Teaching and Primary School Assistant

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Coordinator | Pearl
Coordinator | Pearl
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Experience a life changing cultural exchange and connection
Gain perspective of how developing nations keep their cultures alive in our modern fast changing world.
Become more passionate about teaching and gain a sense of community!
Make memories you will never forget with people from all over the world sharing your experience with you.
See some of the most incredible nature scenes in the world including Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Hot Springs, waterfalls and so much more.
Volunteer or Intern to teach in primary school. Students are welcome. Engage during class time, play and assist with classes meet their needs. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+


Book with one or more people for a 15% discount off your final placement fee each

“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”- Nelson Mandela

About the project

This project will focus on supporting the children reach their full educational potential as early as possible. The school provides an excellent learning environment with a strict curriculum and syllabus. All classes are taught in English with extra classes in Swahili and French.

The school has about 400 children and 25 teachers providing education from nursery to Standard 7. They provide the following core classes:

English, Maths, Science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics), Geography, Sports Education, IT/Computers, Languages, Art, Civics and many more subjects on their syllabus. 

 Your role as a volunteer

Your role as a volunteer will be to assist the staff meet the children's educational and social needs. The schools run on the national curriculum with qualified teachers who will supervise your work. You will assist in lesson planning or contribute to the lesson plans that alongside the staff on the subjects you will be appointed to. This is a fun, high energy and very busy school filled with kids with so much potential for bright futures. 

The children require a lot of support and stimulation to learn through teaching and social interaction. The classes mainly require classroom support and people who are enthusiastic, patient and passionate about child development and education. 

Teaching: Experienced teachers, interns and educational volunteers are crucial as  to deliver curriculum training and expertise as well as deliver teaching to the children. The children can already speak and understand basic English but more can still be done to develop them further. The children need continuous stimulation to develop their comprehensive skills and this requires passionate and motivated staff and volunteer  to continue their development.

Why this is important

These are exceptionally bright and engaged children who have the support of passionate and hardworking staff fighting for their futures. But there is so much more to be done. Many of the rooms are in need of full refurbishment and stimulating and educational tools, books and equipment is needed to progress these children. 

Educational toys, books, classroom materials, sponsorship and donations are also what volunteers have contributed which have made a huge, long term difference to the children.

The Mission

Many bright and motivated volunteers have shone the light and shown the difference that can be made through volunteering. By providing time and care to classes and even working one to one with individual children, volunteers introduce new ideas, hope and development to the work already being done. Some have even gone on to sponsor children, providing them with funding for education until they finish school, giving children with a fighting chance at future. Through interaction with foreigners, the children also learn how to easily engage with people from different backgrounds from them, they pick up basic English very quickly and learn to love to socialize.

But will you make a difference?

Yes. Many bright and motivated volunteers have shone the light and shown the difference that can be made through volunteering. By providing time and care, volunteers introduce new ideas, hope and healthcare at ground level, adding to the work already being done.

Your Stay

You will stay Siret Hostel; one of the highest rated and reviewed guesthouses in Arusha. Providing safe, clean and comfortable accommodation, comfortable bedding, excellent breakfast and dinner and housekeeping. This will be a quiet and friendly neighbourhood only 15 minutes from the main hustle and bustle of town. You will have 24 hour gated security, a domestic/cook (who will happily do your laundry for a small fee) and a coordinator who will ensure you settle in quickly and comfortably into your new town. This is a shared home where you will be staying with other volunteers and guests from across the world, so you will never be on your own in your new environment. The house is impeccably clean, well kept, modern and spacious.

How will you get around?

For your placement, you will travel like a local and walk or take public transport. You will need to set a small budget aside for this (around $1 per day by local minibuses, 4 to 5 days per week). It is important you are prepared and comfortable to travel around town, this is a demanding role that requires dedication.

Important VISA & Permit Information

You will be required to pay a for a VISA & Permit for voluntary work assignment. Please enquire for details.

