Fursa Projects Tanzania

Teaching Assistant in Primary School

Arusha, Tanzania show on map
A small primary school with great values and amazing staff looking for volunteers to help them teach young children, the future of Tanzania. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Integrity school is a small school located in the Daraja Mbili area, only about 10 minutes walk from the White House. It is a very small school with 6 classrooms all facing a little courtyard. The school is very basic and poorly kept, but it is run by very amazing staff who makes up for any material lack with their teaching.

In Tanzania, the school system is divided into three separate parts: preschool, primary school and secondary school. The department of Integrity school located  in Daraja Mbili is the preschool and primary school. The preschool works mostly as a day care/kindergarten where children from the age of 2-3 years up to 6 years are being taught the alphabet, basic math and other playful activities. The primary school hosts children from the age of 6 years to around the age of 14. In this age, the children are learning math, English, Kiswahili, science, biology, geography and many more subjects. The Integrity school has one department for the youngest children inn Daraja Mbili, while the eldest students are attending school in a different department located in a part of town called Njiro. However, all the children report to the Daraja Mbili department every morning, from where they are transported together to the other department in school buses and back again after school. 


We are looking for volunteers enrolled in a teaching facility, who are interested in working at the Integrity school for a period of time. As the school is is an English medium school, all subjects are taught in English, which means that you as a volunteer can assist or be teaching in all of the subjects, depending on your expertise. Besides these bookish subjects, the school also allows space for creativity and sports, in which fields you are also more than welcome to participate.

Typical day

As classes begin at 8 AM, you are required to leave the White House around 7:30, as it takes approximately 10 minutes to reach the school by foot. On the first day of your work, you will be brought to school and depending on your wishes and experience you will be assigned either a specific subject or a specific class to teach. During the following days, when you arrive at the school at 8 AM, you will be assisting the permanent teachers in their work. This both means aiding the individual students but also means being the one teaching the class while the permanent teacher will be the one aiding the individual students. Around 10 AM the children have their first recess, where you are more than welcome to play with them in the small courtyard or you can relax with a cup of tea and prepare for the next classes. After recess, the teaching continues. The content of the classes depends on subjects and the age of the children, but you are more than welcome to join the teacher in forming the leaning activities and themes. Next comes lunch, which the children are provided at school - during this time, you will also be able to have enjoy your own lunch-box provided from your accommodation. Most of the young children attend classes after lunch again until 3 PM, where school ends for the day.

Details on Arrival

As the school is open most of the year, this project can be joined throughout the year. However, the children have a few set holidays during the school year. Usually they have a month of vacation in December, a 2 weeks break in April/March for Easter, about a month of vacation in July and again a 2 weeks break around October/November. Therefore, it might not be the best idea to plan a work period beginning in the 1st of December. Recommended would be to begin a work period in January or August - that way it will not interfere with the longer holidays of the children. We will recommend that you arrive to Tanzania by the end of the week so that you have the weekend to settle in and get comfortable in the house and area before beginning your work the following Monday.

Free-time activities

In Arusha, there are plenty of free time activities to do, both multiple-day trips, one-day trips and afternoon activities. As Tanzania are one of the best places in the world to go on safari, there is plenty opportunity to do so during your placement. At the White House, we can help you customize the safari of your dreams and to make it fit your timetable. Depending on how many days, which parks (Arusha National Park, Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro Crater), camping or lodging and whether you wish to be part of a group or travel on a private safari we can help you arrange it all.

As well as safaris there is also plenty of possibility to hike our beautiful mountains, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. Regarding both these mountain treks we can help you arrange everything and advise you about number of days, the different routes and so on.

If you are more in the mood for day-trips, there are tons to choose from. Hiking to Mt. Meru waterfall, visiting authentic Masai villages, swimming in natural hot springs, making coffee the hills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, visiting man-made underground caves and visiting banana plantations are just few of the suggestions, we can give you. All these can be arranged from the White House upon your arrival.

