Teaching and Educating Children

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Heighten cross-cultural learning and global understanding.
Increase access to education.
Promote health and wellbeing
Support community development
Economic development of communities.
Education is highly valued in Tanzania. Children enjoy education, especially in the presence of volunteers. As a volunteer you will engage with classroom activities. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Within the teaching program, volunteers are usually placed in Arusha’s poorer areas, supporting primary or secondary English schools. Education is highly valued in Tanzania; children do enjoy education, especially in the presence of volunteers. Schools are often under-funded as not all children can afford tuition fees; they are provided with school uniforms, food, and school material. Often you will find schools with poor teaching facilities, without running water, and without electricity.

As a volunteer you may engage with classroom activities, check homework, support teachers with their preparations, and more. If you are confident in teaching, you may also teach by yourself according to the syllabus. Subjects usually vary from English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and more. A class may contain one or up to 30 children.

As you will be working alongside local coordinators and the teachers, you will not need to be a qualified teacher for this program. However, some experience in teaching and managing a large number of children may be valuable. Sound English skills are recommended for the teaching project.

If you are passionate about teaching children, this project will be perfect for you. The gratitude and appreciation from the children is nonparallel and you may find yourself receiving more energy from the children than you can give. 

What to be Expected?

Given the project activities (participating in classroom activities by teaching, checking homework, supporting teachers with lesson preparation, socializing, extracurricular activities and the likes), it is better to approach this project with limited expectations as the schools have different work conditions. Any activity can be assigned to any volunteer. If you are confident enough to teach and you have familiarized yourself with the Tanzanian curriculum, you may teach with supervision or alone in accordance to the syllabus at hand. Expect to be proactive and prompt, as the experience will be out of your comfort zone in the case of inadequate resources. You will need to apply initiatives that would satisfy the particular situations. Expect to learn, be challenged, and to experience a sort of fun you have never known while engaging with the children and the people.

What not to expect

Limit your expectations; the work is fulfilling but not easy, as our conditions in Africa derive unique approaches to everything. Schools are often underfunded and even though they accommodate all students, not all of them can afford the other fees required for lunch and development contributions. This derives the lack of adequate teaching facilities and services like water and electricity. We encourage you to be proactive and embrace the norms as part of a learning experience, and ensure that the locals learn from you as well.

What are the teachers like?

All schools are different. Some have enough qualified teachers and some don’t. Some teachers are more accepting in involving volunteers, where others are reluctant. There are barriers to communication such as language and experience. The focus is not to ignore each other but to work together, share your knowledge, skills, applicable resource utilization, and teaching strategies. Participate in lesson planning, teaching, and create relationships with the teachers as they are friendly and love that you are there to work alongside them. When allowed to teach, use your platform to share knowledge and experience as best as you can, while involving the teachers so they can broaden the level of understanding of the students. Do not let the teachers delegate all the work to you; it’s a supportive role. Work alongside them and do not be disheartened when you do not get a chance to teach. Work with initiative to help other aspects of the classroom; the supportive role you play as a volunteer is temporary, so make sure you instill the right skills, knowledge, and expertise to the placement assigned as a legacy to learning.

What are the children like?

The children are amazing and are very fond of volunteers as they participate in lessons, extracurricular activities, and games very willingly. The children come from different households and backgrounds; they are all unique. New experiences and learning from a teacher that has a different background can provide new substance that inspires their learning interest.

Duties and Tasks

Volunteers will be assisting and teaching, depending on what you are comfortable doing. These activities range from lesson planning, marking books, cooking, cleaning, and playing games, to assisting and socializing with the children. Some volunteers prefer to be hands on in their placements and can broaden their activities to building, renovations, and painting within the school premises. It is best to acquaint yourself with the Tanzanian education curriculum and the syllabuses. The volunteers should be present at their placements from Monday to Friday within school hours. If not, be sure to inform your placement and volunteer coordinators beforehand.


  • Culture differences, specifically the different approaches to life.
  • Different living conditions (for example: the weather, availability of basic resources such as water and electricity, consumer goods and distance to services).
  • Transportation (inadequate transport especially in the rural areas, bumpy rides while travelling with bodaboda and congested village buses)
  • Expectations. With high expectations, it is easy to be disappointed by the lags and reluctance to be involved, especially with impatience to reach perfection.


  • Arusha is a beautiful tourist city with much to appreciate. The people are welcoming, and the landscape and sceneries are magnificent.
  • Take the opportunity to travel and socialize on the weekends. There are many spots for leisure and fun.

What can I bring?

You are not required to bring anything to your volunteer placements, but if you feel like donating and sharing it will be appreciated. There are many needs due to the limited resources schools have, ranging from stationeries and books to school facilities and requirements.

