Teaching Assistant Primary School

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High­lights

Experience a life changing cultural journey to Africa.
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 other volunteers 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 primary school in Tanzania. Student volunteers welcome. Engage during class time, work on curriculums with the teachers and classroom assist. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+


“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. You will have a choice of which class you would like to volunteer with. 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 your volunteer 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
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Winter Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High school minimum. University, College or Training Level level
Required Documents
CV or Personal Statement, Criminal Background Check, Relevant certificates and Character References
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Passion for education
Passion for teaching skills, art, science, languages, computer skills, sports education.
Willing to mentor and support young students.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:30 - 15:30

What's Included

Services by Siret Volunteers
  • Volunteer placement facilitation-full program scheduling 
  • Placement 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 coordinators
  • EXCLUDES
    • Airport transport on departure (can be arranged)
    • VISA and PERMIT fees
Airport Pickup at Arusha Airport

Pick up points:

  • Arusha Airport
  • Kilimanjaro Aiport 
  • Arusha bus stands

Accommodation

Our volunteers stay in a newly refurbished volunteer house with modern amenities for a comfortable guest house experience.

  • Conveniently located in town
  • Housekeeping daily
  • Hot showers
  • WiFi
  • Beautiful spacious grounds 
  • Gated security with electric fencing and intercom entry
  • Overnight security guard

Private double bedrooms available on request.

Dorm Room Guesthouse Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and Dinner

  • Continental breakfast with, eggs, toast, variety of fruit! Coffee & Tea.
  • Dinner Mondays to Fridays. Kitchen facilities available at weekends.
    • A set menu of spaghetti bolognese, pilau (flavoured rice and veg), rice and chicken, chapati (flat bread) and beans served with salad and fruit!
  • 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.
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.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Please note DECEMBER and JANUARY the schools are closed for summer holidays. 

The school year begins in JANUARY. On any occasion that you volunteer during half term/exam time/school breaks you will be attached to another teaching project which we can discuss. 

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$525
6 weeks
$750
8 weeks
$1,025
10 weeks
$1,225
12 weeks
$1,476
16 weeks
$1,968
18 weeks
$2,214
20 weeks
$2,460
24 weeks
$2,952
28 weeks
$3,444
32 weeks
$3,936
36 weeks
$4,428
40 weeks
$4,920
44 weeks
$5,412
48 weeks
$5,904
50 weeks (max. stay)
$6,145
Average fees
$127 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Siret Volunteers 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 Siret Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Teaching Assistant Primary School

Volunteer or Intern to teach primary school in Tanzania. Student volunteers welcome. Engage during class time, work on curriculums with the teachers and classroom assist.

$127/week

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