Times of day
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Zanzibar Urban/West Region
We are currently wanting volunteers as educational assistants to support and enhance our team of local educational leaders which make our grassroots and community based organisation (CBO), Wake Up Zanzibar (WUZA). We have several years of experience collaborating with international volunteers which have been really worthwhile learning exchanges. Our English language proficiency has improved, we have gained confidence and more motivation to carry on supporting our community voluntary despite the challenges of life here in Zanzibar. We warmly welcome you to volunteer with us on the edge of Zanzibar town where the countryside meets the city and many people are working hard for a brighter future.
- 1 week of observation, learning, questioning to get an experiential understanding of WUZA's educational programme and the community we serve. Attend classes of different teachers, general meeting, school visit, and neighbourhood walks, to identify the assets and needs of our CBO, educational leaders, and students by asking questions, listening and absorbing.
- Learning - promoting reflection sessions with the members (enterprising teachers) of WUZA to identify strengths and areas for improvement. Research and provide suggestions for engaging learning activities of teaching techniques to improve student satisfaction and teaching quality.
- Supporting the growth of our educational leaders within WUZA to improve their language proficiency through conversations, kind corrections, and checking written documents and using mistakes as learning opportunities. Also encouraging teachers to also give you feedback and help you improve your practice as an educational leader in English language learning. We can be shy to give feedback, but it's great for us to help you improve as well and makes for a more equal exchange.
- To assist in language lessons, especially in interactive activities, as a fluent English speaker for students to raise confidence and increase opportunities for students to practice. Option to co-teach whole classes with one of our teachers, including the design, preparation, and implementation of language lessons if knowledgeable of grammar.
If you plan to stay for more than 5 weeks and take on more responsibilities and gain more experience, please check our internship opportunities, which are also posted on idealist.org.
- Compassion, patience, and willingness to learn from others, and question assumptions.
- Fluency in English language both spoken and written
- Positive, friendly and pro-active mindset
- Committed to be available and flexible to the needs of WUZA and the community it serves. It takes energy and commitment to accommodate interns, we expect you to stay for the time we agreed upon.
- Willingness to work with young adults and to spend time responsibly and carefully with young children, some of which are vulnerable
- Some experience in teaching English as a foreign language, with a CELTA/TESOL certificate if wishing to lead grammar learning activities. If you have no experience, we still welcome your assistance and ask you to work closely with one of our experienced teachers and slowly take more responsibility. For example, you could do a starter or take part in the interactive parts of the classes.
- Openness to experience new cultures and respect towards local customs.
- To communicate honestly and share concerns in a constructive manner.
- First and foremost opportunity to learn from a community of motivated educational leaders who are young adults and willing to share their culture and include you within the growth of our organisation.
- Being able to work collaboratively and take an active role in the growth and consolidation of a young community based organisation which is providing educational services to over 150 children.
- Gain experience in project design, proposal writing, and implementation of action research as well as launching a social-environmental tailoring enterprise
- Co-leading English language learning through participatory and active teaching
- Access to low-cost housing and local food within the neighbourhood and opportunity to be hosted at the home of one of our teachers by the beach on weekend, for a example.
- Developing facilitating skills through promoting reflection exercises, sharing research, and planning group activities where we make decisions together and share best practices.
- Invaluable support and encouragement with the learning of the Swahili language, which is fun and very rewarding.
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
The application consists of two parts.
- A one page document (max) explaining why you want to apply to volunteer with us. When you would like to do the volunteer experience and why you are suitable to take on the responsibilities for a rewarding learning exchange.
- We would also like you to provide answers to these questions. If you're not sure what to answer on some the questions that is also fine. The questions are deliberately open to allow you to express yourself more freely.
1) What do you hope to experience by collaborating with WUZA? What role do you imagine yourself playing?
2) How do you approach cultural differences or misunderstandings between Westerners and Zanzibaris?
3) What are your most valuable skills and capacities for a healthy, respectful, and educational relationship with WUZA?
4) What do you hope to gain by collaborating with WUZA?
5) How do you expect to be treated as a volunteer for WUZA?
6) Why is it important to be pro-active and communicate if this potential experience doesn't meet your immediate expectations?
7) How will you be careful and culturally appropriate when working with young people especially with those who are most vulnerable?
8) What are your thoughts on giving gifts to individual students or teachers of WUZA?
9) What are your thoughts on co-teaching and experimenting with practical and accessible teaching techniques?
10) Do you have a fixed idea of what good teaching is or are you willing to be open and first learn how teaching and learning takes place in Zanzibari context? Why is this openness and patience important?