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Tanzania Coastal Teaching

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Tanzania Coastal Teaching

Make a contribution to improving the education of local schoolchildren while becoming a valuable member of the community.

Prices from US$1,045

Home to some of the most magnificent and spectacular wildlife, ancient and mysterious tribal communities, vast expanses of savannah, tropical blue oceans and imposing mountain landscapes, Tanzania will surpass all expectations. Big game species roam the plains and gorges where early human skeletons lie undiscovered while Mount Kilimanjaro challenges all who behold her. The waters of the Indian Ocean caress the shores of Tanzania and hold a staggeringly diverse range of species, from curious looking invertebrates to gigantic whale sharks and manta rays gliding silently over the coral reefs.

For all her natural beauty and wonder, Tanzania remains one of the poorest countries in the world. In both cities and remote rural communities access to basic education and healthcare is limited and subsistence living is widespread. Volunteering in Tanzania could be your chance to immerse yourself in her warm and welcoming communities while making a lasting contribution to the education and community development projects that will improve the standard of living and future prospects for those in greatest need.


  • Discover a land of intense beauty
  • Earn your TEFL certificate for free!
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Coastal Tanzania
Activities Teach English and other subjects
Extracurricular activities
Help to plan lessons and mark homework
Transport Airport pick-up on arrival (drop off available at additional cost)
Accommodation Volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

Two meals a day
Airport pick-up (drop off available at additional cost)
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up;


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Tanzania's sophisticated education system was severely affected in the 1980s by economic difficulties and literacy and school attendance rates have since plummeted. Government programmes are in place to get all primary school aged children into school, particularly girls, to address the poor attendance rate. In addition, only 5% of secondary school aged children currently attend school.

You could be teaching in a variety of capacities in primary or secondary schools or even some adult learning classes. Lots of people will be keen to learn English and practise speaking with you. To teach, you will need to be patient, flexible and a confident communicator and be able to use your initiative and imagination.

Don't worry if you don’t speak any Swahili – you will have plenty of opportunities to learn! Lessons are taught in English and will be fun and interactive, developing the students' confidence and conversational skills.

Students will also be interested in life where you come from. You may be able to get involved teaching other activities such as sports, music or science, if you are interested and have the relevant skills; this will of course depend upon the students' needs.


Whilst on your placement you will work with a local school. Duties will include teaching English and potentially other subjects, depending on needs and your experience. Classes are generally very full and teachers in demand so you may find yourself working as a teacher’s assistant in class in order to support all of the students more effectively or as you progress you may even be asked to take classes of your own! Outside formal school hours teaching volunteers are encouraged to arrange extracurricular activities such as sports, games, arts and music.

Holiday dates are approximately as follows:

4th December – 4th January
26th March – 3rd April
11th June – 12th July
17th August – 24th August

Please note that these dates are subject to change with little or no notice!

Whether you come during term time or help out with vital vacation classes during the holiday periods, volunteers have an excellent opportunity to make a real difference. Although their lives have often been difficult, the local children are extremely cheerful and friendly and will be eager to learn as well as discover more about you and your life at home.

You can make a lasting contribution to a school or orphanage by taking part in our book initiative. All you have to do is bring a book/books and they will be donated to the mobile library.


You will be collected from the airport in Dar es Salaam on the Sunday by a friendly local project member and transported to your accommodation. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country.


You will be staying in a volunteer eco house on the coast, to the north of Dar es Salaam. Based within a small local village the volunteer facilities are basic but comfortable and clean. You will be sharing a single sex room with other volunteers, where you will have access to bucket showers and dry toilets. Internet access will usually be available for a small fee.


You will be provided with breakfast and dinner as most volunteers are away from the accommodation at lunchtime at their projects. There are plenty of places for you to buy food in the local villages and this is an excellent way to experience true local street cuisine.

Food in Tanzania is generally simple, consisting of vegetables, beans or meat with rice or ugali, a common staple food in eastern and southern Africa made from maize flour.

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In your spare time you are sure to want to explore the natural and cultural wonders of this remarkable country. You can visit the picturesque harbour, bustling markets and historical buildings of nearby Dar es Salaam, venture further afield to the famed northern wildlife watching circuit or simply enjoy the endless miles of untouched stunning beaches. Your travels will be set against the backdrop of a cultural mosaic in which over 100 ethnic groups amicably rub shoulders.

Project staff can help you make arrangements for travel and trips before and after your placement whether you want to take on the challenge of Kilimanjaro, adventure out on safari to spot Africa’s big 5 or simply relax, snorkel or dive on the beuatiful beaches of Mafia Island or Zanzibar.


2 weeks US$1,045

Extra week US$345


Weekly, please aim to arrive on the Sunday before the Monday on which your project begins.

This project is not available during following days: 

December 25th to January 2nd. 

There will be no project during Easter, however some alternative activities can be organised. 


2 weeks and longer


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Two meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up (drop off available at additional cost)
  • Ground transfers
  • Project orientation and training
  • In country emergency support 
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Dar es Salaam (DAR)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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