The vocational school hosts young adults between the ages of 14 and 22 who are unable to pay US$40 per year to attend secondary school. Many of the students come from extremely poor families or are orphans. In the town of Usa River, large numbers of young people risk ending up on the streets and are often drawn into a life of crime. The school not only equips its students with educational skills, but also provides structure and a positive environment in which to acquire positive life skills. Above all, the students, the teachers and the local staff become a family and a support system for each other.
Currently the curriculum includes cooking, sewing, tourism and computer skills. English is compulsory for all students. On graduating from the program, students are helped by local staff to find jobs in their chosen field.
Each year the vocational school receives over 200 applications from young adults from the community. With limited resources, only 30 students can be admitted per year. A selection process takes place, taking into account written essays, elementary school grades, interviews, needs and levels of commitment shown by the potential student.
Volunteers in Tanzania are required who can teach valuable skills that will enable these young people to find jobs. In particular, we desperately need computer and language teachers. No prior teaching experience is necessary. The class structure and content to be taught are very flexible. Volunteers in Tanzania are encouraged to discuss teaching plans and their methodology with local staff upon arrival.
What to Expect?
Volunteers stay with host families. The volunteer rooms are comfortable and may be shared with one or two other volunteers in Tanzania. Accommodation is usually within walking or cycling distance of the project or a short bus ride away.
Two common ingredients in Tanzanian cooking are coconut and bananas. Not just found in desserts, coconut milk often features in soups and in dishes based on fish, meat and poultry. A regularly encountered staple is Ugali, a porridge made from cornmeal. Chapati, the Indian bread, is often served, as are curry dishes, cassava and rice.
Dining in Tanzania involves sitting on the floor on a mat and eating using three fingers of the right hand. Hands are washed before and after, and dried on a towel which gets passed around the diners.
- Program ID: # 2250
- duration: Less than 1 Week1 to 2 Weeks2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 MonthsMore than 3 Months
- location: TanzaniaTanzaniaTZ
- Fitness level: Light ImpactModerately FitVery Fit
- Closest Airport: Arusha (ARK)
- Costs From: $500 to $1000$1000 to $1500$1500 to $3000
- Program Type: Teach OverseasWomen's & Youth Programs
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