During the afternoons when you are off work, there's also plenty of things to do and see. In the warm weather here in Tanzania, it can be well needed to cool down in a cold swimming pool. Most of the hotels in town offers guests from outside the hotel to use the pool for a small fee. This way you and your friends can get to relax after a day of work. If you are more adventurous and in the mood for an activity, we recommend you to go to Lake Duluti just outside of Arusha, rent a canoe and paddle around the lake for some hours while watching the birds and monkeys along the shore. This relaxing experience will help you gain energy for the rest of your work-week. In case if rainy weather, Arusha has one museum to offer - the Museum of Nature and Wildlife. It doesn't take many hours to walk through, but it can be a fun and different activity. Or you can pay a visit to the Cultural Heritage Center, which is a gallery that has many small shops to visit too.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Riding

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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Teaching at University level
Required Documents
CV with picture and Certificate of qualification or education enrolment documents
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 08:00 - 15:00

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Fursa Projects Tanzania (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 Fursa Projects Tanzania
 Fees include:
  • Voluntary Work in Tanzania
  • Work permit in Tanzania
  • Single or shared room with full board during entire stay
  • Assistance from a local coordinator
  • Orientation on your first day
  • Airport pick up
Fees do not include:
  • Any personal expenses, soft drinks, bottled water
  • Any entrance fee during sightseeing and traveling
  • Insurance
  • Tourist visa fee
  • Immunization
  • Plane tickets
Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

We provide our volunteers with airport pick-up - from both Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha Domestic Airport. Just provide us with your arrival detail - date, exact time, flight number - and we will make sure our driver is waiting outside for you with a sign of your name and a big smile.

Accommodation
During your stay you will be accommodated in the coziest and most friendly hostel in Arusha, The White House of Tanzania. Upon your arrival, you will meet the Jackson family who is owning and running the hostel. Not only are they running the hostel, the whole family lives on the hostel site as well, which means that during your stay you will be welcomed as part of the family.

The hostel consists of various room types differing from double rooms, twin rooms with separate beds, triple rooms, quadruple rooms and finally an 8-person dorm room, which are all facing a common courtyard with couches, pillows and a daytime bed for chilling during the warm afternoons in Arusha. The common area is also where our guests, both volunteers and travelers, will come together and enjoy their meals. In the house, breakfast, lunch and dinner is all included in the prices and is eaten together in the courtyard. We find these times to be a good possibility for our guests to share experiences and ideas and even to plan future trips together.

The bathrooms in the house are all shared, which means that the rooms don't have individual bathrooms. The bathrooms are located at the end of the courtyard and consists of bathroom booths with both shower and toilets. And compared to many other Tanzanian accommodations, we always have warm showers to offer!

Location wise, the White House is only 15 minutes walk from the central city, where you will find cafes, ATM's, shops and restaurants. Our hostel is located in an area called Daraja Mbili, which is a more authentic Tanzanian area than the ones you will find in central town, but perfectly safe. Our guests are more than welcome to walk anywhere during daytime, but at nighttime it is no longer safe to walk on foot (this is the case all over Arusha). However, it is very easy to arrange taxis or other kinds of transportation to the White House during nighttime.

Included in your accommodation price, you will also find a good functioning WIFI at all times, so you can easily communicate with your friends and family at home.
Dorm Room Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

The three daily meals included in your accommodation price is prepared from fresh groceries everyday and served to our guests at the given mealtimes. Our chefs are Tanzanian, which means that the meals usually consists of local dishes. The breakfast consists of toasted bread with a side of eggs and fruits, while the lunch and dinner are usually either a side of rice, potatoes or pasta served with maharage (beans), choroko (lentils), mboga mboga (vegetable stew), makande (beans and maize) or either beef or chicken prepared in various ways.

In case of any allergies or intolerance or other special needs, feel free to let us know and we will try our best to come up with an alternative for you. As said earlier, all these meals are included in the price but our guests are free to leave the house and go out for dinner whenever - all we ask is that you let us know to prevent unnecessary food wastage. 

In the White House we have a small bar that sells cold water, soda and beer for affordable prices. Drinks ARE NOT included in the accommodation fee, ONLY meals.

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 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.
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)
$ 842
6 weeks
$ 984
7 weeks
$ 1,125
8 weeks
$ 1,267
9 weeks
$ 1,409
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,834
Average fees
$ 182 /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. Fursa Projects Tanzania 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 Fursa Projects Tanzania during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Eastern Africa Tanzania  Arusha, Daraja Mbili

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