Typical day

In general, volunteers have the freedom to choose how they spend the day. However, a daily routine is recommended and may be coordinated with the project coordinators based on your program. A general day may look like this:

  • Breakfast between 6:30 and 7:30am
  • Commuting to placement via public transport 
  • During your time at the school, you will observe culture differences within the practice in Tanzania. According to your skills, qualifications, and comfort zone you will be very involved at classes; either just learning from and observing the teachers, or hands on experience and practice. You will have the opportunity to visit and work in several different classes and rotate around them if you wish. The hours are usually from 8:30am-3:00pm depending on how busy the day is.
  • Lunch between 12:30am and 3:00pm either at the placement or at the accommodation
  • Placements end usually between 2pm and 4pm depending on the project
  • Free time for the rest of the day and preparation for the placement the day after (if necessary)
  • Dinner between 6:30pm and 7:30pm
  • Visiting a house of babies after coming back from your placement or during the weekend

Free-time activities

Day trips

  • Water falls
  • Zip line 
  • Coffee and banana plantation Tour
  • Visit a Maasai village, where you will learn and see the lifestyle of one of the strongest cultures in Africa.
  • Hiking and climbing the mountains such as Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
  • Visit Zanzibar for diving and water sports

Tours and Safaris

  • Visit Ngorongoro national park, where you can go down into the historical crater conservation
  • Serengeti national park 
  • Manyara national park
  • Mikumi national park, and many more!



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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Math, Science, and English at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Technical skills such as IT
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 12:30

What's Included

Services by Natembelea Africa V Residence

The program fee includes:

  • Airport pickup from Kilimanjaro International Airport/ Arusha Airport
  • Bus Station pick up
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • WiFi (Limited)
  • Orientation & Town tour
  • A basic Swahili lesson

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

The program fee includes airport pickup. It takes 45 to 60 minutes to ride to Arusha from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). You will be picked up by a coordinator with a driver from our ground team. The ground team will be active to get to the airport on time and communicate well.

Note: When you exit the arrivals area you will see a coordinator with a sign of Natembelea Africa Volunteer Residency. Please don't look for your name, look for the sign. Wave and our team will see you. On the way to the volunteer house, the coordinator will give you a short briefing about the country and Arusha in general. We will give you a paper with your name, with full information about your placement and details.

You will get to meet and know the ground team while giving you a house tour. We will show you your room, and the next day you will have orientation.


Volunteers in Arusha are accommodated in a volunteer house and home stay. Volunteers can expect to share a room with one to five other volunteers of the same gender. The  house provides a comfortable and warm stay with running water and electricity. However, it is important to note that there are often power outages which may affect availability of hot water. Bedding is provided, which includes a pillow with pillow case, bottom and top sheet. You will need to bring your own towel and toiletries. 

In the volunteer house, there is a cook who prepares meals and a cleaner who keeps the place clean and tidy. Safety is paramount, therefore there is also a security guard during day and night. Staff members are available on a daily basis during the week, and via phone over the weekend. All volunteers under the age of 18 years are accommodated in a separate room in the volunteer house. To access the internet during your program, we recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone and purchasing a local SIM card in Arusha. The local staff will assist you with this upon arrival.

Food & Beverages

One of the greatest ways to explore Tanzania is to eat like the locals. To make things easy for you, your program fee covers the cost of your main meals, which will be cooked by the in-house mamas.

Because we choose to partner with international people, the mamas will usually be cooking food typical to the Tanzanian taste. This is an authentic way to get a taste of the wonderful flavors of Arusha, and immerse yourself fully in the local culture.

All programs will include options for vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and other diets. You should note any dietary requirements in your application so we can make sure the program caters to your needs beforehand. 

The number of meals provided varies from program to program. Our programs fee covers breakfast, lunch, dinner.

The project fee includes three meals per day, 7 days per week. Meals generally consist of authentic Tanzanian cuisine, with some western style dishes. A typical breakfast may entail eggs, bread with butter and jam, pancakes, fruits, tea and coffee.

Lunch and dinner usually contain options of meat and fish as well as vegetables and fruits. Rice, potatoes, pasta, and fries may be served, topped with typical Tanzanian sauces and stews.

We are extremely mindful of food allergies and will adapt to requests accordingly.

Internet Access
Limited 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 Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Kilimanjaro. 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.
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Program duration
Program Start Dates: 1st and 15th of every month.
The Program commencement includes the night before your start date. If you choose to arrive before the starting date, you will have to pay extra according to the days of your stay.
  • The duration of your stay and program is counted in weeks. For instance, if a volunteer is registered for 4 weeks and the start date is January 1st, the program fee accommodates the night of December 31st until January 28th respectively.
  • Travel and leisure holidays are of no exception; they are within the program duration. If a day or more is taken for travels in the 4 week program, the end date will remain the same.
  • There is the possibility for program extension whenever necessary. A one day extension costs 20 USD, where as more than a week would be assigned program fees in regard to the duration of the stay. It is advised that if volunteers require an extension, they should provide a week's notice prior to the end of their original program.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 6 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$212 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Natembelea Africa V Residence will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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 Natembelea Africa V Residence during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Teaching and Educating Children

Education is highly valued in Tanzania. Children enjoy education, especially in the presence of volunteers. As a volunteer you will engage with classroom activities.


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