Teaching Assistant At a Pre- & Primary School

Support teachers in their every day routine and help to improve the quality of teaching.

Like everything in Tanzania, the level of education someone can achieve usually depends on the parent's income. Kindergartens in Tanzania can not be compared to Kindergartens in Europe or North America. The focus is on learning the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic, therefore, you will mainly be active in teaching the children. But there will also be time to play with the children and do some recreational work. Also primary schools work differently, with ex-cathedra teaching and monotonous copying from the blackboard.

At the Nuru Pre- & Primary School almost 120 children are being taken care of at this pre- & primary school, both being located on the same compound, aged three to 14 years. The children are coming mainly from the area around the school, but some are also coming from far due to the good reputation of the school.

Primarily you will assist  the teachers in teaching and playing with the children. As required you will be working the various classes. You can choose if you one want to work in the preschool, the primary school or want to support both.  In the preschool you will teach the basics of English, mathematics, reading and writing. In the primary school you will teach all subjects. In the afternoon you have time to play with the children, football, handicraft, games or what ever comes to your mind. Let your creativity run freely!

Suitable for


Typical day

A typical day starts at 8:00 am in the morning. You will support the teachers in the class where they need you the most. Probably during your stay you will be having one class which you will support for the whole time but depending on demand that might change.
You will support the teachers during every lesson, making sure that the children listen or also do one on one teaching with children who need more support. The Preschool finishs at 12:00 pm and the Primary School at 3:30 pm.
In the afternoon you can play with the children, help them during tuiton and homework or help fixing things in and around the school.
Your ideas and input are welcome at the school!

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV and picture of the volunteer
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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Free-time activities

We offer a wide range of activities at affordable rates like:
1. Hiking/Walking tours to waterfalls, through forests and around a lake.
2. Swimming in paradise like hot springs with a glimps at the Mount Kilimanjaro.
3. Cultural Tours to Maasai Markets and the possibility to visit different ethnicities.
4. Coffee Plantation Tours to learn about the process from the bean to the finished product.
5. Safari in the Nationalparks of the Northern Circuit (Arusha NP, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Area). 6. Climbing of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.
7. FREE town tour for all our volunteers!

Water Sports


What's included?
All pre-arrival support, two airport transfers, orientation tour in Arusha, taking to the project on the first day, donation to the school, 24/7 in country-support, accommodation in a dorm, breakfast and dinner, lunch is usually provided in the projects.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

In your program fee the pick up and drop off from/to the airport/bus station are inculded. Martin, the founder of Viva Tanzania will be at the airport/bus stand with our "Viva Tanzania"-Pick up sign just in time when you plane lands/your bus arrives. And after your volunteer experience, when it's time to say good bye we will take you to the airport/bus stand for the farewell.


The hostel has different dorms; each contain comfortable beds & shelves to store belongings. Accommodation in a single room possible (extra charge). The hostel is located 25 walking minutes from the city center. Although the hostel is close to the busy town the house is surrounded by a green environment. In the garden there are different fruits. Bella, Luna & Takwa, the three dogs are part of the family. The house is equipped with hot water showers and the possibility to use the kitchen.

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

Breakfast will contain tea and coffee, bread, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, as well as fruits and vegetable. Dinner will be international as we cook Tanzanian as well as Western Food. Don‘t worry if you are vegetarian (like Tizia), vegan or have any allergy, we can cope with everything. The hostel is also equipped with a fridge and shelves to store your own groceries.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
12 weeks
20 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Arusha/Tanzania between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Viva Tanzania will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Viva Tanzania during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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P.O. Box 8372, Arusha, Tanzania