Tanzania Teaching & Beaches

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by Frontier



Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Mafia Island


Your Frontier teaching project begins with a thrilling journey high above the turquoise Indian Ocean as you fly to Mafia Island – the most beautiful of Tanzania's Spice Islands, where tranquil white sand beaches, friendly villagers and world class scuba diving sites combine to make this a true tropical paradise.

Your teaching assignment will integrate you into your host community as a welcome new member. You'll help teach students basic English and depending on the need other subjects of your choosing and you'll have ample opportunity to play sports and games with them, put on plays and concerts and do other fun activities.

Tanzania, although beautiful and welcoming, is one of the poorest countries in the world. Access to basic education is scarce and many people in rural areas rely on subsistence farming to sustain a living. This is your chance to change the lives of those around you for the better and leave a legacy that will last for decades to come.

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Teaching in Tanzania

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 have all primary school aged children in school, particularly girls, to address the poor attendance rate. In addition only 5% of secondary school aged children currently attend school.

You could be working at a variety of institutions, interacting with students of all ages, teaching basic conversational English. A large number of people will be keen to learn English and practise speaking with you. To teach you will need to be patient and flexible, a confident communicator and able to use your initiative and imagination.

Learning a few basics in Swahili will help you a lot but don’t worry – you will have plenty of opportunities to learn when you get here! Lessons will be fun and interactive as you develop the students' confidence and conversational skills.

Other Teaching Activities

Students will 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 obviously depend upon the students' needs. There may also be the possibility of linking up with our marine conservation programme to arrange collaborations for environmental education.


Whilst on your placement you will work with the local primary school in Utende. Duties will include teaching English and potentially other subjects depending on need and your experience. You will usually have your own class for English lessons and may also be required to assist other teachers in class as well. Outside formal school hours teaching volunteers are encouraged to arrange extracurricular activities such as sports and games and lead environmental education days in conjunction with the Frontier marine conservation project.

Fee Required


  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available


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