Teach Kids in Tanzania

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Group Size: Max. 15

Trip code: TATK

Duration: 2-12 weeks

Inspire kids as a teacher in Tanzania and make a difference in gorgeous African surroundings.  Teach basic subjects in schools and become a mentor and teacher to Tanzanian children. This volunteer experience is the ultimate way to get an authentic slice of African life combined with the reward of knowing you’re giving kids great prospects for the future. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Trip highlights

  • Help provide kids in Tanzania with an education and improve their English skills
  • Teach subjects such as English, maths, arts & crafts and get great experience for your CV!
  • See the real impact of your work as children grow in confidence in the classroom
  • Get off the tourist trail and experience another side to Africa
  • Explore this beautiful country during your time off!
Further trip information

Spend between two weeks and three months teaching children in Tanzania and helping with their education and English skills. Working in schools and nurseries in and around Arusha, you'll become a mentor and teacher on this rewarding volunteer placement. If you want to make a difference and get amazing teaching experience working with kids in Tanzania, then this is the project for you!

About the Teaching Projects

You will be volunteering at one of the local school or nursery projects around Arusha, helping to teach and inspire young children aged between 3-15 years old. The schools and nurseries educate up to 60 kids per project, with a typical class teaching around 16-20 children. The schools and nurseries are located between 30-50 minutes away from your accommodation in Arusha, and can be reached by a combination of walking and daladala ride (the local form of transport).

Your Volunteer Role

At times you may be assisting the current teaching staff to prepare and run lessons, but as many of the projects are short staffed you may be asked to lead your own lessons, or work alongside another volunteer to deliver lessons. Teaching resources are available at your volunteer house and you can expect to prepare fun, stimulating lessons to engage the kids. Volunteer duties may include:

  • Developing lesson plans
  • Teaching basic maths, English and sports lessons, or other subject areas such as science, religion, geography and social studies
  • Supervising the children
  • Monitoring their activities
  • Helping with reading and writing
  • Playing games
  • Teaching computer skills
  • Helping to cook and prepare meals
  • Assist with community visits
  • Administrative duties

Volunteer Hours

Volunteer hours vary depending on each individual school or nursery, but volunteers can usually expect to work between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. As you will be involved in lesson planning you may need to set aside some more time in the day for lesson preparation.


As many of the teaching projects are underfunded, they often lack basic resources and materials. Any donations volunteers can make are warmly welcomed, and your local volunteer coordinator can advise you about how to make donations and the best items to take to each project. All items for donation can be purchased locally in Arusha. 

Volunteer Permit

When you arrive in Tanzania you will need to purchase a volunteer permit. The local team will help you organise this. The permit currently costs around USD200 although this is subject to change. Please check the embassy website for up to date information.

Add-on Adventure Tour

Why not add on our awesome 10-day Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure tour after your volunteering ends? Go overlanding and experience African culture, visit the stunning Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater on safari and spend 4 days on idyllic Zanzibar island! If you are interested in booking this add-on tour, please speak to a travel advisor. Find out more about our Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure here.

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Please note that this project may not be available during school holidays which occur during April, July and December. Alternative volunteering will be arranged during this time.