The Nuru Pre & Primary School is a private Tanzanian school for children aged three to fourteen years old. The kids under six are looked after in the preschool and are taught English, Mathematics, Reading and Writing. The preschool starts every new day with an educational game or song. The primary school is made up of about 70 students up to class 7. Here, the students learn all common subjects like Maths, Swahili, English, History, Science, Art, Sports, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Life Skills and more. Both schools are located in the same compound so you will be able to choose one school to work in or you can be active in both projects. You can support and assist the teachers of Nuru School, and if you are interested, you can lead some lessons yourself. The teachers will always support you and welcome you to their school. Please keep in mind that schools in Tanzania are run differently than in your home country. Arrive with an open mind and remember that things like corporal punishment and poorly equipped classrooms are the norm.
The school is only a 15 minute walk from the volunteer house, making it very convenient to walk there every morning. Since both the pre- and primary school are located on the same compound, you can pick and choose classes with the headmaster. You will support the teachers in their daily work routine, which involves teaching one or many different subjects and supporting wherever you are needed. In the afternoon and during breaks, you can play with the children. Your working hours are from 8am to 12pm (Preschool) or until 3pm (Primary School).
I spent two months in Tanzania working as teacher in a primary school. It has been a fantastic experience, and I’m grateful to Viva Tanzania to have made this possible. I chose this project because I wanted to try a teaching experience and also because I was very attracted by the environment in the north of Tanzania, and I have to say that all my expectations have been totally fulfilled. Tizia has made the preparation of my trip simpler by giving me many useful tips, and the same applies for the duration of my stay. The impact with Tanzania was great, and I have to thank Tini too who came twice to pick me up at the airport (due to the huge delay of my flight). Food was also good, especially because we could try different local dishes. The school is in a really nice context, and all the staff has been extremely friendly and helpful with me. At the moment I arrived, one of the teacher had just moved to an other school, therefore I had the feeling that my help was especially important in that period, and this also gave the interesting opportunity to do all the lessons on my own. I was mainly teaching English, mathematics and French. Although it was my first experience in teaching to children, I got used quite quickly. The pupils were really nice, although very agitated and excited (as most of the kids are!), and I will remember their enthusiasm when I said that I wanted them to teach me some Swahili. All in all, it has been a very rich and exciting experience that I would redo again and again if the opportunity comes. Jule, 23, Germany