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Tanzania Teaching Despite English being a daily language, a quality English education is a dream for many students.

Many rural Tanzania public schools and several private schools are seeking qualified English teachers, especially native English speakers.

Tanzania is a popular tourist destination and a strong knowledge of English can open many doors for youth.

In the Tanzania teaching English project, volunteers teach English to nursery, primary and secondary school students between the ages of 6 and 16-years old.

**The schools in Tanzania close for the whole month of June and for 5-6 weeks in December-Jan. During this time, volunteers can participate in other teaching projects like in orphanage.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

There is no specific qualification needed to join the teaching English project in Tanzania besides a fluency in English.

Native speakers are appreciated, but anyone fluent in English is welcome. Teaching experience will be helpful (but not required).

Volunteer Responsibilities

Volunteers work as an English instructor either in private or public schools or schools run by orphanages. Volunteers teach English 2-3 hours a day (six days a week) in primary, secondary and high school.

Other assistance is also needed with organizing games, drawing, singing, dancing and other creative education and extracurricular activities. Some support with administration is also appreciated. Volunteers work mostly as an assistant to the main English teacher.

In Tanzania, most schools have at least one permanent English teacher on staff.

School Holidays

Most Tanzanian schools are closed in between semesters, during midterm’s evaluations, during new enrolment and on public and national holidays.

  • June 15th - July 27th (End of first semester and start of second semester)
  • Sep 19th - Oct 10th (Midterm evaluation)
  • Dec 15th - Jan 1st (New enrolment)
  • President Day
  • Dates may change
Alexandra Miller

These last six weeks of volunteering have been a truly amazing and life-changing & very wonderful experience for me.

Alexandra Miller


Leslie Slade

I had an excellent time, better than I ever could have imagined. Other volunteers were so nice and willing to help.

Leslie Slade

- Vermont, USA

Don Maddocks

I had a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to teach children of all different ages.I am sad to leave!

Don Maddocks


Manko Blakely

My volunteer experience with IFRE has been unforgettable. It has opened my mind & heart. Staffs were very helpful.

Manko Blakely

- Germany


IFRE manages living accommodations, provides meals and supervision for volunteers for the entirety of their stay in Tanzania. During the volunteer period, most volunteers stay in our safe and secure home base in Moshi/Arusha.

IFRE's home base is located in a beautiful area nearly 30 km from the Kilimanjaro International Airport. We try to create a "home away from home" for volunteers staying at our home base.

It is a perfect situation for volunteers to live safely and comfortably while making many new friends and sharing experience every day. Most of volunteers project in Tanzania are located within 1-10 KM of our home base so you may walk or ride a local bus to your project.

In the evening when you return to home base, you can relax, eat dinner, explore local areas or simply share experience with volunteer comrades.

Our home base provides a same-gender shared room and shared bathroom with running water and a "western" style toilet.

Occasionally, depending on volunteer traffic, available projects or distance to a volunteer's assigned project, we may also place our volunteers with carefully pre-screened host families.

Our host families are socially respected and are experienced with hosting international volunteers. They have strong interest in our volunteers' safety and well-being and demonstrate this with caution and care.

In most host family situations, volunteers will share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Another viable option is an at-orphanage stay. Many orphanages in Tanzania have set aside special rooms to house international volunteers.

Throughout the volunteer project, our local staff stays in contact with volunteers with face-to-face visits or via email/telephone. IFRE's main office is in Moshi and our in-country coordinator serves as a point of contact for local volunteers. With longer placements, we visit our volunteers every 2 weeks (when possible) and volunteers are always welcome at the local office.

If project placement is local, we request that volunteers stop by the office once a week to keep us posted on how they are doing with their home stay and project.

If project placement is very far from our main office, then our local staff members maintain communication by either email and/or phone and the local project director serves as a volunteer's contact.


Please provide a typical day schedule for the Teaching English in Tanzania Project:
  • 8:00 am Volunteer English teachers report to their school.
  • 8 am -12:30 pm Volunteers will participate in two teaching sessions, which includes a 30-minute break between 10-10:30 am.
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm Teachers, volunteers and students are released for a 1-hour lunch break.
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm Lessons resume and the school day is concluded
  • 3:00 pm There is a 30-minute period for students to clean their classrooms prior to release for the day at 3:30 pm.
Where do I stay? How far is the project from the accommodation? How do I commute every day?

Volunteers participating in the Teaching English in Tanzania will stay either with a host family or in a volunteer house. We work with a number of school in Tanzania, therefore distance from a volunteers accommodations and their assigned school may vary and can range from 5-45 minutes by local bus. Detailed information regarding transportation to and from assignments is provided to volunteers upon arrival.

What is the name of the school I would be placed?

We work with a number of schools in Tanzania; all volunteers receive detailed placement information upon registration for the program.

What is the age range of the students in the school?

Our Tanzanian teaching English program is with primary schools, students range from 5-12-years-old. On occasion, there are older students who are repeating classes due to failure in passing, in which case they are redoing the same courses from the previous year.

How many students are in the school? How many of them are in each class?

Classes sizes in Tanzanian primary schools can be 45 students or larger.

Do they have teaching curriculum?

Yes, there is a syllabus and books that all schools follow.

How many hours a day do I need to teach?

Volunteers will work no less than 4 hours a day, with additional hours depending on their teaching ability.

Do I need to bring teaching materials? Or does the school have teaching materials for me to use?

The schools have some materials, however if a volunteer would like to bring additional teaching materials, that would be highly welcomed.

Is teaching available year-round? When will it close and for how long?

Teaching English in Tanzania is available year-round, apart from public holidays. Even during school breaks, there are students that go for extra studies.

The school year in Tanzania runs from early January though early June and late June through early December. Holidays are for about one month, but students still come to study during those holidays.

Is there any other important information you want to share about this project?

We like to encourage volunteer teacher to come with books, pencils, pens and other supplies instead of buying them here. It is often more affordable to bring supplies rather than buying them here.