Typical day

Your typical day will usually begin very early, helping the local staff prepare the centre for the children's arrival. You will then be given specific duties within the school and assisting in the classroom for the day.  Your day can be either very hectic and extremely challenging or slow and very quiet. You will need to be motivated, resilient and work well in a team in order to get the best out of your experience. 

What will your schedule look like?

07:00 Breakfast

08:00 Report to class

10:00 Tea Break/Teachers Meeting

12:00-13:00 Lunch Break

15:30 Classes finish for the day

There are many tasks to get involved in and your day will not always be the same everyday! Alot of play will be involved and the teachers and pre school staff will always be available to help!

Free-time activities

Arusha provides an array of activities to get involved in during your free time. Explore the numerous walking trails, enjoy the large amount of cafe's bistro's and local food in town and many more places to relax. There is a vibrant community life in Arusha, whether you want to enjoy a quiet meal, watch outdoor cinema or go dancing. 

Siret Trip provide a unique opportunity for our special volunteers to experience more of Africa's beauty. Take a scenic weekend walking tour of the lush rolling foothills of Mt Meru or a breathtaking day trips to some the world's most admired national reserves. Arusha is packed with opportunity to experience unique and unforgettable outdoor adventures. 

Tour packages, Safari's and cultural experiences are all available. 

Water Sports


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
Teaching, Education, Development, Childcare at High school minimum. University, College or Training Certificate. level
Required Documents
CV, Medi Trip application form, proof of qualifications and two character references
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Work experience with children desirable.
Teaching experience highly requested.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Medi Trip
  • Volunteer placement facilitation-full program scheduling and supervision
  • Pre-arrival support & preparation of your project/work placement
  • Airport pick up 
  • Orientation (usually begins on a Monday
  • Accommodation Room & Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Housekeeping
  • Free Wifi
  • Daily in-person availability of a local coordinator
    • $50 USD contribution to placement facility
    • Airport transport on departure (can be arranged)
Airport Pickup at Arusha Airport

We can transfer you to the airport on your departure date for $50. Please mention this in your application

  • Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)
  • Arusha Airport (ARK)
  • Arusha Bus station


Our volunteers stay in an award winning guesthouse Siret Hostel and one of the highest rated accommodations in Arusha. The fabulous, refurbished home is close to town, popular amongst tourists. 

  • There is a live in coordinator,
  • housekeeper
  • hot showers
  • good wifi, 
  • 50 in HD TV, 900+ satellite channels, 
  • gated security with electric fencing and intercom entry. 

Private Double bedrooms available at request.

Food & Beverages

Breakfast and Dinner. Dinner is MON-FRI, volunteers are free to use the kitchen to cook dinner on their own at the weekends.

  • Continental breakfast with, eggs, toast, cereal, variety of fruit (inc the ever popular avocado), jam, butter! Coffee & Tea.
  • Dinner Mondays to Fridays
    • Unlike other hostels, we don't feed you the same dinner everyday, we have a set menu of 3 course dishes every night.
  • We have a filtered water cold/hot water dispenser to save on buying bottled water and make sure you keep hydrated with clean and safe water!

And of course the kitchen is yours to use! We have a fabulous chef who can guide you to local supermarkets if you want to buy your own personal food and snacks!

During orientation you will be shown tasty and affordable places to get lunch during your work day. You will have a good variety of local and western food places. There are amazing cafe's, bistro's and affordable western restaurants to enjoy a burger, salad, seafood etc!

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.
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

Volunteers can join at any time of the year.

Please enquire for local school holiday dates when schools may be closed.
There will be full orientation and pre arrival support. During holidays, you will be placed in a pre-school centre where you will volunteer to teach and help with general childcare, meal times and play.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
16 weeks
20 weeks
24 weeks
28 weeks
32 weeks
40 weeks
46 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$130 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Medi Trip 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 Medi Trip 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 Primary School Assistant

Volunteer or Intern to teach in primary school. Students are welcome. Engage during class time, play and assist with classes meet their needs.


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