or at the very least a TEFL course. This is because a strong communicable grasp of English Grammar is required at higher levels of study.

As it can take some time to settle in, take on board the cultural differences and learn about teaching styles and the structure of classes, we recommend teaching placements of at least 4 weeks long. Four weeks is the minimum to really start fulfilling your role as a teaching volunteer. After being introduced to your placement school and the staff, we recommend you spend the first few days observing in your class. This will allow you to gain a better understanding of the current class structure and teaching style. It will also give you a chance to get to know your pupils, helping you to identify those who might need more assistance or who are more advanced. You will then have opportunity to work with the teacher on planning age and curriculum appropriate lesson plans that you can teach together. You can make the most prominent and sustainable impact in the classroom by working alongside the teacher to create lessons which are engaging, interesting and fun. It will be up to you and them to decide how you will approach your classes. Expect a lack of structure and a very repetitive teaching style – come along with games, ideas and plans to teach the teacher, so that learning can be fun. Classes include English, Maths, Science, Religion, Social Studies, Sports and Arts and Crafts. You won’t be teaching the Swahili classes, obviously, but learning a few phrases can go a long way towards earning your students’ respect!

Typical day

Volunteers teaching in Tanzania are generally expected to work at their placement five days a week. Weekday mornings will start with breakfast with other volunteers at our volunteer house, with school starting at around 8.30am. Mornings are usually devoted to traditional school subjects, usually broken into classes of one hour each. At around 12pm you’ll get a break for lunch, which you can take with other volunteers and local staff. In the afternoons you’ll be taking additional classes but there is often time for games and sports and it will be your job to help run these.

You will generally finish your placement teaching in Tanzania at around 5pm, 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 and local team members over dinner, and we often organise 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! 

Details on Arrival

 Shortly before your departure we will be in contact to give you some information about airport pick ups and safety procedures.

Free-time activities

Agape Volunteers offers several excursions for volunteers in Tanzania, including overnight safaris on the Serengeti and a weekend visiting the beautiful Moshi Waterfalls and Chemka Hot Springs. We also offer a week long trip to climb Africa's highest peak - Mount Kilimanjaro - including all transportation and an experienced guide. To find out more about the trips on offer, please ask your trip adviser for full details and prices.

Swimming
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking

Program Requirements

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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
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 08:30 - 17:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Agape Volunteers (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Agape Volunteers

The programme fee includes your accommodation, two meals a day, transfers to and from the airport, all Agape registrations, orientation and support from the team in Arusha, a dedicated trip adviser to guide you through your booking, a donation to your placement. It also covers Agape's fully comprehensive insurance as standard.

Airport Pickup at Arusha Airport

You will be picked up by a uniformed member of staff and driven to Maisha Cottage in the city centre.

Accommodation

You'll be staying at Maisha Cottage, the guesthouse at KATzVA. It is situated in a lush garden just 5 minutes from Arusha town centre. Maisha Cottage is set up to be a home away from home, with a communal lounge area with TV/DVDs, large gardens to relax in, a mix of local and western-style meals and a wonderful support staff.
Bed linen is provided but you please bring your own towel.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and dinner are included in your programme fee. Food at the guesthouse is a mixture of western and African meals, so you can expect dishes like rice and beans, chicken curry, vegetable/beef burgers with chips, sausages and mash, lentils and chapatti and a variety of other dishes. Breakfast tends to be based around bread, condiments, tea, coffee and either fruit, eggs or pancakes.

You are encouraged to try out the local vendors and stalls near your placement for lunch; they provide food very cheaply and you will be promoting Agape’s support for the community, as well as having the opportunity to sample local cooking. Alternatively, you can make your own lunch with food from the local supermarket

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Arusha Airport (ARK) in Arusha. 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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,668
6 weeks
$ 2,183
7 weeks
$ 2,441
8 weeks
$ 2,699
9 weeks
$ 2,956
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,729
Average fees
$ 364 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Arusha/Tanzania between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Agape Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Tanzania.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Agape Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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