St. Pius Pre & Primary School

The Project

The preschool has about 50 pupils, with 5 teachers and classes are divided into a baby class, a middle class and a preparatory class. In the primary school there are more than 100 pupils, 13 teachers and 12 classes. The preschool and primary school are in the same compound so you have the flexibility to choose one project or switch between the two. 


Your Work


The volunteer hours begin at 8am. The preschool finishes at 12:30pm and the primary school at 3pm. Lunch is provided.

Daily activities include:

– supporting the teachers by helping teach subjects such as English, maths, history, geography, art, sports and biology
– helping the children with their homework
– helping children who have difficulties with certain subjects and need extra guidance
– preparing the children’s lunch
– playing with the children
– taking care of small maintenance issues around the school
– singing songs with the preschool students
– teaching the children how to play nicely together
– preparing lessons and teaching aides for the following day
– attending staff meetings

No previous experience necessary

This project does not require any previous experience. St Pius welcomes all volunteers and appreciates their ideas and support. Please keep an open mind and remember that schools in Tanzania are run differently than in your home country. For example, corporal punishment is sometimes used and the classrooms are often poorly equipped.


This project is located 5kms (3.1miles) from the hostel and can be reached by public transport or walking.

Founder’s interview:

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“I spent two months in Tanzania working as teacher in St Pius pre and 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 Tizia 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. 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

Project price

2 weeks: 650€
3 weeks: 850€
4 weeks: 1.050€
Every additional week: 200€


You can choose between a single room or four-bed room in the hostel.

Project length

The minimum stay is two weeks. Due to visa regulations you can spend a maximum of two years as a volunteer in Tanzania.

Let your adventure to start

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